IDP Awareness Day is an educational, non-profit art initiative to raise awareness about the plight of the world’s internally displaced people. It will take place on June 25th, 2009 in Dundas Square, Toronto, Canada.

IDP stands for Internally Displaced Person. IDPs are persons forced or coerced to flee their homes but whom, unlike refugees, continue to live within their country’s borders. They are often obliged to leave their homes as a result of, or in order to, avoid the effects of conflict, violations of human rights, and generalized violence. 26 million people worldwide currently live in situations of internal displacement as a result of conflicts. Although internally displaced people now outnumber refugees by two to one, their plight receives far less international attention. (

IDP Awareness Day aims at engaging the Canadian public in a dialogue concerning internally displaced people by bringing together community groups, students and artists who are already committed in bringing these issues to light.