Refugee claimants face “harrowing journeys to Canada.” Among the most afflicted are those who escape their home countries to avoid gender-based persecution. To get to Canada, these resilient women and men, boys and girls must deal with threats and trauma, often gender-based. And when they reach Canada, their legal status is often uncertain.
Peter Noteboom is General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches.
Canadian churches are deeply engaged with refugees. Many congregations sponsor refugees, supporting them before and after they arrive. Many advocate for the just treatment of refugees. Canadian churches do this because such acts are an integral part of their faith story.
Early in its life, The Canadian Council of Churches assisted refugee…