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African Christian Churches. Integration and Adaptation of African Newcomers. a. Alberta: immigrants (census 2006). 5,4 % (28 525 ) of the 527 030 immigrants, are francophones. Source : Stat. Canada, Census 2006, Product no 97-557-XCB2006021 au catalogue de Statistique Canada.

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African christian churches

African Christian Churches

Integration and Adaptation

of African Newcomers


A alberta immigrants census 2006

a. Alberta: immigrants (census 2006)

  • 5,4 % (28 525 ) of the 527 030 immigrants, are francophones.

  • Source : Stat. Canada, Census 2006, Product no 97-557-XCB2006021 au catalogue de Statistique Canada.


B alberta francophone immigrants by country of origin 2001 2006

b. Alberta: Francophone immigrants by country of origin , 2001-2006.

Source: stat. Can, Census 2006, produit 97-557 XCB 2006007, Stat. Can cat.


C where do they live

c. Where do they live?

Source: Stat. Can, Census 2006, produit 97-557-XCB200-6021, Stat. Can. Cat.


2 partners in settlement process

2. Partners in settlement process

  • a. The subsidized francophone organizations

  • b. Associations organized by country of origin

  • c. Churches


A francophone institutions in the community

a. Francophone institutions in the community

  • Lack of resources to take up new challenges related to

  • Cultural barrier:

    - a cultural identity

    - Minority thinking

  • Lack of competence to work with newcomers

  • Difficulty to build networks with francophone newcomers


B responses from immigrants

b. Responses from Immigrants

  • a. Associations by countries of origins


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b. Churches

  • Religious groups fill in the gap left by the government and francophone organizations;

  • Attempts for newcomers to solve their own challenges;


B churches

b. Churches…


C churches

c. Churches


African christian churches

Remarks:

  • Even though, the names are in English the main language spoken is French

  • The numbers presented in this PowerPoint are estimate given by the leaders of these churches.


Characteristics

Characteristics

  • They are principal support of the majority of African newcomers settled in Edmonton

  • Positive social changes: welcoming of newcomers, housing etc.

  • They are deeply rooted by their African values

  • Leadership is somewhat familiar with the Canadian culture;

  • Monoethnic;


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A

  • 1. Family, friends

  • 2.Churches,

    3. Country associations

right and wrong information

B

Public institutions,

Schools etc.

Right informations ?


D a survey

d. A Survey

  • 68.1 % of the response thought Francophone immigrant churches should be more involved in the social integration of their members in Alberta:

    • Connect the welcoming communities to the immigrants

    • networking;

    • Eliminate isolation;

    • Share experiences;

How are Church actions and initiatives bound to emerging Canadian values?


Challenges

Challenges

  • Strengthening of traditional African values: (same sex marriage…)

    - Management problems

  • Leaders are newcomers


Final remarks

Final remarks

Contemporary society:

  • Tendency « to ignore religion until some religious group or individual behaves well rather badly »;

  • Religion is an important factor in the settlement process of african immigrants.


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