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10 years after arriving in Canada, immigrants still face poverty rates twice as high as Canadian-born people. It takes 20 years for the poverty rates of immigrants to equalize with the poverty rates of persons born in Canada.


2016 Fresh Voices Awards – Nominate someone today!

Deadline Extended to November 18 The Fresh Voices Awards recognize the inspiration…

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Another Win For B.C.’s #Makeitcount Campaign

A campaign to honour the hard work of international students and new…

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The mental toll on young refugees

At a program run out of Cougar Creek Elementary School in Surrey, kids are…

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2016 Fresh Voices Awards Recipients – the full line up!

On December 5, 2016, over 200 young immigrants, refugees, and adult allies…

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Syrian Youth Refugee Consultation

The Syrian Youth Refugee Consultation was held September 17 in partnership with the…

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2017 Fresh Voices Awards Recipients

On Monday, June 19th, over 200 immigrant and refugee youth gathered at…

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Fresh Voices back at Roundhouse Radio on World Refugee Day

The day after the 2017 Fresh Voices Awards, we stopped by Roundhouse…

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2015 Youth Action Gathering

Join other immigrant and refugee youth for 2 days of dialogue and…

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Ending Islamophobia: Call For Submissions To A Digital Video Art Contest

As Statistics Canada reports a 235% spike in hate crimes targeting Muslim…

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Fresh Voices Talks About Risk-Taking

On June 22nd, Fresh Voices joined Sense of Place host Minelle Mahtani and producer…

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Now that the election’s over, let’s talk about voting

This Op-Ed by Vancouver Foundation President Kevin McCort appeared in the Vancouver Sun…

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Fresh Voices hits Roundhouse Radio for an awards special!

It’s Fresh Voices Awards week, and our Youth Advisory Team and adult…

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Video: Syrian Youth Refugee Consultation

The Syrian Youth Refugee Consultation was held September 17 in partnership with the…

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Fresh Voices on Global News: We should make sure all refugees are supported to succeed in B.C and Canada

On November 17, Jorge Salazar, Manager of Fresh Voices, spoke to Global…

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Fresh Voices Closes Out Roundhouse Radio Series

Fresh Voices Program Manager Alejandra Lopez Bravo and Youth Advisory Team member…

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Dina speaks out on cultural awareness training in schools to welcome refugees

As B.C. schools and communities prepare to accept approximately 1,000 young refugees…

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Fresh Voices is looking to measure impact in new ways

For the last five years, Fresh Voices has grown significantly as a…

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My Mother’s Home 2017

On May 18th, nearly 200 people filled Vancity Theatre for My Mother’s Home…

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YAT Members Participate In Electoral Reform Discussion

On Tuesday, June 6th, Fresh Voices YAT members Ela, Ashvan, and Fadia…

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Meet Roksana Mun

Taking place on Monday, June 19th, the 2017 Fresh Voices Awards will recognize…

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Young Syrian refugees talk frankly about barriers and opportunities faced in Canada

Extract of an article by Jenny Uechi for the National Observer on…

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Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen talks with refugee youth in Vancouver

Despite the challenges faced by refugees and new immigrants, which include language…

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Immigration minister meets with youth group, plays soccer

Canada’s immigration minister laced up his sneakers and worked up a sweat…

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When a high school student in B.C. learns a new language, they get credit towards their graduation. Unless they’re a migrant student learning English.
Fresh Voices is campaigning to change the way the education system in British Columbia treats newcomer youth learning English. Ten percent of high school students in British Columbia are currently enrolled in English Language Learning (ELL) courses. All students are learning English, it’s just those in ELL that aren’t getting graduation credit.

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Fresh Voices Evaluation Report

With Fresh Voices growing, the Youth Advisory Team (YAT) and staff decided…

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Did you know?

In B.C, the top ten languages spoken at home are English, Punjabi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Tagalog (Philipino), Spanish, Vietnamese and Farsi.

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