Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 18 to 90
- Grade: 13 to 17
Millions of people are displaced each year by war, persecution, and famine and the global refugee population continues to grow. Canada has often been regarded as a benevolent country, welcoming refugees from around the globe. However, refugees have encountered varying kinds of reception in Canada. Finding Refuge in Canada: Narratives of Dislocation is a collection of personal narratives about the refugee experience in Canada. It includes critical perspectives from authors from diverse backgrounds, including refugees, advocates, front-line workers, private sponsors, and civil servants.
The narratives collected here confront dominant public discourse about refugee identities and histories and provide deep insight into the social, political, and cultural challenges and opportunities that refugees experience in Canada. Contributors consider Canada’s response to various groups of refugees and how Canadian perspectives on war, conflict, and peace are constructed through the refugee support experience. These individual stories humanize the global refugee crisis and challenge readers to reflect on the transformative potential of more equitable policies and processes.
Contributions by Howard Adelman, Irene Boisier Policzer, Shelley Campagnola, Matida Daffeh, Eusebio Garcia, Julia Holland, Bill Janzen, Katharine Lake Berz, Michael Molloy, Adam Policzer, Pablo Policzer, Victor Porter, Boban Stojanovic, Cyrus Sundar Singh, and Flora Terah.
About the authors
George Melnyk is an associate professor of Canadian studies and film studies in the Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary. He is a cultural historian who specializes in Canadian cinema. Among his film publications are One Hundred Years of Canadian Cinema (2004) and Great Canadian Film Directors (2007). Most recently he has published The Young, the Restless, and the Dead: Interviews with Canadian Filmmakers (2008) in the Film and Media Studies series at WLU Press.
Christina Parker is an assistant professor in Social Development Studies at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo. She specializes in critical ethnographic and mixed methods research in diverse schools and communities and is the author of Peacebuilding, Citizenship, and Identity: Empowering Conflict and Dialogue in Multicultural Classrooms (Sense|Brill, 2016).
Other titles by George Melnyk
We are One
Poems from the Pandemic
The North End Revisited
Photographs by John Paskievich
Building on a Literary Identity
First Person Plural
Film and the City
The Urban Imaginary in Canadian Cinema
Art of University Teaching
The Gendered Screen
Canadian Women Filmmakers
The Young, the Restless, and the Dead
Interviews with Canadian Filmmakers
Essays on Alberta Literature