MSC to host refugee resettlement panel discussion
Five refugee resettlement experts with experience in Canada's past and present programs will participate in a panel discussion examining the past, present and future of Canada's refugee resettlement efforts.
The public is invited to attend the event, titled, "Refugee Resettlement in Canada: Moving Forward from Lessons of the Past." The discussion will take place on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00 PM in Eckhardt Gramatte Hall, at the University of Winnipeg. Admission is free, and all are welcome.
"Canada has a long history of resettling refugees," says Dr. Stephanie Stobbe, Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies at Menno Simons College, who will moderate the panel. "Today there are 17.2 million refugees under UNHCR's mandate, and over 1 million refugees are in need of resettlement. We want to explore what the future of Canada's resettlement program might look like."
The panel will include:
- Mike Molloy, former Ambassador to Jordan & Coordinator of Indochinese Refugee Resettlement Program;
- Peter Duschinsky, a former Canadian Foreign Service Officer & Coordinator of Ethiopian Refugee Resettlement Program;
- Tom Denton, Executive Director of Hospitality House Refugee Ministry;
- John Wieler, former Overseas Director for MCC Canada;
- Brian Dyck, MCC Canada Migration and Resettlement Program Coordinator;
- Dr. Shauna Labman, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Manitoba, with expertise in immigration and refugee law;
- Dr. Stephanie Stobbe, Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies at Menno Simons College, with expertise in forced migration and refugee resettlement.
"Based on the experiences and work of the panelists, we hope they can provide some suggestions regarding refugee resettlement policy and practice that will be efficient and assist refugees in successfully making a home in Canada and contributing to this nation," says Stobbe.
For more information about the event, contact msc:@:uwinnipeg.ca
Menno Simons College is a program of Canadian Mennonite University, affiliated with the University of Winnipeg.