WES Weekly Roundup May 10, 2022
The weekly roundup includes research, stories, and events of interest to the Canadian immigration and settlement community. Includes: Report unpacks why too many Arab women are struggling professionally, OCASI and BMRC releases pandemic response survey findings, Healthcare gig platforms help migrant workers survive but at what cost?, Canada so far resettles 12,605 of promised 40,000 Afghan refugees, and more.
Canadian settlement and information resources for Ukrainians coming to Canada
I've seen a lot of links floating around to help provide resources and information to help Ukrainians coming to Canada under Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). It is always, but especially during times of crisis, that we get this information right. This page is simple. It links to authoritative information from official government and nonprofit sources. The information on these links will be the most up to date information you can find about efforts, supports, and services available.
Invitation to apply to the National Steering Committee on Technology | Invitation pour devenir membre du Comité directeur national sur les technologies
Immigrant and Refugee-serving folks in Canada, follow-up from the Settlement Sector and Technology Task Group is here! Here is an Invitation to apply to the National Steering Committee on Technology (NSCT). Applications are open between Feb 15 to Feb 25, 2022.
Nick Noorani on what works to help Newcomers find good jobs (webinar recording)
Welcome to the first speaker in the Knowledge Mobilization for Settlement Series. Nick is a longtime friend of the Immigrant and Refugee-serving sector. You probably know him. And if you don’t, you should. His most recent projects should be of immediate interest to you and your newcomers clients. In this conversation he shared what he's working on and you’ll want him to become your organization’s best friend.
The COVID Cohort of Immigrants: Tackling Settlement and Employment Challenges (panel recording)
Presented at the P2P 2021 conference, this panel looked at Immigrants who arrived or settled in Canada during COVID-19 and their unique path compared to their predecessors. The session provided insights on the latest immigration and immigrant employment trends, as well as examples of how the settlement sector has adapted to support the COVID cohort. The composition of immigration classes has changed. In addition, Newcomers faced significant employment challenges as the pandemic had a disproportionate impact on certain Immigrant-intensive sectors, such as accommodation and food services. Settlement service providers had to pivot and leverage new virtual and hybrid models to support this new cohort.
Truth and Reconcilitation - moving beyond land acknowledgement performances
We can and should know whose land we live, work, and play on. And we should acknowledge that when we meet and gather together. But, if you're like me, you may be finding land acknowledgements have become a bit of performance without substance. I wondered, what responsibility do we (our sector) and newcomers have when it comes to truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples?
Re-opening your workplace, COVID vaccines - key considerations for employers (webinar recordings)
A few months ago I shared resources to help answer the question what will your hybrid workplace actually look like? It's still a big question. Sector leaders have been bringing you together to help think it through. This post includes a few useful webinar recordings that might be helpful for you.
WTF (What's the Future) of Settlement Work - a sort of weekly, occasional email newsletter
I publish a semi-regular email newsletter that helps pull together some thoughts, find threads, etc., from time to time. You might find it interesting.
Remembering Francisco Rico-Martinez
We have lost one of the good ones. Francisco was a presence in our sector. I feel lucky to have known and learned from him.