Media Advisory

WHAT? Refugee children ask the Government of Canada to help reunite them with their extended family members abroad while providing Canada the quickest way to increase the numbers of refugees reaching Canada

WHEN? Monday, September 21, 2015; 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


  • Geoff Meggs, Councillor, City of Vancouver
  • Chris Friesen, Chair, Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA-ACSEI)
  • Huda Mohammed Ahmed Ahmed – 14 year old Iraqi government assisted refugee
  • Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth

WHERE? Vancouver City Hall – Media Room

WHY?  Refugee children deserve our humanity. Intact extended families provide a critically important role for a refugee child. We can lessen the direct impact on refugee children by expediting extended family reunification while meeting our humanitarian immigration targets’ in a faster manner.


  • Update re “20k2020 we can do more” motion passed unanimously be city council – Councillor Geoff Meggs;
  • Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth commenting on Canada’s obligation under the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child;
  • Recommendations for the Government of Canada by Chris Friesen, Chair, CISSA-ACSEI;
  •  Brief remarks by Huda Mohammed Ahmed Ahmed who has been waiting to be reunited with her mother currently based in Turkey; and,
  • Available for interviews: 12 refugee families from Syria, Somalia, Iraq, and Eritrea who have been separated from family members for up to ten years.

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