The Yazidis are a mostly Kurmanji speaking minority ethnoreligious group, indigenous to a region of northern Mesopotamia (northern Iraq, northern Syria and southeastern Turkey). Many Yazidis consider Yazidism both an ethnic and a religious identity. Their religion, Yazidism, is also called Sharfadin by Yazidis. It is a monotheistic religion and has elements of ancient mesopotamian religions. (From Wikipedia)
Our speaker – Nafiya Naso is one of more than 1,200 Yazidi’s in Canada, almost 400 of whom live in Winnipeg. Naso is a Yazidi social worker with Jewish Child and Family Services who was a child when she arrived in Canada as a refugee.