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Newcomers and Refugees in Niagara: Community Forum 9:15 am
Newcomers and Refugees in Niagara: Community Forum @ Silver Spire United Church
Oct 12 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm
A day of learning and discussion about newcomers and refugees in Niagara featuring informative panels and keynote speaker, Zarqa Nawaz. Zarqa is the author of “Laughing All the Way to the Mosque” and creator of the hit CBC TV show “Little Mosque on the Prairie.” Morning panelists for On the Ground in Niagara: Jeff Burch, Executive Director of Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre Velma Lang, retired ESL teacher, LINC Language assessor and refugee sponsor Martha Mason, Executive Director of Fort Erie Multicultural Centre Moses Moini, Refugee Program Coordinator, Mennonite Central Committee Ontario Rohaina Saqib, Coordinator, Settlement Workers in Schools, YMCA Niagara The afternoon panel discussion, Local Voices, Local Stories, will feature newcomers to Niagara from China, Colombia, Syria, Yemen, and Zimbabwe. Afternoon breakout groups: Why Niagara? – consulting about Niagara Region’s new immigration portal – Dave Raymond, Region of Niagara Refugees, Settlement and Anti-Racism – discussion – Tamari Kitossa, Brock University Safe Third Country Protocol – presentation – Martha Mason – Fort Erie Multicultural Centre Empowering Women – guided discussion – Nyarai Kapisavanhu – TOES Niagara This community forum is presented by Fort Erie Multicultural Centre, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, Seedling for Change in History, Silver Spire United Church, Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre, and the YMCA of Niagara.
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Strategies to Support the Settlement and Integration of Immigrants and Refugees with Disabilities 12:00 pm
Strategies to Support the Settlement and Integration of Immigrants and Refugees with Disabilities @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
People with disabilities, or ” long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments” as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, may experience hindered participation in society. Immigrants and refugees with disabilities may experience other additional challenges. For example, with limited awareness of disability rights and resources available to them in Canada, and with differential access to resettlement resources due to attitudinal, physical and social barriers, this population may not have access to health care and psycho social support. In this webinar, Dr. Yahya El-Lahib will discuss some of the limitations, barriers and systemic challenges that affect the settlement experiences of immigrants and refugees with disabilities, along with an exploration of ways that settlement, social and health service providers can aim to improve practices in efforts to facilitate effective access to services for newcomers with disabilities. This webinar is hosted by the Refugee Mental Health Project.
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Advance Level Immigration Service Access Training 9:00 am
Advance Level Immigration Service Access Training @ St. Catharines Public Library, Central Branch, Mills Room
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
This training is for service providers who work with immigrants and refugees, People Living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs), and Non-Status Individuals. The workshop will provide detailed information about the various immigration forms, the issues facing immigrants with HIV or other “medically inadmissible” conditions, how HIV factors in to a refugee claim and more. This workshop will also provide valuable connections between service providers, the HIV specialty legal clinic in Toronto and local legal professionals who are working with clients in the immigration or refugee process. To register, contact Jackie (jackie@positivelivingniagara.com) or Winnie (wmurombedzi@positivelivingniagara.com). This training is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.
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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

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Strategies to Support the Settlement and Integration of Immigrants and Refugees with Disabilities @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

People with disabilities, or ” long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments” as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, may experience hindered participation in society.

Immigrants and refugees with disabilities may experience other additional challenges. For example, with limited awareness of disability rights and resources available to them in Canada, and with differential access to resettlement resources due to attitudinal, physical and social barriers, this population may not have access to health care and psycho social support.

In this webinar, Dr. Yahya El-Lahib will discuss some of the limitations, barriers and systemic challenges that affect the settlement experiences of immigrants and refugees with disabilities, along with an exploration of ways that settlement, social and health service providers can aim to improve practices in efforts to facilitate effective access to services for newcomers with disabilities.

This webinar is hosted by the Refugee Mental Health Project.

Oct
27
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Advance Level Immigration Service Access Training @ St. Catharines Public Library, Central Branch, Mills Room
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

This training is for service providers who work with immigrants and refugees, People Living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs), and Non-Status Individuals.

The workshop will provide detailed information about the various immigration forms, the issues facing immigrants with HIV or other “medically inadmissible” conditions, how HIV factors in to a refugee claim and more.

This workshop will also provide valuable connections between service providers, the HIV specialty legal clinic in Toronto and local legal professionals who are working with clients in the immigration or refugee process.

To register, contact Jackie (jackie@positivelivingniagara.com) or Winnie (wmurombedzi@positivelivingniagara.com).

This training is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.

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NCF Niagara Leaders Breakfast @ Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre
Nov 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Join the Niagara Community Foundation for the 16th annual Niagara Leaders Breakfast, featuring the release of the Living in Niagara 2017 Report. This triennial report, prepared by Niagara Connects, weaves together data and knowledge to describe quality of life across 12 Living in Niagara Sectors.

During the breakfast, community leaders and Niagara Community Foundation grant recipients will share stories that highlight ways data sharing supports planning to build a stronger future for Niagara.

For information or tickets call 905-684-8688.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.

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Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Fall Consultation @ Crowne Plaza Hotel
Nov 30 all-day

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Fall Consultation will address issues related to the settlement and integration needs of newcomers and refugees, the protection of refugees and vulnerable migrants, and refugee resettlement and sponsorship.

The consultation offers space for organizations and individuals in these sectors to network with others from across Canada and beyond, share information and expertise, identify emerging issues and themes, and develop strategies to address pressing issues affecting refugees and immigrants in Ontario, Canada and internationally.

This consultation is hosted by the Canadian Council for Refugees.

Dec
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Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Fall Consultation @ Crowne Plaza Hotel
Dec 1 all-day

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Fall Consultation will address issues related to the settlement and integration needs of newcomers and refugees, the protection of refugees and vulnerable migrants, and refugee resettlement and sponsorship.

The consultation offers space for organizations and individuals in these sectors to network with others from across Canada and beyond, share information and expertise, identify emerging issues and themes, and develop strategies to address pressing issues affecting refugees and immigrants in Ontario, Canada and internationally.

This consultation is hosted by the Canadian Council for Refugees.

Dec
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Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Fall Consultation @ Crowne Plaza Hotel
Dec 2 all-day

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Fall Consultation will address issues related to the settlement and integration needs of newcomers and refugees, the protection of refugees and vulnerable migrants, and refugee resettlement and sponsorship.

The consultation offers space for organizations and individuals in these sectors to network with others from across Canada and beyond, share information and expertise, identify emerging issues and themes, and develop strategies to address pressing issues affecting refugees and immigrants in Ontario, Canada and internationally.

This consultation is hosted by the Canadian Council for Refugees.

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