Kneehill County, the Town of Trochu, and Community Volunteers have been working with the Rural Development Network over the past year to review the newcomer ecosystem in the region and develop community-specific training as part of the Community Capacity Project.
As a result of that work, the Rural Development Network and ASSIST Community Services Centre are hosting an online webinar series to train service providers, community members and organizations in building their capacity to support newcomers in the community or workplace. The goal of this training is to promote the attraction and retention of newcomers in rural Alberta communities.
In these training webinars, participants will learn about the fundamental differences between integration and settlement, understand some of the key needs of newcomers in rural communities, learn about culture shock, hear stories of newcomers with lived experience, and learn about the Canadian Immigration System. This webinar will provide greater knowledge and understanding about the journey of newcomers to rural communities, and some of the barriers that service providers experience in welcoming newcomers.
This FREE training will be offered to organizations in Hinton, Kneehill County (and area), Sylvan Lake, and Wainwright.
Webinar 1 - Understanding the Newcomer Experience in Rural Alberta
Webinar 2 - Anti-Discrimination and Barriers to Access
Webinar 3 - Intercultural Competence and Power Dynamics & Equity, Diversity in the Workplace
Webinar 4 - Welcoming and Inclusive Communities
Participants are encouraged to register for all four webinars, however are welcome to attend individual sessions as desired. There will be two different time slots available for each training.
*It is highly recommended that participants start with the first webinar to familiarize themselves with the foundation and key concepts seen throughout the training.
Registration for the first webinar is limited and will be open until February 21st, 2022. After registration, participants will be provided with more information, including a pre-training survey and participatory workbook.
To register for this training, please click here.
Any questions you may have regarding the project can be directed to Jacqueline at Kneehill County (403-443-5541) or Soheila at the Rural Development Network (780-964-2736)