Good Ideas in Settlement & Inclusion

Practical, innovative or iterative, interesting projects. New, or a new angle on an age-old challenge. Already successful or have potential. Transferable or potentially replicable.
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Principles for Conducting Research in the Jane Finch Community
Posted on: September 24, 2022
The principles in this document are intended to be used as a guide to support and strengthen research relationships between academic institutions, researchers, students, community members, residents and organizations in the Jane Finch community.
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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Data Playbook
Posted on: July 4, 2022
Six years in development, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Solferino Academy has launched the Data Playbook v1, "a social learning toolkit to help people along the data journey. There are 10 modules and 120 brief exercises, games, scenarios, slides, and checklists to help teams improve their data skills. We embedded data protection and responsible data use across all the contents."
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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
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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
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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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Doing Research with Newcomers - ensuring it is meaningful and inclusive - two women of colour at a computer
Doing Research with Newcomers - ensuring it is meaningful and inclusive
Posted on: January 6, 2022
This guide was developed by the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC). It is based on a report conducted in partnership with McMaster University Research Shop. This Good Idea complements and is related to Ethical Considerations in Research with People in Situations of Forced Migration.
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Digital Navigators - a vital emerging role in your organization? - 2 black youth helping senior use tablet
Digital Navigators - a vital emerging role in your organization?
Posted on: December 9, 2021
Since the pandemic started, many organizations have pivoted possibilities and options to create digital specialist roles. These new positions were filled by admin staff or settlement practitioners whose roles changed to incorporate digital support and orientation for both clients and colleagues. Digital Navigators are emerging as an essential role in the Immigrant and Refugee-serving sector and in the future of a hybrid service delivery model.
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Canadian Centre for Nonprofit Digital Resilience
Canadian Centre for Nonprofit Digital Resilience
Posted on: November 5, 2021
The CIO Strategy Council, Tamarack Institute, and NTEN, alongside numerous collaborators, have been working on the possible creation of a Canadian Centre for Nonprofit Digital Resilience. The goal is to equip nonprofits with the talent, tools, and processes to thrive in a digital and data-driven world.
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Sharing Settlement and Integration Practices that Work
Sharing Settlement and Integration Practices that Work
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Posted on: August 21, 2021
This Pathways to Prosperity project seeks to share innovative sector approaches to client service delivery and sector capacity.
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Cafe New Canadians, a virtual event series
Cafe New Canadians, a virtual event series
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Posted on: July 7, 2021
The pandemic meant that everyone had to move services online. For New Canadians, that move was probably easier than many. Already adept at online content sharing, as well as an OMNI TV show that's run for a number of years, it made sense that they would create something like Café New Canadians, a virtual event series.
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Queer Refugee Hearings Program (QRHP) Toolkit
Queer Refugee Hearings Program (QRHP) Toolkit
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Posted on: July 6, 2021
Created by Ottawa-based Capital Rainbow Refuge, the Queer Refugee Hearings Program (QRHP) Toolkit aims to "assist individuals claiming refugee protection based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and/or sex characteristics (SOGIESC).
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Ethical Considerations in Research with People in Situations of Forced Migration
Ethical Considerations in Research with People in Situations of Forced Migration
Posted on: May 14, 2021
The Canadian Council for Refugees worked with others to develop ethical guidelines for research with people in situations of forced migration. The guidelines include a checklist for organizations who are approached by researchers, to help evaluate whether the research will be conducted ethically, and taking into consideration the particular vulnerabilities of people who have been forcibly displaced.
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Promising Practices from the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project at CAMH
Promising Practices from the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project at CAMH
Posted on: May 10, 2021
Each month, the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project (IRMHP) features a promising practice that highlights how an organization is addressing the mental health of immigrants and refugee and how you can use this information in your practice.
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Good Ideas from Cities of Migration
Good Ideas from Cities of Migration
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Posted on: May 7, 2021
Best practice. Promising practice. There are many ways to name something that you think might be useful to know about in your work. Perhaps knowing about it might inspire you. It might even encourage you to replicate it. I've always liked the way the Cities of Migration project named the projects they kept an eye on as Good Ideas in Integration: "At its most basic, a Good Idea in integration is any program, activity or strategy that has made a difference in the successful integration of migrants in city-life. In this process, the city and all its residents have also benefited with increased social cohesion, greater urban prosperity and the richness that cultural diversity affords all communities."
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Using Digital Messaging to Support Newcomer Communities - A Toolkit for Individuals and Organizations
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Posted on: March 5, 2021
The Digital Messaging for Settlement and Integration (DMSI) project is all about connecting newcomers with the information they need to successfully settle in Canada, when and where they need it.
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Multilingual Mandatory Mask Videos (COVID-19 related)
Multilingual Mandatory Mask Videos (COVID-19 related)
Posted on: September 7, 2020
Refugee 613 has produced several multilingual videos to help ensure language is not a barrier to getting accurate, trustworthy information during COVID-19. These videos were produced in collaboration with Ottawa Public Health.
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We Speak Translate
Posted on: October 19, 2019
The project involved free in-person and webinar based 45 minute training sessions on how to use the Google Translate application, for community stakeholders, organizations, business and institutions. Participating businesses were provided with training and We Speak Translate decals and stickers to display. The symbol on the decals and stickers was used as to identify a place of business where Google Translate was being used and as a sign of welcome for non-English speakers.
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From Phones to Facebook: How to Engage Youth on the Front Lines of Social Media
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Posted on: August 27, 2019
I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to meet weekly with a small student advisory group and they have provided valuable feedback on our program and our various projects. The students are forthright in their assessments of how our organization is using social media and their insight has provided valuable information regarding their day-to-day use of technology.
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Journey to Outcome Measurement in the Settlement Sector - One Step at a Time - Kathy Sherrel
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Posted on: August 23, 2019
In this presentation, ISSofBC's Kathy Sherrel outlined the journey her 350 person, 17 location, and 60 active program organization has been on that started in their settlement department around this concept of outcomes measurement about two years ago.
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Jason Shim – harnessing technology to make a difference in the world
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Posted on: August 23, 2019
In this episode, I’m talking with Jason Shim, described by TechSoup as a Nonprofit Technology Rockstar. I definitely share that opinion. I’m so excited to bring his insights, energy and experience to all of you.
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Marc-André Séguin – so you want to immigrate, there’s a chatbot for that!
Marc-André Séguin – so you want to immigrate, there’s a chatbot for that!
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Posted on: August 23, 2019
Marc-André Séguin is an immigration lawyer with the firm Exeo, in Montreal. In 2017, Marc-André and his partner Francis Tourigny, launched the first immigration chatbot in Canada. Immigration Virtual Assistant, or IVA, is a Facebook Messenger-based chatbot.
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