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Canadians will celebrate World Refugee Day across the country.

How will you celebrate?

Join us at one of the events below, or contact us to have your event added to our calendar!

Ontario

Ottawa

Event: To celebrate World Refugee Day 2019, UNHCR Canada and the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, will host a mini-marketplace event in Ottawa to highlight the important contributions refugees make to Canada’s workforce and economy.

Location: Sir John A Macdonald Building, Room 200 – 144 Wellington St, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5T3

Timing: 6 pm to 8 pm

SEE EVENT DETAILS HERE

Toronto

Event: “Come celebrate World Refugee Day with refugees on June 19th! Our gala event will feature a raffle, an art exhibit featuring refugee artist Omran Alfalour, specialty cocktails, and food catered by Soufi’s.

Join us and our community partners to connect with and mentor refugee talent, learn more about Jumpstart, and celebrate the incredible contributions refugees make in our community. Opening remarks by Minister Maryam Monsef (joining us by video), Rana Khan (UNHCR Toronto office) and James Madhier (Rainmaker).

Please RSVP on Eventbrite, and feel free to make an optional donation. All fundraising proceeds will go to Jumpstart to help support the economic empowerment of refugees.”

Location: WeWork, Main Floor, 240 Richmond St W

Timing: 5:15 pm to 7:15 pm

Tickets

Toronto

Event: Celebrate World Refugee Day by joining us on the annual Refugee Walk! Join us at the north end of Queen’s Park in Toronto at 10 am where we’ll celebrate and share our thoughts on the need for Canada – and the world – to provide refuge to the most vulnerable of our global citizens. The march then sets off through downtown Toronto, ending at Nathan Philips square where we’ll call it a day!

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Toronto

Film: Inside My Heart, by Director: Debra Kellner

A documentary film by Canadian Director Debra Kellner, produced by Frank Giustra, Serge Lalou, and Richard Copans. Inside My Heart chronicles the plight of three refugee families fleeing their war torn countries over a period of nearly 3 years. Despite having lost everything and their harrowing stories about the atrocities of war, each family continues their fight to stay alive. Unable to return to their countries without the risk of being killed, today they are forced to live with the consequences of their broken dreams.

Location: Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St.

Timing: 5:30 pm (reception); 6:30 pm (film screening)

Tickets ($15)

Film Trailer

Toronto

Event: COSTI Immigrant Services invites students in Grades 4 to 12 to write a poem on the theme of “Refugees and Human Rights.” The objective of COSTI’s Refugees & Human Rights Child & Youth Poetry Contest is to bring greater attention to human rights abuses and the plight of refugees. The poetry contest is open to all aspiring poets who are students in Grades 4-12 and attending schools in the Province of Ontario.

Location: Metro Hall, 55 John St.

Timing: 5:30 pm

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Toronto

Event: The Christie Refugee Welcome Centre is holding a neighborhood party. Come for the music and barbecue stay for a tour of our Refugee Reception Centre. We’re a place of welcome, safety and support for newcomers in downtown Toronto. We’re throwing a party to celebrate the resilience and courage of forcibly displaced families on June 20, World Refugee Day. There will be music, food, games for kids and opportunities to learn more about refugees. 

Location: 43 Christie St

Timing: Anytime between 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

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Toronto

Event: Come celebrate with us! We are hosting our annual community dinner in observance of World Refugee Day. We look forward to welcoming you as a valuable part of our community as we share a delicious meal of dishes from around the world, representing the global diversity of our residents. 

As always, this event will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with and celebrate our community. In doing so, we commemorate the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees worldwide.

Location: Mathew House, 981 Dundas St W

Timing: 6 pm to 9 pm

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Belleville

Event: In recognition of World Refugee Day, Amnesty International Group 111 Quinte, along with Quinte Immigration Services, invite you to visit our display at the Belleville Farmer’s Market between 10:30 am and 3 pm on June 20th. Show your support for refugees. Take our fact or fiction quiz and discuss your views with us.

British Columbia

Vancouver

Event: To honor the strength and resiliency of refugees, attend a World Refugee Day event taking place on June 20th from 11 am – 4:00 pm and 6:30 – 9:00 pm at Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch.

This event is organized in partnership with Multi-Agency Partnership (MAP), whose members include United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), MOSAIC, the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) and Settlement Orientation Services at Immigrant Services Society.

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Victoria

Event: Zumba/Yoga

Date: June 19th

Timing: 6:00 pm to 7:20 pm

Location: Burnside Gorge Community Centre

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Victoria

Event: United Nations Flag-Raising

Date: June 20th

Timing: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Location: Victoria City Hall

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Victoria

Event: Film-Screening of “Inside My Heart” and “Look Into My Eyes” (FREE EVENT – some content not appropriate for children)

Date: June 20th

Timing: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Nellie McClung Library

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Victoria

Event: Family Picnic Celebration (FREE Event – including food, music and activities for all ages)

Date: June 23rd

Timing: 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Beckwith Park

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Saskatchewan

Regina

Event: The Regina Open Door Society (RODS) will be hosting a World Refugee Day event as The City Square Plaza Stage at noon on June 20th. The program will include 2019 Newcomer Bursary Awards followed by entertainment.

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We stand together #WithRefugees. Please stand with us.

Nearly 60 million people are displaced worldwide. Each day thousands more flee their homes.

On June 20, the world commemorates the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees.

The UN Refugee Agency protects and assists refugees, forcibly displaced and stateless people.