“a colleague using the “N” word and then saying “oh, lighten up I was just joking and he has a lot of “black” friends”, which I thought was just a way to justify his use of the word.”

Yes, I have (witnessed anti-immigration hate speech). My first experience was a colleague using the “N” word and then saying “oh, lighten up I was just joking and he has a lot of “black” friends”, which I thought was just a way to justify his use of the word.

I came to Canada as an international student and found that my every movement was highly restricted. After graduating and deciding to stay found an uphill battle when applying for my permanent resident status. There was the fact that the application had to be done outside of Canada at the nearest visa office which was Buffalo, and then face issues with border service officers on both sides because I was traveling on a student visa. Then, there was the fact that you have no one to talk to about your application, all you can do is send email inquiries which you get a generic response to and when I tried getting the MP’s help, found more red tape and road blocks. Instead of the 8 months I was told it would take to get my Permanent resident status, it took over 3 years from the date I first submitted my application.

 

– Anonymous,

Jamaica