Refugee Awareness Campaign
June 20th is observed as “World Refugee Day” to honour the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees. The Centre for Newcomers has a proud 27-year history of welcoming and supporting immigrants and refugees from all corners of the world, providing programs, training, and resources to support their settlement and integration within our great city. Each year, the Centre supports over 10,000 newcomers to settle and integrate and begin their lives as prosperous and hardworking new citizens in Canada.
As a part of our Orange Ribbon Campaign, we have highlighted some of Canada's most well-known refugees throughout the month of June.
Honourable Ricardo Miranda. In 1988 Nicaragua was a disaster zone, ravaged by civil war and the onslaught of Hurricane Hugo. It was at this time the Miranda and his family arrived in Canada as refugees. Miranda was just 9 years old. 30 years later Miranda ran for and became MLA for Calgary-Cross. Not long after he was appointed to the provincial cabinet becoming Alberta’s Minister Culture and Tourism. When Miranda took charge of Alberta’s Culture & Tourism Department he made further history, becoming the first openly gay cabinet minister in the province’s 112-year history.
K’Naan, award-winning singer, songwriter, and rapper who grew up on the streets of Mogadishu arriving in Canada as a refugee at just 13 years old.
Hyam Abu Nada - not a Governor General or a Cabinet Minster, not a successful writer or a famous musician, just a woman who came to Canada as a refugee who is working hard to build a new life in Calgary.
The Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Canadian journalist and documentarian who was Canada’s 27th governor-general (2005–10) and the first person of African heritage to hold that post. She later became the first woman to serve as secretary-general of the Organization Internationale de la Francophonie (2015– ).
Kim Thuy - Canadian novelist born in Saigon, Vietnam. At the age of 10, they left Vietnam with her family, fleeing the country's communist regime. Thuy's first novel, "Ru" fictionalizes her family's long journey from Vietnam to Québec. Critics universally praised the book (which means "lullaby" in Vietnamese) since its release, and it has been published in several languages.
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