Winter 101: Group helps Canadian kids give young Syrian refugees winter-survival tips

There are some truths every Canadian kid knows about winter: don't go head-first down the toboggan hill, and tongues don't belong anywhere near metal poles.

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These are some of the snippets of wisdom packaged in the winter enjoyment guide created by Canadian children for young Syrian refugees as part of a project put together by the Winnipeg non-profit Art City. The guides were handed out to a group of refugee children on Wednesday.

Art City worked on the project in conjunction with Winnipeg's NEEDS centre, which helps immigrant and refugee children into Canadian society.

While some parts of Syria can drop below freezing in the winter, some of these children have never seen snow before.

"What we hear from a lot of students is, 'I knew Canada was cold, but we didn't understand how cold that meant it would be,’" said Jonathan Askholm, who works for the NEEDs centre.

"But after being here for a week or two they seem to get quite comfortable."

But Art City is hoping to provide some insider knowledge to help cope with the change and make the best of it.

Some of the other tips in the guides include: how to build a snowman and how to catch the Northern Lights.

The Art City project has been so well received that there are plans for a summer enjoyment guide in the works.

With a report from CTV News' Jill Macyshon



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