In the Field Newsletter Volume 95



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A Requiem for Black Lives

The Spring of 2020 is filled with deep collective pain and rage for North America’s Black communities. For Canada’s Black communities. Anti-Black racism is evident in the over-surveillance and policing of Black neighbourhoods, while leaving them under-protected. We are in a moment of flux, at the proverbial cross-roads. Progressive, anti-racist, anti-colonial change is necessary and possible. Which path will you take?

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#ImmigrantsWork Campaign

TRIEC, along with World Education Services (WES) and seven immigrant employment councils across the country, is excited to launch the #ImmigrantsWork campaign. Leveraging the collective voice of a national coalition, the campaign will share stories, resources, and a collection of tools to support rebuilding Canadian businesses with a focus on immigrant integration.

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End Anti-Black Racism

We are in solidarity with Black Communities in Canada and across North America amidst the pain and rage we feel at the taking of another Black life - again. Read the entire solidarity statement by OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants.

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Intersectional Impact of COVID-19

OCASI’s Initiative to End Gender-Based Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities has launched a series of Virtual Roundtables to host conversations and knowledge exchanges that consider the intersectional impacts of COVID-19 for non-status, refugee and immigrant women across and Canada. We invite you to join our next roundtable, and encourage you to please check our website for recordings, updates and visual summaries!

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Mental Health Training Videos

With the onset of COVID-19, OCASI recognizes that service providers are looking for online training and Mental Health-related resources. OCASI has compiled a list of free pre-recorded trainings for service providers to view and continue growing their online learning. If you have questions please email

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OCASI Client Management System (OCMS)

Are you looking for a client management system that works well for your agency? Try OCMS! Please watch the OCMS video or sign up for a webinar. We are proud of our work and our clients. To join our growing list of clients contact Elena Trapeznikova or (416) 322-4950 ext. 241.

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Join Settlenet.Org / Réseau-Etab.Org

Join / Ré to learn, share, connect, and collaborate with people in your field. Our members are encouraged to engage in ongoing professional development opportunities on the platform. Visit the site to enrol in webinars, access conference materials, read or submit articles, and connect with your peers across Canada.



Apply For Emergency Community Support Fund

Apply now for the federal government’s $350 million fund to improve the ability of community organizations to serve vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis. Applications for financial support for qualified donees (including charities) and non-profits will be accepted through United Way Centraide Canada, Canadian Red Cross or Community Foundations of Canada.

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COVID-19: Eligibility rules for benefits

Many new benefits programs have been announced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. CLEO's chart helps you understand what's available under the various programs and their eligibility rules. Download the one-page chart in colour or in black and white. Visit for daily updates on how the law and legal services have been affected by COVID-19.

Migrants Know Your Rights

The International Human Rights Program has released a new digital guide: Migrants Know Your Rights Ontario's Emergency COVID ID Requirement together with migrant justice groups. The guide covers what migrants should know about their rights under Ontario's Emergency COVID ID Requirement, including what migrants can do if stopped by police or arrested and detained.

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YWCA Toronto Blog

Are you a writer looking for a way to reach a wider, engaged audience? Why not write for the YWCA Toronto blog?! We’re looking for volunteer writers to contribute feminist content to our blog. Write about intersectional issues close to you and your experiences in our city. For more info or to pitch a blog article, contact

Fight COVID Racism

Anti-Asian racism is on the rise across Canada. This platform by four Asian Canadian social justic organizations aims to allow individuals to share their experiences of racism, and will allow us to track and record instances of Anti-Asian racism during COVID-19. You’ll also find resources and support that you can access. We’ll get through this together.

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Charities & the COVID-19 Pandemic survey

Imagine Canada has released a new report based on an April survey of charitable sector leaders. The report describes the experiences of charities since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the impact of physical distancing, mandatory closure of non-essential businesses, and other changes. It summarizes responses of 1,458 charity leaders, and finds tremendous fragility in the sector.

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Learning About Racism

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation has developed an exclusive, free on-line program that has brought together a “faculty” of subject matter experts to create a curriculum and a set of reading materials. Learners, drawn from multiple sectors, will read provided material and participate in courses led by faculty members who are experts in the topic of discussion.

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