On Canada Day, Pier 21 will host a screening of Lester Alfonso’s documentary “12“. This National Film Board (NFB) documentary tells the immigrant story as experienced by 12 twelve-year olds. Alfonso, who arrived in Canada at the age of 12 explores how arriving in a new land on the cusp on teenage-hood impacts identity. He interviews others who arrived also at the age of 12 and seeks to find, as he says, “12 lessons from my former self” (Source: 12 Trailer).
See the trailer on YouTube.
Two recent research reports on immigrant women are:
Metropolis Canada releases Providing Services to Immigrant Women in Atlantic Canada: From the Abstract: “Immigrant women, like women everywhere, suffer violence and look for support to help them deal with it. This article describes some of the findings of research conducted in 2005 and 2006, which found that being an immigrant was a factor not only in immigrant women’s experiences of violence in Atlantic Canada, but also in their access to support services. Immigrant women and the professionals who provide services to them describe some of the barriers they face and conclude that fully funded and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and services to immigrant women are needed in Atlantic Canada”.
Atlantic Metropolis releases Integration Outcomes for Immigrant Women in Canada: A Review of the Literature 2000-2007” From the summary: “…a common thread throughout the literature is the centrality of care-giving or kin work in immigrant women’s lives. The majority of women come to Canada with their spouse or family, as family class or spouses or dependents of economic class immigrants and this has a direct impact on how to best understand immigrant women’s settlement experiences. The authors suggest that this experience is best understood from the perspective of their role and relationships within the family and that make her needs and barriers to integration uniquely gendered. They also suggest that literature about women’s integration should be examined from the perspective of care-giving or kin work as this provides for a more comprehensive picture of why immigrant women’s integration outcomes may be different from that of immigrant men…”.
The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration today announced 10.3 milliion in funding to support 3,000 immigrants to Nova Scotia. “We need new Canadians and we need to help them settle comfortably in our communities” said Peter MacKay, MP for Central Nova and federal Minister of National Defense and Atlantic Canada Opportunities agency.
YMCA VP for Community Outreach and Family Services, Brenda Millar, was pleased with the funding – some of it going to the YMCA:
“Our YMCA programs help create stronger communities. We achieve this by helping immigrants settle in their new communities, as well as by educating members of our Nova Scotia communities about the issues and barriers that newcomers face in adjusting and adapting to a new language, culture, climate and community, while maintaining their own. With our special emphasis on programs for immigrant children/youth and their families, Citizenship and Immigration Canada ensures that we can promote diversity as part of building more inclusive communities”.
The Canadian Public Health Association is holding its annual conference this year in Halifax, Nova Scotia from June 1-4. Sessions on or related to immigrant children and families include:
Immigrant and Migrant Health – I
Development of a framework to examine the determinants of health among Canadian immigrants, with Marie DesMeules
Studying intra-metropolitan health disparities in Canada: how and why globalization matters, with Ted Schrecker
Migration, Health and equity issues for Canada in the context of global migration, with Janet Hatcher Roberts
Using administrative data to analyze the health experience of African Nova Scotians, with Mikiko Terashima
Focus on Children’s Health
Children immigrants’ risk of physical inactivity according to family origin and length of residency, with Mathieu Bélanger
Immigrant and Migrant Health – II
Meanings of health, illness and help-seeking strategies among punjabi-speaking immigrants, with Beatrice McDonough
Migration and perinatal health surveillance: An international DELPHI survey, with Anita Gagnon
Migration to industrialized countries and perinatal health: A systematic review, with Anita Gagnon
Childbearing migrant women and equal access to research participation, with Amy Low
For more information, see the PDF program.
The 10th annual Metropolis conference was held April 3-6 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A post on this blog, dated Dec 13/07, listed sessions, presentations, workshops and keynotes related to early childhood immigrant issues. PDFs and HTML versions of many of the presentations are now available at the Atlantic Metropolis site and searchable by topic or by presenter.
“…federal immigration reforms since the 1960s have changed demographics in a way that is largely responsible for quelling the conflict between French and English Canada. It has essentially…saved this country as a political entity. These policies have resulted in classrooms in large urban centres with children with diverse culturally backgrounds, creating challenges for Canadian educators….It’s been a journey that’s occurred with remarkably little conflict. This is an extraordinary accomplishment, which you might want to bare in mind next time you deal with the downside”.
What do you say, educators? Is Gwynne right?
There have been a rash of funding announcements from the federal government lately, including:
Dec 17/07 “Minister Finley announces new federal commitments to help newcomers settle in Canada”, which includes a link to a handy at-a-glance chart showing the provincial/territorial breakdown of dollars from 05-06 to 08-09.
Dec 18/07 “Government of Canada supports Saskatchewan in attracting immigrants to the province”. Included in this announcement was the “Going to Canada” website that provides “links to information and services when planning a temporary stay or making Canada your new home”. The website is available in English and French. Not much info on children.
Jan 7/08 “Government of Canada announces new funding for research on immigration and diversity”. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Dr. Chad Gaffield, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) jointly announced research funding of $7.5 million over five years for Metropolis, the Canadian arm of the international consortium of research centres on immigration and settlement.
Feb 1/08 “Government of Canada announces funding to help immigrants settle in Lethbridge“.
Feb 1/08 “Government of Canada joins partners in launching a Tool Box to help attract immigrants to smaller communities”. The Attracting and Retaining Immigrants: A Tool Box of Ideas for Smaller Centres was developed by the National Working Group on Small Centre Strategies.
Feb 8/08 “Government of Canada announces funding to help newcomers settle in the city of Toronto“. Included in this announcement, a mention of the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO), established in 2007 to help support internationally trained individuals in having their credentials assessed, recognzied and to find work in their chosen field.
Feb 19/08 ” Government of Canada invests to help immigrants settle in St. John’s“. In this announcement, something about/for immigrant children! A 3-day event, entitled Sharing Our Cultures is an annual event held to promote cross-cultural awareness among children and teachers. This year it will be held to coincide with March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Feb 20/08 “Government of Canada provides funding to help newcomers settle in Brantford“.
Feb 21/08 “Government of Canada announces funding to help attract francophone immigrants to New Brunswick“. Funding went to Société des Acadiens et Acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick (SAANB).
Feb 22/08 “Government of Canada provides funding to help newcomers in North Bay“.