Knowledge Mobilization for Settlement

Articles, webinar recordings, thoughts, research summaries, and good ideas in settlement and inclusion.
Making information more accessible for you to use in your work.

Most Recent Blog Posts

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Valuing equity first - digital exclusion, inclusion, and literacy
Posted on: June 16, 2022
Yesterday I co-presented with Jennifer Chan from the Department of Imaginary Affairs at the The Regional Diversity Roundtable's conference Centering Diversity for Workplace Equity: Imagining Collective Futures. Our focus was on valuing and centering equity in digital transformation. We had a rich, nuanced, and interesting discussion with participants and I wanted to share my part of the presentation here.
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5 Good Ideas for building your services online
Posted on: June 9, 2022
This presentation is from 2008. However, I still use these core principles in my own work, and in my consulting work with social service non-profits and charities.
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Paths Forward for the Future of Settlement and Integration in Atlantic Canada
Posted on: June 7, 2022
I participated on a panel at the Atlantic Regional Settlement Conference recently - 2022 Summit: Navigating Disruption and the Future of Settlement. Here is a summary of my presentation (not much new if you already follow my work, a bit of a summary).
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Most Recent Publications

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Immigrant Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship in the GTA - Literature, Data, and Program Review (2011)
Posted on: June 5, 2022
Immigrant Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship in the GTA explores whether self-employment and entrepreneurship is a viable option for lifting new Canadians out of poverty in the Greater Toronto Area.
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Best Practices for Working with Homeless Immigrants and Refugees (2003)
Posted on: June 4, 2022
This community-based research project aims to document the experiences of adult immigrant single men and women who have used shelters and drop-in centres in Toronto, ON and to develop best practices based what was learned in this research phase of the project.
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Promoting Privacy, Fairness and the Open Court Principle in Immigration and Refugee Proceedings (2021)
Posted on: June 4, 2022
This article suggests the Federal Court could enhance privacy interests in immigration and refugee proceedings without compromising the open court principle. It suggests that any measures taken to protect privacy should be crafted to avoid amplifying unfairness in access to legal materials. The Federal Court must avoid creating access regimes that asymmetrically block research and technological development that could advance the interests of refugees and other displaced people.
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Most Recent Good Ideas in Settlement & Inclusion

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Promising Practices in Accessing Virtual Mental Health: Supporting Refugees during COVID-19
Posted on: June 25, 2022
Promising Practices in Accessing Virtual Mental Health: Supporting Refugees during COVID-19 is a project that started during the pandemic and is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario Ministry of Health.
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Digital Champions – Bringing a Digital Inclusion and Equity Initiative to the Canadian Settlement Sector
Practitioners:
Posted on: June 25, 2022
As part of the ACS-Metropolis Institute's Envisioning the Future of the Immigrant Serving Sector project the Digital Champions pilot will bring this Digital Inclusion and Equity initiative to the Canadian Settlement Sector. 
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Mobilising knowledge on newcomers: Engaging key stakeholders to establish a research hub for Alberta
Practitioners:
Posted on: May 28, 2022
The Newcomer Research Network (NRN) at the University of Calgary is an interdisciplinary community of researchers from the Faculties of Education, Nursing, Arts, Social Work and Medicine who work to advance and advocate for research that will inform intercultural practices supporting newcomers across the University of Calgary and the surrounding communities, nationally and internationally, through interdisciplinary collaborative partnerships.
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