June 20th is World Refugee Day. Created by the United Nations in 2001, It is a day meant to commemorate the plight of refugees ,as well as celebrate all the positive work that is done by countries, organizations, and citizens to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of refugees around the world.

In honour of the 65th anniversary of the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, the Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council, with its community partners, is hosting Refugee Week from June 20th to the 25th.

It will include a number of forums, activities, and awareness campaigns around refugee issues, as well as promoting diversity and awareness of the multicultural community of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The schedule of events is as follows:

World Refugee Day Celebration – June 20th, CLB Armoury (82 Harvey Road), 2:00-6:00 pm (hosted by THRIVE)

Mental Health Forum – June 21st, The Lantern (35 Barnes Road), 7:00-9:00 pm

Refugee Walk – June 22nd, RIAC Office to Harbourside Park, 12:00-2:00 pm

Municipal Forum on the History of Multiculturalism and Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador – June 22nd, 7:00-9:00 pm, Location TBA

The Human Library – June 23rd, RIAC Office, 1:00-3:00

Interested in attending, volunteering, or simply learning more? Call 754-4122 or email coordinator@riac.ca.

Its sure to be a fun week, while raising awareness around refugees, diversity, and multiculturalism in our community. Can’t wait to see you there!

UNHCR web page on World Refugee Day: http://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/

Thrive: http://www.thrivecyn.ca/