In the Field Newsletter Volume 56



Marching for Justice

Debbie Douglas portrait photo

February 2017 - As I walked the cold Toronto streets on Saturday February 4, in solidarity with Muslim Canadians and with immigrants and refugees from the seven Muslim majority countries banned by Executive Order by the US President, I couldn’t help but reflect how different this solidarity march was from the women’s march held in January on these same cold streets.

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Skills for Trades

Skills for Change logoA NEW Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program from Skills for Change. Designed for youth, Aboriginal peoples, women and newcomers for a career in the skilled trades as General Machinist, CNC Programmer or Tool and Die Maker. The program provides aspiring tradespersons with technical training, paid work experience placements, and mentoring and employment services.

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Screenshot of the video campaignBreak The Behaviour

Racism stops when we break the behaviour. Hate crimes against Muslim Canadians have more than doubled in the last 3 years. Join our movement towards a racism-free Ontario by taking the pledge below. Read the media release in English and French.

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New! Online Job Search

Settlement.Org has a new section to help newcomers use online tools to find employment. The Online Job Search section includes articles on how to use social media as part of a comprehensive job search strategy. The articles describe how using social media effectively can help newcomers network, learn about their field and find out about employment opportunities.

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Discussion Forum

"Move To Canada From United States " is a frequently posted question these days on the Settlement.Org Discussion Forum under the Questions about Permanent Residency. The popular moderated discussion forum lets users ask questions about living in Ontario and receive an answer from our Information and Referral specialists and/or other users of the forum.

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Poster of #AjaxFoAll#AjaxForAll

Ajax Council and OCASI have partnered to launch #AjaxForAll, a public awareness campaign encouraging residents to see beyond race, stereotypes and assumptions. The initiative builds on OCASI's successful "Toronto for All" campaign that addresses racism xenophobia and Islamophobia. Ajax is the first municipality outside of Toronto to partner with OCASI.

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Defend the rights of Muslims and refugees

OCASI offers condolences on the January 29 attack on Muslim worshippers at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec. OCASI calls on the government to withdraw from the Safe Third Country Agreement and increase protection for refugees in the wake of the US Executive Order.

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Refugees Webinar

“Demystifying Misconceptions about Refugees and Syrian Refugees” is a webinar for frontline workers, offered by OCASI in partnership with RSTP - Refugee Sponsorship Training Program. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

To register please click here »


Screening: Anatomy of violence

Poster of Anatomy of ViolenceWorking Women Community Centre presents a FREE special public screening in Toronto of Anatomy of Violence, a film by Academy Award Nominated Director Deepa Mehta. Thu, February 23, 2017 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto (University of Toronto).

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Ward Museum

Logo of the Toronto Ward MuseumThe Ward Museum is Toronto’s new museum of migration. We are currently looking for people to join our programming committee to play an advisory role & to ensure the museum continues to produce programming that is inclusive & meaningful to the communities it serves. If you’re interested in applying, please visit the following link to download the form. Applications must be received by March 10.

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Community Engagement Survey

Participate in the Salaam Canada online survey for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) Muslims across the country - to help develop a national strategy and organize regional programming that meets the needs of LGBTQQ Muslims (and their allies) in as many cities and communities as possible. Deadline February 26, 2017!

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Refugee resettlement webinar

Register for the webinar on Intergenerational cultural dissonance in the Syrian resettlement, offered by the CAMH Refugee Mental Health Project, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Presenter Vince Pietropaolo will discuss how resettlement can affect family dynamics, including potential impacts on mental health.

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(No) Access T.O.

A new research report on Toronto’s sanctuary city policy, “(No) Access T.O.: A Pilot Study on Sanctuary City Policy in Toronto, Canada [PDF]” was released in February 2017. This is a publication in the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS) Working Paper series. Study authors are Hudson, Graham; Atak, Idil; Manocchi, Michele & Hannan, Charity-Ann.

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Award Nomination

Do you know a Canadian Muslim woman in your community who should be recognized for her work? Click here to nominate her as a Women Who Inspires. Canadian Council of Muslim Women invites nominations for the 2017 Muslim “Women Who Inspire” Fundraiser and Awards brunch. Deadline is May 29, 2017.

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