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Images of Resistance: An Archive of Action

An exhibition that brings together interviews, documents, photographs, and untold stories of the 2008-2009 Toronto Protests against the Genocidal War in Sri Lanka.

A crowd marching on Yonge Street in Toronto by the Eaton Centre
Photo Credit: Ninaivukal


Images of Resistance: An Archive of Action is an exhibition that brings together interviews, documents, photographs, video footage and untold stories of the 2008-2009 Toronto human rights protests against the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka.

Mobilized by members of the Tamil Canadian community, these demonstrations brought together tens of thousands of protesters during the months of September 2008 to June 2009, culminating notably in the Gardiner Expressway blockade.

This project is organized by the Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action in collaboration with Neethan Shan, Thevya Belandran and Hiba Abdallah


Creative Team

Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action
The Centre’s mission is to work towards the success of all Tamil Canadians in the social, political, economic and cultural spheres of Canada through education, documentation, engagement, training, mobilization, research, policy change and collaboration.

Neethan Shan
Currently Executive Director of Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Neethan is a former Toronto City Councillor and Toronto District School Board Trustee for Scarborough—Rouge River. From 2006-2010 he was also elected as a York Region District School Board Trustee. Neethan Shan has a distinguished human rights advocacy record, receiving many awards including the Race Relations Award from the Urban Alliance for Race Relations and the Vital People Award from the Toronto Community Foundation. As a Toronto City Councillor, Neethan was Toronto’s Youth Equity Champion and Newcomer Advocate.

Ninaivukal is a Tamil word that means “Memories”. Ninaivukal started as an online web portal medium in 2008 to document the lifestyle and expression of Tamils in Greater Toronto Area. The Unity of the Tamil Community and their determination to stand for their political views are some of the key moments captured by Ninaivukal. Ninaivukal Magazine publications came to reality in 2011 as an annual publication. We capture any moments as large as gatherings at Rogers Centre to open ground events. For almost a decade, Ninaivukal has become an integral part of the Tamil Community in the GTA.

Thevya Balendran
Thevya is an Eelam Tamil activist and organizer. Presently, she works as a Project Coordinator at Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action and Urban Alliance on Race Relations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Politics from Ryerson University. She volunteers as a Workshop Facilitator with People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) and organized Toronto’s Photo Exhibit on the Tamil Genocide. Her interest lies in exploring stories of resistance, and the narratives and lived experiences of refugees, marginalized and racialized communities.

Hiba Abdallah
Hiba is an artist and organizer who frequently works with others. Her practice explores locality, civic resilience and political structures as tools for fostering collaborative agency. She received her BFA from the University of Windsor in 2012 and her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2017. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

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Images of Resistance: An Archive of Action

04 Apr 2020 –
30 Apr 2020

Fort York Foundation Visitor’s Centre
250 Fort York Boulevard
Toronto, ON

Mon – Fri, 10AM-4PM
Sat – Sun, 10AM-5PM

April 4, 4PM – 6PM

April 18, 2PM – 6PM


Please note:
– This venue is wheelchair accessible.
– If you require any additional assistance, or require additional accommodation(s), please email and we will do our best to accommodate.
– In case of any changes or cancellation we will notify you via email well in advance.
– Video and photography will be taken at this event.

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