Weekly Update: August 21 – 27, 2017

KCR Syrian Refugee Survey Results

Success Stories:

Video – Welcoming Refugee Children in Vancouver and Burnaby, British Columbia: What can we do to support refugee children’s healthy development and build inclusive, welcoming communities together? With partners across the Lower Mainland (British Columbia), Equitas builds a culture of openness and respect within communities, helping refugee children and their families feel safe, participate in human rights value-based activities and develop a sense of belonging. This program is undertaken with the financial support of United Way Lower Mainland. Learn how by joining together to help others, we make our neighbourhoods and our community stronger: http://www.uwlm.ca/ . Learn more about Equitas and our human rights-based programs for newcomer and refugee youth. Project Partners:
– Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House (http://www.mpnh.org)
– MOSAIC Family Centre (https://www.mosaicbc.org)
– Edmonds Community Shcool (http://edmonds.sd41.bc.ca)

News & Events:

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Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (SLIP) –  SURREY NEW: Newcomer Employment Week – October 21 – 27 2017. Canada is a country of immigrants. Every one of us has a family member, friend or neighbour who came to Canada as an immigrant or refugee. Newcomers bring vibrancy and creativity to our communities. Surrey NEW aims to bring the community together to build better bridges between newcomer job seekers and employers. During the week organizations in Surrey are invited to organize events that improve newcomer economic integration outcomes. The week is organized by Surrey LIP and managed by the City of Surrey.

August 18, 2017 – CBC News: What refugee claimants receive from the government: Aslyum seekers have access to health care, social assistance, education

Resource Centre: Youth

Check Your Head – New Program: Take Action for Migrant Justice as a part of the Migrant Youth Lead the Way team. Apply by September 7th, 2017.

News & Events:


Immerse Gala: A fundraising gala, in benefit, of VAST that will Immerse you in a cultural experience. Inviting you to taste a variety of flavours, get lost in the beauty of art, and unwind to uplifting sounds from around the world.  Gala includes: Short presentation, entertainment, food stations by Nuba and Chickpea, silent auction and raffle prizes. 

Webinar: The ICA “We Speak Translate” project was a featured Learning Exchange webinar – listen to this webinar that took place in July 2017. The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) is based in Victoria, British Columbia, providing settlement and integration services to immigrants and refugees settling on Vancouver Island.


Research and Publications:

June 2017 – Kelowna Community Resources (KCR) – Survey Working Group: Syrian Needs Assessment Survey Results. This Survey asks former refugees resettled to Kelowna about their experience so far in Canada, the services they have accessed, and successes/challenges, etc.

August 14, 2017  – Report: Conference Board of Canada – An Innovative Immigration System at 150 and Beyond. Report by Kareem El-Assal

August 26, 2017 – CBC News – Stories from abroad: 4 books by B.C. authors on the immigrant experience: ‘Stories have a profound power to humanize and to bring people together,’ says books columnist Tara Henley

Resource Centre: Language

AMSSA – An extensive compilation of Language resources, divided into sections for Instructions and Administrators/Staff

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) – Helpful Resources for Teaching Students of Refugee and Trauma Backgrounds Handout to Accompany a PowerPoint Presentation: Teaching Refugees Compiled by Kris Hull, English Language Learners (ELL) Welcome Centre

Teaching Refugees with Limited Formal Schooling – Instructional Resources: This page holds a collection of resources that supports the practical implementation of the programming ideas presented in this section. The resources include links to web-based documents that explain instructional design in more detail, and links to teacher and student resources. There are also downloadable PDF documents which provide more detail about the foundational ideas of this section. The literature review is a summary of the “best practice” research that was conducted in preparation for the creation of this website.

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) – Refugee Resources: Includes a variety of resources for teaching refugees, including powerpoint presentations, websites, lesson plans, resources for teachers, books about refugees in the school system, etc.

Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks – A list of resources for those working with refugees, specifically literacy resources.

Report – Literacy BC: Learning Together – A guide to community-based Adult ESL & Literacy in British Columbia