Immigration Research West (IRW), is a new research group that has received four years of funding through two contribution agreements from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The purpose of IRW is to enhance research capacity of faculty and students and to work with service providers and government offices to enhance our knowledge of the settlement experiences and outcomes of newcomers to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories. Research activities undertaken by IRW focus on citizenship, immigration, settlement and cohesion between immigrants and Canadians who have settled in the west and north of Canada. Formerly named the Western Consortium for Integration, Citizenship and Social Cohesion (WCICC), IRW was initially housed at Faculté Saint-Jean at the University of Alberta under the direction of Dr. Marc Arnal. Upon Dr. Arnal’s retirement, the office of IRW was moved to the University of Manitoba and is currently under the direction of Dr. Lori Wilkinson.
In its first year the following three major activities were completed:
We have started work on some projects already, but welcome additional affiliates to work with us. The funding we have received is directed at several pre-defined research projects and activities, which currently include:
We are now reaching out to you to join us in this exciting endeavour. We are currently accepting applications of affiliation for community service providers, government agencies (municipal, provincial and federal) and academics (researchers, professors and graduate students).
Photographs courtesy of
Library and Archives Canada
Arrival of the SS Berlin at Pier 21 April 20, 1957
Dutch Immigrants with Luggage Quebec 1947
English Immigrants at Quebec 1908