Online Videos

Refugee Pathways to Settlement

This video explains the different pathways for refugees coming to Canada, including privately-sponsored refugees, government-assisted refugees, blended visa office-referred refugees, and the system for refugee claimants. It explores the resettlement process from displacement through to arrival in Canada, and what settlement supports are available for refugees.

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Forum: Anti-Racism & Anti-Hate Initiatives – Supporting the Integration of Refugees in Our Communities

This timely forum is a combined in-person and online event bringing together community organizers and experts in the anti-racism and anti-hate sector. Presenters shared best promising practices, resources, and tools for settlement, language and community service providers to navigate the challenges of combating hate and discrimination. This forum also addressed the challenges that refugee clients face in their communities and how service providers and community stakeholders can address these challenges.

Our presenters brought with them varying perspectives and expertise in this topic area. The following speakers provided short presentations and then took part in a panel discussion:

  • Danielle Nazarewich, Community Developer & Diversity Education – Abbotsford Community Services
  • Dr. Handel Kashope Wright, Director – Centre for Culture, Identity & Education – University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Krisha Dhaliwal, Associate Lawyer – Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline
  • Fathima Nazeer, Coordinator, Refugee Re-settlement Program – BC Muslim Association
  • Yousef Nasimi, Diversity Coordinator – Surrey RCMP

We had over 350 registered connections. Many watching in groups with an approx. 700 online viewers from all over British Columbia and other parts of the country. Additionally, we had 65 people attend the forum in-person at Surrey City Hall and then join us afterwards for a short networking session.

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Settlement in Smaller Centres 
Settlement in Smaller Centres highlights the challenges and strengths of newcomers settling in smaller communities. In 2003, 10% of newcomers to British Columbia settled outside of Metro Vancouver. By 2013, that number grew to 14%. Newcomers in smaller centres face several key challenges, including employment, transportation, housing, and community integration. At the same time, newcomers in smaller centres are more likely to feel a strong sense of belonging. This video explores how three settlement agencies are supporting newcomers to thrive in smaller centres in BC’s Interior and North, as well as on Vancouver Island.

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Virtual Learning Exchange: Francophone Settlement Services |
Échange virtuel de connaissances: Services d’établissement destinés aux francophones

The Virtual Learning Exchange – Francophone Settlement Services consists of three 45 minute webinars about the following:

  • The British Columbia Francophone Immigration Program
  • The Francophone Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program
  • OASIS (orientation et assistance aux services d’integration francophone à Surrey)

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L’événement Échange virtuel de connaissances – Services d’établissement destinés aux francophones comporte trois webinaires de 45 minutes chacun portant sur les organisations suivantes :

  • Le programme d’immigration francophone de la Colombie-Britannique
  • Les services des Travailleurs en Établissement des Familles Immigrantes dans les Écoles (TÉFIÉ)
  • OASIS (orientation et assistance aux services d’integration francophone à Surrey)

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Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Meeting 2016 
The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) meeting brought together representatives from each SWIS contract to discuss the ongoing needs and impacts of supporting immigrant and refugee children and youth who have experienced trauma. Meeting participants had the opportunity to discuss how to best support all students and staff that may be impacted by the addition of children with trauma in their schools.

Highlights include:

  • New resources and tools to better serve students who have experienced trauma.
  • Presentations from the RCMP and MCFD

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AMSSA Annual General Meeting 2016 
The 2016 AMSSA AGM was recorded on Septermber 23rd at the John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse.
Highlights Include:

  • Musqueam Welcome
  • Presentation of the 2016 Diversity Awards
  • Keynote speech by Dean and Professor Catherine Dauvergne, Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC

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Newcomer Self-Employment and Employment Tips 

This video draws on the experience of immigrant settlement frontline workers who assist immigrants clients finding employment and becoming self-employed. It examines the benefits and barriers to self-employment for immigrants and offers strategies and tips for finding employment and self-employment opportunities.

AMSSA would like to thank Mónica Navarro-Céspedes from MOSAIC for sharing her time and knowledge with us.

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Immigrant and Refugee Children in Settlement Programming

AMSSA’s latest web videos focus on highlighting the issues and needs of immigrant and refugee children and provides settlement workers with greater understanding of how to strengthen support.

AMSSA would like to thank Emily Mlieczko, Executive Director, Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECE-BC) and Hala Kapani, Bridging Coordinator, Richmond Family Place for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

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Virtual Settlement Learning Exchange 

The Virtual Settlement Learning Exchange was an all-day online series of interactive sessions, with a variety of sector stakeholders engaging with the Western Region and B.C. Settlement Sector on the following 7 topics:

  • Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program: How Do We Work Together for Better Settlement Outcomes
  • Settlement Services in Western Canada: Results from 29 Rural & Small Centres
  • Trades Employment Options for Newcomer Women
  • Welcoming Young Syrian Children and Their Families
  • Supportive Services for Immigrant Older Adults
  • If You Build It, Will They Come? Local Immigration Partnership Strategies for Engagement
  • To Build Bridges, We Need Strong Foundations: Establishing Leadership Spaces for Immigrant and Refugee Youth

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Syrian Refugee Culture Orientation

This video is a Syrian Refugee Cultural Profile presented by Huda Bukhara, Arab Community Centre of Toronto on December 7 at AMSSA’s Syrian Refugee Settlement Working Group Meeting.

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Challenges Faced by Immigrant Seniors in BC

These web videos focus on highlighting the issues, challenges and successes of immigrant seniors and provides settlement workers with greater understanding of how to strengthen the support.

AMSSA would like to thank Fiona Stevenson, Supervisor, Employment and Immigrant Services, YMCA and Shelley Jorde, Seniors’ Program Director, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House sharing their time and knowledge with us.

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LGBTQ Newcomers: Strengthening Support and Understanding

AMSSA’s lastest web videos focus on highlighing the issues and needs of LGBTQ immigrants and refugees and provides settlement workers with greater understanding of how to strengthen the support.

AMSSA would like to thank Sharalyn Jordan, Romi Chandra Herbert, Megan Suehn, Imtiaz Popat, Tanaz and Solmaz Mehrabani for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

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Youth Immigration to British Columbia 

AMSSA’s fourth web video, was created in collaboration with the Vancouver Foundation’s Fresh Voices Youth Advisory Team (YAT), focuses on youth immigration, aims to provide settlement workers with information and tips such as:

  • Youth immigration experience is different than the adult immigration experience;
  • Age appropriateness of support and resources;
  • Gaps in services for youth identified; and,
  • Difficulties in regards to navigating the educational systems.

AMSSA would like to thank Ashvan Wal, Jorge Salazar, Linda Chen and Marlio Herrera for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

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Racism & Bullying: What BC Settlement Workers Need to Know

AMSSA’s third web video, focusing on anti-racism and anti-bullying awareness, aims to provide settlement workers with information and tips such as:

  • How can you be an ally to someone experiencing racism or discrimination?
  • What is the difference between racism and discrimination?
  • What is the outcome for business when creating a welcoming and safe environment?

AMSSA would like to thank Karen Rolston, UBC Centre for Intercultural Communication, Continuing Studies, Camila Fujiwara, SIETAR BC, Parker Johnson, City of Vancouver, and Koyali Burman, Safe Harbour Community Organizer, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

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Facilitation Skills for Settlement Workers 

This webcast provides Service Provider Organizations (SPOs) concrete and practical information on the topics of:

  • What is facilitation?
  • How to design and run a meeting/li>
  • Keeping participants engaged in person and in virtual meetings
  • Helpful tips for facilitating your first meeting
  • The role of a meeting participant

AMSSA gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada for providing support for these webcasts. AMSSA would like to thank Kathi Irvine, Facilitator, KLI Associates for sharing her time and knowledge with us.

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Suicide Prevention and Awareness 

This webcast provides Service Provider Organizations (SPOs) concrete and practical information on the topics of:

  • The role of Transitions in Suicide,
  • practical information to assist Settlement Workers in identifying the signs of suicide, and;
  • resources that are available.

AMSSA gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada for providing support for these webcasts. AMSSA would like to thank all Anna Dos Santos, Clinical Supervisor, DIVERSEcity for sharing her time and knowledge with us.

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