Presented 23 Jun 2018

Sponsored in turn by GVPL, City of Victoria, Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society and Here Magazine for Refugee Week

Canadians became international heroes during the Syrian refugee crisis when they stepped up, opened their doors, and sponsored thousands in needů but is there a catch? Abdel Malek and Sawsen are just like you and me, except they've escaped a civil war and have eleven children. Now they've instantly gone from total strangers to extended family with a sponsorship group headed by Carlyn Moulton, a self-described "crazy lesbian art dealer" and her merry band of well-intentioned do-gooders. They've been dropped in Picton, Ontario, a very nice and very white rural town of about 4,702 that's known for its clean air and fine wine but not for its falafel. printable poster

Sponsor|land spends a year with this new group as we watch rites of passage like school dances and driving lessons, accompanying them on family outings to the skating rink and the Santa Claus Parade. All the while wondering why these Canadians are being so nice. G more