September 28, 2019 - December 7, 2019
Through images, soundscapes, first person accounts and artifacts, this powerful exhibition begins “no one wants to be a refugee, anyone could become a refugee.” Moving through major waves of arrival from Second World War era up to present day, Refuge Canada does not shy away from opportunities to portray the darker chapters of history. Hopeful stories of optimism and success are balanced by moving accounts of shattered lives, fear, and examples of Canada’s mixed record in welcoming refugees.
The exhibition draws visitors through its five themes: Life Before, Fear, Displacement, Refuge and Life in Canada, with hands-on opportunities to connect with the content. Crawl inside a UNHCR tent, or find room in an inflatable boat similar to those used by refugees fleeing from Turkey to Greece. Look out a plane window as the shores of Canada approach and listen to refugees tell their stories throughout the exhibit. Refuge Canada will challenge and inspire as it brings visitors on a journey from darkness to hope, always calling into question preconceptions about what it means to be a refugee.
THU Oct 17 | 7:30 PM | FREE
Join an informal discussion about immigration and the refugee reality, with hosts Shalla Shaharyar, Ken Feser and Elizabeth Thomson. Come to listen and learn, or question and engage, whatever your comfort level may be. Visit Refuge Canada before In Conversation. Doors open at 6 PM. Gallery and event admission is free.
Refuge Canada is a travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21