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15
MAY
2017

A healthier start to life in Canada

By Margaret Angus, Nova Scotia Health Authority, 12 May 2017. For 22 years, Moussa Saad smoked 20 cigarettes a day. With a pack of cigarettes costing only $0.15 in Saad’s home of Damascus, Syria, it was an easy habit to pick up and a hard one to let go. When Saad arrived in Nova...
20
APR
2017

Important Information: Private Sponsorship of Refugees in 2017

What is Canada’s commitment for 2017? Canada has committed to bring 16,000 Privately Sponsored refugees to Canada in 2017. These refugees have sponsorship applications that were previously submitted to the government. Many of them will be selected from the “backlog” that has...
02
FEB
2017

Nova Scotians thanked for stepping up to help Syrian refugees

By Steve Berry, CBC News, 2 February 2017.  ‘You saved the lives of 1,586 people … but the job is not done’ The Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia publicly thanked all those who helped Syrian refugees settle in the province, with a celebration at the...
17
JAN
2017

Update from the Interaction Youth Project

The Inter-Action Youth Project is a national pilot project that fosters young people’s empowerment through increasing leadership potential, confidence, a sense of belonging and Canadian citizenship. The overall themes that are explored are: Canadian values, history and...
23
NOV
2016

Launch of Nova Scotia Community Interpreting Resource Handbook

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Nova Scotia Community Interpreting Resource Handbook. This resource was developed by Merek Jagielski, ISANS Coordinator of Translation & Interpretation Services, with support from many partners and stakeholders in the community...
09
AUG
2016

20,000 Government-Assisted Refugees Infographic

In the context of the government’s consultations on immigration levels for 2017-2019, the CCR has prepared an infographic calling for Canada to resettle 20,000 Government-Assisted Refugees a year.
27
JUL
2016
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28 Syrian refugees go on first camping trip in Nova Scotia

Five Syrian refugee families new to Nova Scotia got a taste of Canadian camping culture at Kejimkujik National Park this past weekend.For some of the families, it was their first camping trip ever.They joined Canadians and immigrants from other countries for the overnight...
20
JUN
2016

Walk with Refugees for a Stronger Canada 2016

On Saturday, June 18, hundreds of people took part in the Walk with Refugees for a Stronger Canada to mark World Refugee Day, help raise awareness and put refugee voices up front. Thanks to everyone who came out for the walk, volunteered and gave support. We had a great turnout...
02
MAY
2016

Video Series Launch

As part of the Refugees Welcome Here: Lunch, Launch & Workshop taking place today at the Halifax Central Library in partnership with Amnesty International Canada and Canadian Council for Refugees, we are pleased to announce our Welcome Refugees video series. This series of 5...
25
APR
2016

Refugees Welcome Here: Lunch, Launch & Workshop May 2

Please join us Monday, May 2 at 12:30pm at the Halifax Central Library to celebrate the welcome Nova Scotia extends to refugees, recognize the contributions of refugees to Nova Scotia and share knowledge about refugee rights and advocacy...
04
APR
2016
Refugee Rights Day

Refugee Rights Day 2016

To mark Refugee Rights Day, here is a short video featuring some new Nova Scotians sharing their stories about coming to Canada as refugees. Please take a moment to watch and share...
21
MAR
2016

Infographic: Syrian Arrivals – Nova Scotia

Check out this interactive infographic depicting the number of Syrian refugee arrivals to Nova Scotia so far. We will update these statistics regularly to reflect the most current numbers...
15
MAR
2016

Halifax receives $200,000 from Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees

HALIFAX, March 15, 2016 – Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) is pleased to announce a $200,000 contribution from the Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees (Welcome Fund) to a partnership between the ISANS and the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia. The Welcome Fund was seeded by...
09
MAR
2016
John McCallum

Canada on track to welcome more than 300,000 immigrants in 2016

by Michelle Zilio, Globe & Mail, 8 March 2016. For the first time in decades, Canada is on track to welcome more than 300,000 new permanent residents to Canada in one year, according to the Liberal government’s 2016 immigration targets tabled Tuesday. Immigration Minister...
08
MAR
2016

Bikes for Refugees Update & Donations

Recreation opportunities play a significant role in the resettlement of new Canadians. Bikes for Refugees is not just about providing bicycles for fun or exercise or transportation, it is about connecting newcomers to a vibrant cycling community. On November 7 a Bikes For...
04
MAR
2016
volunteer numbers infographic

Statistics: Volunteer Recruitment with 211, Canadian Red Cross

We want to say thank you to the many volunteers who have donated their time and energy over the past few months with the Syrian Refugee Initiave. Here are some of the numbers for volunteer recruitment through our collaboration with 211 and the Canadian Red Cross: 925 individuals...
01
MAR
2016

Welcoming Syrian Refugees to Nova Scotia: Providing Psychological Assistance

With the recent influx of Syrian refugees to Nova Scotia, psychologists are poised to play an important part in helping refugees transition from the struggles they’ve experienced –from first-hand experiences of war to the challenges faced during migration and adjusting to living...
18
FEB
2016

Government of Canada Announces Restoration of Interim Federal Health Program for Refugees

February 18, 2016—Ottawa, ON – All refugees and asylum claimants will soon benefit from full health-care coverage through a restored Interim Federal Health Program, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, John McCallum, announced today. Starting April 1, 2016, the...
05
FEB
2016
bikes for refugees

Update on Bikes for Refugees Project

Bikes were moved from various storage spaces on January 8 with the help of 15 volunteers. There were two repair sessions in January with a number of volunteers, and so far 36 adult bikes have gotten a clean bill of health! With help from some high school students 39 more bikes...
04
FEB
2016
Syrian children at the Discovery Centre

‘Our children are happy and safe’: Trip to Halifax Discovery Centre symbolic for Syrian refugee mothers

By Yvette d’Entremont, Metro, 3 February 2016.  A trip to Halifax’s Discovery Centre is something many local families would take for granted. But for a group of Syrian refugee women who all arrived in Canada within the last two weeks, a simple family trip Wednesday was an...
28
JAN
2016

Syrian Refugees: Responding to All

This is a public statement from the Canadian Council for Refugees – 27 January 2016.  The Canadian Cuncil for Refugees welcomes the announcement by the federal government of a Syrian Family Links initiative, designed to connect Syrian refugees who have family in Canada with...
25
JAN
2016

Free Session on Community Sponsorship of Refugees

Interested in refugee sponsorship? The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is holding a free session on Community Sponsorship of Refugees this Sunday, January 31 from 12-3pm at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Topics will include: • Sponsoring refugees through...
25
JAN
2016

WES Educational Profile: Syria

In communities across Canada, many Syrian families have arrived over the past few weeks, and will continue to arrive in the year ahead. Families need to ensure that their children are enrolled in Canadian schools, and schools will want to place them at the appropriate level....
22
JAN
2016

Gerry Mills talks to The Current CBC about Syrian refugee arrivals in Halifax

Our Director of Operations, Gerry Mills, spoke with Anna Maria Tremonti of CBC’s The Current on Thursday about the arrival of Syrian refugees in Halifax. Gerry speaks about temporary housing and the process of moving families into permanent accomodations. Listen here: