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Bring down the Barriers: Addressing the Challenges of LGBTQIA+ Newcomers

In this one hour webinar Aleks Selim Dughman Manzur (they/them), Co-Executive Director: Programming & Advocacy at Rainbow Refugee Society and Dave Kerr (he/him), Director of LGBTQ+ Refugee Programs, Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (MCC) discuss the specific settlement barriers faced by LGBTQIA+ refugees, im/migrants and newcomers, and share some strategies to address them. Recorded on Tuesday, March 15, 2023. 


The Indigenous Orientation Toolkit (IOTK), for Newcomers to Canada

The Indigenous Orientation Toolkit (IOTK), initiated by Immigration Partnership Winnipeg, is designed to be a tool to enhance bridges between the Indigenous and newcomer communities and to educate them about Indigenous history, culture and contemporary realities. The IOTK also aims to combat oppressive beliefs and stereotypes about Indigenous peoples by seeking to build awareness, debunk myths, and develop an understanding of newly arrived immigrants and refugees and those who help them settle in Manitoba. The complete website ( will soon be available with completed learning modules on seven different themes, access to additional resources, videos of our Healing Hearts episodes over the last year, and much more.

Understanding Asexuality

Asexual people – also known as “Ace” or “Aces” – may have little interest in having sex, even though they desire emotionally intimate relationships. Within the ace community there are many ways for people to identify. This a Trevor Project FAQ and guide to asexual terms and concepts. 

Beyond Positive Intentions: Providing Equitable Services for LGBTQ+ Newcomers

This keynote address, organized by Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, is based on Access Alliance’s Community-based research project, Among Friends: Overcoming Systemic Discrimination and Building Positive Spaces for Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans (LGBTQ+) Newcomer Women, which investigated the experiences and needs of LGBTQ+ newcomers, with a focus on those who came to Canada through the refugee stream. In addition to project findings, this presentation describes the broader socio-economic/historical/legal context within which LGBTQ+ newcomers/refugees arrive to, and settle in, Canada. Khadijah Kanji and Serena Nudel share Access Alliance’s evidence-informed model of service delivery, and how they have applied the findings of their research to create safer spaces for LGBTQ+ newcomer communities. It was delivered on Thursday, October 22, 2020. 

Crescent Moon: A Facilitator’s Guide to Supporting Family Members of LGBTQ+ Muslims

A practical facilitators manual for supporting family members of LGBTQ+ Muslims. The guide begins with a brief discussion on background, intended participants, group objectives, and facilitator considerations. It follows with a review of 8 session topics that include:  Common Questions Family Members Ask When Someone Comes Out Part 1 & 2; Grief, Loss, & Fear; The Community; My Islam; The Acceptance Spectrum; LGBTQ+ People "Back Home"; and Ally Pressures. each session include check-in and check-out questions, exercises, discussion questions, and resources. 

Understanding the Realities of Gender Diverse Peoples to Strengthen our Care Systems

In this presentation, Zakary-Georges Gagné (she/they) will discuss the role that organizations or institutions offering care or support have in the creation of welcoming and intersectional spaces for gender diverse peoples, with  specific attention to French-language spaces. 

This Webinar was presented and recorded on February 28, 2023.