Public Education and Information Sharing
To assist refugees settle and integrate within our communities, we all need access to accurate and meaningful information about their cultures, the challenges they face, the strengths and benefits they bring, and the supports available to them. The MVRRT is developing a number of resources to help educate its members, settlement stakeholders and the public at large and share information about our newest residents. The intent of these resources is to not only enhance access to services and supports and speed up the settlement process but also increase the understanding and ability of the public to fully welcome and include refugees across the communities of Metro Vancouver.
To support public education and information sharing, the MVRRT is:
- Coordinating a robust communications plan including the broad distribution of MVRRT resources, success stories, community events and activities
- Updating this site with information and resources as they emerge
- Updating the inventory of Metro Vancouver Refugee Programs, Services and Supports
- Developing and distributing fact sheets on refugee issues
- Organizing and facilitating networking sessions and workshops for private sponsors and interested volunteers. .
To view the MVRRT’s fact sheets, click here.
In addition to the resources being developed and shared by the MVRRT, there are many other excellent sources of information and resources on refugee settlement and integration in BC.
- ISSofBC in partnership with the Province of British Columbia has created the Refugee Readiness Hub an online resource to assist and empower individuals and refugee-serving organizations to help in the resettlement process.
- The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA) maintains an extensive collection of settlement, diversity and inclusion resources including resources specific to Syrian Refugee Resettlement
- WelcomeBC is the Province’s online resource for newcomers and those thinking about living, working, studying or investing in BC provides extensive information and resources for recent immigrants and refugee arrivals including settlement guides, service listings, and information on education and employment in B.C.
- Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada – The federal government provides extensive information about coming to Canada as a refugee, sponsoring a refugee and refugee services in Canada.
- Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) – RSTP is a national program designed to support the Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) of Canada, their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors with information, resources and training.