Using Your Voice On Social Media
Having a keyboard and the internet can be your greatest tool as an advocate and a friend to refugees! Despite having good hearts and good intentions, sometimes our friends and family share false information online. You can make a big difference by being an armchair advocate for your refugee neighbours. Once you are equipped with the right information, you have the opportunity to inspire, educate, and meaningfully participate in conversations about refugees.
We encourage you to use the information you find on this site to reply to misinformed comments, post thoughtful status updates, and discuss opinions respectfully.
It helps to use respectful, neutral language in discussions online, especially if it becomes a passionate debate. Keep your words simple, stay calm, and reference credible data to support your statements. Express your compassion for others by informing others without commenting on a person’s character. Use these messaging guidelines for inspiration, and share any resource from this site freely.
Smart Responses to Common Refugee Myths
Not everyone has a way with words. Check out these responses to five of the most common anti-refugee statements.
Hashtags To Follow
- #cdnimm (general immigration, not refugee-specific)
Exploring Facts, Fears and Impacts About Refugee Claimants in Manitoba. A resource for engaging in meaningful dialogue, prepared by the Refugee Claimant Public Education Working Group (Winnipeg).
Canadian Council for Refugees
CCR is a non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection, and settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. They have produced the brochure: Facing Facts: Myths and Misconceptions About Refugees and Immigrants in Canada.
Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers serves as an informed national voice on refugee law and human rights. They have debunked 13 myths surrounding refugees and asylum seekers in order to set the record straight: Challenging The Myths: The Truth About Canadian Refugee Law.
Responding to Online Hate Guide
This guide produced by the Media Awareness Network offers information on how to report online hate to police, host websites, and highlights services available to victims who encounter hateful materials online.
Anti-Racism Resource Centre
The impetus for Anti-Racism Resource Centre came from a series of racially-motivated attacks on Asian-Canadian anglers in southern and central Ontario in the summer of 2007. This site serves as a resource hub for educators, employers, students, youth, and anyone looking for info on race, anti-racism, and anti-discrimination.
Canadian Race Relations Foundation
Since its establishment in 1997, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation has catalogued more than 4,000 resources related to race relations, the promotion of Canadian identity, belonging and the mutuality of citizenship rights and responsibilities.
Glossary of Immigration Terms
The settlement and integration sector uses many sector-specific terms and acronyms.