Announcement

In the Field Newsletter Volume 63

It has been a rough period for the estimated 800,000 "Dreamers" in the U.S. — young people who availed themselves of the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program over the past few years. DACA was implemented to give certain young, undocumented migrants, who were brought to the U.S. as minors, temporary protection from deportation action as well as the ability to work legally while in the States.

In the Field Newsletter Volume 62

This August long weekend in Canada was a time for much discussion of what this civic holiday means for different parts of the country. In Ontario, there’s a mishmash of understanding of why we take off the first Monday in the month. For many it’s just a day off. For others (especially Torontonians and those in the Greater Toronto area) its Simcoe day and still for others, especially Ontario’s Black communities, its Emancipation Day, a commemoration of the end of the enslavement of Black people here in Canada* and throughout the Americas (1834).

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

OCASI is calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to designate January 29 as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.

On January 29, 2017, six worshipers were killed and many others injured during evening prayer at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City. Their names were: Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane.

OCASI AGM 2017

OCASI
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

You’re Invited to our

39th Annual General Meeting

Keynote Address:
Hon. Laura Albanese
Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Westin Prince Toronto Hotel
900 York Mills Road
Toronto, Ontario

Registration: 4:30 p.m.
Meeting: 5:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.

OCASI SSJ 2017

OCASI School of Social Justice 2017

Announcement & Call for Applications

Please read ALL the information below before submitting your application.

The OCASI School for Social Justice (SSJ) is a training institute for OCASI member agency employees (and OCASI staff), to build capacity in social analysis, community organizing, and advocacy for social and economic justice.

In the Field Newsletter Volume 61

Over the past few weeks, my time has been taken up with government relations obligations: consultation with the Federal Minister responsible for immigration; discussions with the Provincial Ministry (of Citizenship and Immigration) and their new Refugee Resettlement Unit; participation on the Global Migration Compact Advisory Committee and my work on the Provincial Working Group charged with developing a roadmap for Income Security Reform.

In the Field Newsletter Volume 59

Earlier this month the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released the report Under Suspicion: Research and Consultation Report on Racial Profiling in Ontario. It is chockful of personal examples of how racial profiling tears at the soul of those profiled, reinforces the sense of otherness that many who are racialized experience, and undermines the social cohesion we so desperately need if this Canadian political project of diversity and inclusion is to be a success.

In the Field Newsletter Volume 58

This year OCASI, Its members and allied organizations and groups decided to declare April Refugee Rights Month. The Anniversary of the Singh decision which falls on April 4th is a time to celebrate the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the fundamental rights of refugees – that in Canada refugees too have a right to life, liberty and security of persons.

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