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Res.: 1 , May 2007
Whereas:
  1. A review of the role, structure and function of the Core Groups began in November 2005 as part of a broader initiative to assess effectiveness and relevance of the CCR structure and consultations were held with the Executive, Working Group Chairs and Core Group Chairs and members as well as a workshop session at the November 2006 Consultation.
  2. There was consensus on the vision of what Core Groups mean for the CCR as an organization. They are an entry point into greater participation in the work of the CCR, especially for persons who are new to the CCR. Both expertise in the issues and experiential knowledge are important and enriches the perspectives of the Core Groups and of the whole CCR.
  3. It is important to recognize that the Core groups have been very successful with various projects; hence the review was undertaken with the goal of building on past successes and the ongoing commitment of members to the issues.
  4. While we have a common vision of possibilities, we also agreed that the Core Groups each function quite differently in style and in outcomes. In general the Core Groups are not always fulfilling the vision for very many reasons, including:
    • the composition of membership,
    • the nominations and election process,
    • poor linkage with Working Groups,
    • the lack of profile for the Core Groups within the organization and
    • the absence of any structured orientation, training and mentoring for new members
  5. During the consultation process various models were discussed and modified after further consultation.
Therefore be it resolved:

That:

  1. The CCR reduce the number of Core Groups to 2
    1. The Communications Core Group will be eliminated but the communications function will be retained as a staff role with assistance from members. (e.g. regional advocates)
    2. The Anti-Racism Core Group and the Gender Issues Core Group be sustained;
    3. Each core group will have six elected members and one member appointed by the Executive;
  2. The CCR will work towards a formal commitment to an anti-oppression policy. Both Core Groups and the Executive will take leadership to ensure this is achieved by May 2009.
  3. The CCR will implement a new nominations and election process as follows:
    1. A Nominating Committee for Core Group membership will be elected at the Spring General Meeting;
    2. 3 persons will be elected and should be representative of the interests of the Core Groups and Working Groups;
    3. The Chair of the Nominating Committee will be identified at the time of the election of the Committee;
    4. The Nominating Committee will recruit nominations from the membership and recommend a slate of nominees, including the position of Co-Chair, taking into account skill, expertise, leadership development, participation of new members and regional representation;
    5. Half of the Core Group members (three) including one co-chair will be elected at each Annual General Meeting;
    6. the term will be for two years with two terms consecutively allowed;
    7. one Executive member will be appointed by the Executive to each CG;
    8. Co-Chairs of Core Groups may wish to recruit resource persons who have a special interest or expertise on a particular aspect of work being undertaken by the CG.
  4. That the CG Co-Chairs fully implement the new job description and terms of reference as recommended by the Executive beginning in November 2007 taking into consideration existing guidelines and including the following;
    1. The Core Groups ensure that issues of inclusion and anti-oppression are integrated into the discussions and activities of the Working Groups. The CGs may see opportunities for education and awareness building on emerging issues. They may provide emphasis or perspective on current anti-oppression issues and support the Working Groups in developing policy and actions. For this reason the CGs and the WG Co-Chairs must work closely in developing and sustaining the agenda of the Working Groups and that of the Core Groups.
    2. Co-Chairs are expected to attend the Working Group Meetings or to appoint a Core Group member to attend on their behalf. The Executive Member appointed to the Core Group will also attend the WG meetings to ensure ongoing presence when Co-Chairs and members are unable to attend.
    3. The Core Group Co-Chairs and WG Co-Chairs will work together to develop a workplan for presentation to the Winter Working Group Meetings and provide to the Executive.
    4. Each Core Group will undertake to do at least two sessions at the Working Group meetings to build awareness on anti-oppression issues with a view to the development and implementation of an anti-oppression policy by May 2009.
    5. Core Groups may undertake specific projects or collaborate with one or more Working Group on projects, workshops, information sharing etc.
    6. Core groups are responsible for organizing one workshop per year at a CCR Consultation as part of their annual workplan and involving at least one Working Group in the theme and development.
    7. Core Groups will provide a short written update report (1 page) on their activities for distribution to every Working Group meeting and for posting on the website.
  5. That the Co-Chairs of the Working Groups and the Core Groups work collaboratively to ensure that anti-racism and gender issues are an integral part of the CCR’s activities, especially in the Working Groups;
  6. That the Core Groups have increased opportunities to communicate their role and activities to the CCR members.
Res.: 6 , May 2007
Whereas:
  1. The length of protracted refugee situations is increasing, leading to impoverishment and deprivation of the refugees in these camps and urban settings;
  2. Canada is committed to working towards finding durable solutions for persons in protracted refugee situations including repatriation, local integration and resettlement;
  3. All refugees will benefit from education and skills training made available before persons leave the camps, especially but not exclusively those being resettled;
  4. The CCR and more recently the UNHCR have expressed to the government of Canada their interest in engaging Canadian NGOs in resettlement activities abroad, including those with an integration focus, recognizing the benefits to the refugees and to the receiving communities;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Request to the Government of Canada, especially CIDA and CIC, to work with NGOs to develop a Canadian strategy to address protracted refugee situations that uses all tools at Canada’s disposal including funding for preventative health treatment, job skills training, health treatment, education etc. in refugee camps and urban settings;
  2. Urge the Government of Canada to amend the Terms and Conditions of various instruments to allow for more flexibility and responsiveness in programming, including the flexibility to fund integration programming overseas;
  3. Request the Government of Canada that Canada’s contributions to the World Bank include instructions that poverty reduction strategy papers should include strategies to help reduce poverty within refugee populations.
Res.: 11 , May 2007
Whereas:
  1. Eligible refugee claimants are required to apply for work permits from CIC;
  2. Work permits are issued if applied for after the medical examination processing is completed;
  3. Completion of the medical examination process is not announced to refugee claimants, and they are never sure when to apply for their work permit, and work permits are required for applying for the SIN cards and for working legally in Canada;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request that CIC issue the first work permits automatically, without claimants having to apply, to all adult eligible refugee claimants, upon completion of the medical examination process.

Res.: 9 , May 2007
Whereas:
  1. The needs of persons with mental health issues are not being adequately addressed by any of the divisions of the IRB;
  2. The guidelines for vulnerable persons do not meet these needs;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR advocate for the creation and implementation by the IRB of specialized mental health tribunals modelled upon the mental health courts in the criminal justice system.

Res.: 14 , May 2007
Whereas:

Some countries do not allow for adoption and thus persons from those countries are excluded from emigrating with or sponsoring their “de facto” family members.

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR advocate for the promulgation of IRPA regulations on legal guardianship.

Res.: 2 , May 2007
Whereas:
  1. IRPA and the Québec immigration regulations currently prohibit siblings from combining their income in order to sponsor their parents or grandparents and other members of the Family Class;
  2. This arbitrarily keeps families apart;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request a change in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, as well as the Québec Regulation respecting the Selection of Foreign Nationals to allow the combining of siblings’ income to meet the qualifying income level to sponsor parents or grandparents and other members of the Family Class.

Res.: 7 , May 2007
Whereas:
  1. There are evident disparities in processing of African refugees’ files in terms of waiting times, refusal rates and systematic DNA testing, in comparison to other regions;
  2. African refugee situations are among the most protracted in the world.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Request the Government of Canada establish an NGO-Government Committee on African refugee and immigrant issues to further monitor and document the situation and propose viable solutions;
  2. Seek collaboration on these issues with Canadian Council on International Cooperation (CCIC), especially the CCIC Africa Group;
  3. Once again request to be involved meaningfully in the Annual Levels Consultation process.
Res.: 12 , May 2007
Whereas:
  1. NGO access to CBSA Immigration Detention Facilities is necessary;
  2. NGO access has become increasingly difficult given strict requirements for security clearance;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR demand that NGOs that visit or provide services within immigration detention facilities not be required to pass security clearance

Res.: 9 , Nov 2006
Whereas:
  1. A decision has been made by the government of Canada to arm the officers of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
  2. The CCR has raised its concerns to the Prime Minister in this regard.
  3. Arming CBSA is absolutely unnecessary with negative impacts on refugees who have gone through persecution, mental trauma and torture.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR oppose the arming of CBSA and advocate to overturn the decision.

Res.: 10 , Nov 2006
Whereas:
  1. There have been many documented cases where CBSA officers at the Port Of Entry (POE) have issued removal orders against people seeking refugee protection in Canada before they were able to state their intent to claim refugee status.
  2. The consequence of this is to deprive a claimant of access to the Immigration and Refugee Board.
  3. There is no stay of removal pending an application for a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) once a removal order has been issued.
  4. As a result there are documented cases of people being removed without any risk assessment.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the government to issue regulations or guidelines that would require POE officers to ask persons subject to removal if they fear persecution in their country of origin or of habitual residence before issuing a removal order.

    

Res.: 1 , Nov 2006
Whereas:

The CCR recognizes the value of the participation and perspective of youth.

 

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Support the development of the CCR Youth Network and increasing meaningful youth engagement and leadership within the CCR.
  2. Add youth to the list of factors to be taken into account by the members of the CCR in the election of Executive Committee members.
Res.: 6 , Nov 2006
Whereas:
  1. Migrant agricultural workers and other temporary work permit holders are living in a situation of segregation which prevents them from having effective recourse to justice;
  2. Migrant workers who have suffered an injustice are often deported before they can seek a legal recourse;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR demand that the status of worker be maintained during the period necessary to seize a tribunal of the matter and to await its resolution.

Nov 2006
Whereas:
  1. The possibility of a war is looming in the Horn of Africa due to political intervention and ambition by the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea in the civil war in Somalia.
  2. Many innocent people, mainly women and children, are already displaced and on the move to other neighbouring countries, such as Kenya, which already houses many refugees.

 

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR ask the Canadian government to collaborate with the African Union to achieve a more humane approach to diplomacy in the Horn of Africa and to use unilateral, bilateral, regional and multilateral means to apply pressure on:

  1. The Ethiopian government to withdraw its soldiers from Somalia and to refrain from further escalating the tension by dragging people into war.
  2. The Eritrean government to stop trying to wage their conflict with Ethiopia in Somalia.
Res.: 2 , Nov 2006
Whereas:

Recent information from various sources and complaints from refugees interviewed by the Damascus and other visa posts suggest that some refusals may be due
to interpretation.

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge CIC to review increasingly serious concerns around interpretation at interviews, including allegations of bias, and ask that standards be adopted to ensure quality of interpretation.

Res.: 7 , Nov 2006
Whereas:
  1. The Arar Commission has identified Canadian complicity in Maher Arar’s rendition to torture in Syria;
  2. The Canadian government continues to argue that there may be circumstances under which individuals could be returned to a country where there may be grounds to believe they may be at risk of torture;
Therefore be it resolved:

That:

  1. The CCR call on the government to enact legislation that unequivocally and absolutely prohibits the use of torture under any circumstances by any person, but in particular by any government official or persons acting in a government-related capacity;
  2. This legislation prohibit the use of information garnered as a result of torture;
  3. This legislation prohibit actions, including the sharing of information, that might reasonably be expected to place any person at risk of torture.
Res.: 5 , Nov 2006
Whereas:
  1. According to IRPA, there is no independent review of: a) the decision of an officer to detain a foreign national because their identity has not been established. b) the Minister’s opinion that identity has not been established. c) once identity has been tendered, the decision that it is insufficient;
  2. According to international human rights law, detention without independent review constitutes arbitrary detention;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR demand that IRPA be amended to require that the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board conduct an independent review of 1 a), b) and c).

Res.: 3 , Nov 2006
Whereas:
  1. The situation in Liberia is in transition and is improving.
  2. The country is not able to absorb big numbers of returnees.
  3. Human rights are not generally respected.
  4. Repatriation is not a durable solution for all Liberian refugees in the region and some may meet the Country of Asylum Class criteria.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Urge CIC to consider resettlement of Liberians to Canada for whom repatriation is not the preferred option and as part of a broader effort to achieve durable solutions for all Liberian refugees in West Africa.
  2. Ask CIC to consult with interested NGOs in Canada regarding resettlement to Canada of Liberian refugees in West Africa.
  3. Encourage CIC to review sponsorship cases rejected in 2006 if the refugees live in camp-based situations and were rejected on the basis that repatriation is available to them.
  4. Request UNHCR to stop reducing financial support to the refugees in Buduburam Camp and restore the assistance to the past year level.
  5. Request CIDA to become actively involved in the post-war reconstruction in Liberia.
Res.: 8 , Nov 2006
Whereas:
  1. It is important for protected persons to settle meaningfully in Canada through education, employment, etc.
  2. Presently, protected persons need to submit a special “protected status” document to be registered in certain programs.
  3. It takes 8 weeks for CIC to issue these documents.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on CIC to issue“protected status” documents at the time the person is accepted by the IRB.

Res.: 1 , Jun 2006
Whereas:
  1. The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) is closing its regional offices at yearend;
  2. This will result in further reduction in quality of access to protection;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Call upon the Canadian government and the IRB to enable the continued operation of these regional offices;
  2. Request that the IRB provide full access to their resources and facilities to all claimants in all regions.
Res.: 2 , Jun 2006
Whereas:
  1. The Human Rights Commission of the United Nations has ceased to exist and the new Human Rights Council has come into existence;
  2. There are a large number of Special Rapporteurs and special procedures whose existence depends on resolutions of the Human Rights Commission and whose expertise we do not want to lose;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call upon the Canadian government and other governments to support the renewal of all of the current mandates of Special Rapporteurs and special non-conventional procedures of the United Nations in order not to lose their expertise.

Res.: 3 , Jun 2006
Whereas:
  1. There is now an optional protocol to the Convention against Torture which provides for on-site visits to detention centres around the world and which is open to signatures by member states;
  2. This protocol will not come into effect until 20 countries have ratified it and only six have currently ratified it;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call upon the Canadian government and urge our sister organizations to ask for other governments to ratify the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture so that this can come into effect as soon as possible.

Res.: 4 , Jun 2006
Whereas:
  1. The CCR is committed by Resolution 1, May 2003 to working for a process of regularization of people without status;
  2. The CCR has been working for many months on a proposal for regularization;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR adopt as policy the Proposal for the regularization of individuals and families without status, as approved by the Working Group on Inland Protection, including the call to:

  1. Provide an opportunity for seasonal agricultural workers to apply for permanent residence, similar to the opportunity provided under the Live-In Caregiver Program;
  2. Introduce an adjustment of status program similar to that introduced in 1972, whereby anyone who was already in Canada by a date (e.g. two years prior) may apply for status.
  3. Eliminate processing fees for humanitarian cases.
Res.: 5 , Jun 2006
Whereas:

the CCR has a policy on bilingualism adopted by the executive committee on 2 February 1992;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR include, as far as it is possible, at least one panelist intervening in French and offer simultaneous translation for each panel.

Res.: 4 , Nov 2005
Whereas:

Refugees and immigrants on minimum wage are forced to live in poverty;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the federal government in all of its contracts to ensure a living wage that at least meets the low income cut-off (LICO) or 60% of the average industrial wage, whichever is higher.

Res.: 5 , Nov 2005
Whereas:
  1. Safe, secure and affordable housing is a resource that plays a critical role in determining overall health and well-being and provides a base from which immigrants and refugees can seek employment, re-establish family relationships and make connections with the wider community;
  2. Immigrants and refugees are facing absolute and hidden homelessness problems in Canada;
  3. UNHCR Reception and Integration Handbook, ch. 2.8 (A Place to Call Home) outlines guidelines;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Write to all levels of government responsible for housing and immigration settlement to allocate more resources for affordable housing and to review the provision of adequate income and social assistance levels to facilitate access to safe, secure and affordable housing.
  2. Promote the best service guidelines in the area of housing developed by the UNHCR, ensuring that governments and service providers commit to the housing guidelines, and provide the support and resources needed to enable those guidelines to be maintained.

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