OTTAWA, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Under the theme of "Protecting Refugees:
Rebuilding Lives in Safety and Dignity", UNHCR, Citizenship and Immigration
Canada and local aid organizations will come together to commemorate World
Refugee Day on June 20, 2008
World Refugee Day is celebrated around the world and is an occasion to
extend encouragement, support and respect to refugees.
In Canada, events are organized in several cities including Vancouver,
Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal.
WHAT: "A day in the life of a refugee claimant", an experiential event
illustrating the challenges facing refugee claimants who arrive in
Vancouver, artwork, crafts and live music, World Refugee Day
WHEN: 20 June 2008 - 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
WHERE: Vancouver Public Library Central Branch - 300 West Georgia Street
For more information contact: Lesley Stalker - (604) 666-2151
WHAT: World Refugee Day Proclamation, Citizenship Ceremony, music and
dance entertainment featuring the Thai Dance Troupe of Ottawa and
the Remesha Drums, information booths and refugee testimonies
WHEN: 20 June 2008 - 9:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
WHERE: Ottawa City Hall - 110 Laurier Avenue West
For more information contact: Gisèle Nyembwe - (613) 232-0909 ext 225
WHAT: Free Concert featuring members of the African Guitar Summit, Ruth
Mathiang and Marcelo Puente, Public Citizenship Ceremony,
Prominent Refugee Speakers, World Refugee Day Proclamation, NGO
displays and other activities
WHEN: 20 June 2008 - 12:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.
WHERE: Metro Hall Square - 55 John Street
For more information contact: Rana Khan - (416) 954-1002
WHAT: Music and dance entertainment, stand-up comedy by Boucar Diouf,
"Under the Blue Sky" multi-media exhibit and information booths
WHEN: 20 June 2008 - 3:00 P.M to 8:30 P.M.
WHERE: St James United Church - 436 St. Catherine Street West, Place-
des-Arts or McGill metro
For more information contact: Denise Otis - (514) 496-1637
For all other planned events across Canada, visit www.unhcr.ca/wrd
For further information:
For further information: (Media enquiries): Gisèle Nyembwe, United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, (613) 232-0909 ext 225