I came to Canada on December 2014. I came to Canada from Peru with family and it was not easy. We were part of the statistic of immigrants and found a truth that many other immigrants have experienced. This is not home, this is not our language, and this is not our people. I knew from history and some reading that Canada is a multicultural country. I knew Canada had o lot of opportunities for everybody and I knew since the beginning the path we were taking would have quite a number of obstacles. Granted. I look into my own eyes to see the efforts I make to fit. I look and I find myself proud of where I came from. But after a certain point , I’m also looking jealousy at how different everything could be. I find myself wishing to change things for myself because it does not feel just right.
I need to learn my new language better, to know more about the politics and culture of my new country.
These are the kinds of issues I heard echoed at the 6DegreesTO conference on September 20th and 21th, 2016. The two days inaugural ‘citizen space’ was presented by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and put a lot of emphasis on the immigrant experience and the challenge of language.
Recognizing the relationship between Prosperity and the experience of Immigrant entrepreneurs was especially helpful.
A panel titled “New Canadian Entrepreneurs: An under-appreciated contribution to Canadian Prosperity” provided many inspirational examples of the important roles such migrants have played in the Canadian economy. One theme that came up explored the question of whether Canada is leading the way to succeed together as one country one, or are Canadians only emphasizing the boundaries and giving to much credit to themselves?.
For instance, the system does not recognize newcomers turning into potential well-growing businessmen. A new report by Statistics Canada based on tax data from 2010 says immigrants are more likely to have their own private companies, be self-employed and bring innovative products to the Canadian market. 6 Degrees TO explain how and why we should improve our laws and system to encourage long-term immigrants to start new business and keep contributing in Canadian prosperity. Conference panelists such as Sol Guy, founder of DAIS and creative producer and Shamina Singh, the President of the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth emphasized that we need regulations that help newcomers to move forward, grow and fit into a society that at the end of the day, like it or not, we all call home.
Other contributors to the discussion included were the Mayor of Iqaluit Madeleine Redfern, and Deputy Mayor of The Hague in Netherlands, Rabin Baldewalngh.
In the two-hour conference, the first issue discussed was prosperity, which could be defined as:, potential, connectivity, emancipation, identity, safety and freedom.
CLOUDS OVER SIDRA
One of the most powerful experiences as part of 6 Degrees Conference was to get involved in the new Sidra Project which basically it is a virtual reality film for the United Nations. It is a initiative to stop only showing pictures and talking about of how is like to be in a refugee camp and instead, make the world feel themselves in there by using a virtual reality headset. Clouds over Sidra is made in the Zaatari Refugee in Jordan and it gives shelter for 130, 000 Syrians being persecute by war. Sidra is a 12 years old girl in the fifth grade and for her, being year a half in Jordan is long enough. The cloud over them is not the weather, that cloud is real and it is getting bigger. That cloud symbolize fear, suffer, war, starve, death and hope.