Saturday January 25, 2020 at the Auditorium of the Campus St-Jean of the University of Alberta
INTERCULTURAL CARREFOUR organized by the Francophonie Albertaine Plurielle – FRAP, to whom we say thank you for having associated AJFAS to this important meeting.
Theme: Values of Newcomers facing Canadian Values
With as panelists:
– Oury Barry (President of the Guinean Community of Edmonton)
– Kazir Coulibaly (President of the Ivorian-Canadian Community of Edmonton)
– Ridha ATIOUI (from Job Access)
– Luketa M’PINDOU (Director General of AJFAS)
– Mrs. Marie-Josée VERRET (from CSCN)
Luketa M’Pindou: “We live here in a country of law and its values. Not everything is allowed. In Africa for example, you can afford to correct your child. This is called discipline. By cons here, this is considered corporal punishment; therefore abuse of a minor (Art. 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada which prohibits the use of force).
Such situations can lead to prison or outright withdrawal of the child and placement in a foster family.
This causes a real culture shock for many immigrants who come to settle here in Canada, especially those from Africa. “