When Felix and Claudette landed here with their family last week they became permanent residents of Canada, which means they are no longer refugees! According to the 1951 Refugee Convention a refugee is “someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.”
This journey to Canada is an opportunity for their family to rebuild what has been lost. To have a place to belong, put down roots and find security again. What a blessing to be able to come alongside of them and welcome them into our community and city.
Thank you everyone for your overwhelming response of love and generosity donating new and used items to set up their home! It is such a blessing to them, and the resettlement team as we welcome them.
Here are some photos of their first few moments after they landed in Saskatoon! How amazing to have all the fresh white snow and a warmer winter weekend for them to arrive in! Continue to pray for them in these first weeks for good health, rest and transition to new things.