Building the New West, March 8-10 2013
From March 8-10, 2013, Mount Royal University hosted the first meeting of The Western Consortium on Integration, Citizenship and Cohesion (WCICC). With the support of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Mount Royal University, the Calgary Public Library and the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies, the WCICC conference brought together community organizations, researchers, graduate students and policy makers to take stock of settlement and integration programming and outcomes across western Canada and to map out directions to guide settlement and integration in the future. The conference focused on settlement and integration outcomes; on different societal actors that are becoming involved in settlement and integration; different contexts in which newcomers are increasingly settling; and best practices and challenges that need to be overcome. Over sixty per cent of the participants came from the not-for-profit sector.
Overall, participants were thrilled with the conference and look forward to participating in WCICC in the future. At Mount Royal, this includes Mary-Lee Mulholland and Irene Shankar from the Faculty of Arts and Leah Hamilton and Mohammed El Hazzouri from Bissett School of Business.