Events

Nansen Medal Viewing

April 30, 2015

On April 30, 2015, Senator Thanh Hai Ngo, Minister Chris Alexander, the UNHCR Official Representative Mr. De Angelis and Mr. Mike Molloy from the Canadian Immigration Historical Society spoke at a special viewing of the Nansen Medal held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and to inaugurate the Journey to Freedom Day. In honour of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, plaques were presented to the Canadian Historical Society and to the UNHCR for … Continue reading →







Journey to Freedom Day on the Hill

April 30, 2015

Following the rally in support of the Memorial to the Victims of Communism, approximately one thousand members of the Vietnamese community marched from Wellington St. to Parliament Hill to commemorate the first official Journey to Freedom Day. Canadian flags and others representing people’s Vietnamese heritage were raised with pride as Vietnamese-Canadians gave thanks for Canada’s generous acceptance of over 60,000 refugees under the Joe Clark government. With a heavy heart, representatives from the community spoke of freedom and stood in … Continue reading →







Rally in Support of the Memorial for Victims of Communism

April 30, 2015

On April 30, 2015, more than 500 people rallied to support the Memorial to the Victims of Communism and to inaugurate Journey to Freedom Day, which commemorates the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and recognizes the exodus of Vietnamese refugees to Canada. Hundreds of Canadians of Vietnamese descent, as well as representatives from Hungarian, Polish and other communities that have been the victims of communism supported the memorial, which is to be located in St. Laurent Square. They … Continue reading →







Mississauga Flag Raising Ceremony

April 26, 2015

On Sunday, April 26th, 2015, Senator Thanh Hai Ngo represented the government at the National Flag raising ceremony in Mississauga. This event also marked Mississauga’s first Journey to Freedom Day celebrating the story of Canada’s Vietnamese “boat people” and the Vietnamese heritage flag. Since 1998, the Vietnamese heritage flag was ban from City Hall, however after 17 years of dedication and perseverance among the Vietnamese Communities, the ban was lifted. Such momentous event is an opportunity for the Vietnamese people … Continue reading →







Thank You Canada Gala

April 18, 2015

On Saturday, April 18th, 2015, Senator Thanh Hai Ngo, Minister Jason Kenney, and Minister Chris Alexander attended the “Thank You Canada Gala” in honour of the 40th commemoration anniversary of the fall of Saigon, and the boat people refugee resettlement in Canada. The hosting Vietnamese community members and other distinguished guests gave a warm welcome to the event’s Keynote speaker, the Honourable Ron Atkey, former Minister of Immigration and Employment under Joe Clark’s Government, who led the Canadian humanitarian response … Continue reading →