In the Field Newsletter Volume 87



A Canadian Is…

Photo of Debbie DouglasWho decides who looks like a Canadian? Who is assumed to be Canadian and who are the folks that are constantly asked that question: where are you from? And on answering, hear the follow up - no really - where are you from?

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Habitat for Parents

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COPA offers a number of original, innovative and practical multimedia resources for parents and schools to help foster parent engagement and help prevent bullying. Habitat for Parents is a site created for parents and caregivers and schools.

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OCASI AGM Announcement

Banner of the OCASI AGM announcementOCASI Annual General Meeting Announcement
Thursday October 17th, 2019
5pm - 7pm
The Westin Prince Hotel
900 York Mills Rd - Toronto, ON

OP-ED: Racism in Canada

In “The national conversation we really need about racism in Canada”, an opinion editorial in the Toronto Star, Debbie Douglas of OCASI and Shalini Konanur of SALCO reflect on the undercurrent of racism leading up to the federal election. They call for a national conversation about the reality of racism in Canada and need to implement a national anti-racism plan.

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Why Agencies Love OCMS

OCMS Logo An OCMS user tells us, “Thanks for a great product. Using OCMS has helped us track and understand our client and service needs across 3 regions, report results easily and consistently, make better informed decisions around resources and make impactful business case arguments for support and funding...great communication, timely responses…”

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Co-Designing Success

Logo of ARIAn infographic by Allies for Refugee Integration that summarizes our recent collaborative design workshops held with settlement workers, sponsored refugees, and refugee sponsors. Using human-centered design, participants developed pilot ideas that ARI will be building upon to implement across Ontario.

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Apply for PET Funds

Logo of PETIs your organization funded by IRCC? If yes, you can apply for professional development funds upto a maximum of $2,500 for group training for your staff through OCASI Professional Education and Training Program (PET). Don’t miss this opportunity to strengthen capacity and improve services. Apply today! Contact: Beverly Lawrence-Dennis Tel: 416-3224950, ext. 238 or email:

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Toronto Ward Museum is excited to present Block by Block 2019!

Graphic of Block by BlockA community-led conversation about newcomers and their neighbourhoods. Building a more inclusive city through storytelling, one neighbourhood at a time.

To learn more about Block by Block, join one of the exhibition launches at: AGINCOURTPARKDALEREGENT PARK or VICTORIA PARK

Sharing responsibility: Nationally, regionally, globally

Logo of Canadian Council for RefugeesRegister for the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Fall Consultation to be held on November 28 - 30 - June 1st, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario. 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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Funding Opportunity

Logo of Canadian Women's FoundationDeadline: October 21, 2019 at 11:59pm PST - Apply for Teen Healthy Relationships grants by CWF. Includes support for fully developed or in-progress program for teens ages 10-19;

For developmental programs to support planning and piloting initiatives; and to develop national or regional networks.

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Resource Guide

Inclusive Violence Against Women Shelters for Older Women with Disabilities and Older Deaf Women is produced by Springtide Resources. The guide offers information to shelter workers on the nature of violence and barriers older women with disabilities and older Deaf women experience in accessing shelter services, so these issues can be addressed proactively in service provision.

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Labour Trafficking Forum - Kitchener-Waterloo

Many migrant workers coming to Canada are subjected to labour trafficking and exploitation due to systemic shortfalls of the Canadian immigration and labour laws. Come to this one-day forum on November 22, 2019 to hear from migrant workers, learn, share resources, and network. Registration required.

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GBA+ Compensation Guide

Cover of Bridging The GapThe gender wage gap in Ontario nonprofits can be reduced through equitable compensation practices that address systemic barriers that women, especially marginalized women, face.

This guide by ONN can assist organizations to assess their current practices and what they can do to reduce the gap. The guide aims to support women workers in the sector to advocate for better compensation.

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Racism A Health Issue - CPHA

Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) calls on federal election candidates to speak out against racist views, and calls on parties to explore, identify and eliminate racist federal laws, regulations, policies and systems of power. Racism and Health is one of eight key issues identified by CPHA for Election 2019.

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Break The Fake

It can be tough to tell what’s true and what’s “fake news” just by looking at a headline. But it’s easy to do a quick check and get the real facts when something doesn’t look right online. Check out Media Smarts resources including: a free workshop anyone can use to host an event, fact-checking tip sheetslesson plans and more.