In the Field Newsletter Volume 72



Now This…

Debbie DouglasJuly 2018 - The Friday before the long weekend and our national recognition and celebration by some and resistance by others of the formation of our country Canada, we were greeted with unexpected and disappointing news. The newly elected government of Ontario had decided to disregard tradition and do away with the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. The Ministry has played an important role in Ontario’s economic development plans.

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Latinx Parents for Change

Logo of Working Women Community CentreThis three-year project builds on leadership skills, deepens understanding of school governance and promotes the active participation of Toronto’s Latinx families in school and community life. Working Women Community Centre and The Mennonite New Life Centre offer a FREE training program to provide Latinx parents with the opportunity to become active advocates for their children’s education.

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Ontario Must Stay At The Table

Ontario civil society groups and refugee advocates issued a joint media release urging the Ontario government to stay engaged in intergovernmental collaboration to resettle refugee claimants arriving in Canada from the United States. They call on government and media to use responsible language and factual reporting in order not to inflame anti-refugee sentiment.

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Calling Vendors - OCASI ED Forum

Logo of OCASIWant to showcase your community start-up or business, or showcase your programs as an OCASI member agency? Submit a description of your business or program with the subject line "Vendor call" to

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OCASI souhaite mettre en valeur de nouvelles entreprises et de petites entreprises communautaires ainsi que des programmes de ses organismes membres. Si vous ou votre organisme, vous avez des initiatives qui correspondent à de telles catégories, veuillez soumettre une description de votre entreprise ou de votre programme. Envoyez votre demande à

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OCASI Roundtable

Graphic of womenOCASI in partnership with Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre and Rexdale Women’s Centre Is pleased to announce a joint Roundtable: Telling Our Stories: What’s next? A conversation on anti-gender based violence advocacy and education in immigrant and refugee communities.

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OCMS - Power At Your Fingertips

Are 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 toolcreated by the sector for the sector.

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Build Your Skills – Apply for PET!

Are you an Ontario immigrant and refugee serving organization funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) seeking professional development? Apply now to the OCASI Professional Education and Training Program (PET) for financial assistance for In-House Group Training.

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


Trauma-Informed Interventions

Recorded webinar from ‘Trauma-Informed Interventions through an Indigenous Worldview’ held on June 26, 2018 and presentations slides in English and French are now available through the link below. The session was presented by Brianna Olson, a social worker, diverse multi-media artist and member of Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation.

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New Online Course: Fall 2018

Logo of CAMHCAMH is offering a new online self-directed course offering a comprehensive overview of immigrant and refugee mental health, focusing on subgroups at risk. Includes practical examples of promising and innovative practices to improve outcomes for different groups of immigrants and refugees such as African and Caribbean, East Asian or South Asian communities, as well youth, women, elderly and LGBT individuals.

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Mental Health Case Management Webinar

Register for "Nuevas Raices: Expanding and Enhancing Mental Health Case Management for Newcomers in Hispanic Communities", presented by Claudia Sarmiento, BSW, Mental Health Case Manager, Madison Community Services on July 24, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (EST)

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OHIP Access for Newborns

Network for Non-Insured Clients found several Toronto-area hospitals have incorrectly denied OHIP registration of newborns of parents without permanent resident status. Read consultation paper by Wellesley Institute to understand root causes and gaps, and opportunities to clarify and improve infant registration leading to equitable OHIP access.

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Safe Third Country Agreement FAQ

Logo of Canadian Council for RefugeesWhy are there more people crossing from US into Canada to make refugee claims? Follow the link to a useful resource by the Canadian Council for Refugees, with frequently asked questions (FAQ) about refugee claimants arriving from the US.

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Refugee Rights in Ontario

Logo of Refugee Rights in OntarioThis website is for front-line workers and advocates who work with refugee claimants and others who have questions about their immigration status in Canada.

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