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Brooks - The City of 100 Hellos

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Catalogue Number:  BYP010
Producer:  Brandy Y Productions
Subject:  Canadian World Studies, Documentary, Social Sciences, Sociology
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2011
Running Time:  47
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos gives us a rare glimpse into the lives of many of the new immigrants, refugees and temporary foreign workers that have moved to Brooks, Alberta. It also explores the challenges they face and looks at how long-time residents of Brooks feel about the new immigration in their community.

Brooks, Alberta, is a city known for its farming, cowboys and oil patch workers. A local meat packing plant, XL Foods Lakeside Packers Inc., starting bringing over and employing about 2,000 workers from across the world; some temporary foreign workers, others new immigrants and refugees in Canada. Many don't speak English and have come to Brooks to make about $14 an hour, paying for their lives here in the city but also supporting their families back home.

The new immigrants have physically changed this traditional cattle ranching city. Schools teaching English as a second language have been popping up across town as well as different multicultural churches, a mosque and ethnic stores. It is now believed that over 100 languages are spoken in Brooks.

Produced by Brandy Yanchyk.

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