Changing the Way We Welcome Refugee Claimants: Research & Recommendations

Date(s) - December 10, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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What would a values-based, human-centred, and transformational welcome for and with refugee claimants in Canada look like?

About this event

“From Humanitarian to Human” is a community-based research project led with the guiding question of: “What would a values-based, human-centered, and transformational welcome for and with people seeking refuge and protection in Canada look like?”

On Friday December 10th you are invited to join us virtually as we explore the findings of this exciting project, and dive into recommendations for change!

Undertaken from within an asset-based, systems change framework, this project is innovative: Instead of asking refugee claimants to recount challenges or name the barriers they have faced, we explored where people encountered dignity, empowerment, and mutuality from the time of submitting their refugee claim up to their hearing date in Canada with the aim of amplifying those “bright spots.”

We utilized three different platforms for experience sharing from individuals with lived refugee claimant experience from across BC:

  1. Listening Sessions
  2. Poetry/prose workshops and writing submissions
  3. Visual art contributions.

The creative contributions and thought-provoking insights shared by participants underpin a list of actionable recommendations: Steps towards a professionalized humanitarian system that is more human in its practice of refugee claimant welcome.

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a thought-provoking event!

This project was initiated by Kinbrace, funded by a Vancouver Foundation Systems Change grant and The Houssian Foundation, and researched by Alexandra Dawley Consulting.

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