Facilitated E-learning Training on Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers

January 11, 2019 - 5:00pm
Online Event: 


OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants invites front-line practitioners to participate in a Facilitated E-learning Training on Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers.

When:  From January 16th to February 13th 2019.

Purpose of Course

The Positive Spaces Initiative is pleased to announce a FREE introductory course to help frontline practitioners working with immigrant and refugee communities who identify as LGBTQIA+(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual) to better understand the various barriers and challenges they face when accessing settlement services. 

LGBTQIA+ newcomers and refugees are an integral though often invisible, part of immigrant, refugee and LGBTQIA+ communities. Experiencing marginalization from within cultural communities and mainstream LGBTQIA+ communities often leaves individuals feeling that there are few options for obtaining services. This course will allow settlement sector employees to acquire new skills and knowledge in areas related to equitable service provision to LGBTQIA* immigrants and refugees.

OCASI is committed to supporting the settlement sector create welcoming, positive and inclusive spaces for all.  

Course Facilitators:

  • Yara Kodershah, Coordinator, Positive Spaces Initiative, OCASI
  • Sizwe Inkingi, Coordinator, Positive Spaces Initiative, OCASI

Upon completion of the Training you will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of an anti-racism/anti-oppression framework to support immigrants, refugees, and newcomers living in Ontario.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various barriers and issues surrounding LGBTQIA+ individuals in their access to services
  • Situate yourself in the context of systemic oppressions faced by LGBTQIA+ newcomers in order to  better serve as an ally to LGBTQIA+ newcomers living in Ontario.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of your responsibilities as a service provider in the settlement sector by implementing best practices to create and maintain a positive space forLGBTQIA+ newcomers in your agency.

Criteria for Participation:

This course is open to settlement workers and service providers who are working in or with the LGBTQIA+ immigrant and refugee serving sector across the province who are willing to:

  • Commit to approximately 2-4 hours of learning each week for a period of 4 weeks.
  • Engage in active participation and complete assignments each week
  • Complete the entire program

At the successful completion of the entire e-course you will receive a certification of completion from OCASI.

Please note this is a 4-week facilitated Online training

You will receive instructions on how to access the course materials 2 days prior to the beginning of the course.  

There is not a “LIVE” component to the training and you are expected to review each week’s course materials at your own time and complete the work on a weekly basis.  While you can access each module at your convenience during each week for the course, they will be available as follows:

  • Module 1: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
  • Module 2: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
  • Module 3: Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
  • Module 4: Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

This course will be completed on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019.

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 11th, 2019, 5:00pm Eastern Time (or once registration fills up)

 To Register for the Training please click here