In the Field Newsletter Volume 104



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It is the beginning of Women’s month. Although the first week in Toronto - Treaty 13 Territory where I reside and where OCASI’s office is located it is Black Mental Health Week. The Week was inaugurated in 2020 by the City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit in partnership with Community Health Centres like TAIBU - , mandated to serve the health needs of Black Torontonians and the Black Health Alliance, a multidisciplinary network. Black Women’s mental health is a feminist issue. Black, Indigenous and racialized women’s history with the medical establishment is women’s history - often ignored or erased but still women’s history/herstory.

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What Does it Take to be an Anti-GBV?

International Day Against Victim Blaming is Saturday, April 3rd, 2021. To mark the occasion Embrave Agency to End Violence launched the campaign, What Does it Take to be a GBV Ally? The year-long campaign seeks to spark critical conversations on allyship that are not happening enough (or in the spaces they should be) in Peel Region.

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OCASI Is Hiring / OCASI embauche

OCASI is hiring a National Bilingual Coordinator to organize with racialized and im(migrant) and refugee women’s groups. Deadline Friday, March 19, 2021.

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OCASI embauche un coordonnateur national bilingue pour organiser des groupes de femmes racialisées et immigrantes et réfugiées. Date limite Vendredi, 19 mars, 2021.

Lire l’offre d’emploi »

Quality Of Services Survey

Does your agency provide immigration and refugee services? Please complete the Survey on Proposed framework for high quality immigration and refugee services. Led by the CCR in collaboration with OCASI and sector umbrellas, it is meant to develop resources to help NGOs ensure they deliver high quality immigration and refugee services (Read the Framework document).

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NGOCSW65 Forum

Racialized Women in Canada: A Conversation about Gender-based Violence and Inequality is brought to you by Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change including OCASI, and YWCA Canada. In this session five panelists will address the impact of the various structural barriers on racialized women’s experience of gender-based violence in Canada. Wednesday 17 March, 2pm – 4pm EDT.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin #2

OCASI is collaborating with medical doctors and community organizations to bring you accurate, verified medical information about COVID-19 vaccines. Bulletin #2 is now available in English, French and several other languages. Bulletin #1 is now available in Thai, thanks to translation by OHCOW. More translation versions will be uploaded as they become available. Please check back.

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OCASI Client Management System (OCMS)

Are you looking for a client management system that works well for your agency? Try OCMS! Please watch the OCMS video or sign up for a webinar. We are proud of our work and our clients. To join our growing list of clients contact Elena Trapeznikova

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Five Good Ideas for racial justice change-making

Lesa Francis – BLAC, Avvy Go – CSALC, Samya Hasan – CASSA, and Shalini Konanur – SALCO will break down five good ideas for "walking the talk" on racial equity and delivering more effectively on racial justice in Ontario on March 25, 2021, 1:00 pm EST. Brought to you by Maytree Foundation and Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change.

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Butterfly - Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Network invites your organization and affiliated individuals to sign our declaration of support. Migrant sex workers are harmed daily by criminalization, racial profiling, surveillance, over-policing, and stigmatization. Access to migrant and racial justice, including status for all can prevent and resist exploitation, violence, and oppression against migrant sex workers. Read the Background Paper.

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Settlement Organizations Lead The Way To Decent Work

Building a culture of decent work in nonprofits requires flexibility, creativity, and tenacity. ONN recently sat down with executive directors Sudip Minhas of Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services, Mercy Lawluvi of Immigrant Women Services Ottawa, and Shelley Zuckerman of North York Community House to learn about the decent work journeys of these three agencies that support newcomers in Ontario.

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Call for Proposals: Feminist Response and Recovery Fund

Women and Gender Equality Canada has issued a call for proposals to address or remove systemic barriers impeding the progress and advancement of women, in all their diversity, in three priority areas: leadership and decision-making positions, improving economic security and prosperity and ending gender-based violence. Deadline: March 25, 2021, at 12:00 noon Pacific time.

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View this ground-breaking video documentary about anti-Black racism on Canadian campuses, originally broadcast on February 25, 2021 by The Fifth Estate on CBC. It reveals the day-to-day reality of systemic anti-Black racism facing Black students, staff, and faculty in Canada's post-secondary system.

Read about the broadcast: Being Black on campus: Why students, staff and faculty say universities are failing them.

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Multilingual COVID-19 Vaccine Information

City of Toronto has produced a one-page COVID-19 Vaccine information flyer that answers commonly asked questions, and an easy to understand visual flyer. The flyers are available in 31 different languages. They are free to download. Scroll down to the ‘Resources’ tab in the link below.

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Do No Harm - Anti-Human Trafficking Webinar

Starting on Tuesday March 23, 2021, this six-part webinar series brings forward voices of frontline workers, survivors, and other experts to help uncover blind spots and tensions within the anti-human trafficking work. Discover new practices that centre the voices and experiences of those most affected by this work.

Read about the initiative and register for the webinar »

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Changes to Family Law

On March 1, 2021, several changes to family law took effect. They include revising parenting terms, defining family violence, using alternative dispute resolution or family dispute resolution to resolve issues out of court, best interests of the child, giving notice before relocating with a child and more. Community Legal Education Ontario has put together a detailed update on the changes.

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Addressing Economic Racism in Canada’s Pandemic Response and Recovery

A new report from the Broadbent Institute by Dr. Arjumand Siddiqi, Dr. Ryoa Chung, Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos, and Paulette Senior calls for solutions to target fundamental reasons for racial inequity rather than fixate on short-term programs and policies.

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Lack Of Diversity On Nonprofit Boards

Statistics Canada recently released a survey on diversity on non-profit boards, the first of its kind in Canada. It was carried out through crowdsourcing in December 2020 and January 2021. Survey Advisory members express concerns about the limitations in of that methodology in a Joint Statement, and call on the federal government to appropriately collect disaggregate data on charities.

Read the Joint Statement »