Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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‘Cultural awareness’ key to supporting the career ambitions of Indigenous youth

Melanie Chambers The Globe And Mail July 12 2022

While on a student placement as a medical laboratory technician in Barrie, Ont., 33-year-old Inuk Muckpaloo Ipeelie felt invisible.

“I was removed from my Indigenous peers and support system and placed in a very Western health sciences field where I didn’t feel supported,” says Ms. Ipeelie of the placement, which she completed last year. “There was a lack of Indigenous knowledge and ways of thinking.”

After waiting 21 months for mom's visitor visa, woman begs Canada for movement

Priscilla Ki Sun Hwang · CBC News · Posted: Jul 13, 2022

After waiting almost two years for her mom's Canadian visitor visa, one Ottawa woman is asking why her application fell through the cracks and is pleading with Canada's immigration department to speed up the process.

Charlotte Clarke helped her 78-year-old mother Victoria Clarke apply for a visit from Gambia in West Africa in October 2020. Charlotte's father and Victoria's husband Malcolm died of COVID-19 in August of that year.

The hard road to success for skilled young immigrants

By Morgan Sharp |  Canada’s National Observer| July 14th 2022

Jad Jaber worked hard before getting to Canada, and he’s worked hard since arriving just before the pandemic hit, but it never seems to be enough. Or else it’s too much.

The 31-year-old has two postgraduate qualifications and sits on a city advisory board for LGBTQ+ issues and the board of Pride Toronto yet relies on the privilege of having a well-off extended family back in Lebanon to help cover their rent and food.

Path to reconciliation in health care needs Indigenous leaders

By Sara Goulet | Canada’s National Observation | July 13th 2022

As a child, I travelled to Inuit and First Nations communities in Nunavut and northern Manitoba with my father Lorne, a legendary bush pilot. He showed me the beauty of Indigenous people and their land and taught me about the power, strength and resilience that comes from embracing this connection to the land, its spirit, its beings, and Creator.

Advocacy group urges federal government to grant permanent status to undocumented migrants

By Tim Sargeant  Global News Posted July 12, 2022

Solidarity Across Borders is calling on the federal government to do more to protect temporary foreign nationals and undocumented migrants.

The advocacy group wants the Immigration Minister to grant temporary residents and undocumented migrants permanent residency status.

New Muslim Youth Council to address gaps in mental health services in KW

CBC News · Posted: Jul 07, 2022

Some marginalized and newcomer youth in Kitchener Waterloo say they are struggling to find a safe space where they can come together to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences. 

A newly formed Muslim Youth Council is aiming to address some of the barriers Muslim youth in the region face. The council will research and collect data from young community members who may be dealing with racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.

‘Racism and discrimination are very present here’: Immigration Partnership director talks about racism in Waterloo Region

Loraine Centeno The Star Sat., July 9, 2022

Like most other regions in Canada, Waterloo Region isn’t immune to racism and discrimination.

These are “very present here,” Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership executive director, Tara Bedard, said in an interview with the Cambridge Times.

Beddard and her team regularly work with immigrants who come to the region.

Toronto could spend $68M to house refugees in hotel — weeks after scathing AG report on shelter costs

Michael Smee · CBC News · Posted: Jul 08, 2022

City of Toronto staff have unveiled a plan to lease a North York hotel for more than $68 million and convert it into a temporary home for refugees — just weeks after an auditor's report slammed the city's handling of contracts with local hotels it uses as shelters.