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To provide some guidance in terms of justice for refugee and immigration matters, the Health Justice Program is organizing a seminar.

Participants will be able to:

  • Get an overview of common migratory trajectories

  • Understand how accessing justice in refugee/immigration matters can have repercussions on health across the migratory/post-migratory trajectory

  • Familiarize themselves with the appropriate referrals for patients with immigration-related legal issues

  • Master clinical documentation so that they can provide support to patients with immigration-related issues

Date: Tuesday, 14th May, 2019

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 P.M

Location: St. Michael's Hospital, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Toronto

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 05/02/2019 - 14:55

Refugee 613 and Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) are inviting former privately-sponsored refugees, private sponsors, and settlement workers working with sponsored refugees to a brainstorming session.

The objective is to find new tools and ideas that can be impactful.

Former refugees will receive a $25 honorarium and public transportation will be covered too.

Date: Saturday, 11th of May, 2019

Time: 9:30 A.M

Location: YWCA Toronto, 87 Elm Street, Toronto

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 05/02/2019 - 14:45

The Somali diaspora from around the world will be showcased during an exhibition.

The exhibition intends to explore the use of oral history and digital archives in order to keep cultural heritage and collective memory in post-conflict societies.

This conference is part of the Memories of Mogadishu initiative, a multimedia project that  studies the use of memory in the reconstruction of a once cosmopolitan city by those who have been displaced.

Memories of Mogadishu Conference 2019 is in partnership with the Ottawa Art Gallery, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), MCIS Language Solutions, Carleton University, TakingITGlobal and Concordia University.

Date: Saturday, 4th of May, 2019

Time: 9:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m

Location: Ottawa Art Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 05/02/2019 - 14:30

JAYU is organizing a photography exhibition that will focus on the lives and journeys of LGBTQI refugees around the world.

The evening will consist of keynote addresses, a panel of conversation around LGBTQI refugee resettlement, and the photography exhibition.

The portraits were taken by JAYU’s I Am Program, a year-round project that equips youngsters from underserved neighbourhoods with training in photography and social justice.

Date: Friday, 10th of May, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m

Location: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 05/01/2019 - 15:49

Over 300 delegates will attend the Canadian Immigration Summit 2019.  

The objective of the summit is to explore how Canada can respond proactively to

This year, the summit will lay emphasis on the following topics:

  • Populism

  • Future Skills And The Changing Nature Of Work

  • Settlement And Technology

  • Diversity In The Workplace

  • Intergovernmental Collaboration

  • Refugee Flows

  • Pan-Canadian Framework For The Assessment And Recognition Of Foreign Qualifications

  • Global Supply Of Talent

Date: Wednesday 8th of May to Thursday 9th of May, 2019

Time: 7:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m

Location: Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 04/22/2019 - 15:16

Do you want to participate in the reshaping of private sponsorship of refugees?

Refugees 613 in collaboration with the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) is looking for former privately-sponsored refugees, private sponsors, and settlement workers who work with privately-sponsored refugees.

Participants will have a full day of brainstorming focused on designing tools and ideas that can make an impact on private sponsorship.

Former refugees will have a $25 honorarium and Refugee 613 will cover public transportation.

Date: Saturday, 4th of May, 2019

Time: 9:30 A.M

Location: OCISO, 945 Wellington Street West, Ottawa

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 04/18/2019 - 15:32

To do its bit for Syrian refugees resettlement in Ontario, Tasytt, a Hamilton-based startup created a crowdsourced guide.

Offered in English and Arabic, the guide offers tips on lifestyle in Canada, education, taxes, and banking.

The guide aims to be a straightforward and fast introduction to to the processes, habits, and aspects of the Canadian culture that are not explicit.


Posted: 04/17/2019 - 16:53

On top of being complex, refugee hearings can be quite a source of anxiety for refugee claimants.

Most of them go through anxiety, fear, and emotional anguish.

To help assist the claimants, Matthew House has developed a Refugee Hearing Program (RHP).

This program aims to prepare claimants for their hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

This training will provide an overview of the Refugee Hearing Program (RHP) and the refugee determination process.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Understanding Refugees and Immigration in Canada

  • Overview of the Simulated Refugee Hearing Program

  • Case Study

  • Q&A

  • Next Steps

Date: Wednesday, 1st May, 2019

Time: 5:45 - 8 p.m

Location: Baker McKenzie, 181 Bay Street, Toronto

To register for this training or for more information, please click here


Posted: 04/16/2019 - 17:03

According to Rumie, , a Toronto-based startup and non-profit whose mission is to democratize quality digital education, 3 million Syrian children in refugee camps do not have access to education.

To address this problem, Rumie launched Learn Syria Initiative.

The initiative aims to gather learning content for displaced Syrian children.

Learn Syria Initiative does this by raising funds for more tablets to be sent to Syrian refugees and find free learning resources that teach topics refugees want to learn.

There are three ways that people can help Rumi keep this initiative going:

  • Add relevant topics to Rumie’s LearnCloud, their platform that gives children and teachers the tools they need to teach relevant subjects

  • Donate money to help Rumie’s tablet reach the children

  • Raise awareness on the initiative by spreading the word


Posted: 04/16/2019 - 16:35

Due to wars, violence or persecution, people are fleeing their countries around the world.

On top of that, they have to face xenophobic ideologies in some stances.

To address this issue, York University, School Of Social Work, is organizing its 12 annual social work research symposium.

This year’s theme is Securing Our Political Futures: Critical Social Work And Social Science Conversations On Xenophobic Nationalisms.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Critical social work and broader social science responses to the resurgence of xenophobic nationalisms

  • Xenophobia in laws, policies, and discourses

  • Impact on racialized immigrants, refugees, and indigenous populations

  • Diverse creative and resurgent imaginaries (e.g social, political epistemological) and movements challenging xenophobia

  • Envisioning emancipatory futures from within the corpus of critical theory

  • Lessons from cross-disciplinary dialogues and conversations

Date: Friday, 26th April, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m

Location: Ross Building South, Rm. 802, York University, Toronto

For more information or to register, please click here


Posted: 04/11/2019 - 17:53

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