Ernest (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

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  Born in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis | Ernest’s mother emigrated to the United Kingdom to seek better opportunities both for herself and her kids, and at the age of thirteen, Ernest followed. While living there he visited his sister in Canada and fell in love with this country. Then, at the age of…

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Bahzad (Kurdistan)

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  Born in Saqez, Kurdistan (Iran) | Bahzad identifies as Kurdish. The Kurds are the largest ethnic minority in the world without a recognized state. Kurdistan is divided between Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey – and the Kurds have faced centuries of political, social, cultural and ethnic oppression. In Iran, studying Kurdish is prohibited, Bahzad explains,…

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Mohamed (Algeria)

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Born in Algiers, Algeria | When Mohamed was ten years old the Algerian military interrupted the first democratic elections to be held in the country, igniting a civil war that would last a decade. Over 100,000 people lost their lives, and Mohamed would be a witness to great suffering and violence. Seven years after the end of the civil war, and…

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Alina (Luxembourg)

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  Born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg | Alina’s family, originally from Pakistan, relocated to Luxembourg due to her father’s career in private banking. She was born in Luxembourg, and when she was six and her family moved to Bahrain, and then eventually to the UAE. There she would grow up being told that “the world…

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Mamadou (Mali)

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  Born in Bamako, Mali | After graduating from high school in Bamako, Mamadou came to Toronto to obtain his Bachelor of Commerce in International Business at Humber School of Business. “Toronto is a multicultural city where no one in the world can feel lost.” It is for this reason that he plans on staying…

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Abdel (Chad)

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  Born in N’Djamena, Chad | Shortly after Abdel was born his parents started looking for a place where the future would be brighter for their family. After conversations with friends, his parents decided that Toronto was the best option for their new home. The city became the place where Abdel spent his childhood and…

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Emile (First Nations)

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  Born in St. Jean Sur Richelieu, Quebec | Prior to moving to Toronto a little over a decade ago, Emile resided in Whitesand First Nation, located a few hours north of Thunder Bay. After living there for a number of years, he felt the need to start anew and begin a journey of self-reflection…

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Salé (Mozambique)

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  Born in Maputo, Mozambique | In 2006, with the help of an organization for artists called Shakespeare Link Canada, Salé came to Toronto to participate in the XVI International AIDS conference. This same organization in 2009 helped him obtain a scholarship with Ballet Creole and this is how he finally ended up in Toronto.  Today…

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Farabi (Brunei Darussalam)

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  Born in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam | Two years before his birth, Farabi’s family moved from Bangladesh to Brunei Darussalam. He spent his childhood there and when he was sixteen, his father who was the CEO of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, applied for and was granted Canadian Citizenship for the family. Upon arriving…

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Yussuf (Benin)

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  Born in Cotonou, Benin | Yussuf left his country of birth at an early age. His family moved from Benin to Ghana because his father, a businessman, was, and still is, working there.  Yussuf decided to attend school in Canada, first in Hamilton in 2008, then at Toronto’s York University in 2010 to study…

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Astrit (Kosovo)

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  Born in Prishtina, Kosovo | Like thousands of others, Astrit and his family fled Kosovo after the war. It was 1999 and he was only eighteen. They found safety and refuge in Canada, a country that accepted over 5,000 refugees from his nation. It was that remembrance, of the Canadian people welcoming thousands of…

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Jean-Christophe (Togo)

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  Born in Lomé, Togo | Jean-Christophe’s family moved from Togo to Ethiopia, as his father had a job there with the African Union. In the summer of 2009 Jean-Christophe came to Toronto for his brother’s wedding. He says he noticed right away how the customs officers in Canada treated him just like any other…

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Khalaf (Somalia)

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  Born in Mogadishu, Somalia | In 1992, when many Somalis were leaving due to the ethnic cleansing and tribal warfare that was taking place, Khalaf’s family came to Canada as refugees. Khalaf was only three years old and had four siblings. His mother didn’t adapt well to the big city so she decided to…

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Pere (Andorra)

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  Born in Arans, Andorra | When Pere was eighteen he moved from Andorra to France and lived there for the next  ten years. It was in the city of Paris, fourteen years ago, where he met his wife Laurie who is from Sharon, Ontario. Together they moved to Andorra, but their vacation time was…

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Wil (Swaziland)

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  Born in Manzini, Swaziland | Wil’s family had a very good life in Swaziland. Still, his parents thought Canada could provide better opportunities for the children, and so at three years of age, Wil and his family came to Toronto. Throughout his life Wil has continued to travel and has had the privilege of…

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