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18
FEB
2015

ISANS Business clients nominated for Halifax Chamber Business Awards

The Halifax Business Awards is the Chamber’s most glamorous event of the year. The gala event boasts a spectacular night of entertainment, prestige, and celebration, recognizing risk takers and the success of Halifax’s thriving business community. This year three ISANS...
11
FEB
2015

African Heritage Month Event – The Economics of Migrant Workers: Reminiscent of Slavery?

The Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program in Nova Scotia has seen substantial growth since it inception in 1966. Many of these workers, both women and men, come from racialized communities in the Caribbean. For a glimpse into this world, The Global African Congress (Nova Scotia...
10
FEB
2015

Winter by the Sea – March 1

Don't miss Winter By The Sea, an event for new Canadians showcasing fun outdoor winter active opportunities from 1-4pm on Sunday, March 1 at the Pavilion - just across the street from the Emera Oval. There will be skating, hockey, snowshoeing, outdoor cooking, Nordic walking,...
09
FEB
2015

Citizenship is for Everyone – Copenhagen’s Diversity Charter

From Cities of Migration.  When the City of Copenhagen was updating its local planning documents and policies for immigrant integration in 2010, it made an important discovery. Policies and planning alone were not having much, impact on the city’s diversity agenda. The percentage...
04
FEB
2015

Land of Opportunity: Attracting Immigrants Critical to Nova Scotia’s Future

From the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Outlook 2015. The biggest challenge we face as a community is hanging on to our new graduates and attracting immigrants. The above is an excerpt from the introduction to the Halifax Index 2014, an in-depth report from the Greater Halifax...
04
FEB
2015

African Heritage Month 2015

The commemoration of African Heritage Month in Canada can be traced to 1926 when Harvard-educated black historian Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week to recognize the achievements of African Americans. While some have criticized the selection of the shortest month of the...
30
JAN
2015

Seven Keys to Protecting and Welcoming Refugees and Newcomers: A vision for Canada

From the Canadian Council for Refugees. Traditionally a leader in welcoming refugees and other newcomers, Canada can and must renew its efforts to protect their rights. This means acting in seven key areas: 1. Making status in Canada secure This means: Making pathways to...
28
JAN
2015

Opening for Citizen Appointment for Board of Police Commissioners

Volunteer Opportunity – Are you interested in making a difference in your community? The Halifax Regional Municipality is looking to recruit citizens to sit on the Board of Police Commissioners. Interested citizens can check here for more information. The deadline for...
26
JAN
2015

Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program Proud history, Uncertain future

Unique in the world, Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program has allowed Canadians to offer protection and a new home to more than 225,000 refugees since its beginning in 1979. Despite its historical success, the Program has been facing dramatic changes and challenges in...
15
JAN
2015

Toronto Star Editorial: Ottawa should take more responsibility for Syrian refugees

From the Toronto Star – Published on Thursday, January 8, 2015 Ottawa’s decision to ask private groups to sponsor 60 per cent of Syrian refugees is not in keeping with Canada’s ability to help resolve humanitarian crisis. Ottawa’s announcement this week that it is prepared...
14
JAN
2015

Mental Wellbeing – Building Community Support

January 30 - February 27 Fridays, 5 - 7 pm

Workshop Series

Settlement in a new country is a very exciting period where immigrants learn about themselves and their new country; it might also be a time for...
06
JAN
2015

Statelessness Around the World

From UNHCR – photo by N. Lukin.  At least 10 million people in the world today are stateless. They are told that they don’t belong anywhere. They are denied a nationality. And without one, they are denied their basic rights. From the moment they are born they are...
20
DEC
2014

Open House 2014

This year’s Open House was a great success, with over 350 visitors! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello and have some treats, and thanks to everyone who made the day a success. The afternoon was filled with balloon animals, henna, photo booth laughs, mural...
19
DEC
2014

Our Food: Making connections

The goal of the Our Food Project by the Ecology Action Centre is to strengthen communities’ relationship to food by building ‘Positive Food Environments’. Through connecting, convening and catalyzing, the Our Food Project bridges the vulnerable points of our food system to...
19
DEC
2014

First annual symposium report of the Atlantic Immigration Research Fund

On Thursday, December 18, the report of the first Atlantic Immigration Research Fund annual Symposium was released. “Immigration and Opportunities in Atlantic Canada” brought together a diverse group of key immigration stakeholders to consider the impact and challenges new...
18
DEC
2014

ISANS Holiday Hours

Please find below the schedule for office hours for the holidays: December 24 - 8:30am - 12:00pm.
December 25 - Closed.
December 26 - Closed.
December 29 - 8:30am -...
10
DEC
2014

CTV Atlantic: Syrian family finds refuge in N.S.

By Jayson Baxter for  CTV Atlantic  –  watch the video clip here. A Syrian family is relieved to be in the Maritimes after escaping the violence in their home country, but say they are worried for the more than two million Syrian refugees still searching for safety. Fadi...
09
DEC
2014

Do NOT give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

by Michael Enright, The Sunday Edition, CBC – Sunday, December 7, 2014. On August 14, 1979, 210 Vietnamese refugees flew into an Edmonton military base aboard a Canadian Forces 707. That night they were housed in a military barracks. Over the next 18 months, at the rate of...
04
DEC
2014

Stats Worth Knowing

From the Canadian Council for Refugees. Most refugees are in the Global South The vast majority of the world’s refugees are in the Global South. Only a tiny minority of refugees are found in Canada and the rest of the wealthiest countries. 48% of refugees are in Asia, 29% are in...
01
DEC
2014

Please join us for our Annual Open House December 3!

Please Join Us! For our Annual Open House It's that time of year again! Join us for food, fun and great conversation from 3:00-5:30pm on Wednesday, December 3. Everyone is welcome...
19
NOV
2014

New Name, Same Great Services

Moving forward, our organization will now be known as Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, or ISANS. Though our name has changed, the essence of our organization remains the same: We are dedicated to welcoming and supporting immigrants to Nova Scotia. We believe that...
12
NOV
2014

CCR response to 2014 changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program

From the Canadian Council from Refugees – Traditionally a country of permanent immigration, Canada is becoming a country where migrant workers are brought in on a temporary basis. In 2008, for the first time, the number of Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada exceeded the...
03
NOV
2014

Halifax immigrant service to change its name from ISIS

THE CHRONICLE HERALD – Published October 31, 2014 – 8:15pm Sometimes acronyms can cause an organization a lot of trouble. For instance, when two immigrant-focused agencies in Halifax amalgamated in 2009, it resulted in the opening of Immigration Settlement &...
22
OCT
2014

Newcomer Community Wellness Project’s Mental Health Report

Today we launch our Newcomer Community Wellness Project’s Mental Health Report. The Newcomer Community Wellness Project is a three-year initiative led by ISANS and funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness in the framework of the Nova Scotia Mental Health...