Komagata Maru

Lesson plans for grade K-12

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The Komagata Maru lesson plans project was initiated in 2023, by the City of Abbotsford as part of their commitment to
public education about the role of Abbotsford in 1914 about the fate of the Komagata Maru.

The Komagata Maru tragedy in 1914 centered around a ship carrying 376 passengers from British India. Tragically, only 24 of them were granted entry into Canada due to discriminatory immigration laws. The remaining passengers endured harrowing conditions on the ship. Eventually, the vessel was compelled to return to India, where numerous passengers faced imprisonment and, tragically, some lost their lives.

To view the full Komagata Maru exhibit, visit the South Asian Canadian Heritage exhibit.

Lesson Plans

The lesson plans available on this page were created in 2011 by members of Simon Fraser University’s
Komagata Maru Project Management team and members of the Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2).

Lesson 1

The Komagata Maru tragedy- Setting the context

Lesson 2

Media Representations of the Komagata Maru tragedy

Lesson 3

Komagata Maru: Critical Challenge

Lesson 4

Turning Points in the History of South Asian Canadians

Lesson 5

Komagata Maru: Critical Challenge

Lesson 6

All of Us Are Different: Grade 4 Lesson Plan


These web pages tell the story of the citizens of Abbotsford who actively campaigned and supported the bid of 346 Komagata Maru passengers to legally reside in Canada.

As members of the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, we respectfully acknowledge that our institution is located on the ancestral lands of the Halq’eméylem-speaking Stó:lō Peoples (People of the River), who have occupied this land since time immemorial.

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