I was surprised to find out that there is no formal program in place to assist refugees to get their life in Canada started. I like that Matthew House and the Salvation Army church were able to provide a community for Sallieu and Joyce, respectively. However, I have always taken pride in Canada being a welcoming land for all, so I am a little disappointed that there isn’t more done to help refugees other than $630/month welfare (which is barely enough money to live). Even a bit of start-up money (say $1000-$2000) to help get started would be very helpful. Sallieu shouldn’t have to eat butter sandwiches, and it shouldn’t take Joyce an entire summer to save $550 to apply for permanent residency. That being said, I was very happy with the level of freedom they both felt in Canada, even comparing it to Heaven.
As a teacher who would like to work in urban school, I think it was very important to watch this documentary. I will likely be teaching students who are refugees, so it was good to familiarize myself with the experience that they go through. It also brought to my attention the fact that some of these students may be all alone, and so I may have to differentiate workloads based on this.