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Asylum Claims 101: How They Work, Challenges Involved, and a New Pilot Program

In All Posts, Refugees & Citizenship by Valeria CastellanosLeave a Comment

For people who are unfamiliar with Canada’s refugee protection programs, it can be hard to figure out how the system works. Are refugees and asylum claimants the same? Do all of them come to Canada the same way? What happens once they arrive? Whether the refugee process occurs within Canada or outside, it is complex and lengthy, and in many cases, a person or a family’s safety – or even, their lives – depends on the success of the application. …

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Voices of Winnipeg: The Biggest Human Rights Issues of 2019

In All Posts, Environment, Gender, Indigenous, Poverty, Refugees & Citizenship, Uncategorized by Mia Ryder-MarksLeave a Comment

We heartily believe that Winnipeg is the human rights capital of Canada. Entering into the new year, we wanted to see what Winnipeggers think are the biggest human rights issues of 2019. I headed downtown and chatted with several people – here’s what they had to say!   Indigenous Rights Many people responded to my question with a persistent Canadian human rights issue: Indigenous rights. Winnipeggers demonstrated their commitment to taking action on Indigenous rights earlier this year when hundreds …

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Non-citizen vote in municipal elections – a possibility for Winnipeg residents?

In All Posts, Politics, Refugees & Citizenship by Valeria Castellanos

The board of trustees of the largest school division in Winnipeg recently agreed to support the right of non-citizens to vote in municipal elections in Manitoba. In a November 19 board meeting, Mark Wasyliw, Winnipeg School Division trustee for Ward 3, brought forward a proposal to allow all Winnipeg School Division residents to vote in municipal and school board elections, regardless of citizenship. In an interview with radio station 680 CJOB, Wasyliw expressed the need to push for these electoral …

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Sign Petition Asking Australian Government to Accept Processing Centre Refugees

In All Posts, Refugees & Citizenship by Emma Joyal

By: Emma Joyal  In August 2012, the Australian government introduced an “offshore detention regime” after an increase in asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat. This policy forces all asylum seekers who arrive by boat to be placed in refugee processing centres on the island of Nauru, as well as on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.  The conditions in these centres have detrimental effects on the well-being of the refugees. There have been numerous cases of physical and sexual …

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Accepted or Denied – Coveted words of closure

In All Posts, Politics, Refugees & Citizenship by Luke Delaney2 Comments

Merriam-Webster defines limbo as “a transitional place or state and a state of uncertainty” – this is never a good state to be in. For many refugees, unfortunately, limbo is a state that they are constantly in, facing varying degrees of uncertainty and security. For the lucky few that make it to a relatively safer country and stake a claim, waiting for a decision is akin to being in this state of limbo. Given the repercussions of a negative decision, this …

Warm Up to Winnipeg: Grandmothers Group Keeps Newcomers Warm

In All Posts, Refugees & Citizenship by Christie McLeodLeave a Comment

Check out this update from Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg’s Warm Up to Winnipeg Campaign!  By: Jean Altemeyer We continue to be blessed with folks who knit and crochet scarves for us to pass along to the newcomers and asylum seekers at Welcome Place. We’ve also been blessed by the donations that continue to support the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. Warm Up to Winnipeg is a “win-win-win” project! A Grands ‘n’ More volunteer knits a scarf Someone else contributes the value of the …

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Winnipeg’s Local Inclusion Summit #OURSUMMITWPG

In All Posts, Refugees & Citizenship by Christie McLeodLeave a Comment

On September 17th and 18th, 2015, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman will be hosting the “Mayors National Summit on Racial Inclusion”. This is a good idea. Earlier this year, Macleans magazine wrote an article “Welcome to Winnipeg, where Canada’s racism problem is at its worst”. This article was written based on the experience that Indigenous people in this city face. The mayors racial inclusion summit is being done to repair the cities image. Rightfully so. I have had the opportunity to …