The speaker will be discussing the current global refugee crisis and its implications for Canada. What are the root causes of the refugee crisis and how are governments responding? What are the limitations of the current government’s announcement to welcome Syrian refugees?

What are the systemic barriers to inclusion, access, permanent residency and full rights and dignity for all migrants, refugees, and migrant workers in Canada?  How can we oppose all forms of displacement and affirm the inherent human right to stay, freedom to move, and right to return.

Speaker: Harsha Walia Harsha Walia is a South Asian author and activist, currently residing in Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish territories. Harsha is a cofounder of the migrant justice group, No One Is Illegal and the progressive South Asian network Radical Desis. She attended law school at UBC and currently works at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. Haesha is the author of Undoing Border Imperialism, which is currently in its second print run and she has won the CCPA Power of Youth Award, the Westender’s Best of the City in Activism and been called “one of Canada’s most brilliant and effective organizers” by Naomi Klein. Moderator:   Sage Strobel Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016 Time: Noon - 1:30 PM (30 minutes each for presentation, lunch and Q & A) Location: Country Kitchen Catering (Lower level of The Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr. S Cost: $11.00 (includes lunch) or $2.00 (includes coffee/tea)

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