Canada’s agricultural sector is facing a labour shortage – and the governmental and corporate solution is migrant workers. But for decades these seasonal worker programs have perpetuated structures of discrimination and few to no rights for labourers.
A meeting designed as a dialogue, to buiid greater solidarity between the labour and migrant justice movements in their sthared struggle against workers' exploitation by global capital. Featuring panels, break-out discussion groups, open forum/Plenary.
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Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) invites the community to attend the closing day of the historic Human Rights Tribunal examining the workplace death of Ned Livingston Peart, a Jamaican migrant farm worker who was killed working in a tobacco farm in rural Ontario. This case is intended to bring forward changes to prevent workplace deaths and injuries and to improve working and living conditions of migrant farmworkers in the province. There has never been an inquest into the death of a migrant worker under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program in Ontario or anywhere in Canada.
Award-winning filmmaker Min Sook Lee's Migrant Dreams documentary project has a deep connection to her past -- her Korean parents emigrated to Canada in the early 1970s and her father did menial labour, including picking worms, in order to provide for the family.
"I appreciate the struggle," says Lee. "There was a lot of anxiety because we were poor and new to the country, so I'm very sensitized to issues of migration, acculturation and diaspora."
Toronto-based artists, Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo are creating a community comic book in collaboration with Filipina migrant workers in the Live-in Caregiver Program.
The artists will present work in-progress and caregivers will share real-life stories as a part of the Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts:
Sunday May 12, 2013
Artist Talk & Community Sharing
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Seminar Room 1
Doors open at 12:30 pm
Fully accessible space
Free childcare provided