Workshops, CCR consultation, Spring 2017
For the overall agenda, see the consultation program.
Thursday 10:30 - 12 noon
Opening plenary spring 2017
The opening plenary features as keynote speaker Lewis Cardinal, Indigenous human rights activist.
Thursday 1:30pm - 3pm
The view from Central America
With speakers from Central America, USA and Canada, this workshop will provide a regional context to our consideration of migration issues. The workshop will also provide information on CCR's current role as the Technical Secretariat for RROCM.
Innovative Settlement Service Delivery
In an effort to acknowledge and meet the changing needs of the newcomer demographic and diverse populations, this workshop will focus on new and innovative ways of delivering settlement services using best practice models, technology, and other methods. The panel will address various approaches and organizational practices that are necessary to reach participants and communities outside of the established boundaries and norms. In seeking the best possible outcomes for newcomers, the choice facing settlement agencies is not whether to change but how.
(En)Countering Hate in Canada
In this workshop, panelists will speak from three different perspectives, bringing a deep understanding of racial justice and a set of diverse lived experiences into a conversation about anti-Indigenous racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia. They will discuss similarities between these diverse groups and speak to how this affects the settlement and integration of refugeesAs voices of fear, anger and hate are more openly expressed across Canada, they give rise to biases, prejudices and discriminatory attitudes and behaviours. The workshop will look at the unique and common roots of dynamics of othering and exclusion, and identify opportunities and strategies to build and nurture communities that appreciate and embrace their diversity.
The workshop will consist of three panel speakers, followed by a question period. During the question period we will be asking participants to focus on action items and resolutions going forward.
Alternatives to detention
The Canadian government is planning to implement alternatives to detention across Canada. The CCR's proposed community-based model will be presented and discussed in this workshop.
Thursday 3:30pm - 5pm
Sanctuary cities and regularization
This session will explore what ‘Access Without Fear’ municipal policy means in Canadian municipalities including the role of local police, examples of successful campaigns (Vancouver), and hearing about strategies from current municipal campaigns (Victoria, Ottawa). We will hear about activist efforts to organize around this important principle and how organizers in other areas can learn from their failures and successes. Session organizers are interested in exploring interest from CCR members to connect nationally as a network to support ‘Access Without Fear’ organizing efforts across Canada.
Newcomer youth civic engagement
This workshop will involve discussion with youth leaders in their communities around different youth-led and art-based initiatives that they have worked on locally. Participants will reflect on why these initiatives are crucial for the newcomer youth and the communities involved.
Root causes of displacement: Canadian implication
The root causes of forced displacement are varied and complex. Full analysis of them involves examination of both internal and external, immediate and long-term factors. This workshop will focus on a number of situations in which Canada and/or Canadian business interests have contributed directly or indirectly to forced displacement. It will also consider ways in which Canada could contribute positively to the resolution of these situations.
US-Canada Safe third country
This workshop will look at the current situation of refugees in the US, what advice can be given to those who might want to make a claim in Canada, how the Safe Third Country exceptions function and how we in Canada can best respond to increased numbers of refugee claimants. There will also be an update on litigation.
Friday 9am - 10:30am
Violence Against Women: Identifying Solutions and Partnerships
This workshop will examine violence against women from both a refugee perspective, and an indigenous perspective. By examining the similarities and differences between the two groups, we will work to identify solutions to violence against women and build an understanding of what it means to have indigenous inclusion in the settlement and integration sector. We will hear from three experts on the subject, and will take time to build strategies as a group that can be shared throughout the non-profit and policy sector.
Climate Change and Forced Displacement: What can we do?
The workshop takes stock of the work carried out globally around the topic of climate change and migration by diverse agencies and actors. It then engages participants in the question: What can we do here in Canada? How does this topic intersect with CCR’s work?
Dialogue with government representatives
This session will feature a dialogue with Sarita Bhatla, Director General, Refugee Affairs Branch, and Corinne Prince St-Amand, Director General, Integration, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (to be confirmed).
Friday 11am - 12:30pm
Training: Vicarious Traumatization and Self Care
This workshop will provide frontline staff and management with knowledge about vicarious trauma, strategies on how to recognize the risks and address Vicarious trauma. Participants will engage in case study discussions and self-reflection exercises, and will be given a resource tool kit.
Inspiring practices – new paths working with refugee claimants
The goal is to share some practices that are taking place in different parts of Canada, and to bring together various stakeholders to better respond to the needs of refugee claimants.
Effective strategies for engaging local communities
This workshop will explore concrete solutions and approaches to resolve challenges faced by refugees. There will be particular focus on multisectoral, community-centred projects in both smaller communities and larger urban centres. We will also look at how public perceptions are involved in resolving these challenges.
After hearing about select local experiences and lessons learned, participants will discuss and compile a list of promising practices and tips to launch similar efforts at home.
Global resettlement in uncertain times
This workshop will explore current global protection needs and the shifting realities in resettlement – Canada’s response, emerging resettlement programs in other countries, and the impact of the US decision to reduce its 2017 commitment to resettlement.
Friday 1:30 - 3pm
Building on positive Canadian energy for refugees
This participatory workshop will provide an opportunity to share stories of success and best practices from across Canada emerging from the recent growth in private sponsorship of refugees.
Continuum of labour exploitation
Changes in refugee determination system
Following evaluations of the current refugee determination system and consultations on potential reforms, what does the future hold? This question will be on the agenda for this workshop, along with discussions on making refugee hearings at the IRB as efficient as possible, in the context of rising refugee claim numbers.
Saturday 11am - 1pm
Closing plenary spring 2017
The closing session will offer an opportunity to hear from a closing speaker, recap the highlights of the consultation and debate resolutions. The session will include the CCR Spring General Meeting.