Immigrants come to Canada to secure a future for themselves and their families. Yet a recent study undertaken by Ryerson University has painted a gloomy picture of the long lasting impact that the 2008 recession has had on immigrant workers.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is currently consulting the public on Canada's future immigration plan. Very few Canadians know about this, and even fewer may participate. Given the consultation design and the questions posed by CIC, perhaps that should not be a surprise.
Some call it cliché while others call it irrefutable fact: our country has been and will continue to be built by immigrants. From economic prosperity to social harmony, the well-being of Canada and its people are intrinsically linked to both our immigration policy and the way immigrants are treated in this country.
hosted by poets of the No One is Illegal Vancouver Coast Salish Territories and Press Release collectives.
“…we strive and struggle for the right to remain, the freedom to move, and the right to return…”
join us for some food, music, video and poetry—
with love and gratitude for a favourite space.
and you dear, bring a poem to read on the free mic…
with/ Hari Alluri—Julie Okot Bitek—Mercedes Eng—Ray Hsu—Reg Johanson—Cecily Nicholson—Razan —Naava Smolash—Lee Williams—& friends
Accessibility information: The main space is wheelchair accessible throughout, the washrooms are on the same level and semi-accessible. There
Muhammed, a refugee from Gambia, was arrested and detained on May 29 after having his request for asylum in Canada denied. He has since been detained at Immigration Holding Centre Rexdale, located in Etobicoke. An outspoken advocate of justice for the Gambian people, Muhammed has become an enemy of the repressive regime currently ruling Gambia under President Yahya Jammeh, and fears for his life if forced to return.
On June 30, 2012, yet another draconian measure was implemented by the Conservative government: Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney went ahead with his latest (at the time) salvo against migrants by drastically cutting refugee claimants’ access to healthcare services.
The opposition to the reality TV show 'Border Security' continues to grow, in the wake of raids against construction sites in Vancouver earlier this year recorded by television crews. Migrant justice advocates like No One Is Illegal, and a wide range of allies including many cultural workers from film and television, continue to campaign for the program's cancellation.