World Refugee Day: Education, Training & Outreach


Event Date
06/20/2019 - 09:30 - 06/20/2019 - 16:30 America/Vancouver


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The Centre for Newcomers has a proud 30 year history of welcoming and supporting newcomers from all corners of the world, providing programs, training and resources to support their settlement and integration within Calgary. CFN will launch it’s 4th annual Orange Ribbon Campaign on June 1, 2019, in order to engage the broader community in showing their support for our fellow Calgarians. This coincides with June 20th, observed as World Refugee Day, to honour the strength, courage, and resilience of the millions of refugees around the world.

On June 20th of this year CFN is holding a day-long series of workshops incorporating education, awareness, and outreach to not only challenge negative and inaccurate myths about refugees and newcomers, but to take a deeper look into the social hierarchies of our society, and at the roles diversity, inclusion, trauma, mental health, empowerment and more play in not only its construction, but in its deconstruction as well.

Since 2015, over 7,000 refugees have arrived here in our province, with more than 40,000 overall arriving in Canada. Amongst recent global headwinds of closed-mindedness and social exclusion, Albertans need to commit to the notion that welcoming, supporting, and celebrating refugees is vital to the richness of our province.

The day itself speaks to the shared values of celebrating and nurturing a welcoming and inclusive environment that is appreciative of diversity and works towards making Calgary the best city in can be. Details on the 10 Workshops being offered at CFN on Thursday, June 20th can be seen below. Due to limited space, we request that only 2 people per organization register per workshop please.



1. Trauma and Violence Informed Care: A Workshop for Health and Social Service Providers

During this interactive and participatory workshop for frontline health and social service providers, participants will explore how experiences of trauma and stigma can impact service users’ health and well-bring as well as access to health and social services. Through discussion and interactive activities, participants will explore the principles of trauma and violence informed care (TVIC), and learn to employ this approach within their practice to challenge the stigma associated with sexuality. Participants will gain practical tools and skills to integrate TVIC into their interactions with newcomer clients and into the policies and practices of their organizations in order to contribute to safer and more inclusive services.

Facilitator: Centre for Sexuality - Number of spots available: 25

Times: 9:30 am -12:30 pm - Room: 207



2. World Refugee Day: Stories from Refugees

This workshop highlights real-life accounts of what refugees go through to gain protection and resettlement in host countries. It will educate participants on what it means to be a refugee—the challenges faced by refugees and asylum seekers.

Facilitator: Paul Atanya, CFN - Number of spots available: 25

Times: 10 am – 12 pm - Room: 208



3. Coming Out in a Cultural Context

This workshop teaches concepts about coming out, outing, plus safety issues, and how they interact with cultural and other contexts for newcomers to Canada. It gives specific ways to discuss coming out within a cultural context and relates openness to sexual orientation or gender identity to privilege, culture, religion, and resiliency. It refers to UNHCR Guidelines for working with LGBTQ+ refugees and the use of interview skills to discuss coming out scenarios.

Facilitator: Kelly Ernst, CFN - Number of spots available: 25

Times: 10 am-12:00 pm - Room: 209



4. Empowering Women Through Self-Defense

One of many program offerings at CFN, in partnership with the Calgary Police Services, Discovery House and Western Canada Martial Arts Academy this program aims to prevent and combat gender-based violence and exploitation. Women will participate in two hours of self-defense training and gain knowledge in:

  • Dealing with an immediate threat (getting away quickly to safety and calling 911)
  • Basic self‐defense skills and awareness
  • Effective and efficient striking methods to quickly get away from an attacker
  • Use of everyday objects for defense
  • Environmental awareness

Facilitator: Western Canada Martial Arts Academy - Number of spots available: 40

Times: 10 am-12:30 pm - Room: 203-204

*please wear comfortable clothing and shoes




5. Social Inclusion of Newcomers in a Polarized Canada


The word “integration” can be contentious among the immigrant-serving sector. It implies a top-down approach, wherein a newcomer’s heritage, culture, and self is inserted through various cultural and government programs into Canadian society. Instead, “social inclusion” takes a bottom-up approach, with a focus on equity. It seeks to improve access to Canadian society and allows newcomers to participate on their own terms. One area which shows promise (particularly for newcomer youth) is increased access to Canada’s most popular sports, including hockey, lacrosse, and Canadian football. Access in this case refers to participation in both athletics and fandom. Public figures such as Jeremy Lin, Harnarayan Singh, and Gilmore Junio are examples of how self-motivated athletics and sports fandoms among immigrant and immigrant-born Canadians can cultivate mutual feelings of inclusion amongst all Canadians. Governments, not-for-profit organizations, and private sector partners seeking to welcome newcomers to Calgary should consider increasing access to these popular sports both generally and among newcomer populations.


Facilitator: Global Shapers Calgary - Number of spots available: 25

Times: 10 am – 11:15 am - Room: 205



6. Sustainable Development Goals Strategy Framing

Partners will be introduced to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they apply to the work of local not-for-profit agencies. We will explore how your organization can strategically align their targets, indicators and objectives with the SDGs to generate creative new approaches for programming.

Facilitator: Jon Yee - Number of spots available: 25

Times: 10:30 am-11:30 Am - Room: 202




7. Diversity and Inclusion: Cultural Competency in Working with Newcomers

Cultural Competency Training is highly interactive and incorporates the questions and areas of focus of the audience. Given the backdrop of newcomer populations in Calgary and surrounding area, (who they are, history, demographic trends) and discussing current issues that influence perspectives on diversity and inclusion e.g. geographical circumstances, economy and participants examine their own cultural values, beliefs and attitudes and how these shapes their own view of the world

We explore models of communication and interpersonal understanding to frame cultural interactions, as wellas developmental models of intercultural sensitivity and implications in the workplace and beyond. We also explore what diversity means in terms of differences among and within people, valuing diversity, understanding prejudices & stereotypes, awareness of what happens when cultures interact, what culture hides and the adaption to diverse cultures. Best practices as service providers to immigrant, refugees and ethnocultural minorities and where to find additional resources are also shared.

The training program is focused on the following goals:

To engage in a conversation around cultural competency, diversity & inclusion in a multicultural environment To understand the dynamics of Intercultural sensitivities. Facilitator: Ayotunde Kayode, CFN - Number of spots available: 40

Times: 1-3:30 pm - Room: 203-204




8. BRAIVE Empowerment for LGBTQ+ People and their Allies

This workshop teaches the BRAIVE empowerment model of resiliency, gives information about research on health and wellness, how people can use these concepts to combat the impact of discrimination and the effects of persecution. The workshop will teach psychological, social, cultural, and physical well-being concepts that assist resilience development.

Facilitator: Kelly Ernst, CFN - Number of spots available: 25

Times: 1-4 pm - Room: 209




9. Addressing Mental Health Challenges Among Refugees

The workshop would be based on the idea of peer support and strength-based practice model based on trauma-informed care. The workshop will discuss the understanding and reflection about mental health/wellness/illness, what are the stigmas they have been exposing to, and how to overcome with stigma. The workshop will also discuss how to identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness within the clients, how to acknowledge their mental health concerns, and connect them with the resources.

Facilitator: Recovery college (Canadian Mental Health Association) -Number of spots available: 25

Times: 1 pm – 3 pm - Room: 208




10. Becoming an Ally: Being an Active Bystander

This workshop provides participants with a deeper understanding of the roots of homophobic and sexual bullying and harassment. We explore strategies to address bullying, prevent harassment, and highlight the roles of bystanders. Participants leave prepared and confident to address this issue in a way that empowers the person experiencing harassment, while providing teachable moments to those engaging in it.

Facilitator: Centre for Sexuality - Number of spots available: 25

Times: 1:15pm -4:15 pm - Room: 207



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