Program, CCR consultation, Fall 2020

"Early" sessions begin at:

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

"Late" sessions begin at:

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

All sessions last 90 minutes (unless otherwise indicated).

26 Nov 2020 | Early

Opening plenary with keynote speaker Senator Ratna Omidvar

Senator Ratna Omidvar will discuss the impact of the global migrant crisis and the pandemic on Canadian refugee policy. She will also talk about the need for Canada to show leadership in protecting the rights of refugees in these unprecedented times and that coordinated global action is needed more than ever to help the most vulnerable of our society.

Organized by: Executive
26 Nov 2020 | Late

Creating ally ship: Indigenous perspectives on welcoming newcomers

Along Indigenous Peoples representatives, newcomers and front-line workers, participants will be able to discuss the meaning of "Welcoming": Who can welcome? Who is welcomed? What needs to be done to guarantee safe and authentic welcoming spaces? By asking these difficult questions, the speakers and participants will propose applicable solutions for individuals and organizations to help decolonize this notion.

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement
27 Nov 2020 | Early

Addressing refugee determination issues during COVID

The IRB has instituted virtual and socially distanced in-person hearings during COVID. How successful are they? What issues do virtual hearings raise? This workshop provides a platform for the IRB to describe measures across Canada, and we will hear from a claimant whose hearing was online, a lawyer and a service provider about the challenges they face now and in the future.

Organized by: Inland Protection
27 Nov 2020 | Late

Innovative Approaches to Housing

Exploring what is being done nationally around innovative approaches to dealing with challenges in housing. 

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement
30 Nov 2020 | Early

Security Inadmissibility: Lives in Limbo

Certain Canadian security measures for immigration define very broadly who is a threat to Canadians. This broad categorization leads to an indefinite limbo for many migrants in Canada, a limbo that infringes on their rights. We will present some accounts of this limbo to help us increase our knowledge of what this limbo entails and advocate for the rights of lives in limbo.

Organized by: Inland Protection
30 Nov 2020 | Late

Family Reunification Challenges

Based on a lived experience of a challenging family reunification case, we will have small group discussions to find solutions, followed by a panel discussion with experts. This workshop is organized in collaboration with the Youth Network.

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement
1 Dec 2020 | Early

Root causes of displacement

This workshop will explore the root causes of displacement, in collaboration with the Youth Network.

Organized by: OPR
1 Dec 2020 | Late

Walk a Mile in These Shoes

An interactive approach exploring queer refugee experiences in Canada. Working in small breakout groups, we will hear from experienced facilitators about specific challenges that LGBTQ2S+ refugees are facing in settlement. We will explore trans specific issues, social isolation of LGBT refugees, substance abuse and mental health, intersections of race, and unsafe spaces in settlement agencies. Participants will listen, and discuss practical responses to these challenges that LGBTQ2S+ refugees encounter in Canada.

Organized by: Joint
2 Dec 2020 | Early

The US-Canada border in the age of COVID

This workshop will focus on the current restrictions at the US-Canada border. Resource persons and participants will share best practices and develop strategies to assist migrants and refugees affected by these restrictions. This workshop will also aim to formulate recommendations for the CCR and members in addressing the impacts of border restrictions on refugees and migrants seeking to enter Canada.

Organized by: Inland Protection
2 Dec 2020 | Late

Anti-Black racism – inequities in systems

Using the interview format, this workshop aims to address the inequities in the immigration and refugee system, as well as the settlement challenges when it comes to Black refugees and migrants.

Organized by: Anti-oppression
3 Dec 2020 | Early

Family or Stranger? Who Canada Welcomes

The ability to name refugees for sponsorship enables Canadians to sponsor refugees from target groups which may not be part of the government’s resettlement priority at a given time. Refugee resettlement is primarily the government’s responsibility and private sponsorship is meant to be additional. We advocate for commitment to the stranger and to families.

Organized by: OPR
3 Dec 2020 | Late

Youth Engagement Sustainability Toolkit Launch: Sharing key lessons and important questions to consider

The Youth Network recently culminated in the Youth Engagement Sustainability (YES) project, a community of Practice composed of 6 organizational leaders across Canada. A result of this project, we developed a toolkit to share the results, reflections and tools with our communities. During this workshop we will engage in critical questions that resulted from our work and we will discuss how to disseminate our findings with the larger CCR community.

Organized by: Youth Network
4 Dec 2020 | Early

Dealing with the Pandemic: Quarantining and Beyond

Building on some of the resources that our members have put together during the pandemic, this training workshop will focus on mental health access to refugees and migrants, adapting to new technologies, and lessons learned across the country.

Organized by: Executive
4 Dec 2020 | Late

Anti-trafficking: seeking remedies and protection

The Temporary Resident Permit for Victims of Human Trafficking and the Open Work Permit for Vulnerable Workers are two key remedies available for precarious status migrants. This workshop will provide an overview of these permits, look at practical case examples and provide a forum to exchange challenges and best practices for obtaining these short-term permits.

Organized by: Trafficking
7 Dec 2020 | Early

Rethinking Boundaries: A Fireside Chat with IRCC

Since March this year, we have been living in unprecedented times due to the global pandemic. The pandemic has forced many of us to ‘rethink our boundaries’. In this session we will have the opportunity to pose questions on a variety of themes to two IRCC senior officials, Marian Campbell Jarvis, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy and Dr. Nicole Giles, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations.

 

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Organized by: Executive
7 Dec 2020 | Late

Changing perceptions by centring newcomer voices

As advocates for refugees, migrants, diversity and inclusion, how can we best communicate to the public our messages of the rights, dignity and contributions of newcomers?

This workshop will explore how we can most effectively support and equip newcomers to address public concerns by raising their voices to promote positive public perceptions.

Organized by: Executive
8 Dec 2020 | Early

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 Annual General Meeting (11 December) 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 Dec 2020 | Late

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 Annual General Meeting (11 December) 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 Dec 2020 | Early

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 Annual General Meeting (11 December) 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 Dec 2020 | Late

The Global Refugee Regime: Options for the Never-to-be-resettled

For those of us whose daily refugee work focuses on resettlement, the question of what happens to forceably displaced people for whom resettlement will never be an option may take a back seat. Participants in this workshop will be asked to examine some cases of people in such situations and reflect on what can be done by whom to respond to their needs and realize their fundamental rights. If not resettlement, what options exist under the current global refugee regime?

Organized by: OPR
10 Dec 2020 | Early

Caucus: International Medical Graduates

This caucus will focus on building strategic alliances to address systemic issues related to the lack of recognition of international medical graduates, barriers to career advancement, and equitable access of newcomers to the health care system. 

Organized by: Immigration and Settlement
10 Dec 2020 | Late

Caucus: African Refugee Network

This caucus is a space to pursue efforts to support an African Refugee Network.

Organized by: OPR
11 Dec 2020 | Early

Annual General Meeting