The Q&A with IRCC employees was particularly energizing, as they queried us about our thoughts on family reunification policies, BVOR and PSR models of sponsorship, the relational aspects of refugee mothers' self-concepts like mastery, and much more.
Our co-panelist was the very impressive scholar and lawyer, Dr. Shauna Labman (pictured above, far right), Associate Professor in Human Rights at the Global College, University of Winnipeg, and author of the forthcoming book Crossing Law's Border: Canada's Refugee Resettlement Program with UBC Press. At the "Research Matters" event, Dr. Labman gave a stirring, critical talk titled "A Refugee is a Refugee: Resettlement and Asylum."
As part of their Knowledge Mobilization and Partnerships program, IRCC holds "Research Matters" events like the one held in honour of World Refugee Day at their Ottawa headquarters and the presentations are also telecast to staff posted at regional bureaus (from the invitation): Research Matters is an event series organized by Research and Evaluation where experts and scholars from different fields and from a variety of institutions present their research results. The events are designed to inform IRCC employees, stakeholders, other government departments, and interested parties about recently completed, policy relevant research from government, academia and NGO sources.
Our warmest thanks to IRCC's Mete Pamir and Lorna Jantzen, Director of Research and Evaluation (pictured above, second from the left), for the opportunity to meet and dialogue directly with the Ministry in Ottawa.