Summer working group meetings 2012

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When
Date: 
Friday, September 7, 2012 to Saturday, September 8, 2012
Time: 
9h30 - 17h
Where
1444 Union Street
Montreal, QC
Canada

Working Group meetings FRIDAY 7 SEPTEMBER: Anglican Diocese of Montreal, 1444 Union Street, Montreal (map)

9:30am - 5pm: Overseas Protection & Sponsorship Working Group meeting

SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER: Anglican Diocese of Montreal, 1444 Union Street, Montreal (map)

9:30am - 5pm: Inland Protection Working Group meeting

9:30am - 5pm: Immigration and Settlement Working Group meeting

Participation is free and no registration is required.

And there's more...

FCrepeauFrançois Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants will be joining us for a special presentation Migrants’ Rights in the International Agenda: Goals and limitations of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur.

Friday 7 September, 6-7:30 pm (following the Working Group meeting):

Fulford Hall (2nd floor), Anglican Diocese of Montreal, 1444 Union Street, Montreal

The United Nations system has recently shown interest in migrants’ rights, but progress is slow. States are fiercely defending their sovereign powers in the field and are wary of a UN institution leading them in a direction contrary to their interests.

François Crépeau will speak about how his office can influence States in adopting appropriate migration policies. Find out how, as Special Rapporteur, he tries to bridge the gap between States’ perceived interests and the expectations of civil society actors. Professor Crépeau’s talk is a must for anyone working on migrant rights issues in Canada and/or abroad.

Free admission – no registration required.

Can’t attend a meeting, but you have a workshop idea for the CCR Fall Consultation in Toronto (29 November – 1 December 2012) to share?  Workshop topics for the Consultation will be decided at the Working Group meetings, so log in to your CCR member account and suggest a workshop idea in advance or comment on others. Are you with a CCR member organization and you don't yet have an account on the CCR website?  Sign up here.

How to get to the Anglican Diocese of Montreal:

By public transportMcGill metro station (on the green line).  Take the Union South exit and cross the street to enter 1444 Union.  The meeting rooms are on the second floor.

By car: Click here for a map of the area.

ParkingThere is underground parking available at the church, at a daily rate of $16-$18 on Friday and $6 (Saturday).  Street parking may also be available.

Proposed agendas for the meeting will be sent to the CCR listserve and posted on the webpages of each Working Group.

All CCR members are encouraged to attend the Working Group meetings.  Anyone who is interested is welcome to participate, however meetings are closed to media and government employees.

Click here for a downloadable pamphlet about the CCR Working Group meetings.  Please pass it on to others who are interested in participating.

About the Working Group meetings

The CCR’s three Working Groups provide the forum for CCR members and other refugee and immigrant rights advocates to exchange information, network and develop policy positions in particular areas of concern.  Each Working Group is responsible for preparing resolutions, following up on action items, and planning workshops for the consultations, as well as for advising the CCR Executive on policy.  The Working Group meetings are closed to representatives of government and the media.

The CCR Working Groups meet four times a year.  Two of these meetings take place during the consultations (see above).  The other two series of working group meetings take place in February (in Toronto) and in September (in Montreal).

The working group meetings offer an excellent opportunity to:

  • Participate in efforts to promote refugee protection and resettlement, and the settlement of refugees and immigrants
  • Discuss in depth pressing issues affecting refugees and immigrants in Canada
  • Share information and strategies with others from across Canada.
Host (organizer of event): 
Canadian Council for Refugees