A Great Canadian Story
On August 11, 1986, local fishermen from St. Mary’s Bay rescued 155 Tamil men, women and children found drifting off the coast of Newfoundland in two lifeboats. These heroic fishermen dumped all their catch of the day and took the refugees on board their fishing vessels until the Canadian coast guard arrived.
This heroic act is symbolic of the generosity and kindness shown by Canada to refugees fleeing persecution in their homelands.
The Canadian Tamil Congress is proud to showcase one of the actual lifeboats that these Tamil refugees were found adrift in a mobile exhibit in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The TamilJourneys86 Lifeboat will be prominently displayed at various locations during Canada 150 celebrations.
TAMIL JOURNEYS `86 to 2017
Montreal: June 24 & 25
Kingston: June 27 & 28
Ottawa: July 1 & 2, 2017
TAMIL CANADIANS CELEBRATE 'CANADA 150' IN OTTAWA
sharing Tamil art, culture and cuisine with fellow Canadians on 1st July 2017
For more information: CANADIAN TAMIL CONGRESS @ 416 240 0078, canadiantamilcongress.ca
TamilJourneys86 acknowledges our presence on the traditional territories of the First Nations in Canada who have inhabited Turtle Island since time immemorial.
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and Province of Ontario. Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada et Province d’ontario