These entries were written by level seven and eight English students at Abbotsford Community Services through the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada Program. The stories shared are about the journey of settling in Canada. They are stories of struggle, hardship and empowerment. These stories are a small window to the lives of our neighbours.

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Knowledge is power. Here you’ll find a wide collection of facts, how-to guides and up-to-date information about diversity, migration, and immigration in the Fraser Valley and the surrounding communities. Need more information? Simply contact us.

Author: Med Manzanal

Publisher: City Of Abbotsford

Description: Did you know Abbotsford is originally home to the people of the Stó:lo nations ? Since the early 1900’s the arrival of Mennonites and Sikhs into the area have helped to Abbotsford to become the third most diverse community in the country. Abbotsford Building Connections Project is aimed to create a mutual understanding through the different communities in the city.

Authors: Anne Corbett, and James M. Mackay

Publishers: Barb Feldman, Wendy Gravy,Dorene Weston

Description: Have you ever realized the challenges faced by Non-Status, Refugee and Immigrant women? This report looks at the immigration policies in place today and how they affect particularly women. From Immigration requirements to levels of immigration by different groups throughout time this report is a very important and useful piece for understanding the evolution of Canada’s immigration system.

Author: Maiden R. Manzanal

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Description: Did you know there are different types of immigration? This report helps create a better picture for those not familiar with different immigration status and the barriers immigrants in the community face.

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Description: Did you realize that government sponsored refugees must pay back medical and transportation costs associated with arriving in Canada. The Fresh Voices Youth Advisory Team Is there to help immigrant and refugee youth handle the challenges and hurdles faced with settling into Canada. From family separation to learning English they cover it all.

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Description: The reason why the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary organizations was created had been to put forward a leader to focus on issues that resonate with the voluntary sector. This report breaks down attracting, recruiting and retaining newcomer Canadians to the world of volunteering.

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Description: How many types of trauma can you recognize? This report explains different types of trauma, focusing on historical trauma such as the first nations people.

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Description: Have you wondered what Canada will look like in 2017? It will be more diverse than ever! Visible minorities are expected to double and this is all the more reason to hire immigrants and newcomers and diversify your workplace. The Langley employer toolkit is there to help workplaces become more accessible to newcomers for work. The benefits listed are amazing and it just goes to show how powerful diversity can be.

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Description: This report talks about how traumatic, racist experiences can be and provide tips and pointers to psychologists, researchers and counselors. The reality is racism still exists. Included is a suggestion of expanding the DSM-IV to include treatment for people who have faced traumatic racist experiences.

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Description: Have you ever wondered how many volunteer hours Canadians make in a year? Well for 2010 13.3 million Canadians created a grand total of 2.1 billion volunteer hours. Volunteering among new Canadians is very beneficial for them to get in touch with their new communities and for the community itself.

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Description: This article discusses the benefits of having a diverse workforce. It is expected that in 2031 that Canada’s largest city, Toronto will be made up of visible minorities. With large cities in the nation becoming more and more diverse it is expected and promoted to create diverse workplaces. This article gives step by step tips and suggestions on how to make your workplace more inclusive and future friendly.

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Description: This flyer has recent stats,graphs,charts and eveything else you need to and will want to know about Abbotsford's newest memebrs from far off lands.

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Description: This document is about the journey of newcomers to the community. It outlines the struggles,and perserverence of these individuals in thier own words. Written by the level seven and eight english students themselves at Abbotsford Community Services; shows how successful and integrated they have become into Canadian society. 

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Description: Belonging is a very powerful word. Do we belong to a certain place? A certain language? Neighbourhood? Or is belonging more than that. Is belonging something that changes over time or stays static? This article discusses the power belonging has on communities and how belonging brings people from various backgrounds together. This article goes on to discuss how belonging is influenced and how we as a nation have framed the word “belonging”.

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Description: Access to healthcare is something not everyone in Canada has knowledge of. This report is of a study conducted by Fraser Health Diversity Services about the responses, findings of a study. Other aspects revealed such as challenges facing newcomers by the health care system were also explored.

 

Abbotsford Community Services

 

abbotsfordcommunityservices.com

Abbotsford Community services offer a boatload of programs. Programs offered here include immigrant services, youth services, senior services and much more.

Langley Community Services

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lcss.ca/programs-and-services...

This website offers information about settlement and integration services for newcomers and refugees to Langley. Various settlement programs descriptions are provided.

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issbc.org

ISS of BC knows how hard it is for a newcomer to adjust to a new country, new language, and a new way of life. Being the largest organization of its kind in western Canada ISS of BC can help with its vast collection of programs.

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cidi-icdi.ca

How many places do you know where diversity in the workplace is given a high degree of importance. The Canadian Institute for diversity and inclusion is there to help balance inclusion of diversity and keep companies relevant and competitive.

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ccrweb.ca

Would you like to get involved in making a changing refugee healthcare and family reunification in Canada? If so the Canadian council of refugees would like your help. The CCR is a large organisation created to help refugees and vulnerable migrants in Canada and across the world. They are also invested in the settlement of refugees and immigrates into Canada’s strong northern free soil.

Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC

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Have you heard of AMSSA? Well they have been around since 1977. AMSSA is an association rooted in B.C, being made up of over 70 member associations,who help immigrants and help to created culturally inclusive communities.

Get in the Know

getintheknow.ca

Did you know immigrant communities grow sustainably larger each year. Get in The Know is about including newcomers into the workplace and help build strong community connections. Based in the communities of Surrey, Delta, White rock, and Langley it is a great way to get involed in the community. 

 

 

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