Moncton, NB
St. John's, NL
Charlottetown, P.E.I
Halifax, NS

Identity and Immigration

Notes & Ideas

  • Identities effect on inclusion in the community. How are identities affect applications in a point based immigration system.

  • Barriers with identity related to immigration.

  • Students with different identities have difficulties.

  • The feeling of needing to hide ie: religious practices.

  • Challenges based on everyday things ie: gym class.

  • Legal challenges ie: being LGBT & a newcomer

  • New ways of parenting as families travel. Schools respect newcomers. Challenge is an inner mentality within the student. Ex: out of cultural norms.

  • Support system for LGBTQ + newcomer youth.

  • Peers Alliance. School counselors. PEI ANC counselors

  • Family is reluctant to talk about sexual orientation.

  • Sex education class are not popular.

  • Barriers to employment in newcomers based on identity, but from everyone.

  • Challenge of coming out. Who to partner with?

  • Getting info oats to people who might need it. Where to turn for support.

  • Language barriers.

Questions

  • PEI ANC: Gender-specific classes. Teaching families Canadian norms / values. Works with people individually

  • Media raising awareness about sex /LGBTQ+. Workshops from PEI ANC Peers Alliance.

Actions

  • Supporting LGBTQ+ newcomer Youth and their families education program.

  • Creating support systems.

  • Orientation day how to encourage newcomers to be more open to conversation about sexual orientation and health.