Organizing a Refugees Camp - 2017
Again this year, Camp NeeKauNis followed its Labour Day Weekend tradition of hosting a Refugee Camp for both recent and former refugees. The Camp brings together recent refugees, most of them young and often culturally disoriented, with former refugees, now successfully established in Canada, and ideally suited to act as mentors. As always, the organizer the Quaker Refugee Committee; and as always, we were aided by members of the Salvadoran Canadian Association of Toronto and Future Watch. We were all there and have agendas and priorities that are compatible with those of Camp and of Friends generally – pacifism, inclusiveness and environmental responsibility.
This data for this year's camp, supplied by Eusebio Garcia:
- number of campers – 76
- age range - 17 months - 70, with several families having young children
- time in Canada - 2 months to several years
- countries of origin: Sudan, Eritrea, Colombia, El Salvador, Zambia, Iraq, France, Syria, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, Ethiopia, Honduras, Nigeria, Iran, Bahamas, Uganda, Haiti, Congo