GFM Network News


Enez Naso (l) and Koulan Fendi were among the group practising farm skills from their native Iraq.

Sharing more than a plot of land

A Manitoba project yields some food for recent immigrants, but also helps them connect with their roots and their new community

Canadian farmers have a reputation for being willing to lend a hand to those in need, whether it’s a neighbouring farmer or someone halfway around the world. One Manitoba farm family recently provided ample evidence of that willingness by allowing some recent immigrants to practise their potato-growing skills from their homeland. Brothers Ross and Roy

The group (nine of the ten women) was drawn together to make the quilts.

Project brings communities together

The group planned to make a quilt for each of two refugee families now in Portage la Prairie

Arabic music played in the background as a group of 10 leaned over sewing machines and cutting-and-piecing tables in the upper room of the MacGregor United Church. Outside it was a lovely spring day, but inside seven women and three teenaged girls were hard at work on a quilting project that had brought together several


Volunteers across Manitoba have worked very hard in 2016 to organize sponsorships and bring families to live in their smaller towns and cities.

RDI study examines small-town capacity to settle newcomers

Language barriers and transportation are some of the common challenges for refugees 
settling in rural Manitoba, says five-region study by Rural Development Institute

While anti-outsider sentiment seems to have intensified around the world, small groups in rural Manitoba have been eagerly opening their doors to newcomers. Just under 100 Syrians now make their home in small towns and cities outside Winnipeg, thanks to work by volunteer groups and their offers of housing, furnishings, food, transportation, help finding jobs,

Ray Loewen and Annie Doerksen carry a donation into a former furniture store being used as a depot for household goods for Syrian refugees who will settle in Altona.

Small towns with a big heart

In a spirit of giving that extends far beyond the season, rural Manitoba is rolling out the welcome mat for refugees

As the Daas family makes their way down the escalator at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport, you’d be forgiven for thinking that rock stars or a reality TV clan had entered the building. Television crews jockey with kids holding handmade signs, while well-wishers and volunteers push in to hand bouquets of flowers and gifts to