This web page has been specifically developed for teachers that wish to pursue further activities in the classroom relating to refugee-awareness education. We are encouraged that you, the teachers, are incorporating this material into your curriculum, as awareness is the first step in ending the plight of refugees.
On the right side of this webpage, you will find several links to Canadian organizations that are working on refugee issues or are simply a good resource to find out more about refugees.
Canada is a signatory of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol. It has a strong tradition of extending refugee protection to those who fear persecution and are unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin. The department within the Canadian Government responsible for the handling of Refugee claims is Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), and the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). The Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) hears legal appeals from refugees, and the legislation responsible for regulating refugee entry to Canada is called the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).
There are many organizations working on refugee issues in Canada. The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) is an NGO based out of Montreal that lobbies primarily for the legal rights of refugees, and the York Centre for Refugee Studies is an academic institution devoted to refugee studies in Toronto.
Finally, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Ottawa also provides a wealth of information about refugee issues pertaining to Canada. Please feel free to visit the ‘Teachers’ Corner’ to view lesson plans, browse teaching tools, and subscribe to the free newsletter!
Additional educational resources and learning activities about refugees and human rights can be found at the following websites: