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Dominion-Chalmers United Church
355, rue Cooper, Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0G8
TAMIL JOURNEYS `86 to 2017
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.
Montreal: June 24 & 25 — COMPLETED
Kingston: June 27 & 28 — COMPLETED
Ottawa: July 1 & 2, 2017
O'Connor & Lisgar
Dominion Chalmers United Church
355 Cooper Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 0G8
(Cultural show & refreshment is at 3pm and 6pm on both days)
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