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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!



Calgary, AB

World Refugee Day Calgary

Event: The World Refugee Day is a reminder that we live at a time when millions of people in our world have been dislocated from their homes and are on the move in search of security. This year, the event will highlight the current refugee crisis in South Sudan, the Yazidi refugees who are transitioning to Calgary, and performances by youth from the Calgary Karen community. It will also address Canada’s role in refugee crises, including our role in Calgary toward those who have come to be a part of our communities and city. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Keynote Speakers: Dr. Yual Chiek, Philosopher, Anoush Newman, Refugee Sponsorship Training Program, CCIS, and Dancers of the Calgary Karen Community Association Youth.
Date and Time: Tuesday June 20, 2017, 6:00pm–9:00pm
Location: Jenkins Theatre (Room I115), Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, Alberta T3E 6K6
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Lethbridge, AB

World Refugee Day 2017

Event:Join us on June 20th to raise awareness about refugee life, the camps in which refugees live, and their daily struggle to stay alive. It is with understanding and support that we are able to effect positive change for refugees around the world. With community help to raise awareness, we will do our part to ensure that more refugees are filled with hope for a better tomorrow.
Date and Time:Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Location:CASA, 230 8 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 5H2
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British Columbia

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Public Library World Refugee Day Panel

Event: Hear the first-hand experience of a recently arrived refugee, front-line case workers and a resettlement leader. Panellists include Kathy Sherell, Associate Director of Settlement Services, Mohammed Alsaleh, a RAP case worker, Bayron Figueroa, case manager (SOS) and Raid Abazeed.
Date and Time: Tuesday June 20, 2017, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver V6B 6B1 (Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level)
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Vancouver Public Library World Refugee Day Film Screening: The Crossing

Event: In The Crossing director George Kurian follows a group of Syrian refugees as they flee their war-torn country. Journalists, engineers, a musician and a psychologist make a harrowing eight day journey on a small crowded fishing vessel. When they reach the shores of Europe, they realize the most difficult part of their journey still lies ahead. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Time and Date: Tuesday June 20, 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver V6B 6B1 (Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level)
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World Refugee Day Reception (ISS of BC)

Event: The Immigration Settlement Services of British Columbia and members of the National Settlement Council invite you to the City of Vancouver’s proclamation of World Refugee Day with music, poetry, refreshments and guided tours of ISSofBC Welcome Centre.
Time and Date: Tuesday June 20, 2017, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: 2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver V5N 4L2
Event Page


Winnipeg, MB

World Refugee Day Benefit Concert

Event: Join the World University Service of Canada – University of Winnipeg Committee at a benefit concert in contemplation of refugee lives lost and the struggles refugees continue to face and celebration of the resilience of refugee communities. All proceeds will go to the University of Winnipeg’s Student Refugee Program, sponsoring refugee students to come to Canada to pursue higher education.
Date and Time: Tuesday June 20, 2017, 7:30pm-10:00pm
Location: Gas Station Art Centre, 445 River Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0C3
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Newfoundland & Labrador

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Nova Scotia

World Refugee Day – Walk with Refugees
Event: Join Halifax Public Library and the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) as we mark World Refugee Day with an event for the whole family. Enjoy music, drumming, entertainment, and learn about ways to support refugees from around the world.
Date and Time: Saturday June 17, 2:00pm
Location: Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, B3J 1E9
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Ottawa, ON

The Unspoken Humanitarians – Film Screening and Discussion

Event: Join refugees, aid and front line workers, host communities, decision-makers and fellow Canadians for an evening of film and discussion to mark World Refugee Day. There will be keynote speakers and a discussion panel with Q & A, as well as a film screening of “The Invisible City (Kakuma), a film about Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, seeking to draw attention to the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa. Representatives from CARE Canada, CCIC, World Vision Canada, Refugee 613, Oxfam Canada, Plan Canada, Save the Children Canada and UNHCR Canada will be in attendance.
Date and Time: Monday 19 June, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St, Ottawa, K1S 3X3
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World Refugee Day Ottawa 2017

Event: Join us on June 20 for World Refugee Day. Activities include entertainment, refreshments, and the screening of a short film, A New Life. The film features three government-assisted refugee families from Syria settling into life in Ottawa. This event is open to the public and family friendly. Representatives from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, UNHCR Canada and the Refugee Network of Ottawa (ReNoO) will be in attendance.
Date and Time: Tuesday 20 June, 11:00am-1:00pm
Location: Taggart Family YMCA at 180 Argyle Avenue, Ottawa, K2P 0N2
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Prince Edward Island

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Montreal, QC

Music for Mosul Refugee Relief / Spectacle bénéfice pour Mossoul
Event: Music for Mosul refugee relief with Rob Simms. Solo improvisations and songs of traditional modal music from Iraq (oud), Kurdistan (tanbur), and Turkey (ney). Voluntary donations taken for relief efforts in the siege of Mosul.

Musique pour Mossoul pour l’aide aux réfugiés avec Rob Simms. Des improvisations solos et des chansons de la musique modale traditionnelle d’Irak (oud), du Kurdistan (Tambûr) et de la Turquie (ney). Des dons volontaires sont encouragés pour des efforts de secours dans le siège de Mossoul.
Date and Time/Date et Heur: 20 June 2017, 8:30pm–10:30pm / 20 Juin 2017, 20h30-22h30
Location: 4848 Saint-Laurent Blvd, Montréal, QC H2T 1R5 / 4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R5
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World Refugee Day 2017 / Journée mondiale des réfugiés 2017

Event: This year, Action Réfugiés Montreal (ARM), ALPA (Accueil et Liaison pour Arrivants), Carrefour d’aide aux nouveaux arrivants, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), RIVO and Singa Québec are organizing a symbolic walk on Saint Catherine Street in Montreal Saturday June 17th to celebrate World Refugee Day. During this walk, we will highlight the courage and resilience of those who had to flee their country.

Cette année, Action Réfugiés Montréal (ARM), ALPA (Accueil et Liaison pour Arrivants), Carrefour d’Aide aux Nouveaux Arrivants (CANA), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), RIVO et SINGA Québec organisent une marche symbolique sur la rue Sainte-Catherine le samedi 17 juin à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale des réfugiés (JMR). Lors de cette marche, nous célébrerons le courage et la résilience de celles et ceux qui ont dû fuir leur pays.
Date and Time/Date et Heur: Saturday June 17 2017, 12:00pm / Samedi Juin 17, 2017, midi
Location: The YMCA Building, 4039 Tupper St, Montréal near Atwater metro station / Résidences du YMCA au 4039 rue Tupper, station de métro Atwater
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Event/Evenement: To commemorate World Refugee Day, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in partnership with the Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes (TCRI) and Palbric Art Foundation cordially invite you to the exhibition launch of: DO NOT PASS BY presenting film posters by the Czechoslovak refugee Milos Reindl.

Pour célébrer la Journée Mondiale des Réfugiés, le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) en partenariat avec la Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes (TCRI) et la Palbric Art Foundation. Ont le plaisir de vous convier à l’exposition. NE PASSEZ PAS TOUT DROIT, présentant des affiches de film du réfugié tchècoslovaque Milos Reindl

Date and Time/Date et Heur: Tuesday June 20, 2017, 12:00pm-2:00pm / Mardi Juin 20, 2017, midi à 14h
Location: In the underground lobby of Complexe Guy-Favreau, 200 René-Lévesque Boulevard W, Montréal, QC H2Z / Complexe Guy-Favreau, Tours Est et Ouest, 200 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Lobby métro, Montréal, QC H2Z
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Saskatoon, SK

World Refugee Day Saskatoon – Stand #WithRefugees

Event: Join the Saskatoon Refugee Coalition as we honour the lives of refugees in Saskatoon and the world. The program will include a welcome by an Elder, stories of the refugee experience, spoken word performance and dancers. There will be an interactive display where attendees can sign cards that will be given to refugees as a welcome when they arrive in Saskatoon.
As this annual World Refugee Day marks the#WithRefugees hashtag campaign by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, there will be photo-ops for attendees to show their support on social media.
Date and Time: Tuesday June 20, 2017, 12:00pm-13:00pm
Location: City Hall at Civic Square, 202 4 Ave N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0K1. Please note that in case of rain the event will be held at Frances Morrison Library Theatre 311 23 St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J6.
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Moose Jaw, SK

World Refugee Day Celebrations

Event:  Join the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council Inc. and bringawareness to the plight of the refugees around the world. Information, interactive displays, mock refugee camp, games and crafts. Refugee Panel. Rice and beans lunch. We stand #WithRefugees – please stand with us.
Date and Time: Tuesday June 20, 2017, 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: Crescent Park Amphitheatre, Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 0X5
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Regina, SK

World Refugee Day 2017 Regina

Event: The Regina Open Door Society (RODS) will be hosting a World Refugee Day (WRD) event. Please join us at the City Square Plaza Stage at noon. The program will include 2017 newcomer bursary awards followed by entertainment. Information will be provided on World Refugee Day, the plight of refugees and their contributions to Regina.
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: City Square Plaza, 2190 Victoria Ave, Regina, SK S4P
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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.