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Bridges and Pathways: Stories of Canadian Diversity

From its earliest days, Canada has been built upon, and shaped by, immigration. Today, Canada’s extraordinary diversity both represents one of the nation’s greatest strengths, as well as the source of some of its most significant challenges.

Bridges and Pathways: Stories of Canadian Diversity provides a glimpse into the lives of the Nouelatys, recent Syrian immigrants who own their own chocolate shop, while the two eldest sons attend business and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes at Mohawk College, showing both the challenges of life in a new country and the importance of education to the future success of many newcomers to Canada.

The documentary also looks at the work of groups such as SISO Hamilton (Settlement and Integration Services Organization) exploring the essential services for newcomers that they provide. Morteza Jafarpour, the Executive Director of SISO Hamilton-a former refugee and political prisoner from Iran, provides expert insight into the challenges faced both by newcomers to Canada, as well as the Canadian immigration system.

The story of immigration and diversity in Canada is the story of recent newcomers like the Nouelatys and former refugees like Mr. Jafarpour who have built new successful lives for themselves. “Their struggle is still our struggle and their triumph-our triumph, because their story is our story.”

Bridges and Pathways: Stories of Canadian Diversity (Punjabi)

A glimpse into the lives of the Nouelatys, Syrian immigrants who own a chocolate shop. The two eldest sons attend classes at Mohawk College, showing the challenges of life and the importance of education to the many newcomers to Canada.

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