BTF organized a number of initiatives to raise awareness among the interfaith community and the general public. Community outreach events included:
- January 28th: Presentation at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre organized by the Bangladesh Muslim Funeral & Welfare Organization and HCI.
- February 19th: Muslim Family Day Booth + Discussion
- May 5th: "Horror and Hate: Persecution of the Rohingya" Photo Exhibit and Lecture. BTF hosted an information session and photo exhibit titled “Horror and Hate: Persecution of the Rohingya” at Mississauga Central Library’s Noel Ryan Auditorium. As part a collaborative effort with Canadians in Support of Refugees in Dire Need (CSRDN),
- May 8th - May 14th: Photo Exhibit, Kensington Market, Downtown Toronto
- August 4th - August 6th: MuslimFest Booth and discussion
- October 9th: "Beyond the Talk: What will it take to End Rohingya Genocide" at Maple Banquet Hall in Mississauga, Ontario. We highlighted the importance of advocacy, education, and building strategic relationships are vital for stopping the Rohingya genocide.
- October 29th: Jaffari Community Centre presentation
- November 5th: Panel discussion at the Noor Cultural Centre
- November 10th: Presentation at the Morris Winchevsky Centre to the United Jewish People's Order (WJPO) about how the Rohingya crisis constitutes genocide.
- November 18th: Presentation at the Halton Islamic Association in Burlington
- December 22nd - December 24th: RIS Booth. BTF distributed flyers and anti-rape booklets that publicize the stories of Rohingya women and girls who were subjected to sexual violence by the Burmese military. We also engaged in a number of meaningful discussions with RIS attendees about the importance of advocacy and what the Muslim community can do to get involved.
Rohingya in Peril: Dr. Maung Zarni Canada Tour
In November, Burma Task Force invited the esteemed Dr. Maung Zarni on the “Rohingya in Peril” tour across Canada. A long time genocide scholar and human rights activist, Dr. Zarni embarked on a four-day tour in which he discussed the ongoing persecution the Rohingya have endured.
Dr. Zarni spoke passionately about the Rohingya crisis with the unique perspective of a Burmese and Buddhist. He explained how the Burmese government constructed a racist narrative which classified the Rohingya people as a “fake ethnicity” and stripped them of their identity. He discussed how these inhumane crimes against the Rohingya have been committed systematically over four decades and how they clearly amount to genocide.