On new shores: Int’l forum on issues of immigrant and refugee children, youth and families

The 2008 On New Shores: International Forum on Issues of Immigrant and Refugee Children, Youth and Families conference program is available. This is a tentative program, but we are thrilled to see so many sessions devoted to young immigrant children and their parents/families.

The conference will be held Nov 6-7/08 in Guelph, Ontario and is sponsored by Dr. Susan Chuang, Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph

Some of the events, sessions and workshops with Canadian content include:

Thurs. Nov 6th, Session 2:

Z Sonia Worotynec, Canadian Coalition for Immigrant Children and Youth, Valerie Rhomberg, Canadian Mothercraft Society and Ken Setterington, Toronto Public Library on The Children’s Picture Book as Immigrant Literature

Poster sessions:

Alka Burman, Early Literacy Consultant, Peel Region: Providing an Anti-Bias Environment.

Fri. Nov 7th Keynote:

Janice MacAuley, Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs, Dr. Susan Chuang, FRAN, University of Guelph, Christopher Friesen, Canadian Immigration Settlement Sector Alliance: The Canadian Way: Welcoming Immigrant and Refugee Families

Fri. Nov 7th Session 4:

Judith Bernhard, Ryerson University: Por necesidad: Challenges of Multi-Local Parenting.

Mehru Ali, Ryerson University: Loss of Self-Effacacy among Immigrant Parents

Roma Chumak-Horbatsch, Ryerson University and mylanguage.ca and Z Sonia Worotynec, Canadian Coalition for Immigrant Children and Youth: Immigrant Children in Toronto Child Care Centres: A Language Profile.

Visit Dr. Chuang’s webpage at the University of Guelph for more information.