Program, CCR consultation, Fall 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).

29 Nov 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.

29 Nov 2021 | First

Orientation

30 Nov 2021 | Early

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
30 Nov 2021 | Early

Root Causes of Forced Displacement: Examining Genocide

This workshop will explore the definition, causes and predictability of genocide. It will also examine the interrelationship between forced displacement and genocide and the role that civil society can play in genocide prevention both nationally and internationally.  

Organized by: OPR
30 Nov 2021 | Late

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
30 Nov 2021 | Late

Regularization: Leave No One Behind

CCR members resolved more than ten years ago that people without immigration status, for a myriad of reasons, must be allowed to gain permanent resident status in Canada. This session is an opportunity to understand the history and positive rationale for such a program, previous attempts and programs, and what is needed now in order to make this vision a reality. 

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement + Inland Protection
30 Nov 2021 | First

Opening plenary

Organized by: Executive
1 Dec 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
1 Dec 2021 | Early

Mental health in times of COVID-19

This workshop aims to address the mental health of asylum seekers and refugees during the pandemic and to share the resources that are available across the country.

Organized by: I&S
1 Dec 2021 | Late

The impact of war in Northern Ethiopia on Eritrean Refugees

As of October 2020, there were approximately 150,000 registered Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia, many in the Tigray region. According to Human Rights Watch, Eritrean refugees have been  killed, raped or disappeared. The workshop aims to advocate for the safety and protection of these refugees who are caught in the war.

Organized by: OPR
1 Dec 2021 | Late

Addressing gender and its implications on IRB proceedings

A dialogue between community members, people with lived experience and the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) to reflect on the intersections between gender identity and expression and sexual orientation (Guideline 4 and 9) and their implications on the ground.

Organized by: Inland Protection
1 Dec 2021 | First

Afghanistan

This workshop will be an opportunity to share information and strategies relating to Canada's immigration response to the crisis in Afghanistan.

2 Dec 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 90 minutes.

*Working Group meetings are closed to government and media.

2 Dec 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 90 minutes

*Working Group meetings are closed to government and media.

 

2 Dec 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 90 minutes.

*Working Group meetings are closed to government and media.

2 Dec 2021 | First

Caucus: Virtual refugee hearings

This session will be an opportunity to discuss the impacts of the move to virtual hearings for refugee claimants. See the recent CCR RPD Virtual Hearing Monitoring Project Report

2 Dec 2021 | First

Caucus: Refugee sponsor capacity

At a time when there are increased administrative demands on refugee sponsors, this session will provide an opportunity to hear how different organizations measure their capacity to sponsor refugees and strategies to increase capacity.

Organized by: OPR
2 Dec 2021 | First

Caucus: Best practices for integrating international students

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: I&S
2 Dec 2021 | First

Caucus: Anti-trafficking

Organized by: OPR
3 Dec 2021 | Early

Closing plenary and Annual General Meeting