The Great Canadian Family Portrait project offers newly arrived government assisted refugees their first professional photo in their new home – Waterloo Region. A collaboration between photographer Brian Limoyo and Reception House, the project helps document new beginnings in Canada – as a family, alone or with new friends they have made through the Family Partnership Program.

The second part of the project is to bring awareness to the issue of family reunification, and the impacts that family separation has on refugee integration. All family portrait participants had to leave someone, or something behind. Most had family members stuck in other parts of the world, many in still dangerous situations.  Brian conceptualized the project out of a desire to make a difference through powerful images. Select images have been compiled into a a limited edition book. Featuring interviews and stories, the book hopes to build an understanding of the complex emotions that re-settlement entails.

On sale NOW! Proceeds from the book will go to support Reception House social integration programs, such as the Family Partnership Program. 



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Limited copies will be made available for purchase at our book launch on November 27th at Kitchener Public Library.

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