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Refugee Rights Day

Tuesday, April 4

Posted: Thursday 30th March 2017 20:57

L-R – Angela (Qi Liang) He Colonel Gray High School – 1st prize in poster category, Julia Ezeard from Grace Christian School - 1st prize in written category, Ben MacMillan from Morell Regional High - 2nd prize in written category

The Multicultural Education Program of the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEIANC) is awarding prizes to the winning students of the Association's fifth annual, Island-wide, Anti-Racism Creative Challenge. The Challenge is one of the ways that the Association acknowledges March 21st, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and the awards are always handed out following March break.

This year the award ceremony will be held on Refugee Rights Day, Tuesday evening, April 4th the Confederation Centre Public Library. The winning students' artwork will be on display and winning writing will be read (there were no videos submitted this year). PEIANC will also screen a short film called "Whitewash," by filmmaker Nadine Valcin. Because Islanders seldom have the opportunity to hear the voices of former refugees who are now their neighbours, there will also be several speakers who will share their experiences, either as a young refugee settling on the Island, or as a member of a Private Sponsorship Group on PEI.

Guest speakers confirmed are thirteen-year-old Basel Al Rashdan, seventeen-year-old Dorcas Habumugisha, and Bonnie Stewart, a member of the Interfaith Refugee Sponsorship Group.

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 4th, 6:30pm
Location: Confederation Centre Public Library

Lisa Dollar, Multicultural Educator at PEIANC, echoes the sentiments of the Canadian Council for Refugees, "Refugee Rights Day calls upon every Canadian to reflect on the fact that Refugees are people who have been forced from their homes by human rights abuses, war, famine, or other environmental catastrophes. All refugees have a right to protection, wherever they are. Saying that some refugees are more deserving than others is the same as saying that some human beings are of less value than others."

Everyone is welcome to join in marking Refugee Rights Day. Come and be a part of the award ceremony and hear our diverse guest speakers. Meet the winning students and hear and see what they have to say and illustrate on the important topic of anti-racism. Everyone is invited to stay for refreshments and conversation after the event.

For more information please contact:

Yvette Doucette

Yvette Doucette
Information Officer

(902) 628-6009 ext. 226