The march started at the north end of Queen’s Park at 10 am. Participants expressed their solidarity celebrate and shared their thoughts on the need for Canada and the world to provide refuge to the most vulnerable of our global citizens. The march ended at Nathan Phillips Square and was attended by nearly 1000 city residents. Residents from St. James Town and a few Corner staff and volunteers took part in the event. The team created two beautiful pluck cards. One among them which quoted author Warsan Shire read ‘No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land”.
The walk was organised by a group of organisations who work with newcomers and immigrants and it was led by Hand-To-Hand.
World Refugee Day was observed on the 20th of June. There are an estimated 65 million people displaced worldwide due to various reasons. In 2018, Canada took in and resettled the highest number of refugees in the world. Canadians have always taken pride in opening their doors for newcomers. Residents of Toronto showed their support for refugees worldwide through the Annual Refugee Walk.