World Refugee Day Flag Raising Tuesday, June 20

Tuesday, June 20 is World Refugee Day. In recognition of this day, the City of Victoria will raise the United Nations Refugee Agency flag for one week.

World Refugee Flag Raising

Tuesday, June 20, Noon – 1 p.m. *Flag Raising to occur at 12:45 p.m.

Victoria City Hall, Pandora Street Entrance

The Inter-Cultural Association will be providing light refreshments and celebratory material. Mayor Helps will be raising the flag with a recently re-settled Karenni refugee from Burma.

In addition, beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Antechamber, the Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society will be putting on an Interactive Youth Theatre Play called “In the Footsteps of Our Immigrants that focuses on addressing the barriers and challenges that newcomer, immigrants and refugee people experience in Canada.

Other events organized by the Intercultural Association of Victoria and Greater Victoria Public Library include:

Warehoused Documentary Screening

Panel discussion with local refugees and the refugee advocacy community to follow. All seats: $4.75

Tuesday, June 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Cinecenta UVic, 3800 Finnerty Road

A Refugee Family’s Journey

Join author Margriet Ruurs and translator Falah Raheem on World Refugee Day for a conversation about their children’s book, Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey.

Tuesday, June 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Saanich Centennial Branch, GVPL, 3110 Tillicum Road

Victoria is a welcoming and inclusive city, defined by our collection of identities, experiences, cultures and histories.  Canadians have a long history of providing safe refuge to people who are forced to flee their homelands to escape persecution, war or severe human rights abuses. In 2015, the federal government announced a plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada. The City of Victoria is pleased to be a welcoming city for those who are relocating to Victoria.  Last year Mayor Helps reached out to Mayors across Vancouver Island along with higher levels of government and community partners to discuss a coordinated approach to welcoming Syrian refugees to Greater Victoria and we continue to welcome new refugees to our community through our community and government partners.