Joint Press Release on Canada Day 1 Exhibition

Date Publish: 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

20/06/2017 - Diversity as a source of strength underpins Canada’s approach to refugees, resettlement and immigration. To mark World Refugee Day and Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Canada Day 1 Exhibition, which will run from June 20th until July 5th 2017, will be launched on June 20th at Central Library of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

The Canadian Embassy in Bangkok and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) - the UN Migration Agency, have partnered to bring this exhibition to Thailand. Curated by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the exhibition displays the diverse, lived experiences of newcomers to Canada through historic photographs and documents. A special panel by IOM on the resettlement of refugees in Thailand and the Middle East to Canada will also be featured. The exhibition will be shown in various locations across Bangkok until the closing event at EmQuartier on December 8th-11th 2017.

Providing refuge to people seeking safety from persecution is a priority of the Canadian government. Between 1929 and 1971, Pier 21 served as the “gateway to Canada” for over one million immigrants and refugees. Over the last 2 years, Canada has resettled over 40,000 refugees from Syria with the assistance of IOM. Through private and government sponsorships, the Canadian model to welcome refugees has been imitated worldwide. As such, diversity and multiculturalism is integral to Canadian identity. Another focal point of Prime Minister Trudeau’s advocacy initiatives is youth empowerment. Therefore, Chulalongkorn University is the ideal location to launch the exhibition, as it provides students with the opportunity to learn about Canada’s history and commitment to diversity.

Canada is not a flawless model for immigration or refugees, but it is committed to openness and constantly aims to improve policies and practices. HOM Donica Pottie, Canada’s Ambassador to Thailand, highlights the importance of this event, “Canada is proud to showcase the arrival experiences of immigrants and refugees, who have endured huge struggles and contributed immensely to our economy and social fabric. 2017 marks 150 years of Confederation, and for Canada, diversity is our story and our strength. This exhibition demonstrates the power of inclusion and compassion. Visitors are encouraged to view and reflect on 150 years of compelling “Day 1” stories over the duration of the exhibit.” 

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