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November 2021: News & Updates

Discrimination Report 

Released this week, the Discrimination Experienced by Immigrants, Visible Minorities, and Indigenous Peoples in Huron County and Perth Region presented results from a March 2021 telephone survey of 595 individuals in Huron and Perth.

The report found clear evidence that Indigenous people, immigrants, and visible minorities are more likely to experience discrimination than white, non-immigrant individuals in Huron and Perth Counties. Additionally, the places where discrimination most frequently occurred were identified as workplaces, schools, libraries and arenas, among other locations. 

The report surveyed 297 immigrants and visible minorities, 62 Indigenous People and 236 White Non-immigrants in Huron and Perth Counties to investigate experiences of discrimination. The survey provides a detailed snapshot of who experiences discrimination,  the basis of discrimination, the perpetrators of acts of discrimination and the impact of discrimination.

The report recommends that anti-discrimination initiatives should be developed for areas where discrimination most frequently was reported to occur – workplaces, public areas and schools.

Additional approaches recommended to address discrimination include targeting behaviour and attitude change training to individuals most likely to perpetuate discrimination, helping bystanders develop the skills to intervene effectively, and working with organizations to change policies and practices.

The report has been presented to the Huron County Council and the Huron County Economic Development Board. It will be presented at the next Huron County Immigration Partnership meeting on December 8. 

To download a copy of the report, please visit:


Peer Coaching for Newcomers

The Huron County Immigration Partnership and Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health are collaborating to create and deliver peer coaching for newcomers after funding was secured.

The Immigration Partnership, Gateway and advisors are revising the Connectedness Coaching curriculum originally developed to train Lonely No More volunteers and tailor it to be culturally relevant and appropriate for newcomers.

We look forward to working with Gateway and our community partners, including the
the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario, YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region, Centres for Employment and Learning, Huron County Libraries, Stratford Public Library and North Perth Library. Email Kristin if you would like more information about the project.

Newcomer Youth Gab

If you know newcomers in Grades 8 to 12, please encourage them to join our Newcomer Youth Gab, held in partnership with Stratford Public Library, Huron County Library, the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario and YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region. This virtual event encourages newcomer youth to create new connections, learn about community programs, and practice communication skills while having fun! 


  • November 23, 2021; 4:30-5:30pm
  • December 18, 2021; 4:30-5:30pm 

Sign-up is required

Volunteer Tutors Needed
The Avon-Maitland School Board is seeking volunteers to tutor secondary school students who are learning English as an Additional Language.  Tutors are required in Wingham, Goderich, and Exeter. If you are interested in tutoring, please email Kristin
3 Holiday Traditions To Learn About
1. Simbang Gabi: In parts of the Philippines, a nine-day series of dawn masses occur from December 16 to 24 for Filipino Catholics as a lead up to Christmas. It is also know by its Spanish name of Misa de Gallo, or "Mass of the Rooster".
2. Dongzhi Festival: On the winter solstice, December 21, a millenniums-old Chinese holiday celebrates the longer days of sunlight to come. It's a time for families to congregate and pay respects to ancestors. 
3. Kwanzaa: From December 26 to January 1, a celebration of African-American culture is held. Similar to Hanukkah, a candle is lit every night on a kinar, and a feast called Karamu is held on the sixth day.
Next Immigration Partnership Meeting:

December 8, 2021, 2:30-4pm 
County of Huron
Economic Development
Immigration Partnership

57 Napier St, Goderich ON
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