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Up/Rooted: Refugees, Resettlement, Community Conference

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DAY 1: Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford Campus; DAY 2: Balsillie School of International Affairs; DAY 3: Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo Campus

Region of Waterloo, ON

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[Detailed schedule link coming soon; link will be posted here and emailed to eventbrite attendees]

The Up/Rooted Conference brings together academics, students, refugees, artists, politicians and community members and organizations, with the goal of generating innovative perspectives and dialogue about the refugee experience, challenges and successes. The conference focuses on the Region of Waterloo’s experience.

The conference is held over 3 days in 3 different locations:

March 30th, WLU Brantford campus
March 31st, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo
April 1st, WLU Waterloo campus

** Please note that you have the opportunity to register for conference days and events in the evening (The Crossing film and Tima Kurdi's talk). We ask that you register separately (using the links provided below) if you plan to come to conference days and evening events. In this way, we can keep track of numbers (for each sub-event) and will be able to make sure to reserve a spot for you. **


DAY 1: Thursday, March 30th

WLU Brantford Campus : "Community Experiences of Being a Refugee"

Local refugee sponsorship groups and refugees provide first hand insight into the refugee, resettlement, and adaptation experience, discussing possible changes and solutions to improve the refugee resettlement and post-settlement experiences. Please register for DAY 1 by clicking on the "SELECT THE DATE" button above.

CIGI Auditorium (Waterloo, ON) : Documentary Screening "The Crossing" and a Q&A with director George Kurian.

Please register separately for "The Crossing" here.


DAY 2: Friday, March 31st

Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo : "Digging Deeper; the various dimensions of Immigrant and Refugee Experiences"

Features five panels, an art exhibit and in the evening keynote speaker Tima Kurdi.

Panels include

  • Governing Syrian Refugees: Policies, Border Politics and Impact on the Lives of Syrians
  • Gender, Migration and the Refugee Experience
  • African Canadian and Indigenous Perspectives on Refugee Issues
  • Community-University Partnerships for Refugees
  • Political Responses to Refugee Resettlement
  • Refugee and Immigrant art exhibit

Please register for DAY 2 by clicking on the "SELECT THE DATE" button above.

CIGI Auditorium (Waterloo, ON) : Keynote Presentation Tima Kurdi

Please register separately to Tima Kurdi's presentation here.


DAY 3: Saturday, April 1st

WLU Waterloo Campus: "Laying Roots through Culture: The role of arts and culture in resettlement and communicating the migration experience”

Musical guests and performing artists demonstrate the power of arts and culture to communicate the refugee and immigrant experience. The lunch intermission will include the renowned movie screening of "I am Rohingya". The film director Yusuf Zine will join us to share his insights.

The panel "Laying Roots through Culture: The role of arts and culture in resettlement and communicating the migration experience” that will highlight the creative process behind the communicating the migration experience. The Conference will end with a reception and a dinner prepared by members of the KW Syrian community to which conference attendees are invited to attend.

Please register for DAY 3 by clicking on the "SELECT THE DATE" button above.


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Region of Waterloo, ON

Canada

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