Regina Region Local Immigration Partnership (RRLIP)
RODS successfully obtained funding in collaboration with the Regina Regional Intersectoral Committee (RRIC) from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to create the Regina Region Local Immigration Partnership (RRLIP).
The Regina Region Local Immigration Partnership (RRLIP) is a community initiative designed to improve the integration of newcomers, guided by the vision of Regina as a welcoming, inclusive community where immigrants fully benefit from and contribute to the social, cultural and economic fabric of the city.
Staffed in September 2014, the RRLIP has connected with organizations, hosted numerous community forums and completed a high-level scan to identify community resources, gaps, and priorities for successful newcomer adaptation and integration.
A website was launched and is regularly updated with links, events, and pertinent information. Newsletters have been developed and distributed, to inform the community of the RRLIP’s work and community resources.
The RRLIP is directed by a multi-sector Partnership Council. The first Council meeting, held in November 2015, coincided with the Syrian Refugee initiative. The RRLIP is working collaboratively to support the Regina Open Door Society and the community in a coordinated response to the resettlement and integration of the Syrian refugees. The RRLIP, in partnership with the City of Regina, the Islamic Association, Red Cross, and the Regina Fire Department, formed a core committee - the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC). The EOC brought together key organizations, agencies and individuals in a working group format, to respond through a coordinated, welcoming community approach. Anticipating a large number of refugees arriving in a short time-span, the community has become more aware of the Syrian crisis - resulting in many wanting to assist not only the Syrians, but any refugees and showing a desire to engage in the settlement process.
The EOC has established working groups: Housing, Communications, Donation Management, Volunteer Management and Translation. Sample working group outputs include: a Welcome to Regina Package translated into Arabic; donation- sorting events (approximately 31000 pounds of clothing, plus housewares); the development of a Welcome to Regina sign soon to be installed at the Regina Airport (10 different languages); and the development of coordinated communications that provide accurate and updated information.
The overall goal of the project is to create a more welcoming, inclusive community where newcomers thrive.
The RRLIP would like to thank its partners; Regina Regional Intersectoral Committee (RRIC), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Regina Open Door Society (RODS).
For more information about RRLIP and the forum, please visit website at www.rrlip.ca or contact them at .