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CLOSED “Refuge Canada” Exhibit – Nanaimo Museum – Nanaimo
February 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until March 17, 2020
“Refuge Canada” Exhibit at Nanaimo Museum, Nanaimo
Monday to Sunday, from January 25 to May 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed Sundays)
**In light of the developing situation with Covid-19 the Nanaimo Museum will be closed until further notice, effective immediately.**
Opening Saturday, January 25, Refuge Canada explores Canada’s place in the global refugee crisis.
Through images, soundscapes, first person accounts and artifacts, this powerful exhibition begins “no
one wants to be a refugee, anyone could become a refugee.” Moving through major waves of arrival
from Second World War era up to present day, Refuge Canada does not shy away from opportunities to
portray the darker chapters of history. Hopeful stories of optimism and success are balanced by moving
accounts of shattered lives, fear, and examples of Canada’s mixed record in welcoming refugees.
The exhibition will draw visitors through its five themes: Life Before, Fear, Displacement, Refuge and Life
in Canada, with hands-on opportunities to connect with the content. Crawl inside a UNHCR tent, or find
room in an inflatable boat similar to those used by refugees fleeing from Turkey to Greece. Look out a
plane window as the shores of Canada approach and listen to refugees tell their stories throughout the
exhibit. Refuge Canada will challenge and inspire as it brings visitors on a journey from darkness to
hope, always calling into question preconceptions about what it means to be a refugee.
As Canadians become increasingly aware of the current global refugee crisis, Refuge Canada is an
opportunity to gain historical context.
The museum is open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm. The Nanaimo Museum is located in the Vancouver
Island Conference Centre, beside Serious Coffee. For more information please visit
www.nanaimomuseum.ca or call 250 753-1821.
Refuge Canada was produced by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Supported by TD.
“Canada has had a mixed record in welcoming refugees, reacting generously to some while overlooking
others. Refuge Canada provides the context for Canada’s place in the global refugee crisis and brings to
light the challenges faced by refugees in Canada. The exhibition also shares stories of success and
contributions made by people who came to Canada as refugees. ” – Dan Conlin, Curator, Canadian
Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21:
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is located in the national historic site at the Halifax
seaport where nearly one million immigrants landed in Canada from 1928 to 1971. Today, as Canada’s
sixth national museum, we share the ongoing story of immigration to Canada—past to present, and
coast to coast. Our exhibits immerse visitors in the immigration experience and allow for a deeper
understanding of how newcomers shape our country. Our staff and collections provide opportunities for
visitors to discover the countless journeys to Canada and find their own family’s connection to the story.
Countless Journeys. One Canada.
Photo: Moynerghona refugee camp, Bangladesh, December 15, 2017. Credit: © UNHCR/Andrew McConnell