World Refugee Day 2017 message
A New Life in Canada
What is World Refugee Day?
Every year on June 20, World Refugee Day gives us a chance to focus the world's attention on:
- the plight of refugees and displaced people around the world
- the causes of their exile
- their resolve and will to survive, and
- how they contribute to Canada.
Canada is committed to helping refugees and has one of the largest refugee resettlement programs in the world. Read more about the refugee system in Canada.
Read a statement from Ministers Hussen, Freeland, Joly and Bibeau marking World Refugee Day.
World Refugee Day on social media
Week after week a hockey program in Gloucester, Ottawa grows, as Syrian children get excited about learning to play. Watch as the program director finds ways to attract new players every week, and children learn to skate together.
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What’s your #WRD2017 story?
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Stories of former refugees
Canada resettles refugees to save lives and provide stability to people fleeing persecution who have no hope of relief. Learn about people who came to Canada as refugees to build new lives.
Former Karen refugees Wahlay and Daisy have made Thunder Bay home and now assist other refugees and newcomers in the community.
Karny, a high school student whose family was recently privately sponsored to come to Canada, jumped right in to help other arriving Syrians.
Madut, a former Sudanese refugee and now proud Canadian citizen, shares his inspirational journey.
Recognizing students' and schools' efforts to #WelcomeRefugees
Across Canada, students, teachers and schools have shown leadership in their communities by helping to #WelcomeRefugees. Read about some of their efforts to create welcoming environments for refugees resettling in Canada.
- Tab 2: Young volunteers fundraise to welcome Syrian refugees: Dartmouth
- Tab 3: Raising funds for refugee integration in Regina
- Tab 4: Food and Fellowship to Welcome Refugees
- Tab 5: Technology meets humanitarian goals
- Tab 6: Helping young newcomers integrate in Canada: Halifax
- Tab 1: Practical gifts organized by students help welcome locally settled refugees
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