The vision of shalom God intended for creation is embodied through the practices of hospitality to strangers, sanctuary to the endangered, love for neighbours, justice for the persecuted and oppressed, protection for the weak and homeless. 
United Church Refugee Policy, 1988

In a statement on its website, the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants describes April 4, 1985, as “a milestone for refugee rights in Canada. On that day, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the right of refugee claimants in Canada to life, liberty and security of the person, and that claimants are therefore entitled to an oral hearing, in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice and international law.” This historic ruling became known as the Singh decision in recognition of Harbhajan Singh, Sadhu Singh Thandi, Paramjit Singh Mann, Kewal Singh, Charanjit Singh Gill, Indrani and Satnam Singh, who brought their cases before the Supreme Court.

On this day of reflection, we ask that you continue to demonstrate your support for the rights of refugees across the country.

Take Action

  1. Support the Canadian Council of Refugees’ Protecting Refugees = Stronger Communities campaign asks. For background, see the Campaign Demands PDF, available under Downloads, below.
  2. Post this Minutes for Mission video on your Facebook feed or website on or around  April 4, and use this prayer in worship.
  3. Share this action with your networks. Use the hashtags #WithRefugees and #UCCan.

For more information, contact:

Khwaka KukuboRefugee Program Advisor416-231-7680 ext. 4068
1-800-268-3781 ext. 4068
kkukubo [at]


Christie NeufeldtProgram Coordinator Public Witness416-231-7680 ext. 4078
1-800-268-3781 ext. 4078
cneufeldt [at]