The Diversitas forum continues hosting discussions on difficult subjects. Last week's gathering tackled refugees, immigrants, and the impact on Canada.

Peter Cantelon, the creator of Diversitas, had seen a number of misconceptions about refugees and immigrants posted on social media. Wanting to challenge these misconceptions and provide the correct information, Cantelon invited a number of speakers who were heavily involved in the subject.

"It's the hardest thing for people to do, but I want people to feel equipped to challenge misconceptions. Whether it's in their own family circles, within themselves, in the workspace, in the public sphere, or on social media."

Speakers of the event were Dorota Blumczynska, Executive Director, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM); Abdikheir Ahmed, Director, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg (IPW); Dr. Shauna Labman, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, and Yahya Samatar. Diversitas Refugees 9Yahya Samatar now works as a Fundraising Consultant and volunteers as a speaker at schools and other gatherings

Samatar is a Somali man who fled for his life from his home country. He swam across the Red River from North Dakota to Manitoba.

One of the misconceptions addressed was what makes a refugee a refugee.

Ahmed explained that anyone can be a refugee, the only difference between refugees is the kind of conflict that forces them away from their friends, family, and country.

The group gave a very informative presentation, correcting misconceptions, sharing history, politics around refugee claims and asylum seekers, as well as answering any questions people had on the subject.

Samatar closed the evening sharing his experience as a refugee and his new life in Canada as a Fundraising Consultant and Volunteer Speaker at events such as Diversitas.

Blumczynska said though some weren't informed on everything it was inspiring to see people come to the event, actively looking to become informed on the subject.

"It's very clear that this community is already incredibly welcoming, has taken the time to educate itself, and cares about the issue. I'm very inspired."

Information on refugees, immigrants, and statistics on the subject can be found on the IRCOM, IPW, and the Government of Canada websites.

More Local News

Valentine Winkler's 122-Year-Old Bell Returns To Proper Place (VIDEO)

For the first time in over 60 years, the clear ringing of a church bell was not heard in Winkler. While renovations caused the absence of a Sunday morning bell tolling at the Trinity Evangelical…

Protecting Your Information In An Age Of Hackers

A number of recent hacking attempts on local businesses has become a sobering reminder that every system has its vulnerabilities. Hacking is the attempt to access a computer or network to exploit its…

Vehicle Drives Into Storefront In Winkler (VIDEO)

An Incident involving a vehicle and the storefront of Shoppers Drug Mart happened this morning. A witness says a vehicle had driven into the storefront of Shoppers, smashing one of the windows near…

The First Moments Of Life Showcased In Morden

Capturing the moments when a couple invites the newest member of their family was the goal of a group of eight photographers. Embracing community over competition, the group of photographers has…

Manitoba Artist Chronicles Stories Of First Nation Elders (VIDEO)

One man is continuing his quest to preserve the stories of First Nations, Métis and Inuit elders. A visual poet, historian and writer, Gerald Kuehl combines pencil-drawn portraits with his subjects'…

Evening Of Elegance Dressing Graduates For Their Big Day

Ten students were able to complete their graduation outfits thanks to the help of the Western School Division's Evening of Elegance. "It's an evening for young people that are graduating, to lighten…

Altona's RCU Now A Full Service Branch

The Rosenort Credit Union (RCU) is now full service. Staff celebrated the Altona branch re-opening, which included an expansion and one new hire. "We're gone full service, that means we have an ATM…

Alcohol Believed A Factor In Two Vehicle Collision In Winkler

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a two vehicle collision Friday night at the corner of Pembina Avenue East and Eastview Drive in Winkler. Winkler Police, Fire Department and Paramedics responded…

Community Celebrates Outdoor Rink Made Possible By Donations

A 'mortgage burning ceremony' was recently celebrated in Lowe Farm. During the annual winter carnival earlier this month, the community took time to acknowledge that the $160,000 outdoor skating rink…

Pregnancy Care Centre Receives "Game-Changing" Support

The Pembina Valley Pregnancy Care Centre recently received a $4,300 boost thanks to Appelt's Diamonds. The charity had been chosen as part of Appelt's battery exchange program. Customers receive…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

01
Feb
2018
MS Society Support Available

01 February 2018 - 03 March 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

TBA





02
Feb
2018
Pond Hockey Tournament

02 February 2018 - 04 March 2018, 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Pembina Valley Pond Hockey, Thornhill





07
Feb
2018
Casting Call for Manitoba's Passion Play 2018

07 February 2018 - 28 February 2018, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

la riviere manitoba-Oak Valley





13
Feb
2018
Morden Festival of the Arts - BAND

13 February 2018 , 9:30 am

Westside Community Church, Morden





20
Feb
2018
Income Tax Clinics Booking Opens

20 February 2018 - 28 February 2018, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Morden Activity Centre, Morden





25
Feb
2018
MCC Manitoba's Winter Get Together - Altona

25 February 2018 2:00 pm

Altona Mennonite Church, Altona





25
Feb
2018
Winkler Flyers VS Swan Valley Stampeders

25 February 2018 7:30 pm

Winkler Recreational Complex, Winkler





Login