Media advisory: Canadian Council for Refugees Fall Consultation

Canadian Council for Refugees

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Canadian Council for Refugees Fall Consultation

‘30 Years of Building a Home of Justice for Refugees and Immigrants’

17 November 2008 - Members of the media are invited to a national consultation on refugee and immigration issues taking place in Toronto from 27 November – 29 November 2008.  The theme of the Consultation is ‘30 Years of Building a Home of Justice for Refugees and Immigrants’ as a tribute to the CCR’s 30th anniversary.

Consultation sessions will include themes such as:

  • What happens to refugees left behind and not resettled?
  • Providing services to trafficked persons
  • Canada’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • A special presentation by Somali human rights activists
  • US war resisters as Convention refugees
  • Newcomer youth and gang violence
  • Protecting the rights of temporary workers
  • ...and many more

The CCR Consultation will bring together leaders in the promotion of refugee and immigrant rights from across Canada and this is an opportunity to meet them.  Participants will include senior representatives of local and national refugee and immigrant-serving organizations, representatives of faith-based organizations, policy-makers, academics, lawyers, youth activists and refugees.

Most of the Consultation sessions are open to the media and we encourage media representatives to contact us beforehand to discuss what you would like to cover.  Please check in at the CCR registration desk on site.  Opportunities will be available to interview participants.

The consultation is made possible through funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

When: 27 November – 29 November 2008

Location: Holiday Inn on King, 370 King Street West, Toronto

Consultation program and other details: available at

Contacts: Colleen French, Communications and Networking Co-ordinator, tel. (514) 277-7223 ext. 1 (before 26 November), (514) 476-3971 (cell phone from 26 November – 29 November),  email:

The Canadian Council for Refugees is a non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. The membership is made up of over 180 organizations involved in refugee sponsorship and protection and in newcomer settlement. The CCR serves the networking, information-exchange and advocacy needs of its membership.