The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. (IRCOM) is a non-profit organization that operates two transitional housing complexes in downtown Winnipeg; IRCOM Ellen and IRCOM Isabel. IRCOM offers secure, affordable and clean apartments to newcomer families for up to 3 years after their arrival.
It began with a building – a 67-suite apartment block on the western edge of Winnipeg’s Exchange District, created to house a wave of boat people and refugees from Southeast Asia.
IRCOM House opened with a rush of excitement and high expectations, struggled through years of under-funding, and then underwent a re-birth. In that process, a unique and potent model for assisting newcomers has emerged – one that offers inspiration to a province which has staked its future prosperity on its ability to successfully integrate newcomers into its mosaic.
As a newcomer, I have a complicated relationship with Canada July 1, 2020 (Pictured- Loretta Ross, Treaty Commissioner, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba) As a newcomer, albeit not a recent one, I have a complicated relationship with Canada. On the one hand, I owe this country my freedom and all that has been made possible…
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Even if you start feeling uncomfortable, please don’t stop reading. We are long overdue for this conversation. June 1, 2020 I’ve been asked many times over the years why a newcomer serving organization is led by a white woman. Yes, I’ve been asked this question by IRCOM staff, tenants, community members, partner organizations, and many…