Two people stand in front of five exhibition panels, displayed in both English and French.

Hearts of Freedom - Stories of Southeast Asian Refugees

August 22 to December 3, 2023

This exhibition focuses on the incredible stories of Southeast Asian refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The impact of the Vietnam War, the Lao Secret War, and the Cambodian Genocide forced millions to flee their homelands and to seek safety in other countries. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has a right to life, liberty, and security of person; and the right to seek and enjoy asylum from persecution in other countries. These courageous refugees risked their lives, journeyed to different host countries, and travelled thousands of miles to Canada. The exhibition tells the stories of these survivors, in their own words and through their unique perspectives, adding to the fabric of the Canadian history of immigration.

A man reads an exhibition panel.
A woman walks by two exhibition panels, displayed in both English and French.
Three people stand and talk in front of the exhibition panels.
A woman speaks into a microphone at a podium with the Museum’s logo on it.