Building a community of support for survivors of political violence and torture

We collaborate with health professionals, social service agencies, immigrant settlement workers and the broader community to ensure that the needs of survivors of torture are recognized and met at all levels. Through our community partnerships, our goal is to support survivors overcome the legacy of oppression and live with dignity.

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As a member of the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), VCST is excited to explore current issues affecting refugee protection and newcomer settlement at the CCR Spring Consultation. Hosted at UVic, from May 30-June 1, this consultation will host over 300 representatives from across Canada and beyond, with special focus on dialogue about newcomer settlement on Indigenous land, and building bridges with Indigenous People. All are welcome to participate!

With views from all Canadian provinces and with experts in diverse fields, the Consultation offers opportunities for professional development, networking and strategy.

Plenary Speakers Include:

  • Carey Newman, Kwagiulth and Coast Salish artist and Audain Professor at University of Victoria. Creator of the Witness Blanket.
  • Richard Wex, Chairperson, Immigration and Refugee Board
  • Hassan Al-Kontar, Syrian refugee and activist, stranded for 7 months in a Malaysian airport