Parsing and decolonizing the mediation 
of Canadian immigration narratives

This paper is a response to an article that appeared in the Tyee [link:]. Below is a link to download the PDF file.


The Tyee, an independent online magazine out of Vancouver, BC, published an article entitled “Undone: A Newcomer’s Story”, about a “refugee” who ended up committing suicide:

The publisher, David Beers, asked if I would be interested in addressing the following concerns about the story, stated as follows:

We are reaching out to you and others who have expertise and influence in order to publish a follow-up piece. We ask for your responses and ideas for how to improve support for newly arrived refugees, particularly those from the LGBTQ community who may be from conservative religious backgrounds. We aim to publish this piece on August 2. Any thought or ideas you might be willing to share for publication would be very much appreciated. Among the questions that come to mind are:

How does Farid’s story fit into the picture of challenges for refugees you are learning about in your role?
What additional context would you like to see added to this report?

Do you see in Farid’s story indications of a systemic failure?

Do you think the provincial or federal government should be holding hearings on gaps in services, especially around mental health?

Can you recommend others we should connect with in seeking ideas for improving matters?

Would you be willing to allow us to publish your response?

This is my response to the story, which addresses issues of decolonization, mediation, and representation of “refugees” in “Western” media. It is an attempt to provide a meta-observation, a step back away from the story, in an effort to decolonize perceptions of immigrants within a Canadian context. This response is referenced in a follow-up article that appeared on 
August 2, 2019.

The PDF document can be found at the following link:

You can use a Facebook or Google ID to download it.

About Daniel Drennan ElAwar

Adoptee, rematriated.
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