Three people sit in a lifeboat, looking at an exhibition panel of waves in the water.

Refuge Canada

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 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. The exhibition also shares stories of success and contributions made by people who came to Canada as refugees.

Supported by The Ralph and Rose Chiodo Family Foundation.

A person a door to see an image of two people in handcuffs with cloth over their heads.
A close up of brightly coloured notes from visitors about refugees.
A tent that would be used by refugee camps, with an exhibition panel that says “Go inside.”
A person attaches a note with writing to a chain link fence.
A person stands in front of an exhibition panel that says “True or false?”
An exhibition of a room after being destroyed, including damaged walls and furniture.

The exhibition is fully booked and travelling across Canada.


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 19, 2022 to May 15, 2022
WDM North Battleford
North Battleford
June 4, 2022 to August 27, 2022
Simcoe Museum
October 8, 2022 to January 8, 2023
Lennox and Addington Museum and Archives
January 21, 2023 to April 16, 2023
Resurgo Place
May 6, 2023 to August 27, 2023
The Museum of Vancouver
October 7, 2023 to February 4, 2024
The Exploration Place
Prince George
February to May 2024
Chilliwack Museum and Archives
June 22, 2024 to September 30, 2024
Museums of Burlington
November 2, 2024 to April 20, 2025
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