World Refugee Day is June 20

World Refugee Day is Monday, June 20. This year's theme is: Whoever. Wherever. Whenever. Everyone has the right to seek safety.

Annual World Refugee Day activities are one way to demonstrate that our community is an inclusive place for anyone, including refugees seeking safety from their homeland. 

World Refugee Day Committee Victoria invites everyone to participate in it celebrations and ceremonies to honour refugee experiences, their stories and their contributions to society.

World Refugee Day Proclamation and UN Flag-Raising Ceremony 
Monday, June 20 at noon
Victoria City Hall, Centennial Square Flag Pole
Join Acting Mayor Sarah Potts and Iman Skati and Karen Hira from the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS) for a proclamation and flag-raising ceremony. Maka Adam and their family, who resettled in Victoria from Sudan, will receive a copy of the proclamation.

World Refugee Day Community Picnic|
Saturday, June 18, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Cadboro-Gyro Park
This gathering will feature free food, musical performances and youth-friendly activities for families to enjoy. Learn more about refugee experiences and engage with those of refugee backgrounds. 

Member organizations of World Refugee Day Committee Victoria include the City of Victoria, District of Saanich, REP Here In Canada (Here Magazine), Inter-cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA), Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees (VICCIR), Belfry Theatre, Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL), Le Relais Francophone, Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS), and La Société francophone de Victoria.