October 20, 2016


MONTREAL, Saturday November 5th 2016 The Mosaic Institute is hosting its biennial Citizen Summit from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM at the Thomson House at McGill University – 3650 Rue McTavish.

Titled: Refugees in the 21st Century: Who’s Responsible? Who’s Responsibility?, the Citizen Summit is co-sponsored by the Brian Bronfman Family Foundation and McGill’s Institute for the study of International Development.

The Citizen Summit is a day-long conference that brings students, academics, journalists, activists, diaspora voices, community members, and artists into dialogue about important global social justice issues. The day includes keynote speakers, moderated discussions, workshops, and displays that explore the theme of the Summit in depth.

The Citizen Summit creates space for dialogue around questions surrounding refugees in the 21st Century. Canadian students have been in the forefront of the public discussion and response to the global refugee crises. They continue to seek more opportunities to learn and engage with this issue. The Citizen Summit provides a forum for this dialogue, allowing participants to examine contemporary refugee issues from a multi-dimensional perspective.

November 2016 will mark the one-year anniversary of the Canadian Federal Government’s commitment to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees, which makes this a particularly timely initiative.

The Hon. Irwin Cotler, former Member of Parliament, former Minister of Justice Canada, former attorney general, International Human Rights Lawyer and Emeritus Law professor at McGill University and founder and chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, will give the keynote address at the Summit.

Other speakers include Rania Younes, Program Director at the Canadian Arab Institute, member of the Board of Directors at the Arab Community Centre of Toronto, and 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; and Rivka Augenfeld, Consultant and trainer in politics, programs and procedures relating to immigration, refugee issues and intercultural relations.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in smaller interactive workshops throughout the day. These workshops will utilize various participatory methods to create opportunities genuine and open dialogue about contemporary refugee issues in Canada and around the world.

Pre-registration for the Citizen Summit is now open. Student tickets are $10 (valid student ID required), and non-student tickets are $15. All are welcome to attend the Summit, particularly students in the Montreal area. To purchase tickets please visit:

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Julien Renvoisé (primary contact)
Citizen Summit Coordinator
Tel: 514 836 8894

Alpha Abebe (secondary contact)
UofMosaic Program Manager
Tel: 416.644.6000 ext. 670