60 Bhutanese in PEI so far
Bhutanese celebrated Refugees Rights Day in Charlottetown, Canada
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Tuesday 4/13/10 – Editor
Hami Bhutani .org
Bhutanese living on Prince Edward Island Saturday celebrated the 25th anniversary of the singh decision that was made by the supreme court of Canada that decided “everyone has right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right is not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.
The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada hosted the special event to celebrate this milestone and recognise the significance of this day. The theme of the event was Voices for Refugees and featured personal experience told through Speech, Poems, Music and Dances.
Madan Kumar Giri who is also working as an Interpreter for the Bhutanese Immigrants delivered a heart touching speech during the celebration explaining how Bhutanese were evicted from their Country. He also thank the Government of Canada for accepting to resettle Bhutanese in this wonderful land.(Click to listen speech)
So far 11 Bhutanese families have been resettled on Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and more are expected in the coming months reports the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)the national radio of Canada.
Bhutanese performers also presented a group dance during this significant event that left the celebration milestone about the Bhutanese tradition and culture. The other speaker on the programme were Minister for Innovation and Advanced learning Allan V. Campbell, Mayor of Charlottetown, Clifford Lee and the Executive Director of PEIANC, Craig Mackie
PEI Association for newcomers helps to settle approximately 70-80 refugees each year from a variety of countries including people from Bhutan, Myanmar, Colombia, Somalia, Congo and Afghanistan. As of now around 60 Bhutanese individual live in PEI