Spring Consultation 2019


University of Victoria
Student Union Building
Victoria BC V8P 5C2

Canadian Council for Refugees Spring Consultation

30 May - 1 June 2019, Victoria, BC

Roots: Reconciling the global with the local

Join more than 300 others in Victoria to explore current issues affecting refugee protection and newcomer settlement at our Spring Consultation, with a special focus on dialogue about newcomer settlement on Indigenous land, and building bridges with Indigenous People. All are welcome to participate!

With views from all Canadian provinces and with experts in diverse fields, the Consultation offers opportunities for professional development, networking and strategy.

Consultation program

Click here for an overview of program and other important information. 


Online registration is now closed. You may still register on site at the Student Union Building of the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC. The registration table opens on Wednesday, May 29th at 5pm (until 8pm). If you can, please register on the Wednesday, as it is quite busy on the Thursday morning (when the registration table opens at 7:30am).

Payment for your registration may be made on site with cash, cheque, VISA or Mastercard.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the consultation!

Plenary speakers

  • Carey Newman, Kwagiulth and Coast Salish artist and Audain Professor at University of Victoria. Creator of the Witness Blanket.
  • Richard Wex, Chairperson, Immigration and Refugee Board
  • Hassan Al-Kontar, Syrian refugee and activist, stranded for 7 months in a Malaysian airport


Workshops on a wide range of topics including:

  • Building Bridges: settlement on Indigenous lands
  • Housing for refugee claimants
  • Root Causes: the Supreme Court Nevsun case
  • Private sponsorship issues
  • Complementary pathways
  • Newcomer youth engagement

Join us to discuss key current issues:

  • Caregiver Programs
  • Access to legal aid
  • Sponsor – settlement agency relations
  • Addressing public opinion
  • Proposed changes to the refugee determination process

And more: ccrweb.ca/en/consultation-workshops


Not yet a CCR member? There’s no better time to become one...

Coming to the CCR Consultation in Victoria? There is no better time to apply for membership as a Member (for groups and organizations) or as an Associate Member (for unaffiliated individuals).

Submit a complete membership application and your Consultation registration to receive your membership for 2019. Click here for more details.

If your group or organization is not yet a member of the CCR, you may be missing out on perks like Consultation registration discounts, free webinars and online resources for CCR members only.

Already an Associate Member or with a CCR member organization? Please share this opportunity with ‘future Members’ attending the Consultation!

Why participate?

‘‘I loved the opportunity to share, but also to see the many people involved in the field! It’s energizing and motivational!’’

‘‘My clients face these issues and it’s important for me to hear from other workers about possible solutions.’’

‘‘It takes extra effort to keep updated when you do it on your own so being a part of the CCR and the energy of people who care was absolutely wonderful, refreshing, and a good reminder of what matters.’’

‘‘A lot of the consultation was useful to me and my work. I feel that I will be able to bring a lot of what I learned back to my team.’’

‘‘It was nice hearing questions, comments and concerns addressed by both people who work in the refugee sector and from refugees themselves.’’

‘‘I appreciated the open environment and the speakers’ abilities to navigate a conversation so that everyone felt heard.”

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