Podcast Interview: Indigenous orientation toolkit for newcomers
Listen to the feature story on BeCause Radio (2:27 – 13:03).
KAIROS is part of an exciting project developing in Winnipeg to orient newcomers to Canada around the truth about Indigenous people. This project seeks to foster safe spaces for cross cultural learning and dialogue, with the primary objective of educating newcomers on Indigenous issues as a precursor to the process of relationship building between communities. This work is in part a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action. Call #93 asks the government to revise its newcomer information kit, but Immigration Partnership Winnipeg saw that the need was much greater than that. Newcomers quickly acquire false stereotypes if accurate information is not provided in a culturally sensitive way.
Immigration Partnership Winnipeg has gathered a broad circle of partners including KAIROS, the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, a University of Manitoba learning partner and several service organizations. Together the group is developing an Orientation Tool Kit for Newcomer communities about Indigenous history, culture and contemporary realities. The Tool Kit seeks to build awareness, de-bunk myths and develop understanding of Indigenous issues for newly arrived immigrants and refugees and those who help them settle in Manitoba.
Learn more about the project by listening to the 10 minute interview with Hani Ataan Al-ubeady, project coordinator from Immigration Partnership Winnipeg.