Halifax student shares gift of sport with newcomer children

Twenty-eight Government Assisted Refugee children have the opportunity to learn how to play tennis thanks to a grade 12 student at Armbrae Academy. Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) has partnered with Armbrae Academy student Niket Sampalli, and Tennis Time founder David Greer to offer six weeks of free … Read more

Join us and #StepwithRefugees

Big or small, we all have a role to play to help shape our world for the better. ISANS has partnered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees on their 2 Billion Kilometres To Safety Campaign. The campaign challenges individuals across the globe to walk, run, or cycle two … Read more

ISANS announces the continuation of Settlement Online Pre-Arrival program through $13.1 million in funding from IRCC

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced $13.1 million dollars in funding for ISANS to continue its Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) program. This groundbreaking program developed and overseen by ISANS ensures that immigrants arrive prepared for their new life in Canada.

“Our mission is to help immigrants build a future in Nova Scotia. This funding will allow us to better prepare newcomers for their arrival in Canada through SOPA’s expanded pre-arrival services, alleviating some of the stresses associated with the settlement process,” says Jennifer Watts, CEO of ISANS…

Video: I Am Today

 Marwa Harb’s face lights up when she talks about the people she has met since arriving in Canada as a refugee from Syria. Topping her list – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “I paint (a picture of) the prime minister,” says Marwa, 16. “I gave it to him. He was … Read more

For World Refugee Day, a crowd of 500+ walked through downtown Halifax

The streets of downtown Halifax were yellow Saturday afternoon as over 500 participants marched from the Garrison Grounds to the Halifax Central Library for the fifth annual Walk with Refugees for a Stronger Canada. At the reception, participants heard from Immigration Minister, Lena Diab, ISANS CEO, Jennifer Watts, and former … Read more

Syrian refugee family reflects on first two years in Halifax

In many ways, the Al Saieds fit the mould of an average Halifax family. They drive a Toyota. The father, Mohamad, works in construction. His wife, Rouida, works as a cleaner for their condo complex. The kids are in school, with big dreams: 16-year-old Hana wants to be a police officer, journalist and a nurse. To this idea, her older brother Khaled, 20, smiles lovingly. He’s hoping to attend school to become a pilot in the fall.

Four myths about Canada’s border crossings

From the Ottawa Citizen, May 14, 2018 Michelle Rempel, Conservative immigration critic, tweeted recently that the media was finally writing about “illegal border crossings” after she had been raising it for a year. The problem is that several recurring myths are shaping much of the coverage. Here are four of … Read more

Peace by Chocolate names new bar after the Mi’kmaq word for peace

A Canadian chocolate company founded by Syrian refugee Tareq Hadhad has produced its first chocolate bar — and given it an Indigenous name. Peace by Chocolate of Antigonish revealed Wednesday its new milk chocolate and hazelnut bar is to be called Wantaqo’ti (pronounced Wan-tahk-oo-di), the Mi’kmaq word for peace.

Beginning Again: Stories of new Syrian Nova Scotians

CBC’s Shaina Luck launches a new series called Beginning Again: Stories of new Syrian Nova Scotians that grew from the question: how are the Syrian newcomers doing now? Read the series or listen here: Syrian refugees bump N.S. population to record high — but will they stay? Unable to find … Read more

Walk with Refugees for a Stronger Canada 2017

The annual Walk with Refugees for a Stronger Canada was well attended this year, with 200+ participants marching down Spring Garden Road in the pouring rain. We had a great turnout and though the skies were grey, the streets of Halifax were yellow! Thanks to all participants and volunteers, we … Read more