Ottawa picks up the tab for quarantine

Nest and other refugee settlement groups heaved a sigh of relief this week when Ottawa announced it will cover the cost of mandatory hotel quarantine and Covid tests for arriving refugees.  The mandatory quarantine rules, which went into effect February 22, require people flying into Canada to quarantine in an authorized hotel for three nights, while they await negative test results for Covid 19. Originally, … Continue reading Ottawa picks up the tab for quarantine

Speed-up process, groups say

Nest welcomed two refugee families earlier this year: a family of four from Syria and a single parent and her son from Iraq. That was February.  Then the pandemic hit and refugee resettlement stopped. Instead of welcoming 32,000 asylum seekers in 2020, Canada has admitted about 6,000 refugees this year. Now, eight months after the application process was stopped, refugee resettlement to Canada has resumed, albeit … Continue reading Speed-up process, groups say

Refugee settlement “on hold”

Flights have stopped, embassy interviews cancelled and sponsorship applications are on hold as Canada and the world grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic. The crisis has impacted many of Nest’s sponsorships. Here are a few: Continue reading “Refugee settlement “on hold””

What are they up to?

Newcomer kids in Saskatoon are finding lots to do during the pandemic. Continue reading “What are they up to?”

Sisters and their families reunited

Two sisters and their families waited more than three years to be reunited in Saskatoon. But the wait finally ended on February 25, when Noor tearfully greeted her sister Sura and and nephew Namer at the airport. Nest sponsored Noor and her son Yazan in 2015 through the Canadian government’s Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) Program. They were Iraqi refugees in Kuwait. Nest applied to … Continue reading Sisters and their families reunited

The Karate Kids

How is it that two refugee families from Colombia and Syria have found a “second home” at Shotokan Karate YXE?

One might expect that soccer would be the sport of choice for children from Syria or Colombia. But for two refugee families living in Saskatoon, it is all about karate.

The kids passion for karate is due in large part to the commitment, passion and generosity of Sensei Brad and his staff at Shotokan Karate YXE.

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Nest receives Global Citizens Award

Four of the original members of Nest received the 2019 Global Citizen Award at a ceremony in Saskatoon on February 9. The award was presented to Thelma Howard, Faith Rohrbough, Heather Kleiner and Margareth Peterson by the Saskatchewan Council for International Co-operation. The annual award recognizes Saskatchewan people who are making outstanding contributions to global co-operation, peace and justice. Thelma, Faith, Heather and Margareth have contributed … Continue reading Nest receives Global Citizens Award

Children offer advice to newcomer

The children at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church put their artistic talents to work and came up with “an illustrated guide” to winter for recent arrival Saw Eh Klu. Saw, a refugee from Myanmar, was sponsored through the Canadian government’s Blended Visa Office Referral Program. He arrived in Saskatoon on November 8, after spending the last 10 years in a refugee camp in Thailand. He carried … Continue reading Children offer advice to newcomer

Wisal and family settle in!

Wisal and her five children (Rama, the sleeping Ibrahim, Hashem, Mohamad and Abdelhey) enjoy time together in their new home in Saskatoon. The Syrian refugee family arrived in Saskatoon on September 18. Rama is enrolled at Mount Royal, while Hachem, Mohamad and Abdelhey attend Lester B. Pearson School. Wisal’s family has relatives in Saskatoon. Continue reading Wisal and family settle in!