Living #StrongAndFree means living free from discrimination, persecution and war, with the strength that comes from having access to the opportunities to fulfill your dreams.
Not everyone has these opportunities. Today, there are 65.3 million people who have been forced from their homes and who are going to harrowing, deadly lengths for a chance to live a safe and fulfilling life.
For Canada’s 150th birthday, we want to explore how Canada can be the caring and courageous country we believe it to be, which means being a country that provides the chance to live #StrongAndFree to those who have been forcibly displaced.
The stories of the Holocaust survivors who built a new life here in Canada can serve as an empathetic bridge to understanding the lives of people who have recently been displaced by war — and their complex, unimaginable struggle to find a safe place to live.
The memoirs of Holocaust survivors are testimonies that help us better understand the dangers of xenophobia and anti-immigrant fearmongering, how these fears are articulated in public discourse and government policy, and what happens when the world turns its back on the most vulnerable.
Through these Canadian stories, we confront our nation’s past failures, interpret the dangers and responsibilities of the present and remember the reasons to fight for a future Canada that truly lives up to its ideals as a global leader by being open, compassionate and inclusive.