Chronicle 2 September 2015

CCR Chronicle

Vol. 10 no. 3, 2 September 2015

In this issue:

  1. Youth Action Gathering, Vancouver, 3-4 October 2015 

The Youth Action Gathering (YAG) is quickly approaching. This year, it will take place in Vancouver, on October 3-4. The YAG brings together young refugees and immigrants to share, learn and network on common challenges and strategies to address them. It is also a weekend of fun!

The CCR, the Vancouver Foundation and MOSAIC invite newcomer youth from across Canada to the 2015 YAG. 


  • Racialized migrant youth from across Canada, aged 16 to 25 years.
  • Youth settlement workers and allies.

Travel subsidies are available. Apply by Tuesday Sept. 8

  1. 2015 Speak Up! Projects

Speak Up! is the CCR’s youth-led small grants fund, which provides funding and support to groups of newcomer youth across Canada to develop creative public education and advocacy resources.

The most recent Speak Up! supported projects are available on the CCR website. These projects highlight refugee and newcomer youth experiences in their own words through different art forms. They explore issues such as gender identity and expression, building resilience from immigration challenges, realities and experiences of non-status youth, and gender-based and family violence.

The current projects are available here:

  1. Sun Sea: Five years later

In August 2010, a rickety ship, the MV Sun Sea, arrived in Canadian waters off Vancouver Island, carrying 492 people to Canada. Ten months earlier, in October 2009, the MV Ocean Lady had arrived on the west coast, carrying 76 people. The passengers, all from Sri Lanka, made refugee claims.

The response to the two boats, especially the Sun Sea, was massive. Five years later, it is useful to review the many facets of Canada’s response to the arrival of the Sun Sea.
Read about this response in the CCR report, prepared or the fifth anniversary of the Sun Sea’s arrival:

  1. Election resource

In light of the upcoming election, the CCR has prepared a resource with three key questions that could be asked of candidates. They address three issues:

  • express entry family reunification campaign
  • migrant workers
  • private sponsorship

The resource also includes the “Seven Keys to Protecting and Welcoming Refugees and Newcomers: A vision for Canada”, which highlight further issues of critical concern.

Use this resource to bring forward these important issues when talking to candidates, at an all-candidates meeting, or during any opportunities that may present themselves.

The election resource is available here:

  1. Court strikes down appeal bar for nationals of Designated Countries of Origin

On July 23, 2015, the Federal Court ruled that denying refugee claimants from Designated Countries of Origin access to the Refugee Appeal Division is a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Court ruled that these claimants must have access to the Refugee Appeal Division, effective immediately.
The CCR welcomes the decision: we have always maintained that discriminating between claimants on the basis of their country of origin is fundamentally unfair.

Read more at:

Upcoming Meetings

Youth Action Gathering: Vancouver, 3-4 October 2015

Fall consultation: Hamilton, 26-28 November 2015

Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, September 10: Current German responses to refugees

Wednesday, September 30Family Reunification training