Integration Matters Spring 2016

 
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Integration Matters                           SPRING 2016

Integration is what we work towards every day. It is the future we envision: 
A diverse and integrated community where people of all backgrounds find and create opportunities to fulfill their dreams and participate fully as citizens. It is also a value we are committed to because it matters so greatly.

 
We always look forward to sharing our news and information with you and learning about what you are doing too to find ways to collaborate or just connect. Feel free to pass this newsletter on to others who share our passion for inclusion or might want to learn more about why integration matters.  
 Anila Lee Yuen, Chief Executive Officer
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Stronger Together - enhancing our mission.
To fully reflect and embrace our Integration Model we’ve updated our mission: To support newcomers and the receiving community in becoming a diverse, united community, through services and initiatives that create conditions of success for newcomers and that foster a welcoming environment in Calgary.
Through this mandate, we hope to learn more about our community as a whole and find ways to collaborate with other community organizations, government organizations and the general public towards creating a vibrant and inclusive Calgary together, for everyone.

Will You Wear an Orange Ribbon?

June 20th is observed as “World Refugee Day” to honour the courage, strength, and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence. 
Building on this, the Centre for Newcomers has launched a citywide Refugee Awareness Campaign for the month of June to engage the broader community in showing their support for our fellow Calgarians. 
Show your support of refugees by wearing an orange ribbon in June; available for purchase by donation at various businesses and organizations across the city  and connect with us through #RefugeeDayYYC.
The proceeds will support the Centre for Newcomers programs and community services.
Invitation to World Refugee Day Celebration  in partnership with Mennonite Central Committee  & special guests The Aga Khan Foundation
 
Stampede Roundup 2016
We celebrated Calgary’s cultural diversity through Calgary’s oldest stampede tradition.
Hosted by The Centre fCalgary Stampede Community Round Upor Newcomers and the Calgary Stampede our annual Stampede Breakfast was a gathering of new immigrants and refugees, community partners, neighbours and guests coming together for a common experience – to enjoy the energy and culture of Calgary. 
With many new immigrants and refugees in attendance - many of whom experienced a traditional Stampede breakfast for the first time – it is an opportunity to learn and be a part of Calgary’s rich history and western heritage while participating in an early glimpse of the attractions offered during the ten days of festivities at Stampede Park.
Western and multicultural performances, the marching band, display tents and exhibits, and the aroma of food wafting along 36th Street had guests abuzz with fun-filled activities and new experiences.  
Special thanks to all of the Calgary Stampede volunteer committees, performers, RBC volunteersCity Councilor Andre Chabot, MLA Robyn Luff, MLA David Swann, Immigrant Services Calgary CEO Krystyna Biel, the Calgary Police Services, the Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services and many more community members for joining us.
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Canadian Business Essentials for Accountants
We are recruiting participants for our August start date
CBEAAre you an immigrant with experience in Accounting?  
Are you interested in pursuing your career in Canada? Canadian Business Essentials for Accountants is an intensive program that will help you bridge into your profession in Canada. 
For more information, please call or email:
403.569.3339; cbea@centrefornewcomers.ca
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Indigenous Integration for Newcomers Initiative
Settlement Services response to TRC & UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Treaty 7 MapWe are proud to announce our partnership with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth and Calgary Immigrant Education Society; as Dr. Dustin Louie, Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary and an advisory group of Indigenous and Settlement sector leaders guide us through the first iteration of the Indigenous Integration of Newcomers Initiative. Our ultimate goal is to support efforts aimed at ending cycles of systemic discrimination and abuse faced by Indigenous people through culturally appropriate educational workshops on indigenous issues, meaningful partnerships that seek to create alliances for public education and awareness among partners; both newcomer and indigenous, and within the broader community.
This is our response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Call’s to Action 57 &
93; and Article 15 Section 2 of the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples
 
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