Workshops, CCR consultation, Fall 2017

For the overall agenda, see the consultation program.

Caucus: Francophones

Participants will discuss the question of linguistic inclusivity and have the perspective of CCR francophone members. What are the common challenges? How can we bridge more our work and networks? How can we ensure francophone perspective is included in the conversation? Ultimately, how can we reach out to more francophone organizations and mobilize them to join forces nationally through the CCR's work?

Organized by: Francophone Advisory Committee

Thursday 8:30am - 9am

Orientation for new participants

Are you attending a CCR Consultation for the first time? Join this session to learn about the CCR, answer some common questions about the Consultation and meet some friendly faces.

Thursday 9am - 10am

Working Group meetings, Part I

All participants who are not representing government should attend the Working Group meetings on Thursday morning. These meetings will frame the discussions and introduce the issues to be addressed during the consultation. It is also a great way to start connecting with other participants.

Depending on your interests, choose which working group to attend:

Working group meetings are closed to government employees and media. Representatives of inter governmental organizations (IOM, UNHCR) are encouraged to attend as observers.

Thursday 10:30 - 11am

Opening plenary fall 2017

Organized by: Executive

Thursday 11am - 12 noon

African network caucus

This caucus is a space to pursue efforts to support an African Refugee Network to serve as a voice of concerned individuals with a passion to link hands with the African refugees and to highlight their rights and need for protection to the Canadian Government and the general public.

Organized by: Organized by the Working Group on Overseas Protection and Sponsorship

Caucus on legacy claimants

Participants will discuss ways to support and advocate for refugee claimants in the legacy backlog (i.e. those who made claims before 15 December 2012).

Organized by: Organized by the Working Group on Inland Protection

Caucus: Youth Network

This meeting offers youth the opportunity to hear more about the restructuring of the Youth Network and the soon to be provincial/regional branches. Participate in a discussion on the next steps for the network and on plans for the next Youth Action Gathering (YAG).

Non-youth may attend this workshop but they are asked to give priority to interventions from youth participants.

Organized by: Youth Network

Caucus on complementary pathways for refugees

Canada's immigration levels offer only a limited number of spaces for refugees. How can other immigration categories, notably the economic, be opened up for refugees who meet the criteria for those categories? This caucus will provide an opportunity to exchange information and ideas. (Note education as a complementary pathway will be discussed at a workshop on Saturday morning).

Caucus : Mental Health

This session is focused on looking at obstacles and strategies to promoting mental health of clients as well as service providers in immigrant and refugee serving organizations. This will be an interactive session where participants will share strategies and resources. 

Organized by: Working Group on Immigration and Settlement

Thursday 1:30pm - 3pm

Double Punishment: Criminality and Immigration Status

In Canada, non-citizens who commit a crime may be subject to “double punishment” which means that they will first be penalized under criminal law and then subsequently punished under the immigration system. For non-citizens, the consequence can be the loss of status and deportation. This workshop will explore the concept and legal frameworks of double punishment, the people impacted by them, and the implications for Canadian society.

Organized by: Joint workshop - IP and I&S
Sponsored by:
The Law Foundation of Ontario

Irregular crossings from US

A discussion of the recent trend in increased irregular arrivals from the US, the causes and possible future trends, and recent changes in the Canadian system in response.

Organized by: Inland Protection

A Journey into Exile

This workshop will present an exercise to raise awareness about the reality of a life in exile experienced by refugees around the world.

Organized by: Overseas Protection and Sponsorship

Language learning for Newcomers: Successes and challenges

Newcomers who arrive to Canada with literacy concerns can face many barriers in learning a new language. This workshop will seek to explore various best practices that have been developed by service providers and volunteers across Canada in an effort to understand how all communities can benefit from these approaches.

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement
Sponsored by:
Social Justice Research Institute – Brock University

Thursday 3:30pm - 5pm

Youth migrant crossing experiences

A youth and human perspective on the irregular border crossing of youth and children in Canada. What does "crossing irregularly" means for those who embark in such difficult journey. What are the next steps? How can we raise more awareness of these issues? This workshop is divided in two parts with a youth-led awareness raising campaign/activity using multiple media.

Organized by: Youth Network

Alternatives to Detention in Canada: CBSA’s plans and role of NGOs and partner agencies

CBSA will present its plans for a national alternatives to detention program in Canada. Participants will have the opportunity to exchange with CBSA about their plans and the roles of contracting agencies and of NGOs.

Organized by: IP

Combatting racism and Islamophobia in our work

Islamophobia and racism are pervasive and firmly entrenched in Canada. This session will explore systemic racism and how it manifests. It will look at what actions we can take to challenge racism and Islamophobia in our personal and professional lives, and to mobilize against prejudice and discrimination in our organizations and communities.

Organized by: Anti-oppression

Towards the Global Compact on Refugees

In the 2016 New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants, UN member States committed to adopt “Global Compacts” in 2018 to ensure more equitable sharing of responsibility for hosting and supporting the world’s refugees and to improve governance on migration. This workshop will update participants on the consultative process led by UNHCR to develop the Global Compact on Refugees, and will also touch upon the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. 

Organized by: OPS

Friday 9am - 10am

Plenary: Minister of Public Safety

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety, will address participants and respond to questions.

Organized by: Executive

Friday 10:30am - 12 noon

Sex, labour and other forms of trafficking: going beyond trafficking divides

This workshop will address:

  • What are the root causes of exploitation for women, including indigenous women, migrant women – what makes them vulnerable to trafficking?
  • Why is it important to see exploitation on a continuum? How can one form of trafficking become a risk factor for another?
  • What are the similarities and differences between populations of trafficked persons, women and men? How is trauma similar or different?
  • How can service providers advocate for trafficking survivors or those potentially trafficked?
  • How to respond when gender becomes political?
Organized by: Trafficking

Protecting refugees = Stronger communities: How to win more support for refugees

In summer 2017, a CCR-commissioned public opinion survey found that 39% of Canadians can go along with allowing refugees to come to Canada and settle, but are not currently actively in support of refugees.

Participate in this workshop to identify and influence people who occupy this middle ground in welcoming refugees. Find out about new tools and local strategies to transform them into active supporters and advocates for refugees in your community.

Organized by: Executive

RPD changes

This workshop will look at recent and upcoming changes to procedures at the Refugee Protection Division, including scheduling of refugee hearings. Participants will hear the latest developments and have an opportunity to comment on the impacts on refugee claimants going through the determination system.

Organized by: Inland Protection

Access to education is a human right – Challenges at the post-secondary level

This workshop will explore issues and barriers faced by refugees and people without legal status trying to access post-secondary education in Canada. Panelists will speak about innovative practices as well as challenges facing these groups, and participants will be encouraged to contribute to the discussion.  

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement

Friday 12pm – 1:30pm

Informal session for people wishing to get more involved in the CCR

Would you like to get more involved in the CCR? Perhaps you have attended a few meetings and feel like it is time to get in deeper? Or maybe you are attending for the first time and wantto waste no time in plunging right in? Join this session to explore how best to match your interests with what the CCR has to offer.

Friday 1:30 - 3pm

Strategy session: advocacy how tos

This session is a joint meeting of the Working Groups.

The session is closed to government and media.

Organized by: Joint strategy session

Forgotten Refugee Crises: Focus on South Sudan and Burundi

  • This workshop is designed to develop awareness on worsening refugee crises with no media coverage, to promote equity in Canada’s and the international community’s response to refugee protection needs across the world and to develop recommendations on ways to address and respond to these crises.
Organized by: Overseas Protection and Sponsorship

Challenging Barriers to Canadian Citizenship

This workshop will explore legal and logistical barriers to citizenship. Participants will be invited to discuss ideas and recommendations to advocate for policy change.

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement

Working with People with Precarious Status

This workshop aims to help front-line workers be better equipped when working with migrants with precarious status.  It will examine the legal rights and restrictions of people with precarious status in Canada and will explore some creative solutions being employed across the country to help this population gain access to social services.

Organized by: Inland Protection

Friday 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Working Group meetings, Part II

In this second part of the working group meetings, participants will discuss follow up to the workshops and other strategies for collaboration, for action and for policy development. All participants who are not representing government should attend one of the Working Group meetings:

Working group meetings are closed to government employees and media. Representatives of inter governmental organizations (IOM, UNHCR) are encouraged to attend as observers.

Saturday 9am - 10:30am

Training: Race, Gendered Violence, and the Rights of Women with Precarious Immigration Status

In this practical training workshop, Deepa Mattoo will discuss the key findings and recommendations from her Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship (Law Foundation of Ontario). Through exploring the complex relationship between race, gender, and immigration status, the aim of this session is to build the capacity of settlement workers and lawyers to better provide services to racialized women with precarious immigration status who have experienced gendered violence.

The presentation will provide key findings and recommendations in the following three areas:

  1. The eligibility requirements for benefits and social services for different immigration applications as most commonly seen in the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic’s practice.
  2. A catalogue of the gender-based Immigration and Refugee Protection Act framework and guidelines.
  3. Privacy legislation in the context of the City of Toronto as a “Sanctuary City”, and the requirements of service providers to disclose information about a woman’s immigration status to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). 
Organized by: Executive

Imagine: Education as a Complementary Pathway to a Durable Solution

Panelists in this workshop will present some existing educational programs for refugees and other forcibly displaced people that are pushing boundaries in trying to provide empowerment. Participants will then explore how governments and educational institutions (of many types and levels) could collaborate more effectively to create paths to durable futures, whether through resettlement, local integration or voluntary repatriation.

Organized by: Overseas Protection and Sponsorship

Dialogue with IRCC

In this workshop, participants will discuss two issues with IRCC representatives: sharing of relevant information on health issues of  resettled refugees and family reunification procedures for accepted refugee claimants.

Organized by: Executive