In the Field Newsletter Volume 139



On Joy

How far have we come in this past four years when global consciousness was reawakened to the persistent and enduring legacy and practice of anti-Black racism, when for more than nine minutes we watched on television the snuffing out of breath from a Black man by the knee  of a uniformed white policeman.

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IMARA Generation Project

TAIBU’s IMARA Generation Peer Leadership Project is a youth focused & developed, culturally appropriate mental health awareness & support program centering Black youth & families. Youth, aged 15-24 are invited to participate in this program, designed and led by youth. This program addresses the impact of mental health challenges for Black youth.

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Save The Date - OCASI Leaders’ Forum

October 23-24, 2024
Virtually or in person at Pan Pacific Toronto

More details will be shared soon.

À retenir dans votre agenda - Le Forum des Leaders d’OCASI 2024

Les 23 et 24 octobre 2024
Virtuellement ou en personne à Pan Pacific Toronto.

Nous aurons sous peu des détails supplémentaires.

Hold the date! - OCASI 2024 AGM

Wednesday, October 23rd 2024
Pan Pacific Toronto

À retenir dans votre agenda - L’AGA 2024 d’OCASI

Mercredi, le 23 octobre 2024
Pan Pacific Toronto 

Migration, race, child welfare and the right to citizenship

February 22, 2024, 1-2:30 PM EST. An OCASI virtual event to mark Black Futures Month.
Hosted by Debbie Douglas, OCASI.

  • Josh Lamers, Collective of Child Welfare Survivors
  • Danette Edwards, Black Legal Action Centre
  • Abdullahi Muse, Somali community member & activist

Temisan Boyo, Lawyer and consultant

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Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change Provincial Summit

Thursday Feb 29, 2024 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM EST.
Featuring keynote speakers:

  • Adelle Blackett, Professor of Law and the Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law | Director, Labour Law & Development Research Laboratory, McGill University
  • john a. powell, Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, UC Berkeley and Founder/Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute

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Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change Sommet Provincial

Jeudi le 29 février 2024, de 9 h 30 à 16 h 30 (HE)
Conférenciers principaux :

  • Adelle Blackett, Professeure de droit titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en Droit transnational du travail | Directrice du Laboratoire de recherche sur le droit du travail et le développement, l’Université McGill
  • john a. powell, Professeur de Droit, Chaire du président en Équité et inclusion, Université de Californie à Berkeley, et Fondateur/Directeur de l'Institut Othering & Belonging

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Cours d'auto-apprentissage en ligne - Inscrivez-vous et commencez immédiatement !

OCASI vous invite à vous inscrire au cours “Servir les jeunes dans la communauté des nouveaux arrivants”.  Créez votre compte sur LearnAtWork et commencez à apprendre immédiatement ! Le dernier délai pour commencer le cours est le 1er mars.

Créez votre compte sur LearnAtWork »
Inscrivez-vous au cours »

Self-Directed Online Course: Understanding and Challenging Anti-Black Racism

February 27 - March 26, 2024
This 4-module course aims to assist people working in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector understand how systems work and how they create and manifest racism and anti-Black racism. 

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Cours d’auto-apprentissage en ligne: Comprendre et remettre en question le racisme envers les personnes noires

27 février - 26 mars 2024
Ce cours de quatre modules aide les professionnels des services aux immigrants et aux réfugiés à comprendre le fonctionnement des systèmes et leur lien avec le racisme, y compris le racisme anti-noir.

Découvrez le cours et inscrivez-vous »

Webinar Series: Cultivating Art-Based Practice for Newcomer Mental Health with Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

OCASI’s Initiative to End GBV in collaboration with Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services is pleased to bring you a two-part webinar series on integrating art-based approaches within your current practice. Participants will take away new perspectives on mental health and increase their knowledge on the benefits of art-based activities for community members that are cultural and trauma informed.

Webinar 1: Cultivating Art-Based Practice for Newcomer Mental Health
February 20, 2024 from 10:00 - 11:30 AM EST via Zoom

Webinar 2: “Learn it, Lead it” - Art-Based Approaches Where You Are At
February 27, 2024 from 10:00 - 11:30 AM EST Via Zoom

Why Agencies Love OCMS

An OCMS user tells us, "OCMS is a great tool. For case management of our clients, it is extremely helpful. All of the client's information is located on this system... Workers can then see everything that has been done for the client. Furthermore, action plans and follow-ups can be done more easily..."

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Donate To Support Refugee Claimants

Black-led organizations and other community agencies in Toronto are directly supporting refugee claimants in Toronto, particularly those from African nations. Find an organization near you and see what is most needed to support individuals and families in your community via the DonateTO portal.

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Petition for a National Day of Recognition for frontline champions of the nonprofit sector 

There are 2.4 million people who work in Canada's nonprofit sector. Most of us know someone who has benefited from their work. It's time for a National Day of Recognition! Sign the petition created by the Bhayana Foundation.

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Supply Is NOT The Only Solution To The Housing Crisis

Scarce housing supply is a problem but that’s not the entire solution to tackle the housing crisis. Data from the National Housing Council (NHC) shows that most of the housing created by the $70 billion+ National Housing Strategy implemented since 2017 is unaffordable. Join ACORN Canada’s call for more community-owned housing.

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Take The CCMW Employer Survey

Canadian Council for Muslim Women (CCMW) is conducting a national study aimed at supporting workplaces to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive environments. The study aims to understand challenges in recruiting, retaining, and promoting Canadian Muslim women and other diverse talents. If you are an employer, take this survey and help shape strategies to improve workplace diversity and inclusion.

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Black In Policy: Celebrating Excellence and Addressing Challenges

An in-person and live-streamed event that will showcase the work and experiences of peoples of Black and African heritage in policy development. Hosted by the Dais at Toronto Metropolitan University in Toronto. Tuesday, February 27, 2024

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Building and Bridging Together: A focus on Child Welfare, Immigration, and Settlement Sectors

Location: Zoom. Dates: February 26 & 27, 2024 (9:30 to 1 PM EST both days)
Organized by the Child Welfare Immigration Centre of Excellence (CWICE), this is the first training designed specifically for professionals working in settlement, health, education, legal and other social service sectors. This course raises awareness about the intersection between child welfare, immigration, settlement and border related issues.

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Diversity Thunder Bay Presents: Cadmus Delorme

Join Diversity Thunder Bay for the annual celebration event to mark the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. With Cadmus Delorme, Chief of the Cowessess First Nation from 2016 to 2023. In person in Thunder Bay ($) or virtual (free). On March 21, 2024, 12 - 1:30 PM EDT.

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Let’s Talk: Culture, International Mobility and Social Justice

Social Justice Day Virtual event: On 20 February 2024, panelists from the UN, academia, government and the art scene will explore how culture, mobility and social justice are intertwined to inspire new ideas and actionable solutions for a more inclusive, just and connected global society. 18:30 CET / 12:30 PM EST. 

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IRCC 2023 Settlement Outcomes Report

Following the first Settlement Outcomes Highlights Report published in 2021, this report represents the second publication by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that provides a high-level analysis and summary of the newcomer settlement experience for clients of IRCC’s Settlement Program. This report was developed using data collected during COVID-19.

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Rapport 2023 sur les résultats en matière d’établissement

Faisant suite au premier Rapport sur les résultats en matière d’établissement publié en 2021, ce rapport représente la deuxième publication d’Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada (IRCC) qui fournit une analyse de haut niveau et un résumé de l’expérience d’établissement des nouveaux arrivants pour les clients du programme d’établissement d’IRCC. Ce rapport a été élaboré à partir des données recueillies pendant la COVID-19.

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Income dynamics of new immigrants to Canada

This report highlights some recent changes in the relative income of new immigrants to Canada. During the period 2014 to 2018, their relative income went from 55 per cent to 78 per cent of that of all Canadian tax filers.

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Dynamique des revenus des nouveaux immigrants au Canada

Ce rapport met en lumière certains changements récents dans le revenu relatif des nouveaux immigrants au Canada. Entre 2014 et 2018, leur revenu relatif est passé de 55 à 78 % de celui de l’ensemble des déclarants canadiens.

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Pathways to Permanent Residency for French-Speaking Skilled Temporary Foreign Workers - Atlantic Provinces

A recent report from research funded by IRCC seeks to understand the transition to permanent residency for French-speaking skilled temporary foreign workers in the Atlantic provinces.

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Parcours des travailleurs étrangers temporaires qualifiés d’expression française vers la résidence permanente: Provinces de l’Atlantique

Cette étude vise à comprendre la transition vers la résidence permanente des travailleurs étrangers temporaires qualifiés d’expression française dans les provinces de l’Atlantique.

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The Burden of Care: Addressing Challenges in Employment in the Nonprofit Sector

This new report examines the perceptions of workers in the nonprofit sector in comparison to workers in other sectors. Workers in the nonprofit sector have lower job satisfaction than workers in either the public or private sectors. Nonprofit sector jobs are also quite precarious, with high rates of temporary and part-time employment, including many workers who are involuntarily part-time.

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Canadian Women’s Foundation Community Needs Grants 2024

This grant provides short-term support for organizations doing gender justice work, with a focus on smaller grassroots organizations, to meet a range of immediate needs. Applicants can apply for funds to cover existing program costs, pilot new projects, advocacy initiatives, organizational capacity-building, professional development, build networks or cover core operational and administrative costs.  
Deadline: Thursday, February 16, 2024 at 4:00 PM EST

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Improve Community Spaces

Programs and services that support the people of Ontario are delivered locally in a range of community buildings and spaces. 
In the Capital grant stream, the Ontario Trillium Foundation funds projects that update buildings, enhance spaces and purchase fixed and non-fixed equipment.
Application deadline: March 6, 2024, at 5:00 PM ET. 

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