Program, CCR consultation, Spring 2021

"Early" sessions begin at:

12pm Eastern 
1:30pm Newfoundland
1pm Atlantic
11am Central
10am Mountain/Saskatchewan
9am Pacific

"Late" sessions begin at:

2:30pm Eastern 
4pm Newfoundland
3:30pm Atlantic
1:30pm Central
12:30pm Mountain/Saskatchewan
11:30am Pacific

All sessions last 90 minutes (unless otherwise indicated).

26 May 2021 | Early

Opening plenary: After the Borders Re-Open

Organized by: Executive
26 May 2021 | Late

Working Group meetings Part 1

This is an opportunity to be introduced to the three Working Groups (Overseas Protection and Resettlement, Inland Protection and Immigration and Settlement) and their key current issues. Participants will find out how they can move an issue forward through proposing an action or resolution, connect with others with similar concerns and identify emerging issues for discussion at the main Working Group meetings (June 7-8)

*Working Group meetings are closed to government and media.

27 May 2021 | Early

Root Causes of Forced Displacement: Examining Genocide

This workshop will begin by examining the definition of genocide in international law, exploring the implications of adopting a broad versus a narrow definition of the term. We will also explore issues of causation and prediction of genocide particularly in situations in which forced relocation and displacement have played an important role. Importantly, the workshop will examine both Canada’s historical and ongoing responsibility for genocide of Indigenous Peoples and genocide globally.  Finally, we will identify some actions governments and civil society actors such as the CCR can take to prevent genocide and address its impacts.

Organized by: OPR
27 May 2021 | Late

Discrimination in housing for newcomers

This workshop is around the discrimination that newcomers face when it comes to housing and will be based on research on the effects that COVID19 has had on housing as well as videos around tenants and landlords that look at discrimination.

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement
28 May 2021 | Early

Preparing for an influx of claimants

The workshop will address a possible scenario of a sudden increase in refugee claimant arrivals and the planning stages involved in a well-organized and collaborative response. Through a considered analysis of needs, resources and gaps attendees will have the tools to ramp up their local capacity to care for a sudden or a lengthy surge.

Organized by: Inland Protection
28 May 2021 | Late

Best practices for integrating international students (Caucus)

Sharing good practices and solutions between the different actors (Universities, schools, NGOs etc) to create a better experience for International Students in Canada. Create a space for cross-provincial discussions on the unique needs of international students.

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement
31 May 2021 | Early

Integrity in Private Refugee Sponsorship

There continue to be questions around the integrity of the Private Sponsorship of Refugees system in both Quebec and the rest of Canada. This workshop will highlight the abuses seen currently, discuss best practices in pre and post arrival financial management and settlement support, and explore what kind of monitoring we might wish to see.

Organized by: OPR
31 May 2021 | Late

Regularization

What would it mean to offer a pathway to permanent residency to people without status or with precarious status in Canada? And who are we talking about exactly? This workshop will inform us on the various categories of population we are talking about based on the estimates available.

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement
1 Jun 2021 | Early

Gender and sexual orientation at the IRB

A conversation between community members, people with lived experience and IRB members around the intersections and connections between Guideline 4, Guideline 9, gender, sexual orientation and gender-based violence.

Organized by: Inland Protection
1 Jun 2021 | Late

Conversation on settlement issues

Organized by: Executive
2 Jun 2021 | Early

Strengthening Sponsorship Advocacy

This workshop will focus on the importance of building relationships and alliances with non-traditional allies to strengthen our voice when advocating for refugee sponsorship towards the government. 

Organized by: OPR
2 Jun 2021 | Late

Mental health of asylum seekers and refugees in times of COVID-19

This workshop is about creating spaces for newcomers to discuss mental health issues and sharing resources.

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement
3 Jun 2021 | Early

Detention updates: COVID and beyond

Many changes in immigration detention have been provoked by COVID-19, in parallel with underlying changes including Alternatives to Detention (ATDs) and new Immigration Holding Centres (IHCs). We will hear from legal, community and government representatives to talk about some of the impacts of COVID on immigration detention, as well as some of the other new developments and how they will intersect to shape the future.

Organized by: Inland Protection
3 Jun 2021 | Late

Quality of immigration and refugee services

As part of a project to develop resources to help NGOs ensure they deliver high quality immigration and refugee services, participants will discuss what tools and resources already exist and what more is needed. Read more about the project at Framework document.

Organized by: Joint
4 Jun 2021 | Early

Access and Awareness of COVID 19 testing and Vaccine for African Refugees

Panel discussion on the realities of African refugees' access to vaccination, vaccine hesitancy and potential negative impact to the resettlement of refugees.

Organized by: OPR
4 Jun 2021 | Late

Anti-trafficking Advocacy Campaign Launch

We will launch an advocacy campaign to co-develop strategies for addressing policies affecting the wellbeing of survivors of trafficking.

This knowledge-sharing session is designed for all who work to strengthen access to justice and protection for trafficked persons and those who fall along the spectrum of exploitation.

Organized by: Trafficking
7 Jun 2021 | Early

Public engagement

What will this new reality look like after borders re-open? Will there by an anti-immigration and anti-refugee sentiment from the Canadian society? Or on the contrary, will there be solidarity among Canadians to combat racism and all the inequalities that the pandemic highlighted? How can we create a more inclusive world? 

How will the non-profit sector be impacted by this new reality? What are the ways in which we can all work together towards a same goal: not to go back to the ways things were and instead, reinvent the reality we want.

We believe in the power of art as a tool for social change. We also believe that a good communications strategy, combined with art, is a recipe for success when we rethink and reframe the ideal world we would like to live in. 

Organized by: Executive
7 Jun 2021 | Late

Overseas Protection and Resettlement Working Group meeting

This meeting will provide a forum to discuss action items and resolutions from the workshops, as well as other recommendations for collective action, in the area of Overseas Protection and Resettlement (overseas refugee issues and resettlement).

Any resolution to be presented at the CCR General Meeting (10 June) must first be approved by the relevant Working Group.

The meeting is scheduled for 2 hours.

*Working Group meetings are closed to government and media.

8 Jun 2021 | Early

Immigration and Settlement Working Group meeting

This meeting will provide a forum to discuss action items and resolutions from the workshops, as well as other recommendations for collective action, in the area of Immigration and Settlement (includes migrant worker issues).

Any resolution to be presented at the CCR General Meeting (10 June) must first be approved by the relevant Working Group.

The meeting is scheduled for 2 hours.

*Working Group meetings are closed to government and media.

8 Jun 2021 | Late

Inland Protection Working Group meeting

This meeting will provide a forum to discuss action items and resolutions from the workshops, as well as other recommendations for collective action, in the area of Inland Protection (includes refugee claimants and detention in Canada).

Any resolution to be presented at the CCR General Meeting (10 June) must first be approved by the relevant Working Group.

The meeting is scheduled for 2 hours.

*Working Group meetings are closed to government and media.

 

9 Jun 2021 | Early

Virtual hearing monitoring project (Caucus)

Organized by: Inland Protection
9 Jun 2021 | Late

Youth network workshop

Organized by: Youth Network
10 Jun 2021 | Early

Caucus (to be determined)

Organized by: OPR
10 Jun 2021 | Late

Spring General Meeting