This December 2, 2021 event was an invitation to share what it would look like if you could wave a magic wand and change the way we meet the needs of Newcomers and to shift the way your organization, funder, sector are serving Newcomers now. We are imagining a new way for our sector to come together and imagine equitable futures. We call this community the Futures of Settlement.
The future of settlement is happening now. We have all observed the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the use of technology and automation on newcomers' ability to gain and maintain employment, on access to education and service delivery within the Canadian Settlement sector.
Together, we can imagine versions of alternative futures based and map out actions needed to get there.
As we embark on this journey, we are looking for dreamers and skeptics alike to join us because imagining equitable futures is not about preferred futures, but rather a balance of power, authority and resources.
We will build scenarios of what the future might look like from the stories and perspectives of frontline Settlement Practitioners and Immigrants.
By participating in the Futures of Settlement, you will practice stretching your imagination and sharing in collective visioning.
In this information & welcome session we shared what we are imagining, how you can join us and what you will get out of being a part of the Futures of Settlement.
If you weren't able to join us, but watched the recording and are interested in providing us with some feedback or joining us for next steps, you can contact me directly, or fill out our event evaluation survey where we ask you how you'd like to be involved.
Summary of discussion
Jennifer Chan brings expertise in facilitating and training the foresight process. Jenn will lead foresight facilitation, curriculum development, research and managing the learning cohort.
Marco Campana brings expertise in knowledge mobilization and community animation. Marco will lead knowledge mobilization as well as community animation/engagement through curation and sharing of content created during the project.
Some links shared during the presentation
12 core values of our sector, from the Canadian Council for Refugees - In the CCR document, Best Settlement Practices (February 1998), a series of core values were identified. Best practice guidelines were developed around these core values.
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