OCTOBER 19-25, 2009 IS CITIZENSHIP WEEK: A CHANCE TO REFLECT ON WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CANADIAN
For the first time, Passages to Canada is introducing learning tools for Citizenship Week to help you celebrate this occasion in your classroom and help your students reflect on how truly fortunate each one of us is living in this country.
Passages to Canada is a FREE storytelling initiative that aims to provide Canadians with a greater understanding and appreciation of the contributions that immigrants make to Canada. Through the Passages to Canada Speakers' Bureau, students can hear the inspiring personal stories of immigration from some of Canada's most prominent immigrants. Since 2001, Speakers' Bureau volunteers have shared their compelling stories of coming to Canada with more than 100,000 students and New Canadians across the country.
Visit www.passagestocanada.com to view more online immigrant profiles and book a speaker for your classroom!
Through Passages to Canada, students can learn about:
• How it feels to leave one's homeland and to arrive in a new and strange place;
• How it feels to encounter racism and misunderstandings about one's culture;
• How it feels to try to fit in, to learn a new language and to have to start over;
• How it feels to realize that you have indeed found a new home in Canada.
Passages to Canada is a national initiative of the Historica-Dominion Institute sponsored by TD Bank Financial Group. Since 2001, more than 600 community leaders have shared their stories of immigration first-hand with more than 100,000 Canadians from coast to coast.