June 6, 2014 — Mississauga, ON — A powerful and visually engaging exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the voyage of the Komagata Maru and exploring the contributions of Sikh immigrants to Canada will soon be displayed across the country, thanks to support from the Government of Canada.
Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), announced Inter-Action funding of up to $89,500 for the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada (SHMC) to create the “Lions of the Sea” exhibit.
The national exhibition with original artifacts made available by the SHMC will travel across Canada, bringing the story of the Komagata Maru to life and allowing Canadians from coast to coast to learn about its historical significance.
Once completed, this exhibition will be made available to schools, libraries and places of worship across Canada.
“The Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada is proud to take the lead to share the story of the Komagata Maru with all Canadians. From being barred by the tug boat Sea Lion, to being courageous “Lions of the Sea," the remarkable story of the primarily Sikh passengers on the Komagata Maru will come to life with a national exhibition and lecture series. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of this legacy, the support from the Government of Canada will enable the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada to engage this historical Canadian story across our beautiful country.”
Pardeep Singh Nagra, Executive Director, Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada
Minister’s Office — Minister Uppal
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