CITIZEN SUMMIT: Refugees in the 21st Century: Who’s Responsible? Whose Responsibility?

November 5, 2016

2016 Citizen Summit

Refugees in the 21st Century: Who’s Responsible? Whose Responsibility?



Pre-registration for the Citizen Summit is now open.
Click here to purchase tickets.



The Biennial Citizen Summit presents a unique opportunity for students, researchers, academics, journalists, activists, diaspora voices, community members, and artists to gather in an interdisciplinary setting to learn, confront and effectively address pressing global issues.

The day-long Summit features speakers, exhibits, workshops, and other opportunities for attendees to practically explore a particular global issue in depth. Scheduled for November 5th with its thematic focus on refugees, the Summit will coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Canadian Federal Government’s commitment to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees, making this a particularly timely initiative.

The Summit will feature a keynote speech in the morning as well as a speaker panel in the afternoon. In between those panels, you will also be able to attend interactive workshop sessions that will focus on one particular aspect of the issue. You will be informed by e-mail once the registration for workshop sessions has started (no additional fee).


Pre-registration for the Citizen Summit is now open. Click here to purchase tickets.

Students: $10 (valid student ID required)

Non-students: $15

All are welcome to attend the Summit, particularly students in the Montreal area.


Keynote speaker

The Hon Irwin Cotler (Founder and Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Member of Parliament, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, international human rights lawyer)

Afternoon panel

Rania Younes (Programs Director at Canadian Arab Institute, Board of directors at the Arab Community Centre, co-founder of Welcome Home TO)

Dr. Anna Banerji (Director of Global and Indigenous Health at Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto)

Rivka Augenfeld (Former president of the Table de Concertation des Organisme au Service des Personnes Réfugiées et Immigrantes)


There will be two workshop sessions with the four following options for each session, allowing you to attend up to two different workshops. More information regarding registration to workshops will be communicated shortly.

Workshop 1: Refugee Settlement Through Community Involvement
Facilitator: Noor Din from Human Endeavour

Workshop 2: Dissecting the Canadian Immigration System’s Role In the Plight of Refugees: Help or Hindrance?
Facilitator: Hazim Ismail

Workshop 3: Knowing yourself: Understanding Migration and Conflict Through Theatre and Dialogue
Facilitators: Anna Press and Julien Naggar

Workshop 4: Understanding and empowering grassroots refugee-support movements
Facilitators: Rania Younes and Derakhshan Qurban-Ali

For more information about the Summit, please contact Julien Renvoisé, Citizen Summit Coordinator at the following address:

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