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Refugees Living in Extended Exile: Living on the Edge

Author: Emily McDonald The current situation of refugees living in extended exile is a consequence of refugees being kept at arms length from their border by the Global North. This the argument that is put forward by Jennifer Hyndman and Wenona Giles in their book Refugees Living in Extended Exile. In their book, the authors […]

Book Review of Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development

Author: ​Steve Lorteau In the midst of the largest global refugee crisis since the Second World War, academics, policymakers, and the general public are becoming increasingly aware of the impacts of refugee displacements on host countries. In their timely book, Refugee Economies, Alexander Betts, Louise Bloom, Josiah Kaplan, and Naohiko Omata set out to systematically explore […]

Inter-Governmental and Community-Based Services for Syrian Refugees Living in France

Authors: A collaborative work, by Amelia C. Arsenault and Caitlin Morris In light of statements from political leaders expressing a sense of humanitarian duty, multiple high-profile terrorist attacks, and a controversial cultural environment regarding integration and multiculturalism, France’s experience with Syrian refugees provides interesting insights into community mobilization and host-community relations. In accordance with UNHCR […]

Civil society conflict: The negative impact of International NGOs on grassroots and social movements

Author: Jacqueline Gilchrist When considering the optimal way to mitigate poverty in the Global South, proposed solutions often involve international non-governmental organizations (INGOs). INGOs can be based in various countries, but an abundance of these are based in the Global North. These organizations tend to focus on implementing short-term, tangible projects. It is generally assumed […]

Experiential learning with CMIC

Writer: Allison MacDonald I completed a Community Service Learning (CSL) placement with CMIC, as a volunteer. CMIC enables its volunteers to contribute to the organization in many different ways. I expressed an interest in conducting research on the role of music as a tool for community mobilization as soon as I received confirmation of my […]

Syrian Refugee-Host Community Relations in Nova Scotia

Title: Syrian Refugee-Host Community Relations in Nova Scotia Writer: Ainslie Pierrynowski Nova Scotia’s resettlement of 1 079 Syrian refugees between November 4th, 2015 and August 31st, 2016 is not only notable for the relatively large number of Syrian refugees which the province took in—the third highest number per capita of all the Canadian provinces[i]—but also for the […]

Smart Risks—How small grants are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems

Title: Smart Risks—How small grants are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems Writer: Aleah Ostrowski   Introduction and Goals The goal of the authors of this book was to demonstrate and explain to readers that investing in local communities and the creation of meaningful interpersonal relationships with a strong focus on the […]

The Medicine of Peace: Indigenous Youth Decolonizing Healing and Resisting Violence

Title: The Medicine of Peace: Indigenous Youth Decolonizing Healing and Resisting Violence Writer: Jessica Quinn   Jeffrey Paul Ansloos’ (2017) book The Medicine of Peace: Indigenous Youth Decolonizing Healing and Resisting Violence provides a unique theoretical framework of critical-Indigenous peace psychology as an alternative to mainstream Western psychologies. In his debut novel, Ansloos sets out […]

Sudan’s Joint Assessment Mission

Title: Sudan’s Joint Assessment Mission Writer: Shania Beste   Problem: Aid Effectiveness There has been a rise in concern on the effectiveness of development assistance and how aid is allocated to countries in need since the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness in 2005. An issue that lies here is that the Official Development Assistance provided […]

The Dynamic of Trust in Refugee-Host Relations

By: Allison McDonald 16 November 2017 Professor Christopher Kyriakides’ Webinar, “The Dynamic of Trust in Refugee-Host Relations” Held on Saturday 28 October 2017, 10:00-11:00am I have had a really keen interest in Canada’s asylum-claim determination process and refugee integration since I worked for the Immigration and Refugee Board for a co-op work term. Professor Christopher […]

How welcome are refugees in Spain?

Title: How welcome are refugees in Spain? Author: Madeline Syke When it appeared on the façade of Madrid’s Palacio de Cibeles in September 2015, the now-famous Refugees Welcome sign was a bold statement. Its authors, the left-wing municipal party Ahora Madrid,[1] knew that the sentiments behind the phrase were shared by many residents calling the […]

Peacebuilding, Justice, and Security: Taking Stock of the Past 25 Years

Title: Peacebuilding, Justice, and Security: Taking Stock of the Past 25 Years Writer: Norma Roumie   The Conflict Research Center of Saint Paul University and the Peace and Conflict Studies Association of Canada hosted a conference on peacebuilding – taking stock of the past 25 years. The panels brought together top experts in the field […]

Kaandossiwin: How We Come To Know

Book Title: Kaandossiwin: How We Come To Know Author: Kathleen E. Absolon Review by: Athavarn Srikantharajah  Disclaimer This document was produced by a non-white settler on Turtle Island. CMIC operates on stolen unceded Algonquin Territory, and attempts to be cognisant of the role of colonization in this work. I would like to make clear that […]

Traditional Foreign Aid

Title: Traditional Foreign Aid Writer: Sebastian Tansil   Aid usually comes in the form of Official Development Assistance (ODA) which is defined as “flows of financing administered with the promotion of the economic development and welfare of development countries as the main objective and which are concessional in character with a grant element of at […]

How Laurentian’s School of Indigenous Social Work Reimagined Distance Education to Reach Students in Remote Communities

Author: Hermona Kuluberhan   The ultimate purpose of a distance education program is to make education accessible to those who cannot be physically present on campus. Whether or not an individual receive an education, as well as the quality of education they receive should not be defined by something as arbitrary as geography. Yet even within […]