On December 4, 2000, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution, naming June 20th World Refugee Day, to bring attention to the plight of the world’s refugees and extend to them encouragement, support, and respect.
In keeping with humanitarian tradition and international obligations, Canada provides protection to thousands of people each year. World Refugee Day is a time for all to recognize and appreciate the safe, friendly environment of Canada, and extend to refugees the same kindness we offer our families and friends.
The focus of this year’s World Refugee Day is the impact of war on families; the core message is “Take 1 minute to support a family forced to flee.”
Locally, the City of Windsor has also proclaimed June 20th World Refugee Day. UN Refugee Day is celebrated in major cities across Canada and Windsor is proud to be a strong supporter and participant in rebuilding both the lives and futures of refugees. The City of Windsor and its people continue to welcome refugees and make resources available for refugees and their families to live life with dignity.
Attendees at the local event will be exposed to moving, heartfelt, and inspirational expressions of refugees through storytelling, poetry, dance, and music. By gathering together to share commonalities and celebrate differences, the event serves to foster respect, understanding, and community. The Opening Event at the Windsor Public Library will commence on June 20 at 12:00 noon with Canada’s National Anthem, followed by welcoming remarks from attending dignitaries.
Organizing Partners of this event include: Centre Communautaire Francophone Windsor – Essex – Kent, Collège Boréal, Conseil scolaire de district des écoles catholiques du Sud-Ouest, El Salvador Association of Windsor, Language Assessment and Resource Centre, Matthew House Windsor, Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County, New Canadians’ Center of Excellence Inc., Windsor Public Library, Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc., and the YMCA of Windsor and Essex County.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Windsor World Refugee Day Celebrations.
For more information about World Refugee Day 2013, please visit The UN Refugee Agency web site at www.unhcr.ca.
For more information about this event, contact:
Matthew House Windsor
Tel: (519) 945-7627
Tel: (519) 253-1525, ext. 224