Sherivan Ali, 18, has lived in Canada for over a year. She was 11 when the Syrian war started, and Ali and her family fled to Turkey.
“We were safe in Turkey, so I was grateful, but I wasn’t able to go to school (due to money), and missed my friends and family. I wanted to learn more and feel happy for my future,” she said. Continue reading Pilot program helps newcomer young women Global Girls provides a safe space for participants
Newcomers can have tumultuous experiences, as local filmmaker Jason Gondziola explores in the documentary series Becoming Edmonton.
The community film project features nine short films and took two years to complete. Gondziola collaborated with Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Edmonton Multicultural Coalition, and Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and received funding from Edmonton Heritage Council and Edmonton Arts Council. Continue reading Film project tells newcomers’ stories Local filmmaker explores what it means to be Edmontonian
Imagine moving to a new country. The stress of finding a new home, a new job, a new school for your kids, and new friends. Now imagine not being able to speak your new country’s language.
Continue reading What it means to start over in a new country Learning a complicated language takes time and exposure
Through the Sinkunia Community Development Organization (SCDO), Issa Kamara has translated a passion for helping his community in Sierra Leone into helping his adopted community of Edmonton.
Everyone in Kamara’s rural hometown supported him as he completed his bachelor’s degree. In 2000, he moved to Canada and completed a master’s degree in social work. In 2008, Kumara started Sinkunia as a way to return the support he had been given throughout his life. His hometown now boasts wells, a community garden, and a community ranch through his efforts.
Continue reading Helping immigrants settle and integrate Organization helps African immigrant youth and families make Edmonton home