In the Field Newsletter Volume 70



Feminisms, Elections and our Ontario and Canadian Feminist Souls

Debbie DouglasAfter being away from my office for two weeks, travelling the country for various meetings all having to do with women`s rights, feminism and the role of States and Governments, I came to my desk and sat down to check my messages. The first message to play was from a colleague from British Columbia, I`m yet to meet in person. Her message? She was calling to gauge my interest in discussing the re-establishment of a national immigrant and ‘visible minority’ (racialized) women’s voice/organization/coalition.

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The Talk

Logo of The Talk“Its okay to not be okay” says the flyer for the Talk Project by Scadding Court Community Centre. This new initiative intends to break through stigma around mental health and create an open dialogue between youth and community. It focuses on youth experience with criminalization of mental health and wrongful convictions, and aims to offer alternatives and resources to change the current narrative.

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OCASI Fact Sheet - Ontario Elections 2018

Ontario Election Day is June 7, 2018. This election let’s call for a fair, equitable and inclusive Ontario – an Ontario For All. OCASI has put together a fact sheet on priorities for the immigrant and refugee-serving sector, as well as questions you can pose to candidates.

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OCMS - Power At Your Fingertips

Logo of OCMSAre you an immigrant and refugee-serving agency looking for a way to streamline client information? Do you wish you could generate reports quickly and easily, including respond to last-minute changes requested by funders? OCASI’s Client management system (OCMS) can do all that and more for you. Act today to discover this powerful tool created by the sector for the sector.

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E-learning: Understand and Respond - Gender Based Violence

Violence Against Women bannerUnderstanding & Responding to Gender Based Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities is a FREE facilitated online training by OCASI from May 23rd- July 4th. The training will help front line practitioners working with immigrant and refugee communities to better understand issues of gender based violence and develop a supportive response for survivors with intersectional identities.

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Build Your Skills – Apply for PET!

OCASI is now accepting applications for financial assistance for In-House Group Training under the Professional Education and Training Program (PET). Ontario immigrant and refugee serving organizations funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) are eligible to apply.

For more information contact Beverly Lawrence-Dennis, PET Project Coordinator / 416-322-4950 x238.

Making Stronger Connections For Refugees

Two people shaking their handsPrivately sponsored refugees gain when Service Providers and Private Sponsors work together on better meeting their settlement needs. If you are a service provider or private sponsor we want to hear from you! Complete this short survey to tell us about how you connect and work together, and your successes and challenges in collaborating to meet refugee settlement needs. Contact

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Support LGBT Refugees

Screenshot of a video“Do your research to know more about people’s expressions and how they express their loves and their identities” say OCASI Positive Spaces Initiative Coordinators Yara and Sizwe in a new 2 minute video by Xtra. Like and follow Positive Spaces Initiative on Facebook for more great resources, timely information and to network.

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Racial Justice Forum: Lead the Change

Logo of Racial Justice ForumRegister now for this Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change (COP - COC) event in Toronto, a community forum on past wins, present campaigns and future challenges. Tuesday May 22 6:00 pm Keynote and plenary with reception to follow, and Wednesday May 23 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. OCASI is a founding steering committee member of COP-COC.

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ONN Election Toolkit

Logo of Ontario Nonprofit NetworkElections provide meaningful opportunities for public benefit nonprofits to engage communities and capture the attention of political parties and candidates. Read more for the Ontario Nonprofit Network election advocacy toolkit and many other useful resources that nonprofits can use during the 2018 Ontario election.

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Ontario Thrive

Logo of Ontario ThriveOntario Thrive is a non-partisan coalition of individuals and organizations coming together to ask our political parties and candidates for measurable commitments on gender equity. We want to see all parties and candidates put issues of justice, safety and access at the forefront of the Ontario provincial election.

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CCR International Refugee Rights Conference

Logo of Urban on RaceRegister for the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) International Refugee Rights Conference to be held on 7-9 June 2018 at York University in Toronto. This three-day conference will look at promoting the human rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants, and to strategize across borders to better meet their evolving needs.

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