Program, CCR consultation, 16-18 November 2023

Thursday 8:30am - 9am

  • Orientation Session

    It's the first day of the CCR Consultation and there's a lot for you to discover – especially for first time participants – so join us for a quick orientation! We'll walk you through the CCR structure, engagement process and make sure you're well equipped to navigate the sessions, connect with your colleagues, get support from our team onsite, and more!

    Organized by: Executive

Thursday 9am - 10am

  • Working Group meetings Part I

    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 part 2 of the Working Group meetings (Friday November 17)

    *Working Group meetings are closed to government and media.

Thursday 10:30 - 12 noon

  • Opening plenary

    Organized by: Executive

Thursday 1:30pm - 3pm

  • More than a Roof over Their head: The vital need for wrap around supports for newly arrived refugee claimants

    Organized by: IP
  • Equity in response to emergencies: How do we turn public attention into broader support for refugees? 

    Organized by: OPR
  • Decade of People of African Descent: Colonialism and Forced Displacement 

    The UN has declared 2015-2024 the Decade of People of African Decent. To mark this, the African Refugee Network (ARN) along with the Overseas Protection and Resettlement (OPR) Working Group are partnering to look at colonialism. This is part of the OPR ongoing commitment to looking at the root causes of forced migration. Colonialism has deep roots in many places around the world and certainly in Africa. While colonialism has many negative impacts over the centuries it has certainly contributed to forced migration both internally and outside of the continent of Africa. We want to look at the impact colonialism has had on forced migration of Africans, how colonialism continues today, and explore how we can address the impacts of colonialism. 

    Organized by: OPR
  • Anti-racism, intersectionality and coloniality (Anti-oppression workshop) 

    Organized by: Executive

Thursday 3:30pm - 5pm

  • Unsettling our borders: the expansion of the STCA and Canada’s colonial project  

    Organized by: IP
  • Broadening the definition of family

    In the dynamic landscape of Canadian immigration, the concept of "family" holds significant importance, shaping the lives of individuals and communities. This workshop delves into the intricate definition of the term "family" within the Canadian immigration system, uncovering its implications and highlighting the existing gaps that warrant attention.

    Organized by: Joint all working groups
  • Unpacking and decolonizing the world of Registered Immigration Consultants

    The challenging landscape of Canadian immigration is continually changing. In 2019, The College Act was passed which formalized the regulatory body for Immigration Consultants. This workshop is also an opportunity to learn about the complaint process, how we can protect and regulate stakeholders such as newcomers, temporary residents and international students. The workshop will shed light into how to ensure anti-racism and anti-oppression is built into the College structure. The workshop will bring in lived perspectives and will explore types of abuses.

    Organized by: I&S
  • The refugee process (Public education workshop) 

    Organized by: Executive

Friday 9am - 10am

  • Caucus: Youth Network

    Organized by: I&S (caucus)
  • Caucus: International Students

    Organized by: I&S
  • Caucus: Detention

    Organized by: Inland Protection

Friday 10:30am - 12 noon

  • Mid plenary

    Organized by: Executive

Friday 1:30 - 3pm

  • Turning our differences into strengths: the future of young newcomers and refugees

    Organized by: YN
  • The impact of technological advances in government systems on access to protection  

    Organized by: IP
  • Solidarity Across Communities: Coming Together to Build Advocacy

    Organized by: I&S
  • Gender-based violence (Government representative workshop) 

    Organized by: Executive

Friday 3:30pm - 5:30pm

  • Working Group meetings, Part II

    In this second part of the working group meetings, participants will discuss follow up from the workshops and other strategies for collaboration, for action and for policy development. All participants who are not representing a government agency or the media should attend one of the Working Group meetings:

    Working group meetings are closed to government employees and media. Representatives of inter governmental organizations (IOM, UNHCR) are encouraged to attend as observers.

Saturday 9am - 10:30am

  • Trauma-informed approaches to work 

    Organized by: Executive
  • Resettlement 101: Fundamentals of refugee resettlement in Canada  

    Organized by: OPR
  • Tools for collective advocacy for grassroots organisations and frontline workers (Training workshop) 

    Organized by: Executive
  • Migrant workers in rural and remote areas

    This workshop will focus on the needs of migrant workers in northern, rural, and remote communities. We will discuss strategies these communities, service providers, and organizations have adopted, as well as best practices and successes. We will suggest how governments and policy makers can support the efforts of communities to support migrant workers.

    Organized by: I&S

Saturday 11am - 1pm

  • Closing plenary

    Participants will review highlights of the consultation and debate resolutions. The session will include the CCR Annual General Meeting, with the election of Executive members. 


    Organized by: Executive