Spring Consultation 2011


Hamilton ON

Honouring Refugee RightsHonouring Refugee Rights: 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention

You are invited to attend the CCR Consultation to:

Consultation2Meet service providers, immigrants, refugees, private sponsors, youth, academics, policymakers and activists from across Canada.

Consultation1Gain professional training and new ideas to strategize, plan and carry out actions on a wide range of issues affecting refugees and immigrants.

Consultation3Exchange ideas to improve opportunities for refugees and immigrants.

Discuss community engagement to support the full participation of newcomers in Canadian society.

Pamphlet PDF (contains provisional program)

Workshop descriptions

Registration form (on line)

There is also a downloadable version of the registration form (but we prefer you to fill it out online, if you can).

Register before 6 May to take advantage of the reduced fees!

Information on Consultation accommodation and travel are on page 4 of the Pamphlet.

Read all about it! Check out the latest issue of The Women's Press by the St. Joseph Immigrant Women's Centre in Hamilton for local perspectives on many of the Spring Consultation's workshop topics.

To protect the privacy of participants, we ask you to respect our policy restricting any forms of recording during CCR sessions. You may however take photos (or film or audio record) outside the CCR sessions (for example in the coffee area or lobbies, or before or after a workshop session), but ONLY after explaining the purpose and obtaining permission of each person photographed, filmed or recorded. The policy is available at http://ccrweb.ca/en/policy-recording

There will be CCR photographers taking pictures during some of the sessions, so that we can document the consultation. If you do not wish to be included in any of the photos, sit in the part of the room that is marked as photo-free. In certain circumstances, the CCR may grant exceptions to specific projects involving recording during a session. Applicants would need to make a request by Friday, May 6th. For more information, see http://ccrweb.ca/en/recording-request.

Here's what some people liked best about past Consultations:

"My clients face these issues and it's important for me to hear from other workers about possible solutions."

"Excellent insight into current and past issues, as well as opportunities to connect with people from organizations and groups across the country."

"I am new to the sector: This was a good place to orient myself to urgent issues. This is an opportunity to consult, offer feedback, identify barriers, make recommendations."

"CCR continues to impress with its diversity of representation and increasingly the involvement of a younger group of advocates and refugees."

"The conference truly broadened my knowledge base and allowed me to enhance my contacts within this realm of work."

We hope to have orientation sessions in a number of cities for registered participants before the Consultation.  These sessions will be an opportunity to share information about the CCR and to meet others who will be attending the Consultation, so that you can get the most out of your participation.

Details on time and location of local orientation sessions will be sent out to registered participants once available.

There will also be orientation sessions for new participants held at the Consultation. A youth orientation session will take place on the evening of Wednesday, May 25th. An orientation session for all Consultation participants will take place on Thursday, May 26th at 8 am.

You can also read the Brief Guide to the CCR Consultation. Alternatively, consult the Youth Network Orientation Guide.

Please help us to promote this Consultation by passing this invitation to people who might be interested in attending and by directing people to this webpage. We appreciate your help in making it a success!