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February 2022: News & Updates

Seeking volunteers: Become a Social Connector for Newcomers

Volunteers needed

We’re seeking volunteers to mentor new Canadians and temporary foreign workers as they settle in Huron and Perth Counties.

Volunteers will learn how to support newcomers in their communities during training sessions. Volunteers will also develop skills to create social connections to help people. People with lived experience of migration or with a deep understanding of supporting people new to Canada are encouraged to apply.
Learn more

To express your interest in volunteering, please fill out this form or email Kristin Crane:

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 Upcoming webinars:  Pathways to Hiring Immigrants

Join fellow employers across Southwestern Ontario for virtual presentations and panel discussions around Pathways to Hiring Immigrants. Representatives from the Federal and Provincial Government, including an Immigration Lawyer, will provide tips on how to navigate immigration programs and processes.

On February 17, from 8:30-9:30am, learn about:

  • Federal Job Bank
  • Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
On March 3, from 8:30-9:30am topics covered will be:
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Express Entry and Canadian Experience Class
  • Global Skills Strategy

The webinars are free. Pre-Registration is required

Did you know? 

To say Welcome in Swahili, say: Karibu
Swahili is among the 10 most spoken languages in the world, with more 200 million speakers, that originates in Eastern Africa.

A reading list for Black History Month

For Black History Month, the Immigration Partnership is encouraging readers to learn about racism, the damage it has caused throughout history, and how it might be addressed. On our Instagram channel, we’ve compiled a list of Huron County Library books that include:

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum

If you have books that have helped you learn about discrimination, migration, or inclusivity let us know. Email Mark with your book recommendation and we’ll see how we can share it with others:

Discrimination report: Reaching representatives from businesses, service providers, municipal staff & community organizations

The Huron County Immigration Partnership presented results from the Discrimination Experienced by Immigrants, Visible Minorities, and Indigenous Peoples in Huron-Perth report to more than 200 people working in health care, education, municipalities and social service organizations in January. The meetings encouraged participants to take action towards initiatives to report, recognize, prevent, and reduce discrimination; along with requesting people to join an anti-discrimination task force.

Shout-out to a Huron County business supporting refugees

As the leadership team at Wingham’s Royal Homes followed the Afghanistan unrest last year, they decided to act and support refugees who were arriving in Canada. Royal Homes partnered with Reception House Waterloo Region to support Government Assisted Refugees. Through a donation of $125,000, Reception House will provide new refugees with “First Canadian Home Start-Up Kits” which include kitchenware, small appliances, toolkits and general household items. Learn more about this donation on Royal Homes’ website

Upcoming seasonal celebrations

February 14 - Valentine’s Day
in Japan & Korea
On February 14 in Japan, women present chocolate to friends, partners and colleagues. Exactly a month later, on March 14, White Day is celebrated where men reciprocate the gift of chocolate. Valentine’s Day traditions are similar in South Korea, with a White Day occurring, followed by a Black Day a month after the White Day – where those who did not receive any chocolate are encouraged to join with friends and eat jajangmyeon, a plate of Korean noodles with black bean sauce (see adjacent photo).
March 2 – Adwa Victory Day in Ethiopia
On March 2, Ethiopia holds a national holiday to mark the historic victory over Italy in the year 1896. After many years of conflict and war with Italy, Ethiopia defeated Italian forces and secured victory in the northern town of Adwa. People pay tribute to their ancestors who helped present-day Ethiopians secure their independence from European rule by coming out into the streets, having parades, and telling old tales. This day is an important milestone as it stands for the celebration of Ethiopian sovereignty. (Photo: Injera bread with several kids of tsebhi (stew), a typical Ethiopian dish).

Next Immigration Partnership Council meeting: March 9, 2022

County of Huron
Economic Development
Immigration Partnership

57 Napier St, Goderich ON
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