In the Field Newsletter Volume 73



Lessons For The Present

Debbie DouglasWe are in a political moment where words matter. Where clarity in communication matters. Where truths must be repeated over and over in order to drown out the false narratives about refugee claimants, about racialized (particularly Black and Indigenous) communities, about poor people and about the activists, advocates and rights defenders concerned about the state of our cities, province, country and world.

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LOOK + Photovoice Exhibition

Logos of Photovoices and ACASThe Photovoice Project by ACAS empowered East and Southeast Asian PHAs (Persons Living with HIV/AIDS) in Toronto to capture their truths and realities of life, hope and living with HIV. The project was featured in the LOOK Exhibition at the 22nd International AIDS Conference held in July 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photos from the LOOK + Photovoice exhibition can be seen on the facebook page.

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Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+

Logo of OCASI PSICreating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers is a FREE facilitated online training by OCASI from August 29th – September 26th 2018. The training will help frontline practitioners working with immigrant and refugee communities who identify as LGBTQIA+(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual) to better understand the various barriers and challenges they face when accessing settlement services.

To Register for the Training: Click here »

LearnAtWork.Ca Updated

OCASI is pleased to announce the launch of our updated elearning website, LearnAtWork.Ca. The site offers greater usability for learners in accessibility, navigation and functionality to enhance the user experience and learning outcomes. LearnAtWork.Ca offers online professional development courses on skills for working with clients. We also offer hosting services.

Contact us at elearning@ocasi.orgfor more information.

Refugee Claimants FAQ

OCASI has compiled answers to frequently asked questions about refugee claimants. This page includes resources from other civil society groups, link to information from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and a list of media articles.

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Concerns About New Minister of Border Security

In an Open Letter to the Prime Minister, OCASI joined civil society organizations from across Canada to express concerns and questions regarding the establishment of the new and unprecedented Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction.

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Share your OCASI story

We are collecting your stories about OCASI and photos to mark our 40th anniversary this year. Share your story and help us build the Ontario archive of the immigrant and refugee-serving sector. Don’t know where to start? Not sure how to tell your story? Follow the link below for details or email us:

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Save The Basic Income Pilot

Poster of "Save the basic income"The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction is holding a community briefing on the future of the Basic Income Pilot on Wednesday, August 15th at 1:30pm at City Hall Council Chambers, 71 Main Street West Hamilton. The group asking for support of an online petition to complete the Basic Income Pilot.

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New legal information resources for settlement workers

Graphic of people hodling a big bookThe Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) has published a new collection of legal information resources. Citizenship, family reunification complications and risks to permanent residence are some of the themes.

Click here for these resources and others written with settlement workers in mind. 

Nouvelles ressources d'information juridique pour les travailleurs en établissement

Le Conseil canadien pour les réfugiés (CCR) vient de publier une nouvelle série de ressources d'information juridique. La citoyenneté, les complications liées à la réunification familiale et les risques sur la résidence permanente sont certains des thèmes abordés.

Cliquez ici pour accéder à ces ressources et à d'autres conçues pour les travailleurs en établissement.

CCR Migrant Worker Report Cards

Logo of Canadian Council for RefugeesIf you are concerned about migrant workers’ rights, would like to learn more and find out how you can use these report cards, participate in the webinar ‘Discover the CCR Migrant Workers Report Cards and how to use them’ on 11 September.

Click here for more information and to register »

CCR Travailleurs migrants: bulletins

Si vous êtes préoccupé par les droits des travailleurs migrants et souhaitez savoir plus sur comment utiliser ces bulletins, participez au webinaire ‘Découvrez les bulletins de note sur les travailleurs migrants du CCR et comment les utiliser’ le 11 septembre.

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New IRB Website

The Immigration and Refugee Board has launched a new website. The new site supports access with a mobile device, and is meant to be easier to navigate and find information. The IRB also announced that nearly all Immigration Appeal Division hearing rooms are equipped with videoconference technology. Videoconferencing will be their preferred method to contact a remote witness.

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#Rematriation - End Gender Discrimination

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is calling on the Government of Canada to end gender discrimination in the Indian Act. ONWA calls on the Government to immediately implement amendments to Bill S-3 adopted by the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. Sign the online petition to support the call to end gender discrimination.

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Trillium Foundation Grants

Logo of Ontario Trillium FoundationThe Trillium Foundation asks organizations to register to apply for a grant. Capital grants improve the infrastructure required for communities to thrive. Registration by August 29, 2018; Apply by September 19, 2018. Transform Grants support collaborative initiatives to tackle complex community issues and create lasting change. Register by October 17, 2018; Apply by November 7, 2018.

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