Manitoba Refugee Week 2019 – Calendar of Events

Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO) member agencies and private sponsors devoted to assisting refugees will come together on World Refugee Day to hold various events that shed light on the resilience and strength of people who have escaped conflict and are rebuilding their lives. MANSO encourages its members and the public to celebrate the World Refugee Day by participating in one or several events organized on this occasion.  See background information on Refugee Week.


Date & Time Place Short Descriptions
June 18th


880 Portage Ave. 2nd floor, Winnipeg MANSO in partnership with Mennonite Central Committee is hosting a Forced to Flee Simulation as a part of World Refugee Day events.  Free with advance registration.
June 20th



Central Park, Winnipeg


14 organizations are collaborating to celebrate World Refugee Day at Central Park. The event is celebrating both the experiences of refugees, private sponsors and organizations who play a positive role in refugee experiences. What better place to mark it than Central Park, which has historically been the heart of resettlement in Winnipeg.  The event will highlight opportunities to learn more about refugees and private sponsors including a human library, a video made films about Winnipeg refugees, music, food, games. The event is coordinated by key partners; Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Network, Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations, Immigrant Centre, New Journey Housing, Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, A & O Senior Immigrant Settlement Services,  N.E.E.D.S. Inc., West Central Women’s Centre, West End Biz, Elmwood Community Resource Centre, Mennonite Central Committee, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba, and Central Neighbourhoods.

Free event.  Bring your own lawn chair. All welcome.

June 20th Manitoba Start

271 Portage Avenue

To celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20, 2019, Manitoba Start will host three screenings of the award-winning documentary “Inside My Heart”!  Inside My Heart – produced by Frank Giustra, Serge Lalou and Richard Copans – was supported by The Giustra Foundation with the aim of bridging the distance between those living comfortably in their country of choice and those forced to flee their homes in search of peace and stability. It serves as an artistic piece of encouragement to open our hearts to our global neighbours. This movie raises awareness about the challenges faced by refugees around the world.

Manitoba Start will provide movie attendees with free popcorn, soft drinks, and a brief introduction to the documentary.

Movie Show Times: Show time 1: 10:30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.; Show time 2: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Show time 3:  3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Tickets available here. 

June 20th


Welcome Place

521 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg

Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council (MIIC) is organizing a World Refugee Day event including tour of their facilities, refugee stories, celebration of Hospitality House in commemoration of their relentless work in private sponsorship. Come and enjoy this amazing event at Welcome Place. All welcome!
June 20th

3:00 -5:00pm

180 Cathedral Avenue, Winnipeg Accueil Francophone is hosting a World Refugee Day event which will highlight former refugees’ stories of what it is like to be forced to flee your home, to journey in hope of a better, safer life, and for the lucky few, the struggle to start afresh in a new culture. Their stories recalibrates the conversation around the refugee experience. Everyone welcome!
June 20th

10-12 pm &


1001 Pacific Avenue, Brandon


Westman Immigrant Services is hosting a Forced Migration Simulation event. The simulation aims to bring the audience inside the refugees’ daily lives and taking you from escape to asylum to resettlement.  In the evening they will have a “Snack and Chat” to hear stories of strength, resilience, and diversity. Great opportunity to learn more about refugees. There will be light refreshments. Free event.
June 21


Freight House

200 Isabel St., Winnipeg


Immigration Partnership Winnipeg (IPW) is hosting a joint event celebrating Indigenous day and World Refugee Day. The event aim to bridging the gap that exists between newcomers and Indigenous communities in Winnipeg by celebrating with each other and sharing space with one another. The event will include discussions, information tables, food and more. Open to the public.
June 22nd

8-12 pm

Inn at the Forks

75 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg



IPW is participating in hosting a citizenship ceremony at the Forks. Around 50 newcomers are in their final step in the process of becoming a Canadian citizen. Activities include a panel discussion with the new Canadians. The panel discussion starts at 8:00am and the citizenship ceremony starts at 10:00am at Forks Main Stage Festival Site. Open to the public.