The following materials are intended to help teachers and their students learn more about immigration and newcomers, and to suggest some ways to help their students, including their newcomer students, develop a greater understanding of each other. Information important to newcomer students is also provided.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In 2012, Parliament passed Bill C-10, which introduced some changes to laws affecting youth, such as the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). The materials on this site are currently being revised to reflect these legislative changes, and the updated versions will be posted as they are completed. In the meantime, please note that some documents may contain some outdated information. To see a summary of the changes to the YCJA, please refer to this page on the Parliament of Canada website.
(Intended For: Teachers, Secondary Grade Level) This document contains suggestions for a number of class activities based around the topic of newcomers. The objective is for students to learn more about newcomers, including culture and world view, and for newcomer students to become more integrated with their fellow students while upholding…
(Intended For: Secondary Grade Level) This document contains a series of questions and answers aimed at newcomer students. Topics include: culture conflict, parents and stress, parent control and discipline, police and the law, loneliness, succeeding in school, climate and weather, and fears. Students who are not newcomers may find the information…
The following links are to external resources that teachers may find useful for lesson plan source material, student exploration and expansion of personal knowledge on this topic. Please contact us to report any broken links.
NOTES ABOUT THESE LINKS:
A blog dedicated to information about immigrant children and youth.
An Ontario-based professional development website for those working with newcomers. A useful resource for teachers or anyone who works with newcomers. The link above is to a page with information and resources related to newcomer youth.
Information for immigrants coming to or living in Alberta.
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
An Edmonton-based agency that provides services and information for newcomers.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
The Government of Canada’s website for the ministry responsible for newcomers.
Changing Together – A Centre for Immigrant Women
Offers free help to immigrant women and their families. Based in Edmonton.