In the Field Newsletter Volume 81



Where justice is denied

Photo of Debbie DouglasThe space was standing room only as the Toronto Planning Group including OCASI in partnership with the City of Toronto’s Newcomer Office, launched Refugee Rights month. This year marks the thirty-fourth anniversary of the Singh decision. Since my two decades at the Council we have marked this important Supreme Court of Canada decision each year.

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Once Upon A Refugee

Banner of Once Upon A RefugeeIn recognition of Refugee Awareness Month, North York Community House presents “Once Upon A Refugee”, an interactive, multi-media presentation. Wednesday, April 24th, 2019, from 6 PM to 9 PM at York Woods Library Theater, 1785 Finch Ave W, North York. This is a free event. Registration required.



Refugee Rights Day

Banner of Refugee Rights dAY 2019April 4 is celebrated as Refugee Rights Day every year in Canada in commemoration of the 1985 Supreme Court decision that recognized the fundamental rights of refugees. Click on this link for a list of events to mark Refugee Rights month throughout the month of April, organized by OCASI and Toronto community groups.

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Refugee Rights Awareness Month Statement

We will not give in to attempts to cause fear and discord amongst us by demonizing and blaming refugee claimants. As Canadians we will stand firm against these attempts to divide us. We will continue to respect the human rights of refugees. We celebrate refugees and the enormous contributions they make to our society.

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Power at your Fingertips

Logo of OCMSNeed to streamline client information for your agency? Generate reports quickly and easily? Meet last-minute funder changes in reporting? Discover how by watching the OCMS video or sign up for a webinar. The OCASI Client Management System was developed by the sector for the sector, and is supported only through user fees. Contact Elena Trapeznikova or (416) 322-4950 ext. 241

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Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+

Logo of PSICreating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers is a FREE facilitated online training by OCASI from April 24th to May 2nd, 2019. 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.

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Can I lose my Canadian citizenship?

Logo of Settlement.orgWritten by Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) for Settlement.Org, this article describes certain situations in which Canadian citizenship could be revoked (taken away) under the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act.

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New Fact Sheets

Logo of Colour of PovertyNew Fact Sheets from Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change (COP-COC) show growing racial disparities in Canada. Read more for fact sheets on ten different themes based on Census 2016 data and other studies. OCASI is a founding Steering Committee member of COP-COC.

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Human Services Provision in Tough Times

Do you work in the human services field? Want to support the nonprofit sector to more effectively advocate for program and policy reforms to address employment precarity, growing service gaps, and challenges to the quality of service provision? Participate in a study by Dr. John Shields, Ryerson University, Department of Politics and Public Administration by completing this survey.

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Roots: Reconciling the Global with the Local

Logo of Canadian Council for RefugeesRegister for the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Spring Consultation to be held on May 30 - June 1st, 2019 in Victoria, BC. The consultation will explore current issues affecting refugee protection and newcomer settlement at our Spring Consultation, with a special focus on dialogue about newcomer settlement on Indigenous land, and building bridges with Indigenous People.

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Refugee Rights in Ontario

Logo of CLEOThis 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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New Reports

Canadian Labour Congress
Islamophobia at Work: Challenges and Opportunities
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Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
National Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarking Study
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State of Immigrant Inclusion in the Greater Toronto Area Labour Market
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International Decade for People of African Descent

Photo of City Hall at nightCity of Toronto has officially recognized the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015 to 2024), which recognizes that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected.

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National Funding Opportunity

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has issued a call for proposals for select Settlement Program services not included in the Call for Proposals 2019. The purpose of this CFP 2 is to complement direct Settlement services across Canada by funding projects which promote research, capacity-building and coordination services. Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, at 5 pm PST.

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