South Asians in Canada are often distanced from our rich and deep histories & made to feel that our presence in Canada is relatively recent. Brown Canada volunteers have discussed how histories like the Komagata Maru are excluded from curriculum, collective memory and media.
Publicly sharing stories, told in our own words, addresses this exclusion and creates more truthful narratives of history that reflect diverse experiences. Archiving stories is powerful in bridging gaps between different communities and ages and in promoting understanding between multiple individuals and groups. It is important to tell our stories of exclusion, activism, community-building, resisting, surviving and growing because these individual stories make up our collective histories.
When we share our stories we help to keep our rich histories from being lost and erased. Visit our Make A Submission! page now to share your story, photo, poem or artwork and contribute to Brown Canada’s growing archive of South Asian histories.