Welcoming Words is an organisation that uses cultural literacy as a tool to foster integration and a sense of belonging amongst newcomers by promoting the reading of books by Canadian authors, while cultivating an appreciation for Canadian literature.
Navigating a new culture is never easy. Books provide a glimpse of Canadian life and a gateway into the rich culture of this country. The greater understanding newcomers have of their new home, the less alienated they may feel. Reading is “one of the few solitary activities proven to alleviate loneliness by creating a shared experience” and “building empathy”.
We provide an introduction to Canadian writing, both fiction and nonfiction, through carefully selected, age-appropriate books and reading selections in both official languages.