Speakers will share their personal stories from all dimensions of the refugee experience in Canada, including private sponsorship, policymaking and settlement. Each human “book” will speak to the participants at their respective tables for approximately 10 minutes each. Guests will have the chance to hear from several different human “books” over the course of the evening. The event will include the launch of Refugee 613’s social media campaign #ShowYourWelcome and a gallery of portraits from the storytelling project Community. Everyone is welcome. This event is free of charge.
Here’s the basic description of Human Libraries from the organization’s website: “The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.” To find a Human Library near you, check the organization’s Facebook page.