Dans le cadre de l’Initiative Espaces Positifs, OCASI se penche sur l’expérience des personnes immigrantes et réfugiées LGBTQIA+ (incluant les personnes lesbiennes, gaies, bisexuelles, transgenres, allosexuelles, queer et autres). Les personnes LGBTQIA+ font souvent face à des défis importants, dont une marginalisation au sein de leurs familles, de leurs communautés d’appartenance et de la société en générale.
We are delighted to share this webinar series, courtesy of our sister project, the Accessibility Initiative.
Moving to a new country presents many challenges and opportunities for newcomers. The settlement process can be especially challenging for newcomers with in/visible disabilities. Learning who newcomers with in/visible disabilities are, how to welcome and support them is something the settlement sector is becoming more aware of.
As part of a series of new offerings this year, we are excited to present two new webinar series launching later this week. One will be geared for Frontline workers, while the other will be geared for Managers, Board Members, and Executive Directors.
Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers: A Webinar Series for Managers and Executive Directors
Grenadians recently voted against a constitutional amendment to enshrine gender equality. Come and hear the effect this and other developments have on LGBTI human rights on the island and find out how Canadian residents can most effectively provide support.
The Solidarity Alliance is holding a training with OCASI on Feb 9th! The focus is reducing barriers for LGBTQ+ newcomers, and an introduction to the Positive Space Initiative. There's also time for Q&A and networking!
Feb 9th at KPL from 4:30-7:30 and registration is FREE! Please share
The Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI), a project of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), is on a search to identify regional Champions! A Champion is a person who is actively engaged in their community, working for the inclusion and human rights of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer, questioning, asexual, intersex, pansexual, genderqueer, etc.) immigrants and refugees. This volunteer position recognizes the work that you are already doing in your community, gives you an opportunity to build your skills, contacts, and experience, and connects you with other people doing similar work around the province. Champions start conversations in their communities through outreach, referrals, building networks, and events.
It's been a while since we did a PSI update! Since March is the end of the "fiscal year", we created a PSI Annual Activity Report which we will upload to this site soon. It will document the many incredible achievements that PSI has accomplished this year. Here are the highlights of the report:
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