about Syrian refugees
Profile: Syrian Refugees: This document, prepared by Citizenship and
Immigration Canada, provides information on demographic characteristics and
cultural considerations of Syrian refugees. They recommend that teachers use discretion in how they “stereotype” the people from Syria coming
to Canada, noting that “people can be offended by even the best intended-to-be-helpful
statements, which can be seen as biased and over-simplified.”
Books about refugees in the school system
- From Bombs to Books: The remarkable
stories of refugee children and their families at an exceptional Canadian
school (David Starr, James Lorimer & Company, Ltd. Toronto, 2011).
- Kris Hull, a teacher
at the ELL Welcome Centre, offers workshops for teacher working with refugee
children. His workshop PowerPoint can be found here.
To book a workshop, please contact the Surrey School District ELL Welcome
Centre at 604-543-3060.
- Refugees Welcome Here: The Canadian
Council for Refugees, a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights
of refugees, is working on a public awareness campaign with Amnesty
International Canada to make Canada a more welcoming place for refugees. Sign
up for information updates and to request resources.
Resources for teachers
Culture Shock for Refugees: Starting a conversation among
people moving out of need not out of choice
A useful document about culture shock created
by Chris Carrier. This booklet helps newcomers identify some of the symptoms of
culture shock and identifies strategies to help respond to it. An Arabic
version will be posted soon.
- Teaching Refugees: PowerPoint
This presentation was developed
by Kris Hull, a teacher at Surrey School District English Language Learners’
Welcome Centre. The PowerPoint contains facts about refugees around the world,
some of the challenges resettled refugees may face in Canadian schools, and
suggestions for supporting these students in the classroom.
- Helpful Resources for Teaching
Students of Refugee and Trauma Backgrounds
This resource was designed by Kris Hull to accompany his PowerPoint presentation, Teaching Refugees. It lists a variety of resources for teachers, including videos, print resources, and websites. The document also includes teaching strategies, a description of the four stages of culture shock, and a list of resource books.
This resource, developed by Immigrant Services Society of
British Columbia, provides a list of picture books and read-aloud books
addressing refugee issues for teachers to use in the classroom.
- Welcome Home: A resource kit for unions and
This Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) document describes labour councils' role
in supporting refugees and provides helpful tips on how to become involved.
Available in English and French.
Stepping up to
Support Refugee Students
In this article, on page 12 of the
January/February 2016 Teacher Magazine, teachers and Immigrant Service
Providers from the Lower Mainland offer advice on how teachers can support
students who arrive as refugees.
- Refugees Welcome Special Edition Newsletter
The Refugees Welcome Special Edition Newsletter was
developed by the members of the Surrey Teachers’ Association International
Solidarity Committee. This newsletter contains a number of resources to help
teachers welcome and support refugees into their classrooms.
- Teacher Support for Refugee Children in Canada
orientation and useful first steps for receiving refugee children into regular
classrooms. It provides useful suggestions to help teachers support refugee
students as they integrate into the classroom. We wish to thank Chris Carrier
for sharing this resource with BC teachers.
Refugee Backgrounds: A guide for teachers and schools
created by the BC Ministry of Education, was developed to support teachers
and school staff in supporting students who arrived as refugees and their
Promising Practices of Early Childhood Education for Immigrant
and Refugee Children in British Columbia
Produced by the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and
Service Agencies of BC, this document outlines best practices used by early
childhood educators in supporting immigrant and refugee children.
- Books to help kids understand what it’s like to be a refugee
The following lesson plans are available to download for free on
the Critical Consortium website:
Teachers share their resources
What are you doing in your classroom to support students who
arrived as refugees? If you have resources, lesson plans, or links to websites
that BC teachers may find useful, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.