Trek and Talk for Newcomers
Refugee womxn are found to be at greater risk for social isolation and many suffer from the layered discriminatory effects of their gender, race, and religion in Canadian society. Establishing a new home here is not only limited to finding a house, a school, or a job. Making a place a home is also about creating community and feeling like you belong. The goal of this project is to provide a safer and welcoming space for newly arrived refugee womxn to engage with each other and others through a holistic wellness approach that merges the benefits of mental and physical health. For this year’s Burnaby Festival of Learning, our one-day event is aimed at international students and Burnaby community members who identify as refugee womxn. Together, we will explore green spaces in Burnaby through movement and engage in rich discussion afterwards while enjoying food sourced from local restaurants.
Naima Osman: Currently, I am a student at Simon Fraser University, completing my MSc in the Faculty of Health Sciences. My research revolves around the health experiences of Somali refugees living in protracted refugee camps. Prior to my academic career, I worked as a settlement worker where I helped newly arrived immigrants and refugees access and navigate community structures in BC.
Tsion Gebremedhen: I am a Master of Public Health (MPH) student in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU). I currently work with diverse African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) communities across BC on various research projects which aim to empower and build capacity for folks who identify as ACB, as well as encourage meaningful research engagement.