Greater Victoria library celebrates World Refugee Day

Courtyard of Central Branch (735 Broughton St.) will include arts-based activities, a kid’s zone, food, live music and more

A group of local agencies – including the Greater Victoria Public Library – are gathering to celebrate World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 20.

Established by the United Nations General Assembly with the aim to raise awareness about the situation of refugees and internally displaced persons globally, a small group of local citizens approached several community organizations in 2013. Those organizations included The Victoria Coalition for Survivors of Torture, the GVPL, the University of Victoria World University Service of Canada, the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria to celebrate World Refugee Day with three public panel events.

These celebrations highlighted stories of resilience and triumph shared by refugees living in our community.

This year, the legacy of World Refugee Day celebrations continues under the theme “Building Community, Breaking Down Barriers.” The events are an opportunity to highlight actions everyone can take to make Greater Victoria more inclusive and to challenge negative stereotypes about refugee, says Furaha Sikitoka, organizing committee member and former refugee.

“Don’t see me as someone ‘from there’— see me as someone who is here,” Sikotoka said. “What matters is the community we build, instead of the different places we are from.”

On Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., the courtyard of the Central Branch (735 Broughton St.) will include arts-based activities, a kid’s zone, food, live music and more.

In addition to the WRD Celebration, a panel discussion called “Pathways to Citizenship for Refugees” will be moderated by Gregor Craigie of CBC’s On the Island on Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room. And, on Friday at 12:15 p.m., representatives will be at Victoria City Hall for the raising of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) flag and the City’s proclamation of June 20 as World Refugee Day in Victoria.

To learn more, follow @victoriawrd on Twitter or search the hashtag #RefugeeDayyyj.



Just Posted

BC Ferries filling up fast with post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Monday anticipated to be busiest day of the weekend

Sea Cadets host a garage sale for Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground

Proceeds from a garage sale going to the Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground.

Nurse comes home to ‘dream job’ at Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Jane Fox is the first Aboriginal liaison nurse at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Killer clowns and chainsaw-wielding ghouls descend on Central Saanich corn maze

Fright Night takes place at Saanichton Corn Maze Oct 19, 26

Key tag program leads to new respirator at Jubilee Hospital

TB Vets donate 28 life-saving respirators around B.C.

VIDEO: Greater Victoria, here’s the news you missed this weekend

Dog killed in alleged hit and run, Goodlife Marathon takes over city and more

Heiltsuk Nation open first Big House in 120 years in northern B.C.

Opening means the community now has an appropriate space for spiritual and ceremonial events

Singh says NDP would form coalition with the Liberals to stop Tories

Singh was in a Liberal-held riding Sunday afternoon in Surrey where he was pressed about his post-election intentions

‘My heart goes out to the mother’: B.C. dad reacts to stabbing death of Ontario boy

Carson Crimeni, who was also 14, was bullied relentlessly, his dad says

The one with the ‘Friends’ photoshoot: Kelowna group recreates TV show intro

A friend’s departure prompted them to create something that really says, “I’ll be there for you”

Canadian Snowbirds plane crashes before air show in Atlanta

Pilot lands safely after ejecting from jet

Share crash data, private insurers tell David Eby, ICBC

B.C. monopoly makes drivers retrieve their own records

B.C. VIEWS: Wolf kill, not backcountry bans, saving caribou

B.C.’s largest herds turn the corner from extinction

Pearson nets shootout winner as Canucks clip Flyers 3-2

Vancouver picks up second straight home win

Most Read