When is the last time I went out of my way to have a conversation with, connect with, a newcomer
Who came?
Eric, Gerard, Charbel
Question?
What difference will it make? Immigrants just want to live in the big cities. They will not stay in our communities
  • Immigrants might want to stay in our communities but will not if they don’t feel welcome or acknowledged.
  • Immigrants should initiate the contact. They are the ones who came here.
  • Breaking into closed groups especially in smaller communities is difficult at the best of times. So imagine coming from a different culture.
Notes & Ideas
  • Impairments
    • Old concept that immigration is a taboo subject
    • Fear of causing awkwardness by speaking of cultural differences or visible characteristics
    • Shy by the lack of cultural knowledge
    • Fear of others reaction
  • Solutions
    • Approach the person with respect and dignity
    • If the person says he\she is from halifax, respect the answer
    • Listen to understand not to answer
    • Respect the pause, the person may need to process the information in their head before verbalizing the answer.
Actions
  • Introduce yourself to 1 newcomer in the next month
  • Volunteer at the local multicultural centre
  • Read or research about an ethnic community in your area
  • Encourage your children to embrace cultural diversity
Take away
  • Be the change you want to see
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