Newcomer Welcoming Week

Huron County Immigration Partnership, in collaboration with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and other Immigration Partnerships across Canada, are celebrating Welcoming Week in September. For Huron County, Welcoming Week is about inspiring people to think about what we can do to ensure everyone–including newcomers and immigrants–thrives and feels welcomed. During Welcoming Week 2021, September 10-19, we affirm the importance of the values that unite us as neighbours, friends, and colleagues, regardless of where we come from.

Celebrate with Huron County Economic Development!

Message from
Huron County Warden Glen McNeil

Newcomer Welcoming Week Events

International Welcoming Week Kickoff Livestream

Thursday, September 9th
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Watch the international kickoff event hosted by Iranian actor/comedian Peter Banifaz! The kickoff will feature stories, messages, and performances by Jackie Cox, Cary Morin, the Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir!

Watch the kickoff event livestreamed on Facebook or YouTube!

Huron County Museum's Welcoming Scavenger Hunt

Friday, September 10th

Join the Museum with the limited time Welcoming cavenger Hunt throughout Welcoming Week!  Winners will recieve Take and Make Craft Kits!

For more information, click here.

Children’s Author Book Reading from Marswa Blossom Yarmeto

Monday, September 13th
10: 30 AM – 11:00 AM

Marswa Blosson Yarmeto offers a wonderful author talk regarding her book, Black, Brown or White We All Feel!

Register to attend this author book reading here!

Youth GAB Session

Tuesday, September 14th
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

The Newcomer Youth Gab is for newcomer youth who are in grades 8 – 12 and are looking to connect with friends and their community.  Youth will learn about community programs, practice their English-speaking skills while making new friends, building connections while having fun!

Register for the Youth GAB Session here

Adult Author Book Reading with Ann Hui

Thursday, September 16th
7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Join us as the wonderful Ann Hui presents an adult author talk on her book, Chop Suey Nation!

Register to attend this author book reading here!

Creating More Welcoming Spaces for Newcomers

Saturday, September 18th
3:30 – 4:30 PM

Lanark-Renfrew was joined by Yasir Naqvi, former Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Canadian Citizenship and former Attorney General of Ontario to discuss how rural communities can address systemic/historical racism to create more welcoming spaces for newcomers.

Watch the video here.

Community Conversations

Conversations about Welcoming Communities with Gemma Mendez-Smith

Conversations about Welcoming Communities with Nev Ibrahim

Conversations about Valuing Diversity with John Grace and Leanne Kavanaugh

In the News: Welcoming Newcomers in Rural Areas

"Nearly 40,000 immigrants welcomed by Canada in July 2021"

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"92% of newcomers in Canada agreed that their community was welcoming"

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"Canada calls election, commits to resettling 20,000 more Afghan refugees"

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"How rural communities can address racism and create welcoming spaces for newcomers"

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"Newcomers to Canada find more ‘kindness and generosity’ in smaller towns"

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"Feds to create new system to help process immigration applications more quickly"

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Citizenship Ceremony

We all have the power to welcome newcomers into our communities.

Join us this #WelcomingWeek2021 by watching this special citizenship ceremony, the first to feature the newest citizenship oath, which honours Indigenous peoples.

10 Ways to Welcome a Newcomer to Your Community

  1. Ask questions and listen to others.
  2. Diversify your news sources.
  3. Volunteer to become a newcomer host in your community.
  4. Support a small business run by a newcomer.
  5. Attend a diversity workshop or a training on inter-cultural awareness.
  6. Bring a small gift of homemade food to the home of a newcomer and introduce yourself.
  7. Attend a cultural activity or event.
  8. Donate to an immigrant settlement agency.
  9. Form a refugee sponsorship group.
  10. Be willing and interested in incorporating new things into your community to create a welcoming, all inclusive community for everyone!

How Can We Help?

Huron County Immigration Partnership is always excited to support newcomers to Huron County. Let us know how we can help!

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57 Napier Street,
Goderich, ON
N7A 1W2


+1 (519) 524-8394 ext.6