In the Field Newsletter Volume 51



Changing the national narrative

Debbie Douglas portrait photoThis is the front page of Canada’s largest newspaper that greeted me last weekend. I had to read twice to ensure that I did not misread: “67. The percentage of Canadians who agree that immigrants should be screened for anti-Canadian values.” And this: “29. The percentage of Canadians who believe the state has a role in telling women what they can wear”. Excuse me?

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Nai Children’s Choir

Nai  - Syrian Children's ChoirFounded in April 2016 by a team of passionate staff and volunteer musicians at CultureLink, Nai Syrian Children’s Choir provides a unique opportunity for Syrian children to learn to express their grief, yearning, love and hope through singing in their mother tongue and in the official languages of their new country. The Nai Children’s Choir is a place for healing, learning and rejoicing. ‘Nai’ means “the sound of the flute” in Arabic.

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New Youth logoODSP and OSAP

If you are, or know, a newcomer youth in Ontario and need help or advice with your settlement, can help! Seeking answers to questions about Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), scholarships, when you can drive, if your parents are on Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or how Ontario Works (OW) can help you? Visit the Newyouth.Ca discussion forum for answers to this and other questions.

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RFP: Evaluation Consultant

OCASI invites proposals for evaluation of the Prevention of Sexual Violence and Harassment Project. Deadline September 20, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

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Shut it down!

“Shut it Down: Challenging Islamophobia, xenophobia and racism in our communities”.

Panel discussion at OCASI Annual General Meeting 2016, on Wednesday November 9, 2016 6pm - 7:00 pm @ Westin Prince Hotel, 900 York Mills Road, Toronto.

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OCASI Response: Immigration consultations

OCASI called for yearly immigration levels at 1% of the population, more family reunification and regularization of immigration status, at the recent national consultations on immigration.

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Harvesting Freedom

Harvesting Freedom PosterJoin the Harvesting Freedom Caravan of migrant workers and allies from September 4 to October 3. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the migrant farmworker program in Canada. Organized by Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW), the campaign calls for status for all migrant workers. Sign the petition.

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Article Series: Self-Care for the Immigrant and Refugee Serving Sector by Aina-Nia Ayo'dele (September 2016)

Self-Stewardship is the careful and responsible management of self whilst caring for others, simply because you are worth it!

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Contours of Belonging

Colours of Belonging PosterPanel discussion: Contours of Belonging: Immigrant Women's Experiences Then & Now, a timely discussion on questions and tensions surrounding “belonging” as experienced by multiple generations of immigrant women in Canada, featuring members of the Book Project Collective and contributors to the recent anthology “Resilience and Triumph: Immigrant Women Tell Their Stories". Sat. Oct 1, 2016, 2pm - 4pm, Toronto.

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Webinars: Housing for trafficked persons

Register for two upcoming Canadian Women’s Foundation Webinars in September on promising practices in housing for women who have experienced trafficking.

Recommended Considerations in New Housing Projects for Trafficked PersonsSeptember 21 at 1pm, and Adapting Housing Services to Meet Trafficked Persons’ Needs on September 28 at 1pm.

CFP: Partnership Grant Program

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration has launched a 3rd Call for Proposals for the Partnership Grant Program. The program supports building capacity of the not-for-profit sector on the following 3 priority areas: Program Evaluation, Inclusive Leadership and Volunteer Management. Deadline October 5th, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

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