Memory & Memorialization

Remembrance, memory and memorialization are all closely aligned with issues of identity. One memory of the Komagata Maru is contained within national, provinicial, and municipal archives. It is a rich memory that is based on government documents, court proceedings, high level intrigue and the appearance of objectivity and authority.

Another archive exists too. The memories of the Komagata Maru have been kept alive in pioneer families and community storytelling, passed on from one generation to the next. Some of these archives are oral histories, personal anecdotes, unpublished manuscripts and family albums. These personal archives provide new perspectives on history and allow for new information to be brought to light.

But is it necessary that the official archive and the personal archive be separate? Can both influence each other? As Canada continues to develop, these debates on how to remember become just as important as what a nation chooses to remember.