ISANS Award 2022 Winner

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce Learn English Nova Scotia (LENS) as the recipient of this year’s ISANS Award. The ISANS Award recognizes an individual, community group, business or employer who has demonstrated exceptional and innovative efforts in welcoming immigrants to Nova Scotia and in assisting them to integrate successfully into…

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ISANS Participates in Global Forum at United Nations Headquarters in NYC

ISANS Strategic Initiatives Advisor, Nabiha Atallah, with Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser From May 17-20, ISANS had the honour of participating in the United Nations International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) at UN headquarters in New York City to review the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM). The GCM is the…

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Pathways to Purpose – ISANS Annual Report 2020/2021

If there’s one thing we have learned this past year – a year of overwhelming challenge, social upheaval, and collective uncertainty – it’s that living our values of diversity, inclusion, respect, collaboration, innovation, and accountability will guide us through.

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Celebrating Irish Heritage

If you are a newcomer in Nova Scotia, you may be wondering why so many people are wearing green today. March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day, which started in the 1600s when the Vatican recognized it as a Saint’s day. What started as a Christian (primarily Catholic) holiday became a bigger celebration of Irish culture.…

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ISANS Celebrates African Heritage Month

As ISANS works to help immigrants settle in Nova Scotia, our goal is to share information with our clients and partners about the diverse communities that exist and thrive across this province. As part of that effort, we have launched a new micro-site that is dedicated to the vital legacy of African Nova Scotians and…

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Recover Better – Human Rights Day 2020

The United Nations’ theme for Human Rights Day 2020 is Recover Better, emphasizing the need for prioritizing human rights and addressing inequalities in our society as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. From the United Nations website: “The COVID-19 crisis has been fuelled by deepening poverty, rising inequalities, structural and entrenched discrimination and other…

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Brighten Someone’s Day on World Hello Day

November 21 is World Hello Day – a day to consider the importance of simple communications in our lives and our communities. It started in 1973 in response to the Arab-Israeli War, with the intention to remind us that conflict can and should be resolved through communicating with one another, rather than resorting to violence.…

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Working Toward a More Tolerant World

The International Day for Tolerance has been observed on November 16 since it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1996. It is an annual reminder for us to strengthen tolerance in our society “by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples” (UN). The United Nations also states that in 2020, it “is…

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Creating Welcoming Communities on World Kindness Day

“Céad míle fáilte” is a Gaelic expression frequently found in Cape Breton. It’s a popular greeting that means a hundred thousand welcomes! Today is World Kindness Day – an initiative that was started by humanitarian groups in 1997, with a “pledge to join together to build a kinder and more compassionate world” (Days of the…

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Appreciating Freedom

November 9 is World Freedom Day – an observance created in commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall on this day in 1989. “If you don’t know what it means to be afraid to voice your opinion, then you can consider yourself very lucky to live in a place where liberty is a priority…

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