The Centre for Race and Culture has partnered with the Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative to deliver Refugee Awareness Alberta, a project to coordinate efforts around social inclusion and 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
- Identification of community assets and coordination of community efforts to enhance social inclusion, including through coordination of the Coalition on Social Inclusion (COSI)
- Social media monitoring and sharing campaigns, to engage with Albertans around refugee issues and enhance the information sharing capacity of the initiative