Resolution Number: A253
Moved By: Bishop Gordon Light, from the Parishes of the Central Interior
Seconded By: Phillip Poole, from the Diocese of Toronto
Note: The mover and the seconder must be members of the General Synod and be present in the House when the resolution is before the synod for debate.
BE IT RESOLVED:
That this General Synod:
EXPLANATORY NOTE/BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees program was established in 1979 to allow Canadians to sponsor refugees for resettlement in Canada. Since 1979, private sponsors such as churches, other faith communities, ethnic associations and unions have sponsored over 180,000 refugees.
The following dioceses are Sponsorship Agreement Holders: Nova Scotia and P.E.I., Central Newfoundland, Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, Western Newfoundland, Fredericton, Algoma, Ottawa, Ontario, Huron, Toronto, Niagara, Rupert’s Land, Qu’Appelle, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, New Westminster, Kootenay, British Columbia.
The Canadian Council for Refugees’ First Annual Report Card on Canada’s Refugee and Immigration Programs notes that post September 11 enforcement measures by the Government of Canada targeting Muslims and Arabs have lead to an increase in prejudice, racism and xenophobia against these communities. “The conduct of Operation Thread in the summer of 2003, which led to the public labeling of 23 Pakistani and Indian men as ‘suspected terrorists’ on the basis of very flimsy evidence, is a compelling example of how Citizenship and Immigration Canada has promoted a spurious link between terrorism and Muslims and Arabs.” None of the men labeled “suspected terrorists” were formally charged and no evidence was found linking them to terrorism. All of the men were eventually released. The CCR adds that the government has done little to counter the myths and stereotypes about refugees that continue to feature strongly in Canadian public opinion.
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