Welcome to a two-week series of stories, profiles, photographic essays, blogs and videos documenting the journey undertaken by newcomers to our region. They are our neighbours. They are our work colleagues. They are our friends. They are a group of people who aspire to become Canadian citizens and who are helping to build and shape the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
A number of the challenges facing newcomers to the region were highlighted at the Round Table discussion prior to the Citizenship Certificate ceremony at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre on June 13.
They included comments about the extreme weather, the high cost of accommodation, the struggles associated with underemployment and, once basic needs are met, how to become more integrated into the community.
This video captures the Citizenship Ceremony at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre June 13, 2014. It is the fifth installment of a two-week series of stories, profiles, photographic essays, blogs and videos documenting the journey undertaken by newcomers to our region.
The video is part of a series of stories, profiles, photographic essays, blogs and videos documenting the journey undertaken by newcomers to our region. Series Index: Becoming Canadian in Wood Buffalo.
Canada welcomes immigrants unlike any other country — with open arms and the understanding that today’s immigrants will become our future citizens.
As my husband John Ralston Saul likes to say, “Canada looks to marry its immigrants, not date them.”
Becoming Canadian in Wood Buffalo: This article is part of a series of stories, profiles, photographic essays, blogs and videos documenting the journey undertaken by newcomers to our region.
This video presentation captures a few of the commentaries made by new citizens at the Round Table event, a feature of the Citizenship Ceremony at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre on June 13 hosted by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Growing up in Brazil, Roberto Torres’ prized possession was his soccer ball. But after more than seven years living, working and going to school in Canada, it was his permanent-resident card that became most important to him. Now he's traded in that “PR card” for a Canadian passport
Some things to know about eggs. They are nutritional; 6 grams of protein, only 65 calories. They’re also fun at Easter and, as projectiles, at Halloween. They are adaptable, practical, healthy, ovoid and most importantly, they are a critical ingredient in sending oilsands workers out to their jobs in a happier state of mind.
Empowered communities coming together to solve complex problems with creativity.
As riders make their way through tranquil vistas of winter-covered pines, sunlight dances through the branches, glistening off the snow like diamonds in the frigid air. Some of the taller trees bow over the trail, their boughs making for a snowy arch, more reminiscent of a Christmas card than having an exhilarating snowmobile ride. Taking in this panorama, it’s easy to see why this region has garnered such appreciation for its abundance of scenic groomed trails – about 275 kilometres to be exact – and all thanks to hundreds of volunteer hours of the McMurray Sno-Drifters Association.
Their father and grandfather worked together at the Swift Meat Company in Edmonton’s “Packingtown” where, by the end of World War II, meatpacking was the major industrial employer. As it is in the Chinese culture, one worker talked about having an industrious son who was looking for a young woman to be his bride; and the other talked about his beautiful granddaughter in Hong Kong, who was ready to marry. And so the arrangement to unite the children was made. That is why Kim Mah, at age 17, arrived in Edmonton on Oct. 5, 1957 via Alaska from Hong Kong.