Up/Rooted Conference Day 1


WLU Brantford Campus: “Community Experiences of Being a Refugee”

Thursday, March 30th – 1 Market Square, Brantford (former Market Square mall)

Part of a 3-day conference gathering artists, academics, politicians and refugees to propose innovative solutions to current challenges in migration. Visit imrc.ca/uprooted for more information.

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Local refugees and support and advocacy groups provide first hand insight into the refugee, resettlement, and adaptation experience with the goal of identify strengths, weaknesses and solutions.

  • The day will start with opening remarks from Jean Becker, Senior Advisor for Aboriginal Initiatives WLU (introduced by Dr. Carol Duncan) and other leaders from Laurier Brantford.
  • The conference will kick off with a showcase of artistic and musical performances. Well-renowned local singer Alyshia Brilla will perform alongside accompanist Sammy Duke.
  • Keynote Speaker: David Tony Hoffman, “Community Partnerships with Syrian Refugees: The Story of the Malala Girls Club” (introduced by Dr. Bree Akesson)and followed by discussion.
  • We will show the National Film Board documentary “19 Days”; 19 Days reveals the human side of the refugee resettlement process. A unique look at the global migration crisis and one particular stage of asylum, it lays plain the realities faced on the difficult road towards integration.
  • Conversations about Community Experiences: Being / Supporting a Refugee: This panel will bring together, refugees, local refugee sponsorship and settlement support organizations. It will provide first hand insight into the refugee, resettlement, and adaptation experience. A panel of Refugee supporting groups and refugees will partake in the discussion.

CIGI Auditorium (Waterloo, ON): Documentary Screening “The Crossing” and a Q&A with director George Kurian:

This nailbiting documentary offers us a first-hand account of the perilous journey made by a group of Syrian refugees fleeing war and persecution. Traversing land and sea in an old unseaworthy fishing boat, the travellers reach Europe only to find that the hardest part of their journey still lies ahead. Each person must confront the realities of being ‘refugees’, battling to maintain their spirit and establish their identities in a maze of uncertainties, regulations and refugee centres.

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