World Refugee Day – June 20

Posted on June 19, 2017

World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly with the aim to raise awareness about the situation of refugees and internally displaced persons globally.

“Every day, thousands of people are forced to flee their homes because of war or persecution. World Refugee Day is a chance to honor the strength and courage of these individuals and families, to recognize the great contributions they make in the communities where they are resettled, and to stand in solidarity with them as neighbors, friends and fellow Canadians.”  – Robin Stevenson, Victoria resident and refugee sponsor

UNHCR Flag Raising

Tuesday, June 20, 12:00-1:00 pm

Victoria City Hall, Pandora Street entrance

In the Footsteps of Our Immigrants

We would like to invite you to a live interactive theatre performance play honouring World Refugee Day. Presented in partnership with the Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society and the Applied Theatre Department at the University of Victoria.

This interactive play will explore newcomer, immigrant and refugee narratives of relocation, resilience, settlement, and integration. The play was created by actors and youth from various ethnic and culturally diverse backgrounds who will share their stories of their lived and living experiences in the worlds of immigration, migration and settlement.

Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square,

Tuesday, June 20 at 2:30-4:30pm

Warehoused Documentary Screening

Panel discussion with local refugees and the refugee advocacy community to follow. All seats: $4.75

Tuesday, June 20, 7:00-9:00 pm

Cinecenta UVic, 3800 Finnerty Road

A Refugee Family’s Journey

Join author Margriet Ruurs and translator Falah Raheem on World Refugee Day for a conversation about their children’s book, Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey.

Tuesday, June 20, 7:00-8:30 pm

Saanich Centennial Branch, GVPL, 3110 Tillicum Road

Register Today 

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World Refugee Day is a partnership of Greater Victoria Public Library, Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, World University Service of Canada – UVic, Victoria Coalition for Survivors of Torture, Refugees Welcome, Here! Magazine, Cinecenta, City of Victoria and Programme d’immigration francophone de la C.-B./BC Francophone Immigration Program