Research papers on is dedicated to raising the importance of home language (L1) retention as a tool to support the development of English in newcomer children. The site, developed by Dr. Roma Chumak-Horbatsch of Ryerson University’s School of Early Childhood Education has recently been updated and two new research studies by Dr. Chumak-Horbatsch have been added:

Early bilingualism: Children of immigrants in an English-language childcare center. (2008). Psychology of Language and Communication. Vol 12, No. 1.

Mmmmm…I like English: Linguistic behaviors of Ukranian-English bilingual children. (2006). Psychology of Language and Communication. Vol 10, No. 2. 

Visit to download both papers.

Harvard study on immigrant children in the US

The Harvard Graduate School of Education has released results of a 5 year study on immigrant children in the United States. Among the findings: immigrant girls tend to fare better than immigrant boys. A Newsweek article, reporting on the study, quotes researcher Marcelo Suarez-Orozco: “girls are able to retain some of the protective features of their native culture because they’re kept closer to the hearth while they maximize their acquisition of skills in the new culture by helping their parents navigate it“.

Related link: Immigration Studies @ NYU, devoted to the study of immigration with a focus on children, youth and families.

Call for proposals: Canadian studies as a field of interdisciplinary inquiry

The Centre for Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University invites proposals for its 3rd Alternatives conference.

The Centre is seeking proposals that “explore the current state and future trajectories of Canadian Studies as a field of interdisciplinary inquiry” and that “explore different approaches to Canadian Studies”.

Among other topics, and of interest to the Canadian Coalition for Immigrant Children and Youth, the Centre is interested in receiving proposals that address transnationalism, transculturalism and Canadian Studies and the cultural politics of diversity.

For more information, see the Centre website or contact Dr. Andrew Nurse at or 506.364.2350.

Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2008.

Call for proposals: Expanding literacy studies (US conference)

An international, interdisciplinary graduate student conference on literacy studies will be held at Ohio State University April 3-5/09. Proposals will begin being reviewed as of September 1/08 and will be accepted until October 15/08.

From the conference website: The theme Expanding Literacy Studies “draws from the larger conversation on literacy and literacy studies, the many myths of literacy and the growing number of new and emergent literacies”.

9 other US universities are involved. Let’s get some Canadian scholars in immigrant children studies participating and ensure L1 issues and solutions are part of this conference.

Multicultural to intercultural: Libraries connecting communities

The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) is holding a satellite meeting Aug 5-7/08 in Vancouver BC (prior to their 2008 Conference and Congress, Libraries Without Borders, in Quebec City).

The satellite meeting theme is Multicultural to Intercultural: Libraries Connecting Communities. See the site also for a call for papers.

Visit the IFLANET site to learn about how libraries and other institutions come together to meet the needs of culturally diverse populations. Here you’ll find strategic plans, work schedules, publications and more.

Graduate program in refugee and migration studies at York University

York University offers a graduate diploma program in Refugee and Migration Studies. Coordinated by the Refugee Studies program at York, the program allows students in a graduate program at York to specialize in migration and refugee studies. The program encourages students to consider how they can best serve both the Canadian and international communities in this area of public and humanitarian policy.

The Centre for Refugee Studies at York University is “engaged in research on refugee issues which inform public discussion, policy development and practice for international, governmental, advocacy and service organizations. The Centre also supports teaching in refugee and migration studies”.

For more information, see the Centre for Refugee Studies page at York U.

Graduate student awards from CERIS

The  Joint Centre of Excellence in Immigration and Settlement (CERIS), the Ontario Metropolis Centre, is accepting applications from Ontario graduate students (Masters and Doctoral levels) for a graduate student research award. The award is to support research related to immigration and settlement that is Greater Toronto Area or Ontario-focused. Ten awards of up to $500 are available. 

See the CERIS website for information and the application form.

Deadline is May 20/08.

Diaspora and immigration: Fieldwork course in San Diego & Tijuana

In the summer of 2008, a special fieldwork course in immigration will be conducted by Edward M. Olivos, Department of Teacher Education, University of Oregon. The focus of the course (open to non-US citizens and non-Education majors) is how the US has responded to immigration and developed its immigration policy. Students of the course will travel between the US and Mexico. Of special interest to the Early Childhood Working Group, as part of the course, students will visit and meet with immigrant families in the US and in Mexico.

For more information, call 541-346-2983 or contact Edward M. Olivos.

George Brown College Summer Institute: Preparing professionals to lead change in the early years

The annual summer institute, held by George Brown College and the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development is scheduled this year for June 4/08 and will be held in Toronto. At each summer institute, George Brown College honours an individual for their contribution to the early childhood field. This year, the Summer Institute honours Aster Fessahaie, a 2002 recipient of the Skills for Change New Pioneers Award. See the George Brown College website for more info, or view the PDF georgebrown.

Call for papers: York U graduate school conference

The Annual Graduate Student conference Rethinking the Mosaic: Immigration, Settlement and the Lived Experience will take place at York University April 17-18/08. Graduate students are invited to submit proposals. Some of the focus areas lend themselves well to children’s issues, including:

  • Immigration/refugee law and practice
  • Settlement sector and government involvement
  • Health and well-being
  • Multiculturalism/citizenship
  • Family, children and youth experiences of immigrant/transnational families.

Deadline is March 6/08. For more information, see the CERIS website.

The refugee forum: New program at Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre

The Refugee Forum is a new program of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa. It is funded by the Maytree Foundation. The Forum will study and comment on Canada’s asylum system and address research, analysis and communication.

From the web-page: “The ultimate objective of the Forum is to develop and promote positive improvements to Canada’s asylum system as well as to raise public awareness of refugee issues”.

See the Refugee Forum web-page for more information.