In the Field Newsletter Volume 91



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Uhuru Freedom

We are not there yet. Not yet Uhuru. Uhuru meaning freedom. We see it every day with our children in school. The trials and tribulations that they go through. We are not there yet. My work is for that. My work is for us to reach that promised land”.
- by Dr. Afua Cooper, former James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University and founding Chair of the Black Canadian Studies Association. (from a 2014 interview on Black Canadian History, The Black Scholars Series)

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Combating The Rise Of Hate

Save the date for the 2020 Anti-Racism Conference by Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion. The Conference will interrogate the context of racism and the rise of hate in Ontario and Canada, and provide meaningful strategies for residents from Hamilton and across Ontario to tackle issues around racism. March 28-29, 2020. Hamilton Convention Centre.



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Canadian Council of Muslim Women launched “DARE TO BE AWARE!” a national anti-hate & anti-Islamophobia social media campaign on the eve of the third anniversary of the Quebec City Mosque massacre. The Campaign aims to empower racialized girls and women with information and tools to counter online racism, hate, and Islamophobia. OCASI is a proud partner.


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Have a question? Ask the forum! Vous avez une question? Posez la sur le forum!

Have questions about housing, citizenship, health, or employment? Visit Settlement.Org's moderated discussion forum to ask and answer questions related to living in Ontario for newcomers. / Vous avez des questions sur le logement, la citoyenneté, la santé ou l'emploi? Visitez le Forum de discussion Etablissement.Org pour poser des questions liées à la vie et à l'établissement en Ontario pour les nouveaux arrivants.

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Why Agencies Love OCMS

An OCMS user tells us, "OCMS is a great tool. For case management of our clients, it is extremely helpful. All of the client's information is located on this system... Workers can then see everything that has been done for the client. Furthermore, action plans and follow-ups can be done more easily..."

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Rejoignez le réseau canadien au service des immigrant et des réfugiés.
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Request for Proposal: Video Production foré

OCASI invites qualified individuals/organizations to submit a proposal for a contract to produce 8 to 10 short videos to serve as promotional and informative tools for the National Settlement Sector Community of Practice, known asé

Deadline date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 5:00pm

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Formations francophones en ligne d’OCASI

Les formations francophones en ligne d’OCASI offrent aux organismes travaillant auprès des immigrants et réfugiés, l’opportunité d'apprentissage continu ainsi que de perfectionnement professionnel. Ceux-ci permettent aux participants de bien connaître les enjeux du secteur de l'établissement, ses racines, ses obstacles afin d’adhérer et respecter les normes du secteur ainsi que de l’IRCC. Veuillez faire référence au calendrier trimestriel ou de vous rediriger à



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Black History Month

Ontario Black History Society

February is Black History Month. Find resources and events curated by the Ontario Black History Society at or follow @obhistory on twitter for upcoming events.

NFB: Black Experience in Canada

The National Film Board of Canada has selected a group of films that portray the multi-layered lived experience of Canada’s diverse Black communities. The incredible stories of strength, courage and perseverance in the face of adversity that these films present are not often found in mainstream history books.


Jamaican Nova Scotian Connections

A Community Presents Exhibit by the Jamaican Cultural Association of Nova Scotia explores the growth and contributions of the oldest Jamaican community in Canada, from the migration of the Maroons in the 18th century until the present day. February 5 – April 5, 2020 at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Call for Artists - IWD Exhibition

Artists’ Network Gallery in Toronto is calling on all women members and non-members to submit work to the IWD 2020 Group Show celebrating the voices and aesthetics of women artists to mark International Women’s Day. Gallery proceeds from works sold will be donated to Nellies – shelter, education and advocacy for all women and children.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 16th, 2020.

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Winter Working Group Meetings 2020

Come to this meeting to join participants from across Canada to discuss urgent issues affecting refugees and immigrants in Canada, promote rights for refugees, and share information and strategies. The meeting is open to all, especially CCR members. It is closed to media and government employees. There is no fee and no registration. February 28 - 29, in Toronto.

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Espaces publicitaires disponibles pour le Salon du livre Fesitv’Ébène

SOFIFRAN est heureuse d'annoncer une addition à son festival Festiv’Ébène 2020: Le Salon du livre francophone du Niagara. Cet évènement aura lieu dans les locaux de l’École des Beaux-Arts de l'Université Brock à St.Catharines. Il reste encore quelques espaces publicitaires disponibles pour le catalogue publicitaire. Pour plus d'information, veuillez communiquer avec SOFIFRAN par téléphone ou par courriel.

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Sanctuary policies survey

Participate in a study on better understanding the views of immigration services providers on issues associated with sanctuary policies and municipal involvement with non-status immigrants in Canada. Take the online survey at Research funded by Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), through the partnership Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada.

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Interactive Map - Vulnerability to Poverty

Food Banks Canada has released an interactive map on vulnerability to poverty in Canada. The map facilitates access to publically available data from Statistics Canada, making visible key indicators that show which areas across Canada are vulnerable to poverty and hunger. It is a resource to facilitate conversations between civil society, government and others on how to address these concerns.

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Rainbow Health Ontario 2020 Conference

From April 21-23, 2020, join leading experts in LGBT2SQ health from across Canada at the Rainbow Health Ontario 2020 Conference: The Current (RHO 2020) in Niagara Falls. With over 85 sessions and 200 speakers to choose from, you’ll be exposed to the leading edge of LGBT2SQ health practice, research, policy and systems.

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Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health

Working effectively with interpreters: Working together to improve mental health outcomes across language barriers’ is a webinar offered by CAMH. It will explore language as a social determinant of health, modalities of interpreting, the special considerations for interpreting in mental health and more. 1pm - 2pm, March 12, 2020.

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