April 17-18 York U conference: Rethinking the mosaic: Immigration, settlement and the lived experience

At the end of February, this blog posted notice about and a call for proposals for the York University Graduate School Conference, “Rethinking the Mosaic: Immigration, Settlement and the Lived Experience”. The conference program has now been posted. I am happy to report that children and families are addressed in this conference, including:

The opening plenary includes Mehru Ali, CERIS domain leader in Family, Children and Youth, and Professor at the School of Early Childhood Education, Ryerson University

A day 2 workshop in the Health and Well-Being section includes Fatima Kediye, School of Early Childhood Education, Ryerson University on the topic of “Somali-Canadian mothers of young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder”. 

Also on day 2, a series of workshops on the Experiences of Immigrant/Transnational Families, including:

  • Christina Parker, OISE/UT on the topic of “Canadian children, immigrant parents: Young ‘Canadians’ research their cultural identity”.
  • Lan Zhong, University of Windsor on “The role of the father in Chinese immigrant families”. 
  • Yvette Michele Gnanamuttu, McGill University, on “Inter-ethnic adoption: In whose best interests?”. 
  • Marina Morgenshtern, Wilfrid Laurier University, on “Witnessing the socio-political stories of immigrant couples”. 

The conference takes place this upcoming week – April 17-18/08. See the CERIS website for more information and to download the complete conference program.

War, immigration and trauma: Sick Kids Hospital conference

The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto is hosting a two-day conference May 16-17/08 on the theme of War, Immigration and Trauma. Features speakers are:

Dr. Cecile Rousseau, Head, Transcultural Child Psychiatry Clinic, Montreal Children’s Hospital, on “Trauma as a Transformation Process” and Olara A. Otunnu, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, on “Protecting our Children from the Scourge of War”.

Also featured will be 3 expert panels:

• Child Development: Interactions with Armed Conflict and Migration
• Therapeutic Interventions: Talking with Children, Talking with Parents
• Moving to the Next Level: Implications for Policy & Practice.

For more information, see the conference website or contact Cathy Ditizio, Conference Administrator at: cathy.ditizio@sickkids.ca.

Meeting the needs of English language learners: Ryerson University event, Toronto

On May 16/08, Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners will be held in Toronto. The event is presented by Ryerson University Centre for Children, Youth and Families, the School of Early Childhood Education and the MA Program in Early Childhood Studies, the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario, the Macaulay Child Development Centre and the City of Toronto, Children’s Services.

The event will be held at Ryerson University, 55 Gould Street, Student Campus Centre, Room SCC115. Introductory remarks by Judith K. Bernhard, Director, MA in Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University, Brenda Patterson, General Manager, Toronto Children’s Services and Eduarda Sousa, Executive Director, Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario.

Panel Members are:

For more info, see the notice on the right-hand side of the Ryerson webpage here or download the event flyer: ryersonevent.

People for Education report: Urban and suburban schools in Ontario

People for Education have released a report on schools in Ontario. Some of the key findings in the report:

  • Funding for programs to ensure equitable outcomes for students is calculated on 1991 and 1996 census data, even though demographic numbers have changed dramatically and more current census data is available
  • 29% of urban/suburban elementary schools had ESL students but no ESL teachers.

Citing the following Statistics Canada data, the report discusses immigrant children and families, ESL, English Language Learners and settlement workers in the schools.

  • Between July 1 2005 and July 1 2006, 133,100 new immigrants arrived in Ontario
  • Nearly 60% of newcomers were in the skilled worker and business immigrant categories
  • The vast majority of immigrants settled in urban and suburban areas
  • 75% came from countries where English is not the first language
  • More than one third were under the age of 19.

Read the report here.

George Brown College Summer Institute: Preparing professionals to lead change in the early years

The annual summer institute, held by George Brown College and the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development is scheduled this year for June 4/08 and will be held in Toronto. At each summer institute, George Brown College honours an individual for their contribution to the early childhood field. This year, the Summer Institute honours Aster Fessahaie, a 2002 recipient of the Skills for Change New Pioneers Award. See the George Brown College website for more info, or view the PDF georgebrown.

More funding announcements from the federal government

Following on a post dated Fri Feb 22/08, more funding announcements from the federal government, including:

Feb 29/08 “Government of Canada announces funding to help newcomers settle in London, Ontario”.

March 7/08 “Government of Canada announces funding to help newcomers settle in Toronto“.  This funding was set for the YMCA Korean Community Services and the Korean Canadian Women’s Association KCWA Family and Social Services.

March 7/08 “Government of Canada announces funding to Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association“.

CBC Toronto series: Toronto’s mosaic, a reality check

CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning Ontario Today show is airing a week-long series on immigration, diversity and multiculturalism starting Mon March 3/08. CBC TV will air similar segments on the evening news. Radio-Canada will carry the series in French.

Toronto’s Mosaic: A Reality Check will explore the following issues:

  • Discrimination that new Torontonians experience.
  • Cultural stereotypes and neighbourhood enclaves.
  • Traditions – home traditions vs. Canadian traditions.
  • Racism.
  • What does it mean to become a Canadian?

The CBC website has links to several useful resources, including background, statistics, and links to sources with further information.

CBC news also maintains another good site with information (beyond Toronto) entitled “Immigration in Canada: From 1947 to 2017“.

On Thursday, March 6, the CBC will host a Town Hall and invites Torontonians to attend and participate in the discussion. The event will be held at the Glenn Gould Studio, CBC Broadcastng Centre, 250 Front St. West. The event begins at 7:30, doors open at 6:45.

Panelists include:

Let’s all call in to the vox-box and raise the issues of immigrant children. Here’s how to reach the CBC with your comments: 1.866.648.6714.

Call for papers: York U graduate school conference

The Annual Graduate Student conference Rethinking the Mosaic: Immigration, Settlement and the Lived Experience will take place at York University April 17-18/08. Graduate students are invited to submit proposals. Some of the focus areas lend themselves well to children’s issues, including:

  • Immigration/refugee law and practice
  • Settlement sector and government involvement
  • Health and well-being
  • Multiculturalism/citizenship
  • Family, children and youth experiences of immigrant/transnational families.

Deadline is March 6/08. For more information, see the CERIS website.

CIC & MCI joint call for proposals, Ontario

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) are seeking proposals to strengthen the role of local and regional communities in serving and integrating immigrants through Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs).

The overall objective of the call is to identify groups that will coordinate and enhance the current service delivery network (avoiding duplication). Strategic partnerships between service providers and organizations is encouraged.

The funders objectives are to:

  1. Improve access to, and coordination of, effective services that facilitate immigrant settlement and integration
  2. Improve access to the labour market for immigrants
  3. Strengthen local and regional awareness and capacity to integrate immigrants
  4. Establish or enhance partnerships and participation of multiple stakeholders in planning, and coordinating the delivery of integration services (including settlement, language training, labour market integration), especially current services supported by the federal government through CIC or through MCI.

For more info, see the page at settlement.org or the MCI web-page.

2 Deadlines: March 7, 2008 and May 6, 2008.

Federal funding announcements galore!

There have been a rash of funding announcements from the federal government lately, including:

December 2007

Dec 17/07 “Minister Finley announces new federal commitments to help newcomers settle in Canada”, which includes a link to a handy at-a-glance chart showing the provincial/territorial breakdown of dollars from 05-06 to 08-09.

Dec 18/07 “Government of Canada supports Saskatchewan in attracting immigrants to the province”. Included in this announcement was the “Going to Canada” website that provides “links to information and services when planning a temporary stay or making Canada your new home”. The website is available in English and French. Not much info on children.

January 2008

Jan 7/08 “Government of Canada announces new funding for research on immigration and diversity”. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Dr. Chad Gaffield, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) jointly announced research funding of $7.5 million over five years for Metropolis, the Canadian arm of the international consortium of research centres on immigration and settlement.

Jan 18/08 “Government of Canada provides funding to help newcomers settle in the Peel region”. The funding will support the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group.

February 2008

Feb 1/08 “Government of Canada announces funding to help immigrants settle in Lethbridge“.

Feb 1/08 “Government of Canada joins partners in launching a Tool Box to help attract immigrants to smaller communities”. The Attracting and Retaining Immigrants: A Tool Box of Ideas for Smaller Centres was developed by the National Working Group on Small Centre Strategies.

Feb 8/08 “Government of Canada announces funding to help newcomers settle in the city of Toronto“. Included in this announcement, a mention of the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO), established in 2007 to help support internationally trained individuals in having their credentials assessed, recognzied and to find work in their chosen field.

Feb 19/08 ” Government of Canada invests to help immigrants settle in St. John’s“. In this announcement, something about/for immigrant children! A 3-day event, entitled Sharing Our Cultures is an annual event held to promote cross-cultural awareness among children and teachers. This year it will be held to coincide with March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Feb 20/08 “Government of Canada provides funding to help newcomers settle in Brantford“.

Feb 20/08 “Government of Canada provides funding to the Learning Enrichment Foundation to help newcomers in Toronto“.

Feb 21/08 “Government of Canada announces funding to help attract francophone immigrants to New Brunswick“. Funding went to Société des Acadiens et Acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick (SAANB).

Feb 22/08 “Government of Canada provides funding to help newcomers in North Bay“.

The future of ECE in Ontario: Focus on the changing landscape

The Association of Early Childhood Educators, Ontario (AECEO) is hosting their 58th annual conference May 9-10/08 at Niagara College in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Of interest to the Early Childhood Working Group, these workshops, panels and presentations:

Equity and Access in ECE: Making the shift toward a critical perspective in early childhood studies and challenging the discourse of anti-bias education, with Zeenat Janmohamed, Atkinson Centre for Society & Child Development

The Young English Language Learner, with Roma Chumak-Horbatsch, Ryerson University School of Early Childhood Education & mylanguage.ca

Visit the AECEO website to download the preliminary conference brochure and for more details.

OCASI spring conference

The Ontario Coalition of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) is planning their spring conference, to be held May 7-8 at Geneva Park, Orillia, Ontario.

As well as calls for proposals for workshops, OCASI is seeking people to serve on the conference planning committee. See the conference website for more information. Here’s a chance for the Early Childhood Working Group to get children’s issues on the agenda!

For information, contact the conference coordinator, Farheen Beg at fbeg@ocasi.org or 416-322-4950, ext. 260.