City Council renames Surrey street to commemorate Komagata Maru victims

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Mayor Douh McCallum with Raj Singh Toor.

Surrey: Surrey City Council has approved the renaming of a Surrey street to commemorate the victims of the 1914 Komagata Maru incident. In Regular Council Meeting, Council voted to authorize the installation of commemorative signs that say Komagata Maru Way on 75A Avenue between 120 Street and 121A Street.

“Surrey is a city that embraces diversity and renaming this stretch of road is a reminder that intolerance has no place in our city,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “As we celebrate and welcome people from all over the world, we also need to learn from our past to ensure such injustices never happen again.”

Regular Council – Public Hearing Agenda Package – July 8, 2019

In addition to the commemorative street name signs, Council also approved the installation of a storyboard at R.A Nicholson Park, explaining the history of the Komagata Maru and a city project to document the history and contributions of the earliest South Asian residents in Surrey.

Raj Singh, Vice President and spokesperson for the Descendants of the Komagata MaruSociety said, “thank you to Mayor Doug McCallum and Councillors and City of Surrey staff.”

He added, “It’s a great tribute to those passengers who suffered a lot during the tragedy. Their sacrifice and struggle are recognized by the City of Surrey Council. Descendants of the Komgata Maru families and south Community is happy. All the Canadian are happy. It’s a Canadian history. I am also thankful  to the south Asian Community for supporting us.”