June 20 2019: Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch, Vancouver.
MAP’s World Refugee Day celebrations: June 20th at Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch. The event was 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 included:
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.
MAP gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (Vancity) who make MAP World Refugee Day activities possible.