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Latvian Displaced Person Ausma Levalds, her mother, Karline, and sister, Rasma following a reception to commemorate Ausma’s arrival as Canada’s 50,000th postwar DP

Credit: 1949, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. [D2013.1912.24]

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Refugees face fear, shattered lives and often dangerous voyages in search of refuge. Canada has provided that refuge for many. However, over the course of the twentieth century, Canada has had a mixed record in welcoming refugees, reacting generously to some while overlooking others. Refuge Canada provides the context for Canada’s place in the global refugee crisis and brings to light the challenges faced by refugees in Canada.


  • Refuge Canada will explore the themes of: life before, fear, displacement, refuge and life in Canada.
  • Case studies from major waves of refugees coming to Canada will be featured including German Jewish, Hungarian, Southeast Asian, Tamil and Rwandan refugees among others.
  • Challenges a range of myths and stereotypes about refugees
  • Multimedia including digital interactives and a UNHCR refugee tent immersive setting
  • Flexible design includes two to three adaptable layout options, 1300 to 1500 ft²

Refuge Canada Exhibition Offer and Specifications

Download this pdf for exhibition description and specifications


Sara England, Exhibitions Coordinator, by email or by phone 902-425-7770 ext. 280 for more information or to book today.


Venue Date
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 March 10 - November 11, 2018
Peel Art Gallery,
Museum and Archives
Peel, ON
May 31 - September 13, 2019
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
Medicine Hat, AB
September 28 - December 7, 2019
Nanaimo Museum
Nanaimo, BC
January 25 - September 7, 2020
The City of Lethbridge for
The Sir Alexander Galt
Museum & Archives
Sept 26, 2020 to Jan 10, 2021
PumpHouse Museum
April-November 2021
WDM Saskatoon
February 2022 to May 2022
WDM North Battleford
North Battleford
June 2022 to August 2022
Simcoe Museum
October 2022 to January 2023
Lennox and Addington Museum and Archives
January 2023 to April 2023
Resurgo Place
May 2023 to August 2023
The Museum of Vancouver
October 2023 to February 2024
The Exploration Place
Prince George
February to May 2024

Museums Assistance Program

MAP provides financial assistance to Canadian museums and related institutions for the cost of borrowing travelling exhibitions. Find out more.

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