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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...
29
APR
2016

Mental Health & Wellness Guide

We are pleased to present the Newcomer Community Wellness Project's Guide to Mental Health & Wellness. This is a place for you to find suggestions about how you can support yourself and your family to maintain your mental health and well-being during the process of settling in...
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...
11
APR
2016

National Volunteer Week

April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week in Canada, and we have many people to thank this year! As ever, we are grateful to those who donate their time and energy to help us deliver our programs and services. We could not do it without our volunteers, and it has been especially...
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

2016 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

From United Nations Human Rights – Racism compels us to address not just public policies but also private attitudes that perpetuate it. The ultimate success in the struggle to ‪#‎FightRacism‬ rests with ordinary citizens, speaking out against “ordinary” intolerance. We must...
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...
15
MAR
2016

SupperNOVA welcomes new Nova Scotians

Thanks to all who came out in the snow for the SupperNOVA Multicultural Potluck on March 5! There were more than 300 people in attendance, who shared food, conversation and dancing! Special thanks to the dedicated event committee members and volunteers, without whom this event...
09
MAR
2016

Prince George Hotel recognized for their work with refugees

News Release – March 9, 2016—Halifax, NS – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum today congratulated the Prince George Hotel as one of the winners of the 2016 Employer Awards for Refugee Employment for their outstanding efforts to help refugees settle...
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...
03
MAR
2016
Dal Dental students

Translating the Language of Oral Healthcare

by Cheryl Bell, Dalhousie News, 26 February 2016.  Deo Butoyi slips into the Monday evening clinic at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Dentistry quietly, and matter-of-factly takes his place in the dental chair. He is wearing a plaid shirt, jeans and sneakers. He pulls on the blue...
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...
17
FEB
2016

February is African Heritage Month

When the First World War broke out in 1914, African Nova Scotians responded patriotically. The men of the community wanted to volunteer to serve overseas, yet most were rejected. Recruiters told them things like: “this is a white man’s war” and Canada didn’t want a “checkerboard...
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:
13
JAN
2016

New Resources for Private Sponsorship Groups

We’ve added new resources to our Private Refugee Sponsorship page! The following documents are now available: Frequently Asked Questions about Private Refugee Sponsorship What people outside of a core private sponsorship group can do to help Code of Ethics – Refugee...