Brown Canada is a two-year community-led project documenting, creating, and sharing diverse South Asian histories in Canada. Our collective entry point is through the Komagata Maru story of 1914, when 376 Indians were denied entry to Canada due to restrictive immigration controls designed to maintain a “white Canada.”

On this website, we are undertaking an expansive exploration of diverse South Asian Histories, engaging multiple South Asian communities & experiences to document experiences including, but not limited to: Labour Struggles, Women & Feminism, Queer & Trans Folks, Artists & Cultural Workers along with Bangladeshi, Indian, Tamil, Pakistani, Mixed-Race, Sikh and Indo-Caribbean communities.

We call all writers, researchers, artists, activists, scholars, educators, community organizers, students, youth, and interested and excited individuals to be a part of this project, and to learn, tell and create South Asian history on our own terms.

Our stories are Our Histories – share yours today!

In addition to this participatory and comprehensive website, we are also:

  • Raising awareness about the Komagata Maru through the Legacies of the Komagata Maru website,
  • Producing a play on the Komagata Maru to be performed across Ontario through the Sharing our Stories Tour
  • Engaging people of all ages and backgrounds in creative and digital storytelling workshops
  • Producing an educational DVD
  • Distributing resource booklets on South Asian histories
  • Facilitating intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogues


Brown Canada is a project of Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA), a social justice umbrella organization working with Ontario’s diverse South Asian communities.  We acknowledge the financial support of the Community Historical Recognition Program of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, in the delivery of this project.

CASSA is an Ontario-wide social justice umbrella agency working to facilitate the economic, social, political and cultural empowerment of South Asians by serving as a resource for information, research, mobilization, coordination and leadership on social justice issues affecting our communities. CASSA creates social change by building alliances and working collaboratively with those who share a vision of empowering all communities to participate in defining Canada's future. For more info, visit

Brown Canada Project Team

Neethan Shan, CASSA Executive Director
Anita Khanna, Project Manager
Krittika Ghosh, Outreach Coordinator
Deena Hai, Arts Program Coordinator
Shameela Zaman,  Event Planner
Anu Radha Verma, Researcher
The Public  Studio,  Print Design
Sena Hussain, Logo Design
Evolution in DesignZ, Website Design

Special thanks to past Project Coordinator, Shaunga Tagore, to our dedicated team of volunteers, creative workshop participants, communty animators, website contributors, focus group participants  and all CASSA staff and board members who have supported Brown Canada. We look forward to your continued guidance and involvement as the project continues until 2014. 

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