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2021 Virtual OCASI Professional Development Conference CFP


October 20, 21 and 22, 2021

EXTENDED! Deadline for submissions: Friday, July 30, 2021

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OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants invites you to submit a session proposal for the 2021 Virtual OCASI Professional Development Conference.

In the Field Newsletter Volume 107

The day began with the news that the statue of Egerton Ryerson, often lauded as the father of education, but more recently and more accurately known as a key architect of (Indian) Residential Schools, outside Ryerson University was torn down. The sculptured head was detached and dropped into the Toronto Harbour. A symbolic move, but one that resonated with many whose families experienced the violence of the residential school system.

OCASI Statement – Stop Islamophobia, Hate and Terrorism


OCASI statement on the attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario

Toronto / June 8, 2021

OCASI is shocked and outraged by the mass murder of a Muslim family in London, Ontario on Sunday June 6, 2021. It was a deliberate act of hate, Islamophobia and terrorism.

The Council is deeply grieved and saddened by the tragic loss of four lives of a family who were deliberately targeted because of their Muslim faith. We offer our deepest condolences to their young son who has lost his entire family to this violent attack, and to the families and communities affected.

In honour of 215 lost children


OCASI statement in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

Toronto/June 2, 2021

OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants mourns the children found in unmarked burial sites at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Our hearts are heavy at the profound loss of 215 young lives cut short, to the families, communities, Indigenous Peoples and the country.