Blog - September 2015
What You Can Do To Help Syrian Refugees
With the Liberal Government's commitment to resettle 25000 refugees in Canada, you may be finding yourself thinking about what you can do to help. Check back regularly with this page for news, events and other resources that shed some light on this situation.
November 23, 2015
In the wake of violent events in Paris, Beirut and elsewhere last week, we're hearing an upsurge in xenophobic comments and calls for a stop to the resettlement of 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada. To counter these voices, we invite you to sign and share this petition in favour of staying the course on plans for refugee resettlement and calling for a warm welcome for refugees in Canada: YES to Syrian Refugees in Canada
Closer to home
In response to the latest incident at the Masjid Al-Salaam Mosque, the New Canadians Centre and the Peterborough Immigration Partnership are publicly condemning the incident and standing in solidarity with the members of the local Muslim community. The Peterborough Immigration Partnership released a media statement was widely shared with the media representatives and the general public via our communication tools. (attached)
Please continue to help strengthen our vision of building a welcoming and inclusive community.
- Specters and Lies: Civil Society’s Responsibility in the Wake of Paris, Nonprofit Quarterly
- News Stories on Syrian Refugees and American Politics—Sad, Predictable, Disappointing, Nonprofit Quarterly
Although there are still no details on exactly how the government will bring the 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada, there are some indications as outlined in the following Maclean's article:
The webinar: Is there a refugee crisis in Europe, or just a crisis in the lack of refugee protection? by Dr Cathryn Costello and Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill was recorded live by the Oxford Human Rights Hub (firstname.lastname@example.org) and is now archived and available for you to view here. For those interested in learning more on refugees, aslyum-seekers, the EU and the UNHCR, Dr Cathryn Costello and Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill have prepared a list of further readings.
November 16, 2015
Reminder - Settlement Plan Workshops at the New Canadians Centre
- Charlotte Forstner has created a Facebook Group called “Peterborough Refugee Sponsorship Network” to serve as a forum for collaboration between groups tackling common obstacles to settlement. Please check it out.
- Cam Douglas is putting together a Google group for sponsorship groups to communicate with more ease. More information on how to join later.
- Information on Syrian refugees, free posters and graphics for groups to use in fundraising events: http://www.refugeeswelcome.ca/
- The University of Ottawa has created a program that will provide free legal advice to those working on sponsorship. It's expected to be rolled out across the country very soon: Details HERE
- This is the website that UNHCR uses as the main search engine for reports, reference etc. Particularly useful is the Country of Origin Information: refworld.org
- Sponsorship Process and Challenges
- Resettlement Process and Challenges
- Canada’s Role in Refugee Resettlement
- Canadian Donors and Sponsors Engagement
Date: Friday, November 20, 2015
Venue: Woodbine Banquet & Convention Centre
(30 Vice Regent Blvd., Toronto, ON)
Time: 5:30pm (Registration)
Tickets: $100 per person / $1000 per table of 10
Please note that the Pre-Conference Workshops will start at 3:00pm. Please register online for Pre-Conference separately at: http://event.humanityfirst.ca/workshop/
To purchase event tickets, please visit www.events.humanityfirst.ca or call
September 14, 2015
Since 2011, the crisis in Syria has displaced millions of men, women, and children from their homes. This catastrophe looms on, and these Syrian refugees need our help. They need food, water, shelter, and medical assistance. The graphic below from mercy corps.org provides a visual of just how many people being displaced by this terrible crisis.
Now comes the question of "What can I do to help?" The most immediate way to help is to donate. Providing financial aid for Syrian refugees provides these people in need with food, drinking water, medication, and improved shelter. Not sure where to donate to? There are a number of organizations at the local, regional, and national levels that are accepting donations for Syrian Refugees:
- United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
- Canada Helps
- OXFAM Canada
- Doctors Without Borders
- Canadian Red Cross
- You can get in contact with the Peterborough Red Cross Branch at 705-745-8222.
- Save the Children
- Amnesty International
- World Vision
Want to learn more about the Syrian Refugee Crisis? Mercy Corps provides a great breakdownHERE.
Also stay tuned with OCIC (Ontario Council for International Cooperation), as " OCIC is in the process of reaching out to the Ontario government to understand their strategy to support groups trying to bring Syrian refugees to Ontario, and to otherwise provide assistance in the Syrian refugee crisis. In the coming few days we will prepare an overview of the current humanitarian efforts of OCIC members to share with them and our general readership". You can visit their website HERE.
Remember; every little bit helps. Thank you for your support in this terrible situation thrust upon so many.