Refugee Awareness Alberta Creating supportive and equitable spaces for refugees through public education

Initiative Background

The Centre for Race and Culture is delivering Refugee Awareness Alberta, a project to provide education to service providers and the general public.

This initiative aims to provide education around the experiences of refugees, and best practices in creating welcoming and inclusive environments. Most settlement funding is focused on preparing refugees to integrate and participate in their new communities, but very little is dedicated to preparing the host country. Many refugees face multiple barriers during resettlement, and providing accurate information to host communities about refugees and the reasons behind their displacement is critical to their successful and sustainable settlement in Canada.

The program consists of the following key components:

  • Delivery of free workshops around Alberta to service providers and the general public, to provide accurate information about refugees and resettlement 
  • Social media monitoring and sharing campaigns, to engage with Albertans around refugee issues and enhance the information sharing capacity of the initiative

Opportunities to attend workshops are posted to our mailing list, as well as our initiative’s dedicated Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can also view a webinar on ‘Understanding the Refugee Experience’ that was hosted by the AUMA’s Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Initiative in 2017.


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Refugee Awareness Alberta: Public Information Session

  • August 8, 2018

In partnership with Edmonton Public Libraries, the Centre for Race and Culture presents this 2-hour public session at the Woodcroft (Westmount) EPL branch to provide community members with accurate and comprehensive information about refugees and refugee resettlement in the province.

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