Backing from the RCMP, community groups, universities. The book is presented as a historical scrapbook with beautifully realised, photo-realistic artwork. Framing the history is a graphic novel story about a teenage boy, in Surrey BC, caught up in drug gangs. He rethinks his choices after his 95 year old great grandfather comes to visit the family in Canada. His stories of their past, and seeing him reunited with a Canadian soldier his great grandfather saved during WW2 opens up a different path to live his life.
Why are certain histories covered, discussed, and inquired about, while others remain hidden? Going beyond the old tropes of colonised histories this book presents the Indo- Canadian community's pioneer experience within the events leading to the ejection of the Komagata Maru from Canadian waters in July 1914 and the subsequent outbreak of the Great War in August 1914. Canada has a proud Great War record, and its achievements will be celebrated during WW1 centennial commemorations. However, the story of a longstanding Punjabi-Canadian community that fought for western civilisation & the British Empire, side by side with Canadians and under the same flag, has gone untold. Punjabi soldiers played a pivotal role in the opening months of the war in France & Belgium. A great book to introduce Canadian youth to a more inclusive look at our history.
Steven is a community historian, curator and Managing Director of Indus Media Foundation, a registered non-profit society based in the lower mainland that seeks to foster an appreciation for Punjabi culture within the wider community. Steven has curated and produced the Duty, Honour & Izzat a WW1 Centennial commemoration exhibition that defines South Asian contributions to the Great War.  Steven's work has been featured at The National War Museum, Provincial museums, municipal venues and the Prime Minister's Reception for the Komagata Maru Apology in Ottawa. Steven has also designed and installed permanent exhibits at the Government House British Columbia and the British Columbia Legislature. Steven's unique narratives reconcile histories and inspire Canadians to come together to celebrate the diversity of people, the achievements and events that have shaped the country. Steven lives in Surrey with his wife and three children.