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Social Justice Institute - Refugees and Migrants in our Community

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Newman Theological College

10012 84 Street Northwest

Edmonton, AB T6A 0B2

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Come together for a one day workshop to share and learn how best to accompany and support refugees and migrants in our local neighbourhoods.

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The Social Justice Institute (SJI) is an annual ecumenical adult education initiative that has continued in Edmonton for almost forty years. SJI is a unique partnership with reps from different Christian churches, educational institutions, service agencies and community partners

Each year different social justice issues are addressed. This year the program focus is on the issue of refugees and migrants coming to Canada, and role of faith communities in accompanying and supporting them in becoming full members and participants in our local communities.

This year the SJI program will start with a brief analysis of the root causes of forced migration to Canada today from different parts of the world. Also to realize what is happening today is part of a long history of Canada being challenged to welcome and provide a refuge for refugees, whose lives are being threatened in their home communities. We are also excited to have Winnie Yeung as our keynote speaker, co-writer of bestseller "Homes: A Refugee Story". For more info go to http://www.newman.edu/SJI

The SJI organizing committee made a program decision to have presenters tell their own stories rather than bring in a high profile expert speaker. In the morning, there will be a panel of presenters who will tell their stories of being forced to flee from their home countries and the challenges they are experiencing settling into Canadian society. Next, there will be presenters from community agency settlement and support agencies and a church congregation speak about how they accompany and support recent migrants as they become part of our Edmonton neighbourhoods and communities. The program will conclude by looking at practical ways faith congregations and individuals can get involved in welcoming and supporting recent migrants through refugee sponsorships and community outreach programs. The issue of advocacy actions to address root causes of forced migration will also be addressed. There will resource displays and a chance to talk with others about how best to get involved.

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