E-Symposia

E-Symposium: Parenting in a New Country

Newcomer families often juggle integration while preserving their own cultures and languages. As a result, parenting styles or expectations may be different and newcomers may have difficulty adapting or blending their parenting style in Canada.

This E-Symposium targeted to settlement staff and LINC instructors looked at parenting from a newcomer perspective, shared settlement service supports, and discussed the role of educators and settlement staff in the adaptation process.

To watch the video from this event, click here.


E-Symposium: Newcomer Women – Barriers, Challenges & Supports

Women often face multiple barriers when accessing settlement and language programming. It can be difficult to find appropriate transportation, childcare, and family supports so that mothers can attend programs. Additionally, although the language classroom can be an ideal context to discuss women’s issues, these issues are seldom addressed. The instructor is a respected and trusted leader of the classroom; addressing women’s issues can validate and empower all individuals in the class to make a meaningful change. Topics such as women’s rights, sexual health, and domestic abuse can be initiated in a supportive manner that increases awareness and prevention.

Immigrant women play a unique and distinct role within the settlement and integration context. Held on March 8th, International Women’s Day, this e-symposium sought to bring awareness to the barriers women face when accessing settlement and language programming, and highlighted the need to incorporate women’s issues into language instruction and curriculum.

To watch the video from this event, click here.


E-Symposium: Using Physical & Social Activities as Opportunities for Newcomer Integration
Participating in physical and social activities are various ways how newcomers can become integrated into a community. Many of these activities can be low-barrier when designed with inclusionary principles in mind and when the focus is on connecting people based on commonalities, e.g. common interest in dance, food, music. Connections made within a community and social activities are often centred on sport or social activities. How can a newcomer to Canada use these activities as integration opportunities to Canada if there is no understanding of the value of these activities or if the vocabulary in an official language is not existent?

Attendees of this e-symposium will learn:
1. How physical and social activities could be used as a tool for integration into the community
2. How this can be taught in a LINC classroom
3. How these activities can be used as integration tools during settlement orientation sessions and workshops.

To watch the video from this event, click here.


Virtual Training: The Benefits of Media Relations

The Benefits of Media Relations virtual training was a customized training that introduced settlement and language providing organizations in BC to the principles of communicating with mass media. Topics that were covered during the training include: the importance of media relations, crafting your message, how to prepare to speak to reports and how to increase your organizations profile and credibility in the community.

This short online video provides a few key highlights of the Virtual Training that AMSSA held.

To watch the video from this event, click here.


Interfaith Bridging: Building Connections. Building Community.  

A truly welcoming society is one where everyone feels that they can bring their “whole self” to the community and their workplace and where differences are respected and valued. In Canada, religious diversity is growing with the number of people having a non-Christian religion expected to double to 14% of the population by 2031; about half of the non-Christian population would be Muslim.

Respectfully accommodating religious practices such as prayer, dietary needs and clothing requirements as well as religious holy days is also a display of interculturally competent leadership within a community. What does respect look or feel like in a society of people with various faith, religious & spiritual beliefs, values & observances? How can we start a respectful conversation about religious or spiritual beliefs?

This E-Symposium explored innovative approaches to interfaith bridging focusing on collaboration and communication between the settlement service provider agencies, faith organizations, academia and newcomers themselves.

This E-Symposium featured the following speakers:

  • Shawkat Hasan, BC Muslim Association
  • Dr. Robert Daum, Simon Fraser University
  • Parm Grewal, Richmond Multicultural Community Services

To watch the video from this event, click here.


Collaborative Approaches to Promoting Newcomer Health

Date: March 7, 2016
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Settlement service providing organizations and organizations in the health care sector have an interest in supporting newcomers to successfully access health care and to achieve good health outcomes. To achieve this, the two sectors must work together to bridge the gap between settlement and health. Newcomers need to be supported to navigate the health care system and to effectively engage in maintaining good health.

This E-Symposium explored innovative approaches to health care and health promotion for newcomers, focusing on collaboration and communication between the settlement service provider agencies, the health sector and newcomers themselves.

To watch the videos from this event, click here.


Cultural Safety: A Person Centred Approach to Communication and Interaction 

Date: December 10, 2015
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Cultural Safety ensures that service providers become respectful of all aspects of culture including (history, values, gender, socioeconomic status). Service providers should also acknowledge that their own cultural beliefs and attitudes have the potential, consciously or unconsciously, to influence the power balance with their clients and each other. Cultural safety is understood to mean there is no damage or harm by interactions between people and that dignity and respect are maintained for all parties in an interaction (Gurm & Cheema, 2013). Cultural safety on a continuum comes after cultural competence and proficiency but it is not about a checklist or memorizing different norms based on ethnicity.  It is about understanding the person in front of you, creating trust and working together with the person so that your interactions do no harm to the individual. The major constructs to consider are historical oppressions and power in relationships.

To watch the videos from this event, click here.


Supporting Mental Health for BC’s Most Vulnerable Newcomers 

Date: September 29, 2015
Location: Surrey City Hall, Surrey

Good mental and physical health is a key outcome of successful settlement and integration. For many vulnerable immigrants, the early years after resettlement are a difficult period. Resettlement stresses such as underemployment, adapting to a new culture, learning a new language and family separation/social isolation can lead to significant mental health challenges. This e-symposium provided an opportunity to provide training and information for Settlement agencies and staff working with and supporting the mental health of vulnerable clients. The e-symposium featured three presentations followed by a question and answers session. AMSSA gratefully acknowledges Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for providing support for this event. AMSSA would also like to thank all presenters for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

To watch the videos from this event, click here.


LGBTQ Newcomers: Strengthening Support and Understanding 

Date: May 11, 2015
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

This e-symposium provided an opportunity to provide training and information for Settlement agencies and staff on working with and supporting LGBTQ newcomer clients. The e-symposium featured four presentations followed by a question and answers session. AMSSA gratefully acknowledges Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for providing support for this event. AMSSA would also like to thank all presenters for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

To watch the videos from this event, click here.


Connecting with Industry Councils 

Date: February 23, 2015
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

This e-symposium provided an opportunity to connect industry councils with the settlement sector and Service Provider Organizations (SPOs) to facilitate the exchange of tools and resources for newcomers. The e-symposium featured four presentations followed by two questions and answers sessions. AMSSA gratefully acknowledges the Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) for providing support for these events. AMSSA would like to thank all presenters for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

To watch videos from this event, click here.


Immigrant Research in BC and Canada 

Date: December 11, 2014
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

This e-symposium provided an opportunity for Dr. Lori Wilkinson of the University of Manitoba to share the latest research concerning:

  • The sense of belonging of immigrants
  • Immigrant labour market participation
  • Experiences of discrimination in rural versus urban centres

In addition, Dr. Miu Chung Yan shared research related to the gaps and opportunities for settlement programs in smaller centres across British Columbia.

To watch videos from this event, click here.


Employment for Immigrants 

Date: July 16, 2014
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

This e-symposium provided Service Provider Organizations (SPOs) the opportunity to increase their knowledge on effective employment related engagement strategies and best practices. The e-symposium featured three presentations and each presentation is followed by a questions and answers session. AMSSA gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada for providing support for these events. AMSSA would like to thank all presenters for sharing their time and knowledge with us.
To watch videos from this event, click here.


CIC Financial Management 

Date: April 23, 2014
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

This e-symposium featured two presentations on the process of managing, monitoring and reporting of contribution agreements with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). AMSSA gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada for providing support for these events. AMSSA would like to thank all presenters for sharing their time and knowledge with us.
To watch videos from this event, click here.


Negotiating Contribution Agreements 

Date: January 8, 2014
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

This e-symposium featured two presentations on the process of negotiating contrbution agreements with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). AMSSA gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia for providing support for these events. AMSSA would like to thank all presenters and panelists for sharing their time and knowledge with us.
To watch videos from this event, click here.


National Settlement Conference Debrief & Information Sharing

Date: December 3, 2013
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

This e-symposium featured one presentation and one panel discussion on the key outcomes and highlights from the National Settlement Conference. AMSSA gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia for providing support for these events. AMSSA would like to thank all presenters and panelists for sharing their time and knowledge with us.
To watch videos from this event, click here.


CIC Contracting, Procurement & Financial Reporting 

Date: May 14 and 15, 2013
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

On May 14 and May 15, 2013, AMSSA hosted two symposia on CIC Contracting, Procurement & Financial Reporting for service providers. The first e-symposium, Review of CIC’s Procurement & Contracting Model, featured two presentations on how to organize to manage services with CIC funding. The second e-symposium, Building SPO Capacity to Manage Contribution Agreements, featured one presentation and one panel discussion on how to manage contribution agreements. AMSSA gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia for providing support for these events. AMSSA would like to thank all presenters and panelists for sharing their time and knowledge with us.
To watch the videos, click the link below:
E-Symposium: Review of CIC’s Procurement & Contracting Model on May 14, 2013
E-Symposium: Building SPO Capacity to Manage Contribution Agreement on May 15, 2013


Understanding Outcome Evaluation 

Date: June 25, 2012
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

This e-symposium featured two presentations on what outcome evaluation is and why it is important, both from a government and a community-based funder perspective. AMSSA gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia for providing support for this event. AMSSA would like to thank both presenters for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

To watch videos from this event, click here.


Immigrant Statistics: Finding and Using Online Information in Immigrant Settlement

Date: February 22, 2012
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

This e-symposium for WelcomeBC settlement service providers explored how to access the wealth of federal and provincial online information, as well as how to apply this information in immigrant settlement, such as for planning, proposal writing and/or research. AMSSA gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia for their support of this event. AMSSA would also like to thank the presenters for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

To watch videos from this event, click here.


The Guided Pathways Process 

Date: September 28, 2011
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

This E-Symposium was organized by AMSSA on behalf of the Immigrant Integration Branch of the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. Vicki Chiu from the Immigrant Integration Branch at the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, provided some of the background and context on the commissioning of the process. Researchers Elizabeth Jones and Miu Chung Yan followed with an overview of the Guided Pathways Process.

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Introducing Canada’s Newest Residents to its Oldest Peoples: Including First Nations and Aboriginal Content and Relationship-Building in Immigrant Settlement Services 

Date: April 27, 2011
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

With the financial support of the Immigrant Integration Branch of the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, AMSSA hosted an e-symposium to kick start the discussion on how immigrant settlement service providers can introduce immigrants to First Nations and Aboriginal culture, history, issues, and peoples. To watch the video recordings, click on the link below. On the new page, click on each of the images and a media player will appear. Many thanks to our presenters for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

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Diabetes & BC Multiethnic Communities 

Date: January 27, 2011
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

AMSSA, in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health, hosted a provincial e-symposium for representatives from the health and settlement sectors who were interested in learning about the prevention, early detection and resources available to support people living with type 2 diabetes. The event was moderated by Dr. Ken Madden, Gerontologist, Vancouver General Hospital & UBC.

To watch this video, click here.