Building Stronger Boards

Boards of directors are ubiquitous in Winnipeg’s social service sector, including in newcomer and refugee settlement organizations. Existing research shows that representative boards are more connected with community issues, better adapt to challenges, and are seen more positively, which in turn increases their impact in the community. This research finds that boards in Winnipeg’s settlement sector are not representative of the populations they serve and that there are crucial ways organizations can change their governance practices to support the participation of newcomers. This participation is important in the development and delivery of services that are inclusive, accessible, and consistent with newcomers’ needs. 

Immigration Status Fact sheet

The fact sheet for Immigration Partnership Winnipeg aims to provide information on immigration terminology and legal status. It defines various categories of migrants, such as newcomers, immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, expatriates, and stateless persons. It also outlines the importance of clarifying these terms and briefly covers international law on immigration and refugees, as well as Canada’s immigration policy and legal framework.

What is Preventing Newcomers from Accessing Settlement Services?

Immigration Partnership Winnipeg conducted a survey to understand the reasons behind newcomer, immigrant, and refugee decisions to access settlement services in Winnipeg. The study found an even divide between those who accessed services and those who did not, with factors like support networks, prior information on settlement services, and program flexibility influencing their choices. Participants praised staff support but highlighted barriers like program design and lack of childcare. Tailored pre-departure services on employment and education assessment were suggested to enhance settlement outcomes.

Exploring Experiences of Racism and Anti-Racism in Sport in Winnipeg: Final Report

The partners in the Anti-Racism in Sport Campaign aim to utilize research and education to create tools that identify and disrupt racism in sport, eliminating barriers to sport participation for marginalized communities in Winnipeg. The research involved 12 online focus groups with 39 participants engaged in sports in Winnipeg, offering insights from their lived experiences. Conducted by researchers from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management.

Supported Transitions: Effective Educational Approaches for Older Refugee Youth with Interrupted Schooling

In collaboration with the Newcomer Education Coalition and financial support from the CYRRC, the research conducted in 2019 focused on older refugee youth with interrupted schooling. It aimed to understand their experiences, effective educational approaches, and develop programming options and support. The report allows downloading, distribution, and citation under limited copyright protection, for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution.

Fostering Safe Spaces for Dialogue and Relationship-building Between Newcomer and Indigenous Peoples

This report explores best practices for fostering positive relationships between Newcomers and Indigenous Peoples. It also provides recommendations for developing an orientation toolkit for newcomers. Sponsored by The Winnipeg Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Fellowship program, the authors collaborated with Immigration Partnership Winnipeg to support community building. The report is accessible under limited copyright protection for non-commercial use with proper attribution.

Integration and settlement: The experiences and expectations of African immigrants and refugees

This document explores the experiences and challenges encountered by African immigrants and refugees in Winnipeg, Canada. Through a comprehensive research approach that includes qualitative and quantitative methods, it identifies both visible and hidden barriers to their successful integration. Drawing on insights from African Communities of Manitoba Inc. (ACOMI), the document highlights issues such as limited orientation programs and systemic workplace discrimination. It offers recommendations to address these challenges, including extending orientation programs and improving information dissemination between immigrants and social organizations. By emphasizing the importance of community engagement and knowledge sharing, the document advocates for a more inclusive and supportive environment for African immigrants and refugees in Winnipeg.

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