Government of Canada removes Harry Stevens’ name from building in Vancouver, B.C.
“The Government of Canada believes in the values enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including multiculturalism. We see diversity as a source of strength and work to break down barriers so that all have a real and fair chance at success. Today, some of my parliamentary colleagues from British Columbia and I come together to commit ourselves and our government to positive action and recognize past wrongs. We use this as an opportunity to honour and pay respect to the victims of the Komagata Maru incident, and to the Indigenous Peoples who supported them during their stay in the Vancouver harbour.”
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
“Today is about acknowledging our history, learning from it and vowing to never let the wrongs of the past happen again. The Komagata Maru incident was a tragedy in the truest sense of the word. Canada is a different nation today, but we can never forget what happened here, so we can learn from it and ensure it never happens again. Removing the name from this federal building and installing the important mural here will serve as that constant reminder. These actions by the government also signify our commitment to moving forward, to embracing inclusion and celebrating diversity in everything we do. The Government of Canada will continue to do just that, and that’s something all Canadians can take pride in.”
The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan
Minister of National Defence
“Removing Harry Stevens’ name from the federal building in Vancouver will help educate the community and remind us of how unique Canada’s diverse makeup is. We are all richer when we remember how special it is to have so many different ethnic communities living together. While it can’t right past wrongs, I hope that it will help to connect Canadians with their past in order to build a more peaceful and tolerant tomorrow.”
Raj Singh Toor
Vice-President and Spokesperson for the Descendants of the Komagata Maru Society
In 2016, the Prime Minister apologized for the Komagata Maru incident in the House of Commons.
Henry Herbert (Harry) Stevens was a Canadian politician who was actively involved in the Komagata Maru incident.
The name of the building will revert back to its street address of “125 10th Avenue East.” There are no plans to rename the building at this time.
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