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January 2022: News & Updates

We need to talk about microaggressions
Man holding a sign saying "No, where are you really from?"

We have all witnessed it. Many of us are guilty of it. 

An unintentional “where were you born” or “you speak English well” to a visible minority or immigrant can serve as a reminder of their difference.

Telling a female colleague to smile can delegitimize their professional skills and experiences.  

Repeating a joke about a group you do not belong to can reinforce prejudices. 

These subtle, everyday reminders of difference are routinely repeated and frequently experienced by historically marginalized groups: women, immigrants, people of colour, Indigenous folks and sexual and gender minorities. 

Known as microaggressions, these types of interactions can unintentionally communicate negative, hostile or derogatory bias against people from historically marginalized groups. Microaggressions are both verbal and nonverbal, occur in everyday interactions, can be intentional or unintentional, and often go unacknowledged.

For people from historically marginalized groups the results of these interactions are damaging. 

In November, the results of our survey about discrimination in Huron and Perth Counties identified that these types of experiences were common. In Huron and Perth, seven out of 10 visible minorities and immigrants, and eight out of 10 Indigenous people reported experiencing discrimination in the past three years. The most frequent forms of discrimination were inappropriate jokes and derogatory language.  

When experienced, people in Huron and Perth said they were less likely to feel welcome or accepted in our communities. As well, people who experienced various forms of discrimination were more likely to report feeling excluded, powerless or discouraged.

We can do better. We must do better. 

As our communities faces workforce shortages, we have identified that newcomers can address these gaps. To attract newcomers in our communities, and to make sure they stay, we need to make sure people feel welcome, accepted and included. 

We can all take small actions to make sure we do not inadvertently discriminate against another person. We can gently remind our friends, relatives and colleagues that certain comments, jokes or statements are inappropriate. 

We encourage everyone to learn more about microaggressions. These video links area great place to start: 

Huron County is a great place to live. Together, we can make it even better.
Addressing discrimination in Huron County

The Huron County Immigration Partnership held a number of meetings and will be presenting findings from the study Discrimination Experienced by Immigrants, Visible Minorities, and Indigenous Peoples in Huron-Perth with several key stakeholders throughout January. 

From these meeting and presentations, we are seeking participants from community organizations, businesses, as well as newcomers to join a task force to address discrimination in Huron County. The task force will meet between mid-February and April to inform local strategies and tools to address discrimination locally.

If you would like to participate, please contact Kristin Crane kcrane@huroncounty.ca

Upcoming Webinars: Pathways to Hiring

Immigrants and Internationally Trained

Talent

The Huron County Immigration Partnership is working with Immploy and seven other Local Immigration Partnerships in Southwestern Ontario to organize a series of employer webinars to learn more about how to hire newcomers, immigrants, and international students with confidence. Representatives from the federal and provincial government and immigration lawyers will discuss immigration programs and processes.

The virtual presentations and panel discussions will take place on:

February 17, 2022, 8:30-9:30am: Information and a question and answer session on Labour Market Impact Assessments, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, and the federal job bank.
 
March 3, 2022, 8:30-9:30am: Information and a question and answer session on express entry–foreign skilled worker program and the foreign skilled trades program, as well as using the federal job bank.
 
Follow the Immigration Partnership on Instagram to get the registration link. 

Covid-19 information in 11 languages 

Looking for reliable information about the Omicron variant? Refugee613 has created information guides in 11 languages that help people learn about this new Covid-19 variant in a language they best understand.
See and download the information resources

Celebrating the season
Orthodox Christmas: January 7
On January 7, many Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate Christmas Day. For many, the holiday is celebrated without meat. While dishes may differ from country to country, many of them are similar such as  sauerkraut (cabbage), red borscht (beet soup), perogies (boiled or deep-fried dumplings) and dried fruit compote. 
Chinese New Year: February 1
Also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is celebrated at the second new moon following the Winter Solstice. According to the Chinese Zodiak, 2022 is the Year of the Tiger. During the Chinese New Year, people offer gifts to ancestors, eat a reunion dinner with family on New Year's Eve, and set off firecrackers and fireworks, among other activities.
Follow us on Instagram
The Huron County Immigration Partnership joined Instagram on January 1. Join us as we create an online community of support of Huron County residents for newcomers. Over the next few months, we will have conversations about diversity, inclusion, welcomeness and anti-discrimination, highlight research and new knowledge about immigration in Canada, shine a light on various newcomer services, and celebrate the economic, cultural and social contributions of newcomers to our communities. Follow us
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County of Huron
Economic Development
Immigration Partnership

57 Napier St, Goderich ON

kcrane@huroncounty.ca
mnonkes@huroncounty.ca

ecdev.huroncounty.ca
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