Weekly Update June 26 – July 2, 2016

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This week BC has been celebrating Canada Day among BC residents and recent newcomers. For many Syrian refugees, this was a particularly special occasion, as it was the first Canada Day spent in their new home.  Read about one family’s Canada Day story here.

On July 1st, in honour of Canada Day and the Canadian tradition of welcoming people from around the world, the province of BC provided a second round of funding to help refugees settle and integrate into BC communities. This second round of funding, totalling nearly 230,000, will allow the continuation of support for Syrian refugees. [Article]

The Canadian Council for Refugees has announced its recommendations for Refugee Reform 2016. In the wake of the government’s evaluation report on the 2012 changes to Canada’s refugee determination system and the new government’s commitments, consideration is being given to modifications to the system. The full list of recommendations can be found here.

Celebrations for ISSofBC took place July 1st in many regions, including Surrey, Maple Ridge and Tri-Cities with amazing turn out! A resounding ‘Thank You’ goes out to all the staff and volunteers who made these celebrations possible, as well as everyone who attended. Photos and more information can be found on the ISSofBC Facebook page, feel free to tag yourselves!