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“Finding Home Again”: MSF at Ottawa’s Winterlude Festival 2023



This year, and for the first time, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières is participating in Ottawa’s iconic Winterlude Festival.  

From Feb. 3 to 20, MSF welcomes everyone to visit our over three-metre-tall ice sculpture located at the corner of O’Connor and Sparks Street.  

Entitled “Finding Home Again,” the sculpture of mother and child explores the theme of forced migration and acknowledges the treacherous journeys many people undertake in search of safety when fleeing conflict, persecution, disasters, or the impacts of climate change.  

Please join MSF in sharing your solidarity with people on the move by writing words on our colourful ribbon circle surrounding the sculpture and by snapping a picture and posting #WithRefugees #MSFCanada. 

We are happy to announce that during the three-week festival you will also have a chance to meet and speak directly with MSF medical and logistical staff from the Ottawa area. Learn firsthand how we respond to the healthcare needs of people who are displaced worldwide.   

In many countries, MSF teams work alongside people who are displaced at their points of arrival or along perilous migration routes, witnessing firsthand the devastating impact of their situation on their health and wellbeing. 

At the heart of this ice sculpture and community building event is MSF’s solidarity with the over 100 million people on the move today.  

For the full schedule and to see times when MSF staff will be present at the sculpture, please visit the event website.