Cultural Interpretation for Refugee Children: The Multicultural Liaison Program, Ottawa, Canada

Claudia Maria Vargas


Cultural differences may pose as many
challenges as linguistic difficulties for
refugee children and their families in the
school setting. This article explores the
contributions of the Multicultural Liaison
Program (MLD) created by the
Ottawa Board of Education and the
Ottawa-Carleton Immigration Services
Organization (OCISO). Through cultural
mediation, the MLO Program
builds partnerships that support the
efforts of schools and the refugee
communities they serve. Anchored in a
systemic approach that considers the
child, parents, the ethnocultural
community, teachers, and school officials,
the MLOs - or cultural-interpreters -
facilitate the learning and teaching

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