Immigration is recognized by most as being crucial for a growing economy. Many people regard refugee resettlement as an international human rights issue, an important part of what makes Canada stand tall in the world. Governments put a great deal of thought and consideration into “how many people to let in?”, “who do we let in?”, and ”how should we help people who come in?”. Thousands of hours of effort are put in by resettlement agencies and individuals to help people who arrive here to get on their feet and become connected to the community.
But regions are very different. Saskatoon – and similar and smaller cities – have special circumstances, unique to their economies, and infrastructure aspects different from the major centres. What are the challenges to resettlement in a place like Saskatoon, and what are our special talents? How can we do a better job at resettlement, and what can we teach other locations? Join us for a series of discussions with local experts and stakeholders as we examine made-in-Saskatchewan practices we need for immigration success. We welcome your voice in these discussions.
Speakers at this event include:
- Ali Akubar - Saskatoon Open Door Society, a comprehensive immigrant and refugee settlement agency
- Alan Anderson - Saskatoon Open Door Society, Global Gathering Place, Saskatoon Refugee Coalition
- Charlie Clark - Mayor, City of Saskatoon
- Joe Garcea - Professor, U of S Department of Political Studies, researcher on immigrant integration in Saskatoon
- Rob Norris - Senior Strategist for Partnerships, U of S, and a past Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration in the Government of Saskatchewan
- Melanie Baerg - Global Gathering Place, an active immigrant and refugee settlement agency
- Bill Rafoss - Chair of the National Board of Amnesty International – Canada
- Asit Sarkar - President of the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan.
- Helen Smith-McIntyre - Chair, Saskatoon Refugee Coalition and Saskatoon branch of AmnestyInternational-Canada
- and others as we approach March 9
- 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
- Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Building, 101 Diefenbaker Place, University of Saskatchewan
- Event communique
Dan Sutherland, Chair, Programming Committee, Canadian International Council - Saskatoon Branch