Twin Cities World Refugee Day Festival is a family-oriented day of celebration that highlights the stories, arts, and cultures of the 100,000+ refugees in Minnesota and the diversity of cultures, experiences and assets they bring to our community. The purpose of World Refugee Day is to provide a platform for refugee stories and artistic practices, to honor their lives and raise awareness of the millions of refugees in the world who have been forced to flee their homes.
The annual event is held each year in June by a collaboration of resettlement agencies, community based organizations, for-profit entities and ordinary citizens to recognize refugees’ journeys to their new homes through celebration and education. The festival is a proud community event that is planned and implemented by volunteers.
We visit sites located around confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, what the Dakota refer to as Bdote, or “meeting place of rivers,” including:
Tours are led by Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota). The tours offer an opportunity to learn about Minnesota history from a Native perspective through story-telling and experiencing the sites in silence/meditation/reflection. Over the past two years, more than 500 participants have taken the tour.