This public event will feature a Proclamation made by the City of Vancouver, speeches from refugee guest speakers, performances by musicians. There will also be light refreshments catered by a local newcomer-owned businesses. If you are a community agency and would like to bring posters and flyers, there will be a resource table for you to place them there.
12 pm – Doors Open
12:45 pm – Event Starts
1 pm – Speeches, followed by the City Proclamation
1:30 pm – Musical Performances
2 pm – Closing and Thank you
Transit and Parking information: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House can be accessed via public transit via the #9 or the #99. Parking is limited, so please arrive early to park if you are driving. There is parking along 10th avenue, but please note that it is residential area and a bike route.
Territorial Honouring: As the event organizers, the City of Vancouver, the Multi-Agency Partnership of BC, and the Vancouver Local Immigration Partnership, gratefully acknowledge that World Refugee Day celebrations are taking place on unceded lands of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish peoples. We also recognize that June 21st is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and this event seeks to also recognize the importance of intercultural connections and ongoing education and learning for newcomers as a key commitment to truth and reconciliation.
Accessibility and Safety: We work hard to ensure that this is a safe and inclusive space for all. There are two gender-inclusive and single stall washrooms on the main floor, and are also wheelchair accessible. The main entrance has one wheel-chair accessible door. We encourage all guests to wear masks, but it is not mandatory.