Nathan Cullen, Minister of Municipal Affairs, has issued the following assertion to mark World Refugee Day on Monday, June 20, 2022:
“Most British Columbians can’t begin to grasp the hardships and challenges that refugees have overcome to hunt safety in our province. Usually, taking solely the belongings they will carry, fleeing in the dark or abandoning buddies, family and life as they knew it – their braveness is inspiring.
“World Refugee Day is a time to reflect and honor the power, resilience and perseverance of those who have confronted good hazard to hunt out refuge proper right here in British Columbia. Additionally it is a time to acknowledge our shared accountability to protect people’s correct to safety and to make newcomers to our province actually really feel welcome and supported.
“Closing yr, the federal authorities pledged to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees. Better than 1,200 of those refugees now title BC home and have launched with them worthwhile education, experience and experience which have made our province stronger.
“So far few months, our perform as a safety net was as soon as extra highlighted when Russia launched a horrific assault on Ukraine. 1000’s and 1000’s have fled the nation, carrying with them various belongings and an uncertainty of what’s subsequent.
“To confirm individuals who discover themselves welcoming newcomers to BC had the sources they need, our authorities doubled financial help to settlement organizations as they work tirelessly to verify Ukrainians and all refugees can uncover safety, dignity and help in BC By connecting people to language experience , housing, education, effectively being care and psychological effectively being helps, the work we have got completed collectively has made an affect.
“It’s heartwarming to see the particular person efforts of British Columbians to create a warmth, protected and welcoming place for these fleeing violence or persecution. The presents of employment, housing, help and donations suggest the world to refugees and are an actual testament to the parents of our good province.
“Generations of refugees have helped assemble BC They’ve enriched the province and have given rather a lot to our communities. Please be a part of me at current in recognizing their contributions and celebrating the important perform immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers proceed to play in weaving the fabric of our collective identification.”
For Russian translation: https://data.gov.bc.ca/recordsdata/World_Refugee_Day_Russian.pdf