Up/Rooted Conference Day 2

Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo: “Digging Deeper: the Refugee Experience”

Friday, March 31st – 67 Erb St W, Waterloo, ON

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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The day will include academic panels and an important panel during which public officials will answer audience questions regarding the challenges faced on local, provincial and federal levels, the resettlement process, and future commitments moving forward.

Join us for a dynamic day of discussion and engagement about migration, resettlement and making home.  


Governing Syrian Refugees: Policies, Border Politics and Impact on the Lives of Syrians

Gender, Migration and the Refugee Experience

African Canadian and Indigenous Perspectives on Refugee Issues

Political Responses to Refugee Resettlement

Current Immigration Politics in the US & Canada – Q & A



Deborah MacLatchy, Laurier’s Vice President: Academic & Provost

Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Catherine Fife, MPP for Kitchener-Waterloo

Dave Jaworsky, Mayor, City of Waterloo

Melissa Fama, Assistant Director, Refugee Affairs, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Alexandra Mackenzie, Director for International Humanitarian Assistance Policy, Global Affairs Canada

Tima Kurdi, Keynote Speaker and Advocate, Alan and Ghalib Kurdi Foundation http://www.kurdifoundation.com/


As well as representatives from the Canadian Council for Refugees, Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support, Local Immigrant Partnership, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, scholarly experts and many more!!!!!

If you would like to participate in this conference day and Tima’s talk, please register for each one separately.

Click Here to Register Separately for Keynote Speaker Tima Kurdi

Tima Kurdi delivers an inspirational presentation about refugee struggles and possibilities. Tima Kuri is co-founder of the Alan and Ghalib Kurdi Foundation. The Foundation was created to honour the family of brother Abdullah Kurdi, including Alan Kurdi, the three year old Syrian boy who lost his life seeking safety from the conflict, and whose picture made headlines around the world and prompted people to open their hearts and borders,