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Host Refuge Canada:
Our Newest Travelling Exhibit

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


Michèle Gervais, Curatorial Projects 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
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
Medicine Hat, AB
September - December 2019
Nanaimo Museum
Nanaimo, BC
February - May, 2020

Museums Assistance Program

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