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CIC Saskatoon: Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Goals

March 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CST


CIC-Saskatoon hosts its first all-day event in well over a decade, this one an examination of Canada’s immigration and refugee policy. We hope you can join us for the event.

Immigration is recognized by most as being crucial for a growing economy. Many people regard refugee resettlement as an international human rights issue, an important part of what makes Canada stand tall in the world. Governments put a great deal of thought and consideration into “how many people to let in?”, “who do we let in?”, and ”how should we help people who come in?”. Thousands of hours of effort are put in by resettlement agencies and individuals to help people who arrive here to get on their feet and become connected to the community.

But regions are very different. Saskatoon – and similar and smaller cities – have special circumstances, unique to their economies, and infrastructure aspects different from the major centres. What are the challenges to resettlement in a place like Saskatoon, and what are our special talents? How can we do a better job at resettlement, and what can we teach other locations? Join us for a series of discussions with local experts and stakeholders as we examine made-in-Saskatchewan practices we need for immigration success. We welcome your voice in these discussions.

Speakers’ Biography

• Ali Akubar – Saskatoon Open Door Society, a comprehensive immigrant and refugee settlement agency
• Melanie Baerg – Global Gathering Place, an active immigrant and refugee settlement agency
• Alan Anderson – Saskatoon Open Door Society, Global Gathering Place, Saskatoon Refugee Coalition
• Charlie Clark – Mayor of Saskatoon
• Joe Garcea – Professor of Political Studies, researcher on immigrant integration in Saskatoon
• Rob Norris – Senior Strategist for Partnerships, U of S, and a past Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration in the Government of Saskatchewan
• Bill Rafoss – Chair of the National Board of Amnesty International – Canada
• Asit Sarkar – President of the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan.
• Helen Smith-McIntyre – chair, Saskatoon Refugee Coalition and Saskatoon branch of Amnesty International-Canada


Free registration via EventBrite

At three weeks before the event, we were more than half sold out. If such an event is of interest to you, please pre-register at our Eventbrite site. The event is free, and lunch is provided.

For more information, contact: dan.sutherland@canada.ca – or check https://sask-immigration.eventbrite.ca for updates

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March 9, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm CST
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Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A7 Canada
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