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Brazilian Youth are Learning to Adapt to Canadian Society

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The number of families and individuals moving to Canada for better opportunities continues to rise. Among these immigrants are Brazilian families who have chosen Winnipeg as their new home. While the transition brings excitement and prospects for a brighter future, it also presents unique challenges for Brazilian children adapting to their new Canadian environment.

In this segment, Gabriela Mendes Garcia, Patrick Wieler and Catarina Giordano share their immigration stories. One of the foremost hurdles faced by Brazilian kids is the language barrier. Portuguese is the primary language spoken in Brazil, while English takes precedence in Canada.

Gabriela doesn’t conceal that adjusting to a new language affected her ability to communicate effectively, understand her peers, and integrate into the local community. However, she gradually became more proficient in English with time and dedicated language-learning support.

According to youth experience, the educational system in Canada differs significantly from what they are accustomed to. The transition forced Brazilian students to familiarize themselves with different subjects, teaching methodologies, and classroom expectations. Schools and educators are crucial in providing additional support and resources to help these children thrive academically.

The biggest difference Gabriela, Patrick and Catarina are talking about is the weather. The tropical climate of Brazil contrasts sharply with the colder temperatures and distinct seasons experienced in Canada. The need for warmer clothing, adapting to snowy conditions, and participating in winter activities were new experiences.

Despite the challenges they face, Brazilian children have shown incredible resilience and adaptability. Thanks to the large and supportive Brazilian community, the families and kids overcame most of the challenges.

The Brazilian Association in Winnipeg offers language assistance, cultural integration activities, and mentorship opportunities that play a vital role in easing the transition and fostering a sense of belonging.

– Yuliia Kovalenko, U Multicultural

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