For nearly three years, I served as Co-Chair of the Canada Africa Parliamentary Association (CAPA) alongside Senator Raynell Andreychuk.
I have had incredible opportunities in CAPA to meet with several African dignitaries to strengthen the ties between our countries, supervise Canada’s International Development initiatives in numerous African nations and continue to advocate for the rights and well being of African refugees.
I continue to dedicate both my mind and my heart to the plight of Africans who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict, persecution or terror. Canada has long and distinguished history of giving refuge to many who have nowhere else to turn. We need to continue to work to solve the root causes of forced migration, resolve conflicts and build reconciliation in Africa. But as we do that, we need to keep Canada a welcoming place knowing that African refugees are part of building this country into the best country in the world.
On April 8th, 2019, I received unanimous consent in the House of Commons for a Motion commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and to formally designate April 7th as the International Day of Reflection. A very powerful moment, as Canadian-Rwandans have been advocating for stronger representation and acknowledgement of this genocide from Canada and the international community.
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