3255 St-Jacques street
November 3rd, 2011
At Galerie Armatta (3255 St-Jacques street, metro Lionel-Groulx)
During the Holocaust Education Series, the Human Rights Committee of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre (MHMC) invites you to think about how Canada's processes for handling asylum claims have changed since the Holocaust. The event will explore challenges and barriers facing refugees trying to enter Canada today.
Leading up to and during the Holocaust Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis sought refuge from persecution in Canada. Most were turned away. At the time, the government tried to discredit these asylum seekers as frauds and economic opportunists and warned that if they were allowed in, more Jews from Europe would follow. Many of those turned away subsequently perished in Nazi death camps.
Today, Canada receives about 30,000 asylum seekers a year. Many of these people are looking to Canada for refuge from atrocities in their home countries.
More than six decades after the Holocaust, how have Canada's processes for handling refugees changed? Discussion with:
- Rivka Augenfeld, member of the executive of the Canadian Council for Refugees,
- Rick Goldman, Coordinator of the Committee to Aid Refugees.
- Two refugees who will share their experience.
Organised in partnership with STAND McGill, this discussion will be moderated by Michael Chervin et Delice Mugabo from Project Genesis.