Humanitas Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre Event: “Present-Day Newcomers Fleeing War Torn Regions: Receptivity and Integration”

Academic Events
University Fraser Valley
Room B101
Abbotsford, BC

Part two of a three-part series exploring past and present refugee experience, this event is in partnership with the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Early in 2016, Canada made a promise to allow thousands of refugees from war-torn areas to settle in Canada.  Now, nearing the end of the year, it is appropriate to take stock: how has this process gone so far?  How have the refugees been treated by Canadians upon their arrival in Canada?  Can we speak of “success” when referring to refugee integration into Canadian society?

This event focuses on local work in refugee settlement and integration, particularly by highlighting the work of local non-profit organizations.  The presenters: Palwinder Kelay (Abbotsford Community Services); Jennifer Mpungu (MCCBC); and, Donna and Jake Stelpstra (Local Refugee Sponsorship Team).  Attendees will learn about the experiences of refugees: their journey from far-off war-torn lands to Abbotsford; their experiences upon arrival in Canada, particularly their encounters with Canadian government personnel and civilians; and their experiences in the integration process in the Fraser Valley.

Connie Braun will be offering poetry readings between each of the respective presentations.  There will be time for a question period at the end of the presentations.

The event is free, and open to the public – all are welcome!

Contact: Steve Schroeder, Ph.D., Teaching Chair, Peace and Conflict Studies, UFV  (