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Inside Stories

Author(s): South Hill Community Centre and people from the neighbourhood

Date: June, 2011

Summary

Inside Stories is an initiative of the South Hill Community in Vancouver. Three leading Vancouver artists, the feisty community of South Hill and South Vancouver Neighbourhood House have combined art and neighbours to create INSIDE STORIES, a surprising and intriguing intractive experience on the web.  The website documents extraordinary and moving tales of leaving, of arriving and of that momentous decision to stay. 


Website: http://www.southhillcommunity.ca/insidestories

Immigration

Author(s): Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development

Date: June, 2011

Summary

The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development has a serices of research articles on immigration and children. Topics include: immigration and acculturation in childhood and adolescence, parenting, intergenerational differences in acculturation, sociodemographics of immigrant families, child care, and schooling.


Website: http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/en-ca/immigration-children/according-to-experts.html

Refugee Family Engagement Project DVD Set

Author(s): Denver Public Schools

Date: June, 2011

Summary

These videos were created specifically for Denver Public Schools, however the information can be adapted to a Canadian context.

This is a set of two DVDs.  The first is a professional development DVD for educators, administrators, and staff and provides background information on the U.S. refugee resettlement program.  Denver Public Schools staff describe their best practices and communication strategies to inform and engage refugee families, and identify resources for schools and families. http://www.dpsk12.org/video/newcomer/index.shtml

The second DVD is for newcomer families.  It invites families to participate in school activities and informs refugees about American school culture.  It covers attendance policies, health policies, after-school programs, parent-teacher conferences, and adult education opportunities.  It describes services available at schools and in the greater community. http://www.dpsk12.org/video/newcomer/professional_dev.shtml


Website: http://www.brycs.org/clearinghouse/clearinghouse-resource.cfm?docnum=4099

Play It Fair! Toolkit

Author(s): Equitas

Date: June, 2011

Summary

Play It Fair! is an educational Toolkit developed to promote human rights, non-discrimination and peaceful conflict resolution within non-formal education programs for children, such as summer camps or after school activities. It consists of more than 60 games to promote human rights values such as cooperation, respect for diversity, fairness, inclusion, respect, responsibility and acceptance with children aged 6-12 years and youth working with them. It provides constructive responses to conflict and to support staff to address challenging situations related to bullying, cliques, exclusion etc.


Website: http://equitas.org/en/what-we-do/children-and-youth/play-it-fair-canada/overview/

Working Papers on Child Rights

Author(s): Canadian Coalition for the Rights of the Children

Date: June, 2011

Summary

Canada submitted its official Third and Fourth Report on implementation of the Convention on November 20, 2009.  The CCRC is preparing national, community-based reports on various aspects of children’s rights, in cooperation with other groups across the country.  Below are a series of Working Documents - and more are coming. They are also looking for feedback on the documents.

When all of the thematic reports are completed, they will be consolidated for submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, for use in the official review of Canada’s implementation of the Convention.

Topics include: Children’s Rights in Canada, General Measures, Progress on Previous Recommendations, Awareness of Children’s Rights, Right to Be Free From Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Right to Healthy Conditions and Health Care, Free from Poverty and Workplace Exploitation, Right to be educated, Right to Play, International Development, Refugee and Immigrant Children, Early Childhood Development and Care, Child Welfare and Children’s Rights, Right to Family and Culture, Children with Disabilities, and Children and Armed Conflict.


Website: http://rightsofchildren.ca/monitoring

Webinar: Opening Doors: Innovative Strategies for Immigrant Student Success

Author(s): Cities of Migration

Date: June, 2011

Summary

On June 22, 2011 – Cities of Migration hosted a webinar to learn about winning educational strategies and practical lessons for immigrant student success. Anna Karin Hedenskog discusses how Malmö municipal authorities have customized a national education strategy for city classrooms that meets local needs by investing in teachers to deliver academic success. 

In Frankfurt, the Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft has developed a scholarship program for immigrant children and their families. Dr. Roland Kaehlbrandt and Gisela von Auer present information on the Diesterweg-Scholarship, which aims for academic success in the classroom while building bridges to full participation in German life for all members of the family. 


Website: http://citiesofmigration.ca/webinar/webinar-education/

Making Space for Children: Re-thinking and re-creating children's play environments

Author(s): Society for Children and Youth of B.C.

Date: June, 2011

Summary

 

Making Space for Children reminds us of the importance of children’s play, the right to play, the nature of play, and our crucial role in providing opportunities for play. It will be particularly useful for those who are thinking about creating or improving a child’s play environment. It also includes discussion on incorporating cultural views in designing play spaces.

It aims to:

  • To promote the child's right to play
  • To inspire, motivate, create a mind frame from which good decisions will be made about play spaces
  • To provide some practical guidance on how to move from inspiration to action—that is, some steps to take when planning play environments. 

 To download, click on the link below and follow the instructions.

 

 

 


Website: Making Space for Children

Immigrant Youth and Employment: Lessons Learned from the Analysis of LSIC and 82 Lived Stories

Author(s): Sean Lauer, Lori Wilkinson, Miu Chung Yan, Rick Sin, and A. Ka Tat Tsang

Date: May, 2011

Summary

This paper reports the employment experience of recently arrived immigrant youth based on an analysis of the LSIC and findings of in-depth interviews of 82 immigrant youth in four cities in Canada. The results reveal that recently arrived immigrant youth tend to work in lower-skilled employment, experience significant delays in finding employment, have difficulties with foreign credential recognition, and have fewer means to access to job markets.

 


Document: Immigrant Youth and Employment (.pdf)

Families with Teenagers: Resource Manual for Immigrant Parents and Teenagers

Author(s): Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association

Date: May, 2011

Summary

The purpose of this manual is to help parents and teenagers recognize the cross-cultural issues of teenage development. It educates about how and why things happen, and how to work through the process of teen development together, rather than against each other. Participants are taught to use the principles of positive communication and problem-solving. This manual is intended to educate both parties on the protective factors in youth, families, schools and communities.

 


Document: Families with Teenagers - Resource Manual for Immigrant Parents and Teenagers (.pdf)

Family Reunification

Author(s): Canadian Migration Institute

Date: May, 2011

Summary

The Canadian Migration Institute has placed ads related to their Family Sponsorship campaign  in print ethno-cultural media across Canada and a video has been placed on YouTube.

The campaign was launched during the 2011 Federal Election Campaign. Even after the election, the resources created might be used as public education materials around immigration and family sponsorship.

Copies of campaign material are available for download from the site in English, Chinese, Urdu, Punjabi and Tagalog.
 


Website: http://www.cmi-icm.ca/content/family


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