In January 2017, a cross-sectoral meeting was held in Winnipeg to develop a coordinated response to the arrival of increasing numbers of Refugee Claimants to Manitoba. While working to address the basic
housing, transportation and settlement needs of these newcomers, there was recognition that a negative public narrative had emerged that was driven by misinformation and misunderstanding.
To respond to this, a number of individuals volunteered to be part of a group focused on public education activities; they became the Refugee Claimant Public Education Working Group (Winnipeg).
To assist their efforts, the Working Group developed this resource as a way to engage people directly, while helping to address common myths and misconceptions about Refugee Claimants. It is hoped that these materials will be useful to Manitobans seeking to build welcoming communities for all.