Originally from Kigali, Rwanda, Pierre Dushime grew up in Kampala, Uganda where he spent 10 years as a refugee prior to immigrating to Canada in October 2010. He is currently a BCL/JD candidate at McGill University Faculty of Law in Montreal, Canada. In 2016 as a Youth Project Leader in Joliette, QC, Dushime mobilized youth immigrants and refugees to spell out the challenges they faced while integrating into their new communities and the possible solutions to those. He was a member of the Youth Advisory Group (2019-2021) to the Minister and Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, where he worked on an employment policy that aimed to reduce unemployment within youth refugees' communities in Canada.
Dushime was Co-chair of the Canadian Council for Refugees Youth Network. Considering his experiences and knowledge, Dushime offers the Refugee Advisory Network perspectives of the youth and on the interrelation between immigration and refugee policies and law.
Geographically, Dushime is interested in the relationships between a) Quebec and Ottawa, and b) Canada and the international community on immigration and refugee affairs. As a RAN member, Dushime hopes RAN can effectively create more refugees' participation in global refugee policies, for example, using the Global Compact on Refugees as a tool for better refugee participation.
Pierre Dushime (He/his)
Lives on unceded Indigenous lands of Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), QC
Homeland: East Africa