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Standing together for Refugee Rights

Refugee Rights Day happens on April 4 each year in Canada. It is the anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision to recognize the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protection of refugees' fundamental rights in our country. Supporters from the...

/ April 6, 2017

Syrian family reunited with son after 11 month separation

When Abdel Kafi Al Rahmoun first walked into Vivyan Salih’s office at Immigrants Working Centre with tears in his eyes, she knew something was wrong. His family had been separated from their 19-year-old son on their way to Canada.

/ January 9, 2017

Syrians find work through new WorkLINC program

Restaurant owner. Electrician. Welder. Cook. Plumber. Carpenter. These are the titles newcomers in the Immigrants Working Centre’s new five-week WorkLINC program carry with them, many who came to Canada as refugees from Syria just months ago.

/ September 15, 2016

The immigrant life: “Art in its purest form”

“All immigrants are artists because they create a life, a future, from nothing but a dream. The immigrant’s life is art in its purest form.” - Patricia Engel, Colombian American novelist. Growing up as a child of first-generation immigrants, I...

/ June 8, 2016

What is a Name?

Amina recounts to me an “ah-ha” moment after our first conversation at Hamilton’s Makers Market. Not thinking of herself in those terms, in her mind, immigrant entrepreneurs are immigrants running businesses that specifically cater to the needs of other immigrant...

/ June 8, 2016

Weaving a New Identity: An artistic journey of exploring identities

The inspiration behind Hana Pinthus Rotchild’s art is an attempt to connect herself to her two homes— Israel and Canada. Hana, 48, together with her husband, and children left Israel in 2003. They didn’t plan to stay long, but 13...

/ June 8, 2016