743. Refugee Rights Month – April, 2017

Look for events about Refugee Rights Month and an exciting refugee art exhibition.

Refugee Rights 2017 Month Proclamation organized by the City of Toronto Newcomer Office and Refugee Rights Day planning Committee. Location: Toronto City Hall. Members Lounge. 100 Queen St W, Date: April 03, 2017. Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm


Art Exhibition: Beyond Fear and Loss, Reaching for Hope 2017 organized by the Quaker Committee for Refugees and the Salvadoran Canadian Association of Toronto (ASALCA).

The visual expression of refugee experience of flight from homeland and the journey to a new life in Canada

Date: April 6-8- Opening: April 6th at 6:PM

· Thursday April 6 – 1pm to 9 pm

· Friday April 7th – 10 am to 9pm

· Saturday April 8th – 10 am to 5pm.

A fundraising book sale will also be held in conjunction with this exhibition to raise funds for the Quaker Committee for Refugees. Donations of books are welcome.

Location: Friends House, 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto.  (Near the Bloor and St. George subway)


Readers of this Blog might remember last year’s exhibition and sale of refugee art.  Below and on our Featured Image is a painting from that 2016 exhibition by an anonymous  Iranian artist who spent four months of her five prison year in Iran in solitary confinement blindfolded. She survived because she imagined beautiful images – butterflies and flowers. See: https://www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com/2016/04/14/637-beyond-fear-and-loss-refugee-art-april-2016. Ruth

Painting Copyright ©2016 by Artist.


Event: Celebration of Refugee Rights Join Amnesty International, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture and Sojourn House in celebrating the many ways in which refugees enrich our communities.

Location: Bloor Street United Church (300 Bloor St. West) – McClure Hall

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 3:30pm-6:30pm

Many thanks to Eusebio Garcia, Refugee Settlement Worker, of Toronto Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends Quakers)  for this list. http://quakerservice.ca/our-work/human-rights/refugees/.












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