‘I am back to square one’: How COVID-19 impacted recently resettled Yazidi and Syrian refugees

Leah Hamilton, Mount Royal University and Pallavi Banerjee, University of Calgary The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and exacerbated existing challenges and vulnerabilities across Canada’s immigration system. It has placed an uneven burden on refugees, including temporary halts on Canada’s resettlement efforts and has increased their risk of COVID-19 infection. Beyond higher infection rates, how did lockdowns, school closures and the economic downturn impact refugees who … Continue reading ‘I am back to square one’: How COVID-19 impacted recently resettled Yazidi and Syrian refugees

Masking in schools: A doctor and COVID-19 researcher explains how it keeps children safe

Julian Daniel Sunday Willett, McGill University https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/masking-in-schools–a-doctor-and-covid-19-researcher-explains-how-it-keeps-children-safe My time as a medical student showed me that one of the most challenging things a parent can face is a sick child, whether the illness is from dehydration, appendicitis or cancer. The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to childhood hospitalizations. Fortunately, the COVID vaccine offers significant protection. Unvaccinated adolescents were 10 times more likely to be hospitalized … Continue reading Masking in schools: A doctor and COVID-19 researcher explains how it keeps children safe

Barriers to Mental Health Care for Asian Americans—and Solutions

BY GRACE GALLETTI Content warning: mention of suicidal ideation. Growing up, Tony remembers feeling like an orphan, even though he had two parents. Wherever he went, even with his own family, he felt like he didn’t fit in. Tony, who did not want his last name included because of stigma around mental illness, immigrated from China to the Bay Area 40 years ago. At age 12, … Continue reading Barriers to Mental Health Care for Asian Americans—and Solutions

Healing Generational Trauma

For Black and Indigenous communities, it takes more than therapy and medicine to tackle mental illness. We need a holistic approach. The ways of our ancestors are buried deep in our consciousness, emerging unwittingly and at random. We see our elders perform them in subversive ways, such as grandmothers entering a meditative state in the middle of the day by “resting their eyes,” or expressing that … Continue reading Healing Generational Trauma

Pneumoconiosis families: how do NGOs employ economic approaches to empower caregivers?

“She has been a mother and a father at the same time, and her life has been too hard,” said Ma Xiaolan, the eldest daughter of Malabiye. Malabiye, who never attended school, married Ma Xuewen, who suffered from pneumoconiosis, at the age of 18, and they raised four children together. In 2011, Ma’s conditioned deteriorated rapidly, and he passed away soon after. Since then, Malabiye … Continue reading Pneumoconiosis families: how do NGOs employ economic approaches to empower caregivers?