News Topics: Immigrant/Refugee

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Government reaches out to coalitions on BC poverty reduction plan

The Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, has reached out to both the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and First Call for preliminary consultations on a poverty reduction plan for BC. The PRC met with the Minister and staff on August 10, and First Call conducted a MORE


Film project competition for youth to combat Islamophobia

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation, partnered with the Silk Road Institute, Fresh Voices – Vancouver foundation, and National Council of Canadian Muslims, is offering an opportunity for Muslim youth to share their knowledge and recommendations to raise public awareness about local and national strategies for combating Islamophobia in Canada. Muslim youth are invited to submit a proposal for a film MORE


Youth art to combat Islamophobia and hate

Vancouver Foundation initiative Fresh Voices, in partnership with the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, Silk Road Institute and the Canadian Human Rights Commission, will work with art groups across Canada this summer on a groundbreaking anti-hate campaign to address the rise of Islamophobia in Canada. Youth aged 15 to 30 from Muslim MORE


Syrian refugee settlement patterns in Metro Vancouver – A tale of two patterns from ISSofBC report

Where did the Syrian government-assisted refugees (GARs) who arrived in Metro Vancouver set up home? The answer may surprising you. Following ISSofBC’s earlier report, Syrian Refugee Operation to BC, this new report maps the current settlement patterns of Syrian government-assisted refugees who settled in Metro Vancouver. It is a useful MORE


New CPJ report: Barriers to refugee sponsorship

Citizens for Public Justice’s latest report highlights four barriers to refugee sponsorship in Canada. This includes long wait times for processing, limits on how many refugees each group can sponsor, and the federal government’s policy on travel loans. A Half Welcome: Delays, Limits, and Inequities in Canadian Refugee Sponsorship is based on MORE

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Sanctuary schools: New Westminster school board considers draft policy welcoming undocumented kids

The Education Committee of New Westminster’s school board is considering implementing a policy that welcomes all school-aged children in their district—regardless of immigration status—to attend their schools. The New Westminster policy comes after consultations with groups including Sanctuary Health Coalition and School for All. In May 2016, First Call sent MORE