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October 2021: News & Updates

Discrimination Report 

The Huron County Immigration Partnership received the first draft of the report Discrimination Experienced by Immigrants, Visible Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in Huron-Perth area. Both the survey and the report have been developed by researchers at Western University’s Network for Economic and Social Trends. We look forward to releasing the report when it is finalized and working with community partners to address the report recommendations.

The Immigration Partnership also expressed interest in supporting a grant proposal with Western University’s Network for Economic and Social Trends and Pillar Nonprofit Network who are planning to launch Phase 2 of the project. Phase 2 intends to develop anti-discrimination toolkit to address discrimination at the community level. The proposed project aims to test the effectiveness of the toolkit over a three-year period.

Afghanistan Refugees

As Afghanistan’s refugees begin arriving in Canada, we’re curious to know if there are Huron County groups that are getting involved in supporting refugees.

In late September, Canada’s government announced it would accept a total of 40,000 refugees and immigrants from Afghanistan. Prioritization has been given to Afghan nationalists and their families, who assisted the Government of Canada, along with women leaders, human rights advocates, persecuted religious or ethnic minorities, LGBTI individuals, journalists, and people with immediate family members in Canada.

Volunteering and donation information can be found on this Government of Canada website.

If you’re part of a group, or know of a group in Huron County, that is taking action on supporting Afghanistan’s refugees, please email Kristin Crane at kcrane@huroncounty.ca.

Welcoming Week: Ideas Welcome

We welcome your ideas for future iterations of Welcoming Week in Huron County which took place in September 2021. 

Welcoming Week was presented from September 10 to 19, and organized by Huron County Immigration Partnership and Huron County Cultural Services, in collaboration with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and other Immigration Partnerships across Canada. Welcoming Week aimed to inspire people to think about what we can do to ensure everyone – including newcomers and immigrants – thrives and feels welcomed. 

In 2021, the week-long event series consisted of 7 activities or events as well as a series of 4 videos and 4 stories about newcomer and resident welcoming experiences on our website, along with 34 social media posts about the Welcoming Week that were disseminated. With messages about Welcoming Week seen thousands of times online on Huron County’s digital channels, and dozens of people attending online events, it was a successful first year celebrating Welcoming Week!

We welcome your ideas for events or digital campaigns that can be held during the 2022 edition of Welcoming Week. Email Mark Nonkes at mnonkes@huroncounty.ca

Staff Introduction

In September, Mark Nonkes joined our team as the Immigration Partnerships Support Officer. In his role, he helps communities and Huron County service providers and businesses to attract, welcome and retain newcomers.

Mark specializes in marketing, communications and research. He joined the Huron County Immigration Partnership as he completed a Master in Arts: Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he researched media representations of queer refugees and asylum seekers. Originally from Blyth, Mark worked in Asia and Africa for seven years in various communication roles, most recently with World Vision. Get in touch with Mark at mnonkes@huroncounty.ca

3 Things We're Paying Attention To
  1. Treaties Recognition Week: Since 2016, Ontario has marked the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week. Most of Huron County is situated under Treaty 29, the Huron Tract Purchase, signed in 1827 by representatives of the Crown and certain Anishinaabe peoples. We’re working with the Sarnia-Lambton Local Immigration Partnership to increase awareness among newcomers about the treaties.
     
  2. Canadian Islamic History Awareness Month: Proclaimed by Canada’s Parliament in 2007, this month recognizes the significant role that Muslim communities play in Canadian society and highlights their extraordinary contributions. It is also a time to acknowledge the ongoing challenges and barriers that Muslim Canadians face. This year has been difficult for Muslim communities across Canada, as we saw the horrific results of racism and hate. This month is a time to continue working toward a compassionate, inclusive and safer Canada for everyone.
     
  3. I Am London: London-Middlesex’s Immigration Partnership produced an attention-getting social media campaign that highlights the contributions of newcomers and breaks myths about immigrants. Read more about the I Am London campaign in this London Free Press article.
Next Immigration Partnership Meeting:

December 8, 2021, 2:30-4pm 
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