World Refugee Day 2021

In Focus Lecture: Canadian Refugee law – who is it protecting?

On April 15, 2021 MAP BC is hosting a lecture in which Dr. Arbel will discuss how various border policies restrict access to refugee protection in Canada, and erode the protections that would otherwise be available to refugee claimants under Canadian law. Dr. Arbel will also discuss how access to refugee protection has been further restricted with the onset of COVID-19, and what we may expect when as pandemic measures begin to ease and the Canadian border re-opens.

You can find out more and watch a recording of the lecture, by visiting the dedicated webpage here:

Past events

In Focus Lecture: A Bitter Pill

On March4, 2021 MAP BC hosted a lecture about the issues surrounding women refugee doctors and medical accreditation. It featured four eminent speakers, who discussed may of the challenges women refugee doctors face.

You can find out more and watch a recording of the lecture, by visiting the dedicated webpage here:

World Refugee Day 2020

World Refugee Day 2020: Distant but Together

On June 20 MAP BC hosted its very first online celebration of World Refugee Day. Through music, poetry and story hundreds of supporters across the world celebrated the talents and contributions of refugees in our communities.

With the theme "Distant but Together", the celebration recognized the distances refugees come to find safety in Canada often leaving their families and friends far away. At the same time the necessarily online event celebrated the community that has been created here in British Columbia to bring us all together - despite social distancing. COVID-19 is a reality for everyone, but what pulls us apart, actually brings us together.

Here are some moments from that wonderful celebration. Enjoy the artists, support their work and find out more about them on their various social media platforms.

Till this time next year!

Welcome by Mariana Vieyra Martinez, Co-Chair MAP BC
World Refugee Day Proclamation by the Mayor of Vancouver
Hassan Al Kontar - the Man at the Airport
Tamanya-Waka, International Reggae Artist
Rawan Moon, Refugee and Poet
Panel Discussion: Helping Refugees During the Pandemic
Sari Alesh, Internationally Recognized Violinist
Khatira, Poet, Visual Artist and Student

Find out more about her poetry and art by emailing:

Saied Kooshki, Musician and Singer
Jorge and Araphat: A story of friendship
Hosam Falouji, Band from Gaza, Palestine

Vocals: Hosam Falouji
Band members:
Technical supervisor: Anas Al-Najjar
Writer and composer: Rizk Jojo
Qānūn: Firas Al-Sharafi
Clarinet player: Wasim Ali
Keyboardist: Aboud Qassem
Musical rhyme tuning: Mohammed Al-Basha

YouTube channel:

Thank you and Dear Refugee film

June 20: Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch, Vancouver. 

MAP’s World Refugee Day celebrations: June 20th at Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch. We really hope you can attend! The event is from 11am-4pm and then in the evening from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm.

Please see registration information below.

Highlights of World Refugee Day include:
Information Marketplace – 30 agencies involved in serving refugee claimants will display their information. A great place to meet new and old faces and discuss issues and opportunities. 
Walk with Me – An opportunity to walk in the footsteps of a refugee claimant in Canada, through the process towards claiming refugee protection and the inevitable challenges. 
Starting Over – A panel of former refugee claimants, talking about their personal experiences in starting over in Canada. This panel will host a variety of backgrounds.
Refugee Law in Troubling Times – Hear from prominent local lawyers about current issues and what challenges claimants, and the lawyers to serve them, are facing. 
Our Lives in Music –  Listen to a variety of music from those who came to Canada as refugees from all over the world. 

As well, in the evening there will be another Starting Over event: a panel focusing on the distinct needs of LGBTQ + refugee claimants, their experiences in Canada, the challenges they faced, the agencies that helped them and where they are now in their Canadian journeys. 

This special event will feature Rainbow Refugee and MOSAIC’s ‘I Belong’ program and the photographic exhibition #BreakTheStigma.

And More! 

Please click on the links below for more information on the event, exact directions, and to register – look forward to seeing you on June 20th! And spread the word!

Get tickets here:  

MAP gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (Vancity) who make MAP World Refugee Day activities possible.
inside my heart

June 20: Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, Abbotsford. 6:30pm. 

Inasmuch Community Society would love it if you would come to the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on June 20, 2019 at 7:00pm for the screening of the incredible documentary Inside My Heart.

At the peak of the refugee and migrant crisis, three families are forced to flee war-torn Syria and Afghanistan, seeking safe harbour on foreign shores. Having witnessed unthinkable atrocities and had the lives they’ve known taken away, these people – mothers, fathers, sons and daughters – show remarkable resilience as they fight for survival.

The fly-on-the-wall techniques used in the film allow us to witness the families’ frustrations over the course of three years and better understand the hopes they have for their children.

Inside My Heart – made by Debra Kellner and produced by Frank Giustra, Serge Lalou and Richard Copans – was supported by The Giustra Foundation. It shows the real life experience of those forced to flee their homes in search of peace and stability and serves as an artistic piece of encouragement to open our hearts to our global neighbours.

Click the link below to get your tickets – all proceeds will go to Inasmuch Community Society to support and extend their work with refugee claimants.

An Afghan girl attends a female engagement team meeting in Balish Kalay Village, Urgun District, Afghanistan, March 27. Women and children attended the meeting with the FET of Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team to discuss major issues and concerns. The FET gathers vital information from Paktika women, and uses that information to help improve their economic, educational and health issues. For the FET, this meeting was a rare opportunity to learn more about the women of Afghanistan.

June 18: Burnaby Public Library, Burnaby. 5:30pm – 8:30pm.