Monday, July 31, 2017

CFN Peer Mentorship for Professionals Program Visits Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre

As a part of CFNs Peer Mentorship for Professionals Program, a field trip to Leduc took place over c #1 Energy Discovery Centre. The Centre has an interactive museum and science space that shows you the history of the oil industry in Alberta.
this past weekend.  Some may not know this, but Alberta Oil started to flow in Ledu

In the years since the discovery at Leduc #1, oil has impacted nearly every fabric of lives in Alberta. A visit to Leduc #1 will take you through the 365 million years of history and technology that created the world we live in today. Participants in the Multicultural Peer mentorship program for professionals visited the discovery Centre on a study trip to learn more about the history and development of the oil and gas sector in Alberta.

Mentoring, at its core, guarantees people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.

CFN Multicultural Peer Mentorship for Professionals  is a 4-month program that matches Mentors working as professionals in their industry in Canada with Mentees who are professionals striving to find employment in their fields. It allows for newcomers to learn from the stories and experiences of successful immigrant professionals, while improving their knowledge, skills and understanding of the Canadian workplace culture and the environment. Additionally, it helps establish a wider peer support network within and outside one's culture. Funding for the program comes from United Way of Calgary and Area and City of Calgary Family and Community Support Services.

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Indigenous Education for Newcomers a Great Success

The official launch celebration of the Indigenous Education for Newcomers Initiative was a great success. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our partners, the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta, Calgary Foundation, ATB, The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, Calgary Immigrant Educational Society, Calgary Police Service, University of Calgary, Making Treaty 7, City of Calgary, Calgary Public Library and Humainologie.

Also a special thanks to Herman Yellow Old Woman, Andy Curtis, Elder Clarence Wolfleg, Elder Clarence Wolfleg, and Gabrielle Lindstrom, our Advisory Committee, along with all the volunteers, resource tables, and last but not least - to the hundreds in attendance who took time out of their day to join us. This event was for you.  Click below to catch some of CBCs coverage of the big event and stay tuned for more.

Indigenous Education for Newcomers on CBC from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Indigenous Education for Newcomers - Launch Celebration Agenda

With the official launch celebration set for tomorrow, July 29th at the Genesis Centre, CFN is so very proud to be a part of the Indigenous Education for Newcomers Initiative. Working in partnership, our ultimate goal is to support efforts aimed at ending cycles of systemic discrimination and abuse faced by Indigenous people through culturally appropriate educational workshops on Indigenous issues, meaningful partnerships that seek to create alliances for public education and awareness among both partners and within the broader community. Below is tomorrow's agenda and we look forward to seeing you there! 

  • 9:30    Opening Blessings from Elder - Honour Song & prayer by Herman Yellow Old Woman
  • 10:00   Welcome, Anila Lee Yuen and Cindy Provost, Event Co-Chairs 
  • 10:15   Welcoming remarks from government
  • 10:45   Making Treaty 7 - Video: To Be or Not To Be Friends - Live: Nora Dubois Tsuu T’ina Prophecy and monologue
  • 11:05   Participatory discussions with audience  - Sharing circles 
  • 12:00   Break for Lunch  - Elder Herman Yellow Old Woman sharing songs and significance - Vendors, Ethnicity catering, resources tables, etc. 
  • 1:00   Youth Reconciliation Tree with Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth
  • 2:00 Media Representation/Misrepresentation- Gabrielle Lindstrom, PhD Candidate, University of Calgary
  • 3:00 Understanding “the land.” – Making Treaty 7 with Andy Curtis and Elder Clarence Wolfleg
  • 4:00 Closing Circle & Round Dance with Elder Clarence Wolfleg

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Indigenous Education for Newcomers - Hashtag Contest

Saturday July 29th The Indigenous Education for Newcomers Launch Celebration will take place at the Genesis Centre from 10am to 4pm. A jam packed day will be highlighted across our social media platforms and for those tweeters out there, whoever uses the hashtag #treaty7newcomers the most on Saturday will win 6 tickets to the Laugh Shop.

Long time members of the Calgary entertainment landscape,  the Laugh Shop has been hosting premier, marquee talent in an intimate setting since the 1980s. One of the best comedy clubs in the country is also one of the most intimate for patrons and performers alike. Seating 300 people, the differences are huge when comparing The Laugh Shop to the Saddledome or a even a theatre. As a result, comedians often stick around after the show to take pictures and sign autographs and just hang out with the crowd.

Rosanne Bar, Rob Schneider, Chris Tucker, Jim Belushi, along with any one of Wayans Brothers are just a few of the A-List comedians that have recently performed at the Laugh Shop and they, along with the entertainer of the week, are guaranteed to provide a performance that will leave you with a smile on your face.

A big thank you to the Laugh Shop from all of us here at CFN and keep up the great work!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Indigenous Education for Newcomers - CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen

On July 29th the Indigenous Education for Newcomers Launch Celebration is taking place at the Genesis Centre. To RSVP to the big event on Saturday CLICK HERE. CFN CEO since late 2015, Anila has been a key community builder and a champion for diversity and inclusion here in Calgary for the better part of 20 years. Watch below as she reveals how the Initiative first began to take shape, what her thoughts are on the future of reconciliation, as well as what it means to Canada as a whole.

Indigenous Education for Newcomers - CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WelcomePack Canada @ CFN

WelcomePack Canada’s landmark annual program – the ‘WelcomePack’, brings together leading Canadian brands – in categories like banking, telecommunications, automobiles, restaurants, real estate, consumer products, media and entertainment – to extend a special and memorable welcome to new Canadian immigrants.

Launched on September 18, 2013, WelcomePack Canada has already distributed gift boxes to over 30,000 new Canadian immigrants. Phase 2 of the program started on July 1, 2015 and we will be distributing another 30,000 gift boxes to new Permanent Residents who landed in Canada on or after January 1, 2014 and are 18 years and older.

Inside the WelcomePack gift box is a colourful and informational WelcomePack Magazine that serves as a friendly guide for newcomers – full of tips and advice that will help them make smart choices as they settle in.Want to know how to save while getting ahead, where to find financial and job advice, schools, housing and healthcare information?. You will find all these and more within the covers of this magazine.At the back of the magazine are valuable coupons – over $1,000 in value and savings – that will add to the fun of your Canadian adventure by saving you money.

The success of this program is made possible by the support and participation of over 35
settlement agencies. CFN is very glad to join WelcomePack’s distribution network and looks forward to collaborating on a great initiative. Check out their website for more details!

Indigenous Education for Newcomers - a Chat with Making Treaty 7's Michèle Stanners

On July 29th the Indigenous Education for Newcomers Launch Celebration is taking place at the Genesis Centre. Making Treaty 7 has been an integral part of the initiative since its development stages and has generously arranged, amongst other inclusions, live scenes from Making Treaty 7 to be performed at the celebration this Saturday. Michèle Stanners, Making Treat 7's Executive Director, also sits on the Indigenous Education for Newcomers Advisory Committee. Watch below as she talks about both her work with Making Treaty 7 and the Committee.
Genesis Centre.

The purpose of Making Treaty 7 is to produce an event, of both local and international interest, with the potential to act as a transformational agent for people of all ages and backgrounds. Inspired by the founding event of modern Southern Alberta, Making Treaty 7 invites Calgarians, and all Canadians, to consider an enlightened, sustainable future – for all of us. To RSVP to Saturday's big event simply CLICK HERE.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Indigenous Education for Newcomers - A Chat with Calgary Foundation's Tim Fox

On July 29th the Indigenous Education for Newcomers Launch Celebration is taking place at the Genesis Centre. The Calgary Foundation has generously granted funding for the Initiative and Indigenous Community leader Tim Fox, who is the Calgary Foundation's Director of Indigenous Relations, also sits on the Indigenous Education for Newcomers Advisory Committee. Watch below as he talks about both his work with the Foundation and the Committee, as well as his vision for reconciliation in Canada.

Since 1955, the Calgary Foundation has been nurturing a healthy, vibrant, giving and caring community. The Foundation facilitates collaborative philanthropy by making powerful connections between donors and community organizations for the long-term benefit of Calgary and area. In 2015-16, the Calgary Foundation saw $38.8 million in new contributions, had an asset base of $822.7 million and granted $45.9 million to 883 charitable organizations.

It is their strategic partnerships with generous fundholders and effective nonprofits that enable the Calgary Foundation to do great work and build a vibrant community. And as always, the strength and value of a community foundation is reflected in a strong and sustainable charitable sector.

A Chat with Tim Fox of the Calgary Foundation from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Monday, July 24, 2017

CFN Staff Day

On Friday, July 21st, CFN held its annual Staff Day at North Glenmore Park. It was a day of fun but beneath it all, it was a day of heartfelt appreciation for the dedicated and hard working staff and volunteers that work each day to make Calgary the best it can be.

Since 1988 the Centre for Newcomers has been a key resource for immigrants and refugees of all nationalities. Located in the Marlborough commercial district in Pacific Place Mall, the Centre services individuals from all across Calgary and is easily accessible by public transit, either bus or C-Train.

Our vision is the ultimate goal, the world we imagine for Calgary is a community that values diversity, in which people of all backgrounds find and create opportunities to fulfil dreams and participate fully as citizens. And our mission is to support newcomers and the receiving community in becoming a diverse, united community, through services and initiatives that create conditions of success for newcomers and that foster a welcoming environment in Calgary. The Centre for Newcomers provides local, provincial and national leadership in immigrant settlement and integration and view the integration of newcomers as a two-way process of experience, influence and impact between newcomers and the communities that welcome them.

The Centre’s promise to the community is this:  by welcoming newcomers, and supporting them to settle and integrate, by working collaboratively and in partnership, with a workplace culture that is founded on respect, co-operation and trust, we are making a positive difference in the lives of all Calgarians.

In the end, our staff and volunteers make all this possible. Thank you for all that you do to help build our community! For more photos of the day CLICK HERE and for video highlights simply click below. 
CFN Staff Day 2017 from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Refugee Alberta @ AAISA

 CFN has been a proud member of the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA) since its inception and all of us here would like to congratulate AAISA on the success of their new website - The website is funded by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and serves as a one-stop shop for refugees to access information on settling in Alberta and services to support them in their new life.

Following one of the largest resettlements of refugees in Canadian history, the website’s launch responded to a significant need across the province. Service providers, such as our valued members, offer a variety of programs and services across Alberta.  AAISA has designed this website to help support refugees as well as to build the capacity of organizations that serve them with vital information related to their resettlement journey in Alberta. The website has three sections - I am a Refugee, I am an Organization and I Want to Help. 

While I am a Refugee assists refugees in learning more about their settlement and integration journeyI am an Organization AASIA recognizes that in order to support the successful resettlement of refugees in Alberta, building the capacity of the organizations and community members working with refugees is vital. Lastly, I Want to Help supports community members, whether they are private sponsors, donors or prospective volunteers with information on what they can do to assist refugees and their communities in the settlement process.
in Alberta, with Government Assisted Refugees coming to Alberta will be originally settled in one of six official resettlement cities. These cities are Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and Brooks.  Each of the six resettlement centres have a Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) provider and other services available to help get refugees off to a successful start in their new home. Privately Sponsored Refugees may settle outside of these six cities. 7,004 refugees have arrived in Alberta since November 2015.

For a quick peek at just some of what the site had to offer click here for a full glossary of terms and the links below will help you find programs and services in your community. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Totally Awesome Summer Camp @ CFN

This past week CFN Productions had a chance to stop by for a visit with CFN's Totally Awesome Summer Camp's (TASC) counsellors and kids.  Totally Awesome Summer Camp is a school-aged care program for kids ages 6 – 12; it supports parents to continue their LINC English classes over the summer. Participants enjoy fun crafts, games, and outings designed to develop their creative, communication and leadership skills. The program is led by two post-secondary students through the Service Canada Summer Student grant program.

During our visit we had the chance to talk with Joy Monagas, one of our TASC Counsellors and summer students who is currently enrolled at SAIT. And in a wonderful case of serendipity, Joy herself was once a participant in CFNs childcare program and now has come full circle in her position as a counsellor.  For a peek inside TASC and to hear Joy talk about her experiences simply watch below and for pics of our visit CLICK HERE. 

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Financial Training @ CFN

The Newcomer Settlement Program (NSP) of CFN is expanding its service horizon on financial empowerment. CFN is pleased to announce that we are now offering a 2-stream financial services: One-on-one Financial Coaching and Financial Literacy.

Financial Coaching is a confidential one-on-one help session with a trained financial coach which is a good fit for anyone who feels burdened by current and ongoing financial obligations, unsecured financial future or unable to make choices that allow the person to enjoy life. Four settlement practitioners acquired professional training in this field from Bow Valley College. In essence, they have become certified financial coaches. This service, is open to all clients (including staff), regardless of immigration class, and will also cater to Canadian citizens.

Financial Literacy aims to inform low income newcomers and individuals with financial problems about the financial system and services in Canada. Topics will include asset building, banking, budgeting, consumerism and credit. This will be incorporated in the counsellors’ information and orientation to clients, as well as in group sessions (workshops) which, will now be facilitated by our own trained counsellors. Through these staff, CFN is licensed to provide Financial Literacy training for clients.

For more information give us a call at 403-569-3325 or visit our website.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Making Treaty 7 @ Indigenous Education for Newcomers Launch

Photo by Bert Crowfoot
From its beginnings, Making Treaty 7 has sat upon the advisory committee and helped steer the Indigenous Education for Newcomers Initiative. On July 29th at the Genesis Centre for the Launch Celebration of the Initiative, live scenes from Making Treaty 7's Napi's Story, as well as an explanation of Indigenous ways of knowing and living on the land by local elders, will be a part of the days' events.

Treaty 7 is one of a family of numbered treaties signed between Canada’s First Nations and Queen Victoria between 1871 and 1921. Treaty 7 paved the way for the peaceful settlement of the Province of Alberta. Making Treaty 7 tells the story of that historic agreement, and investigates the results and implications 140 years later.

The purpose of Making Treaty 7's work is the potential to act as a transformational agent for people of all ages and backgrounds. Inspired by the founding event of modern Southern Alberta, Making Treaty 7 invites Calgarians, and all Canadians, to consider an enlightened, sustainable future – for all of us. The Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society operates as a not-for-profit entity, governed by a board of directors.

All cultures can best be expressed through their connection to “place.” The story of Canada is the story of the land we live on, that we cultivate, harvest and build our cities on. It is also the story of who each of us are, where we came from, and why we are here today. Looking forward, our story is the story of how we hope to live together in the future.

Our right to live and prosper here in Canada is made possible through a series of agreements laid out between First Nations and European new comers. The treaties outline how different cultures can co-exist as one country. Every Canadian benefits from privileges, and is bound by responsibilities, that stem directly from the agreements laid out between First Nations and European newcomers. Treaty 7, is one of a family of numbered treaties that were intended to define how two very different cultures might agree to coexist.

A greater understanding of what Treaty 7 means, to each and every one of us, would be of great benefit to anyone who wishes for a better understanding of Calgary, its immediate history, and its potential as a truly great city.

Making Treaty 7 (Highlights from 2015 Show) from Chris Hsiung on Vimeo.

Friday, July 14, 2017

CFN @ the Calgary Stampede

In collaboration with the Calgary Stampede Community Projects and Development Committee,  CFN joined others in the settlement sector at the Calgary Stampede. The day include a personalised tour of the Agricultural Barns and activities, the Indian Village and the Rodeo. The purpose of the tour is for the Calgary Stampede to engage with the settlement sector in welcoming newcomers to Calgary.

The stampede has always been and continues to be about the community. In March 1912, Guy Weadick arrived in Calgary to pitch a 6-day spectacle titled the “Frontier Day Celebration and Championship.” Weadick, a successful vaudeville performer who had travelled throughout North America and Europe as a trick roper, envisioned a world-class rodeo competition that would celebrate the romance and culture of the “disappearing” Old West. He received support for the event he called the “Stampede” from four prosperous southern
Alberta ranchers: A.E. Cross, George Lane, Pat Burns and A.J. McLean, collectively known as the Big Four. First held in September of 1912, the Stampede featured roping and bronc events with competitors from throughout the North American West. Women participated in the saddlebronc and trick riding competitions. Members of the Treaty 7 Nations participated in the events as well. The title of world champion bareback bronc rider went to Tom Three Persons of the Kainai (Blood) Nation who was the first person to stay on Cyclone, the famous horse unbeaten by 129 other riders before Three Persons rode him to a standstill. Despite the rainy weather, the first Stampede drew large crowds and was a success.

Due to the onset of an economic depression followed by the outbreak of the First World War, Weadick’s hopes of making the Stampede an annual event were dashed. But in 1919, the Big Four and Ernie L. Richardson, the Secretary of the Calgary Exhibition, called him back to the city to hold a Victory Stampede that would celebrate peace and the end of the First World War. Once again, the Stampede was a successful rodeo competition and western event.

In 1923, the Stampede joined with the Exhibition holding one event – the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede – in July. This was also the first year of the pancake breakfast, started by Jack Morton offering breakfast to visitors and locals alike from the back of his chuckwagon parked downtown. Within a few years, attendance broke 200,000 and the spectacle continued to grow into the Stampede we enjoy today. It remains a celebration of the Old West out of which Calgary grew and showcases the modern, multicultural and cosmopolitan city it has become. Like the Stampede, Calgary’s past and present are firmly rooted in the traditions of western heritage and values.

A huge thanks to the Calgary Stampede for their hospitality and for more photos of the big day CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Indigenous Education for Newcomers Launch Celebration Coming Soon

With the official launch celebration set for July 29th at the Genesis Centre, CFN is proud to be
 a part of the Indigenous Education for Newcomers Initiative, an initiative that addresses the historic injustice and trauma that has contributed to deep social, cultural, economic and spiritual challenges for Canada’s Indigenous people. Working in partnership with Making Treaty 7, University of Calgary, Calgary Police Services, Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, Calgary Immigrant Educational Society, and the 12 Community Safety Initiative, along with City Councillor Brian Pincott, Federal MP and Cabinet Minister Kent Hehr,  and Tim Fox of Calgary Foundationour ultimate goal is to support efforts aimed at ending cycles of systemic discrimination and abuse faced by Indigenous people through culturally appropriate educational workshops on Indigenous issues, meaningful partnerships that seek to create alliances for public education and awareness among both partners and within the broader community.

Workshop Facilitator Professor Dustin Louie 
One of the recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is for the information kit for newcomers to be revised “to reflect a more inclusive history of the diverse Indigenous peoples of Canada including information about the Treaties and the history of residential schools” (TRC, 2015, p.10). This initiative seeks to narrow the information and knowledge gap that exists in newcomer populations in Calgary through educational workshops on Indigenous matters by forging meaningful partnerships with Calgary-based organizations to address challenges that Indigenous people face.

Making Treaty 7 ED Michèle Stanners
The initiative will combine culturally-appropriate educational workshops on matters identified by Indigenous people as relevant to newcomers’ understanding of the history of Canada’s Indigenous community. The workshops will include issues related to historic injustice and trauma and Indigenous peoples’ rich history and culture.

The rationale is that engaging in ongoing public dialogues, enhancing professional development and training for public servants, strengthening intercultural competency in Indigenous matters are all part of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action aimed at addressing historic trauma and historic injustice of Canada’s Indigenous peoples (TRC, 2015)

This event is open to the public and admission is free. Use North entrance of the Genesis Centre for quick access. Lunch will be provided to the first 250 people to register. To RSVP simply CLICK HERE and stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Workshop Attendees @ CFN

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Orange Ribbon Campaign - Celebrating Refugees: Kim Thuy

Part 9 of our Celebrating Refugee Series takes us to Kim Thuy.  A Canadian novelist born in Saigon, Vietnam. At the age of 10, Thuy left Vietnam with her parents and 2 brothers, fleeing the country's communist regime. After a stay in a refugee camp in Malaysia, the family, like many refugees who then qualified as "boat people," arrived in Granby, Quebec.

After trying various occupations, Thuy pursued studies at the Université de Montréal where she completed three degrees. At the same time, she opened a restaurant in Montréal to introduce the city to the cuisine of her native country. When the restaurant closed Thuy began to write, fulfilling a long-held ambition.

Thuy's first novel, "Ru" fictionalizes her family's long journey from Vietnam to Québec. Critics universally praised the book (which means "lullaby" in Vietnamese) since its release, and it has been published in several languages.

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