SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 - Launch of the Exhibition on The Southeast Asian Refugee Crisis and Canada's Response

The Exhibition is open to the public from September 1 to October 28, 2016.
Human Rights Research and Education Centre
University of Ottawa | Fauteux Hall, FTX570 | 57 Louis Pasteur

Please note that the exhibition is displayed in a room where the HRREC holds events and meetings. Thank you for contacting the Centre at HRREC@uOttawa.ca to confirm the room's availability!


The Human Rights Research and Education Centre is pleased to partner with the Planning Committee of the 30th Anniversary of People of Canada's Nansen Medal to launch the exhibition:

The Southeast Asian Refugee Crisis and Canada's Response

Friday, September 9, 2016
12 to 1:30 p.m.
Fauteux Hall – FTX570
(57 Louis Pasteur, uOttawa)

The event will be in English.
Light refreshments will be provided.
RSVP at HRREC@uOttawa.ca


Welcome Remarks:

  • Viviana FERNANDEZ | Assistant Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre

Speakers:

  • Johannes van der KLAAUW | Representative, United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Mike MOLLOY | President, Canadian Immigration Historical Society
  • Barbara GAMBLE | Former Member, Project 4000

The speakers will share their perspectives about Canadian policy’s impacts on the humanitarian efforts to help Southeast Asian refugees between 1979 and 1985.


Featuring selected images on the Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese refugees’ journey to freedom and the Canadian humanitarian efforts, this exhibition is a first cross-cultural collaboration among the Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese communities with selected national and local organizations to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the People of Canada’s Nansen Medal. The Nansen Medal is the highest distinction generally bestowed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to individuals. In 1986, Canadians became the first to receive this prestigious recognition for the sustained contribution made to the cause of refugees in Canada and around the world.

The stories include:

  • Vietnamese Boat People Refugees
  • Cambodian Refugees
  • Laotian Refugees
  • Canadian Immigration Historical Society
  • Operation Airlifts: Air Canada
  • Operation Lifeline
  • Mennonite Central Committee of Canada
  • Project 4000
  • Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization
  • Catholic Centre for Immigrants
  • Uni-Action

This exhibition is presented by the Human Rights Research and Education Centre in partnership with the Planning Committee of the 30th Anniversary of People of Canada's Nansen Medal. The Planning Committee is composed of representatives from the Vietnamese Canadian Federation, the Cambodian Association of Ottawa Valley, the Laotian Association of Ottawa Valley, the Canadian Immigration Historical Society, Operation Lifeline, Project 4000, the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.


*The Human Rights Research and Education Centre may take pictures at this event for use on the website.

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