Marking our History since Komagatamaru

SANSAD and friends are proud to present…

100 years since Continuous Journey:
Reflection, Resistance, Celebration

Surrey Community Forum with Film and Panelists

Saturday, November 22, 2008
Doors open at 1:30 p.m, Program begins at 2:00 p.m. sharp

Conference Rooms G 1205A and G 1205B
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
12666 72nd Ave., Surrey
From Scott Road Skytrain station a short bus ride on #319.

Snacks provided!

FILM  Continuous Journey: An award-winning film by Ali Kazimi. This documentary focuses on the history of the Komagata Maru, while drawing connections between Canada’s broader immigration history as well as disaporic anti-colonial sentiment.

* Panelists and Commentators include:

 ALI KAZIMI: Film-maker of “Continuous Journey” and internationally renowed filmmaker who has won over thirty awards and honours for his films including Continuous Journey, Runaway Grooms, Narmada, and others.

 KABIR JOSHI – VIJAYAN: Grade 10 student and inspiring youth from Toronto. His activism includes “Hood to Hood” to unify youth especially in working-class immigrant communities and Toronto Haiti Action Committee.

DR. BALBIR GURM: Registerd nurse with a UBC doctorate in Education (Policy and Leadership). She is the President of VIRSA, a community non-profit that addresses South Asian youth violence.

HARSHA WALIA: South Asian community activist, writer, and legal researcher. She is involved with SANSAD, No One Is Illegal, Radical Desis network, and other struggles for social justice.

DR. HARI SHARMA: President of South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy and Professor Emeritus at SFU. He is a long-time political activist and author in Canada and India.

DR. SUNERA THOBANI: UBC Professor of Women’s Studies. She has also been involved with the National Action Committee on the Status of Women and Canada Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equity Network.


Organized by SANSAD

Co-sponsored and supported by VIRSA, Kwantlen Faculty Association, No One Is Illegal Surrey Urban Youth Project, Progressive Inter-Cultural Community Services (PICS), Komagatamaru Heritage Foundation.

For further information, contact
Hari Sharma (SANSAD): 604-420-2972 or
Harjap Grewal (SANSAD): 778-552-2099 or
Balbir Gurm (VIRSA): 778-578-0620 or

This event is part of a a week-long activities in the Vancouver area to mark over one hundred years of South Asian presence in Canada and to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the Continuous Journey requirement. For a full listing of events visit: