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Face 2 Face: Whose Neighbour Am I? Newcomers in Canada

November 7, 2018 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Ours is a world in which millions of people flee danger and seek the possibility of new beginnings in lands and cultures foreign to their upbringing. Ours is also a world beset by various ‘tribalisms’ and perceptions of ‘the other’ whose presence for some feels unsettling. In Canada, a land of plenty, we have been gifted by, and have much to learn from the many newcomers and asylum seekers who now live, work, and study with and among us. Join in a conversation that will challenge and enrich our understanding of the neighbours that we are as we seek to foster understanding of our shared humanity.

Key Questions
  • What has been the migration experience of individuals from many places around the world who have settled in Canada?
  • What does it mean to call this new land ‘home’?
  • What urban/rural, economic, social, political, and cultural realities, and challenges have beeen encountered?
  • How and where has support been found?
  • How have these realities shaped and reshaped them?
  • How might a fuller understanding of the experience of newcomers from many places around the world shape understandings and actions?
  • How do newcomers’ experiences redefine how generational Canadians see themselves—and how together do we understand who we are together as new and generational Canadians? How has this enriched or changed the sense of the word ‘welcome’?
  • What is the reality that ‘they may not be who we think they are’?
  • Where is there hope?

Panel Members

  • Daniella Mirimba (Congo)
  • Jean-Marie Munyaka (Congo)
  • Reem Younes (Syria)
  • Nestory Niyonkuru (Burundi)
  • Jamileh Naso (Iraq)
  • Anie Sanchez (Colombia)


  • Arisnel Mesidor (Migration & Resettlement Program Coordinator, Mennonite Central Committee )


November 7, 2018
19:00 - 20:30


Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd
Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2 Canada
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