Keynote: Part of Ethics, Rights, Culture and Humanization of Refugees Transdisciplinary Workshop

Friday, February 7
12:00 - 1:00 pm
The Research Innovation Space in Education (RISE),
Education Centre North 2-111


Immigrants and Housing in Canada

Dr. Daniel Hiebert,
Professor, Dept. of Geography,
University of British Columbia
Sponsored by the Affordable Housing Solutions Lab, Faculty of Science

Two narratives circulate in Canada about the place of immigrants in urban housing markets. On the one hand, immigrants are accused of bidding up the price of housing to the point where it has become out of reach for young Canadians and those with modest incomes, especially in Toronto and Vancouver. But, on the other, immigrants are seen as failing in a labour market that ignores their potential contribution and are, therefore, unable to afford adequate housing. Of course, the composition of the immigrant population in Canada is highly varied, and these narratives are best seen as complementary rather than contradictory. In fact, immigrants are active in virtually all segments of Canadian urban housing markets, from subsidized rental units through to affluent inner-city condominiums and upscale, sprawling suburban detached homes. Dr. Hiebert uses data drawn from the 2016 Canadian census to explore these patterns, focusing on Canada's six largest cities. He argues that while a significant fraction of the immigrant population struggles to afford housing, for the most part, the housing market is a crucial entry point for immigrants to achieve economic integration in Canada.

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    Daniel Hiebert is a Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia who specializes in issues of public policy. Daniel's personal research interests focus on immigration policy, the integration of newcomers into the housing and labour markets of Canadian cities, and the consequences of the growing 'super-diversity' of Canadian society. This work routinely takes a collaborative approach, working with partners in government and non-government organizations.

    In 2003-13, Daniel served as Co-Director of Metropolis British Columbia, a Centre of Excellence fostering research on immigration and cultural diversity in Canada, which was also dedicated to building a sense of community among academics, government officials, and practitioners from the non-profit sector. Daniel has participated in a number of public advisory roles. He served as a Co-Chair of the City of Vancouver Mayor's Working Group on Immigration (until 2017) and is currently a member of the Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada's Advisory Council. Daniel is also engaged in international collaborative projects on migration and diversity policies with scholars in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, and Sweden. In 2009-10, he was the Willy Brandt Guest Professor of Migration Studies at the University of Malmö (Sweden).


Current Currents in the Story of Two Rivers: Part II Film Screening of God’s River and Q & A with the Filmmakers

2:00 - 3:30 pm
Telus Centre 134

Filmmakers:  Gabriela Bulisova and Mark Isaac
Moderators: Dr. Vita Yakovlyeva, researcher; and Dr. Jessica Zychowicz, Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies

Sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies


God's River
(2018) is about eco-activism in the local communities along the Southern Bug River, the longest river entirely within Ukraine, measuring 774 km. The documentary takes place not far from the river's delta near the city of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, where managers of a Soviet-era nuclear reactor are concerned that climate change is reducing their access to cooling water. They seek to raise water levels behind a reservoir, flooding a sacred and historic island and further damaging the environmental health of the River. Challenges unfold through interviews with power company executives, nuclear experts, environmentalists, veterans, and community members who depend on the river and its surroundings for sustenance, recreation and cultural identification. There will be a Q & A after the screening with the filmmakers who in the course of making the film also created a photographic series about the more than 130 different ethnic cultures that live in this region.
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    Gabriela Bulisova, Filmmaker
    Gabriela's work focuses on underreported and overlooked stories affecting marginalized populations around the world and in the United States. She has received numerous recognitions for her projects, including the 2013 Sondheim Prize, the Open Society Institute’s Moving Walls, and the CANON “Explorer of Light” award. She was a graduate fellow at the National Graduate Photography Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY. In 2005, Gabriela was awarded a MFA degree in Photography and Digital Imaging from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has taught photojournalism at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, DC. Her recent work has focused on issues of climate change in the waterways of Southern Ukraine, and on Lake Baikal in Irkutsk, Russia. She is currently based in Bratislava, Slovakia.  Read more 
    Mark Isaac, Filmmaker
    Mark's fine art work focuses on our deep immersion in electronic media and our capacity for positive change in the contemporary moment. His documentary work, accomplished in collaboration with Gabriela Bulisova, focuses on critical social issues such as the impact of incarceration, the health of our waterways, and an exploration of village life. Isaac was awarded a MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and he also studied extensively at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and the Smithsonian Institution. In 2017-18, Isaac worked in Ukraine as the recipient of a Fulbright grant. He was a semi-finalist for the Sondheim award in 2012 and was named a promising local photographer by FotoDC. His photography and video have been exhibited in galleries in the United States and abroad, featured in photo and documentary festivals, and screened at conferences.  Read more

    Dr. Vita Yakovlyeva earned her PhD in Social Theory and Cultural Studies in 2016 from UAlberta. Parts of her doctoral research, “Childhood after Chernobyl: A Social History of Childhood in Ukraine, 1986-1996,” have been published in English, Ukrainian, and Polish. Read more

    Dr. Jessica Zychowicz holds the Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program at the UAlberta Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. She was recently a US Fulbright Scholar (2017-18) in Area Studies based at Kyiv-Mohyla University where she conducted research for her second book, and taught in the sociology department, one of the only departments in all of Ukraine today that has instituted the teaching of gender studies as a subject. Her first book, Superfluous Women: Feminism, Art, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine, is available on University of Toronto Press June 2020. Read more