In the Field Newsletter Volume 118

“Happy Mother’s Day to the moms separated by violent borders and imperialism”* was a tweet that crossed my screen early on Mother’s Day as I prepared to visit my own mother, ever thankful that my own separation from the woman who birthed me was a short three years, though as a child it felt like a lifetime. The tweet was from a feminist, anti-racist Black mother of a Black son whose community has experienced war, displacement and migration.

In the Field Newsletter Volume 117

The reported atrocities across Ukraine have added to the urgency to respond felt by Ukrainian and other concerned communities here in Canada. Since the federal government rolled out the special Temporary Resident pathway- CUAET (Canada Ukrainian Authorization for Emergency Travel) about three weeks ago, over ninety-thousand applications have been received with more than fifty thousand of these applicants applying for the three-year open work permit. Others have applied for student visas. The balance are the children and the elderly.

2022 Forum des Leaders d'OCASI - Appel aux propositions

Date limite pour la soumission de propositions : mercredi, le 15 juin 2022 à 24h00 heure avancée de l'Est

Le Forum des Leaders d'OCASI accueillera les leaders de longue date et émergeants au sein des organismes membres d'OCASI et des organismes au service des immigrants et des réfugiés de l'Ontario.

Ce Forum constituera le premier grand événement d'OCASI en mode présentiel depuis plus de deux ans. Au cours d'une telle période, il y a eu un nombre important de changements dans le domaine de l'immigration et de la protection des réfugiés.

In the Field Newsletter Volume 116

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them”. This quote, often attributed to celebrated and well-loved African-American poet and author, Maya Angelou, appeared time and again on my various social media platforms as primarily Black, Asian and Arab people found themselves gaslighted, contradicted and called out, for raising concerns about the treatment of Black and racialized people, primarily international students attempting to flee the devastating war in Ukraine.

In the Field Newsletter Volume 113

We enter this last month of the calendar year with increasing alarm and some frustration as new variants of the COVID-19 are detected here at home and throughout the world. Frustration- or at least mine, comes from the knee jerk response of the Canadian and other high income countries quickly moving to shut their borders primarily to travellers from countries in the Global South and South Africa.