The Canadian government’s Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship department has a program to help newcomer families. The purpose is to support and help citizens to identify and deal with violence and abuse within their family and community.
The Somali, Tamil, Iranian and Afghanistan communities have long-standing immigrants and Canadians leaders who are trained to help integrate newcomers to these communities. They do this by creating a welcoming environment and assist them by teaching them how to integrate their specific cultural behaviours, expectations and practices into a Canadian lifestyle.
There are several peer-support groups and workshops set up by the program to help make their transition into Canadian culture a little smoother. In these groups and workshops, they can speak in their own language with peers, share experiences, share concerns, practise speaking English and discuss problem resolutions.
This program provides parent information workshops on several topics. Some of these topics are:
- Parenting Issues
- Stress and Anger Management
- Community Resources
- Canadian Rights and Laws
- Communication Skills
- Inter-Generational Issues and Preventing Family Violence
- Navigating the Canadian Education System
Educating the Youth
When immigrating to Canada, the youth may experience a little more difficulty during the transition stage. The Canadian government has recognized this and has provided several workshops to help them with their transition into Canadian culture. Some of these workshops include:
- The Rights of Youth
- Peer Pressure
- Culture Shock
- Self-Awareness, Self-Identity and Self-Esteem
- Leadership Skills
- Healthy and Unhealthy Family Dynamics
- How to Navigate the Canadian Educational System
These are just a few of the topics of some workshops, there are others as well.
Youth Peer Support Groups
Another way the Canadian government has established a means of assisting new youth immigrants in their communities is by setting up youth support groups with peer leaders. These groups are conducted in a youth-friendly location which is in a culturally-appropriate space.