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 individuals like themselves.
By Elisabeth Chernichenko Who are we, and how do we fit in? Sometimes, the only answer is to dance. “I see dancing as a way [to] express my feelings and beliefs about my culture. [Iranian] culture is a big part of my identity and I try to keep in touch with it through the traditional… Continue reading Dance Is Culture Made Visible
Canada’s immigration level has increased in recent years. Citizenship and Immigration Canada reported that 257,515 newcomers entered Canada in 2012, which is a jump from the previous year’s total of 248,751. Yet, for McMaster University social work professor Mirna Carranza, this slight spike in numbers does little to highlight the actual stories and experiences of… Continue reading Where are the voices of immigrant women?
The geographical separation between McMaster University and Hamilton’s downtown community has been said to be a barrier. However, McMaster’s President, Peatrick Deane, is working hard to create partnerships with local agencies and organizations to connect these two distinct Hamilton communities. For the month of March, the President’s hallway became a gallery space for a group… Continue reading Breaking Barriers, Building Pathways