ANCIE Resources


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Helping Immigrant Children Succeed

Author(s): About Kids Health

Date: November, 2012


Immigrant and refugee children are not a homogeneous group; in fact, it would be hard to find a more diverse group. As a result, each child's health and well-being will be influenced by a complex web of internal and external factors, including migration status, culture and ethnicity, age at arrival, prior health experiences, parent and family characteristics, the presence or absence of extended family and other informal support networks, and barriers to accessing health and social services.

Website: Link to AboutKidsHealth.ca

Guide to the New BC Family Law Act (English)

Author(s): Legal Services Society

Date: November, 2012


An introduction to the new BC Family Law Act in effect March 18, 2013. Includes information about: family law language changes, making agreements to stay out of court, dispute resolution, parenting arrangements, child and spousal support, dividing property and debt, family law protection orders, and moving with children.

Let's Get Active: Physical Activity Guide for Youth 10-14

Author(s): Public Health Agency of Canada

Date: September, 2012


This guide is targetted for youth aged 10-14 years old, and tries to infuse fun, healthy activities into daily life.

Document: Lets Get Active (.pdf)

Making Human Rights Relevant to Children

Author(s): Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

Date: August, 2012


This paper examines how human rights  can be made relevant, or 'real', for children in their everyday worlds.  It draws attention to challenges in defining children's human rights, determining what rights are relevant to children, and the complexity of international human rights law as the legal source for children's human rights.

Document: Making Human Rights Relevant to Children (.pdf)

Immigrant Status, Early Skill Development, and Postsecondary Participation: A Comparison of Canada and Switzerland

Author(s): Garnett Picot, Feng Hou

Date: July, 2012


This paper examines differences in postsecondary-participation rates between students with and without immigrant backgrounds in Switzerland and Canada. In Canada, students with immigrant backgrounds who are low performers in secondary school have surprisingly high rates of postsecondary participation, particularly if they have an Asian background. In Switzerland, postsecondary participation among low performers in secondary school is much lower, whether they have an immigrant background or not.


Document: Immigrant Status, Early Skill Development, and Postsecondary Participation - A comparison of Canada and Switzerland (.pdf)

Residential Review Project Final Report

Author(s): Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and the Federation of Community Social Services of BC (Federation)

Date: June, 2012


The purpose of the Residential Review Project (the project) is to identify opportunities to improve the experience and life outcomes of children and youth who, for some reason, must live for a period of time in MCFD operated or funded residential care placements. 

Document: Residential Review project (.pdf)

Immigrant Students Navigating Canadian Schools: A Longitudinal View

Author(s): Lee Gunderson, Reginald Arthur D’Silva, and Dennis Murphy Odo

Date: June, 2012


Findings are presented from studies of the academic and language achievement of 1,307 young immigrant students whose educational history was traced from their arrival in Canada and entry into primary education in the early 1990s until their graduation from secondary schools.

Document: Immigrant Students Navigating Canadian Schools: A Longitudinal View (.pdf)

More Equal than Others: The Discursive Construction of Migrant Children and Families in Canada

Author(s): Lara di Tomasso

Date: June, 2012


On August 13, 2010, the Canadian Navy escorted the MV Sun Sea, a ship carrying 492 men, women, and children from Sri Lanka, to a Canadian Forces Base on Vancouver Island. Many months later, people remained imprisoned.  This paper seeks to critically engage with dominant narratives surrounding the arrival and treatment of the 492 men, women, and children aboard the MV Sun Sea in order to unmask and explore the multitude of discourses required to normalize the criminalization of people’s bodies.

Document: More Equal than Others (.pdf)

Engaged Immigrant Youth

Author(s): Vancouver School Board

Date: June, 2012


The Engaged Immigrant Youth Program is dedicated to working with school communities to support youth to stay in school and improve their chances of pursuing meaningful employment and educational opportunities.

The Engaged Immigrant Youth program targets immigrant youth in grades 10, 11 and 12 attending VSB schools. New immigrant and refugee youth in these grades are often at risk for not completing secondary school due to their lack of engagement with their school.

Website: Engaged Immigrant Youth Website

Bosses of Their Own: Are Children of Immigrants More Likely Than Their Parents to be Self-Employed?

Author(s): Feng Hou, Teresea Abada, Yuqian Lu

Date: April, 2012


The focus is on three questions: (1) Are children of immigrants likelier or less likely than immigrant parents to be self-employed?; (2) Are children of immigrants likelier or less likely than children of Canadianborn parents to be self-employed?; (3) Is the generational change in the self-employment rate from immigrant parents to the children of immigrants different from the generational change from Canadian-born parents to their children?


Document: Bosses of Their Own - Are Children of Immigrants more likely than their parents to be self-employed (.pdf)

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