Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande valley informed us today that the covid-19 (coronavirus), as well as possible quarantines pose a threat to Sr. Norma’s ministry with susceptible refugees at the USA-Mexican border. As such, they are cancelling all of sr. Norma’s travel plans and will reschedule this event in Toronto for a later date. We are truly sorry for any inconvenience this may present to you. Together in solidarity with all refugees, migrants and those who work with them.
FCJ Youth Network is inviting newcomer youth interested in learn about storytelling and filmmaking. The project “The Past, The Present, Our Future” was launched with the Storytelling series of workshops that are taking place on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 pm.
Great turn out at the first storytelling workshop at FCJ Refugee Centre. The workshop was facilitated by Shay Shay, who guided the whole group through storytelling techniques.
With the participation of more than 15 youths, the FCJ Youth Network started their film project.
If you could not make the first week of February, you can still join the group any Wednesday and catch up on the project.
The film initiative aim is to highlight the experiences of newcomer youth in Toronto and is looking to have different voices of youth involved in the project.
FCJ Refugee Centre has an open door policy so any youth who wants to join the project is welcome to come. We are located at 208 Oakwood Ave. (one block north from St Clair West).
We are very pleased to announce a new pilot program that FCJ has began in this new year along with the support of the city of Toronto. Our program “Finding Home in Inclusive Neighbourhood’s (FHIN)”, offers a new opportunity to refugee claimant families in order to address the housing issues and lack of space in shelters that newcomers face in Toronto. We aim to work with refugee houses and shelters inside the city of Toronto, so we are able to conduct regular orientation sessions that provide information on the refugee determination process, and on the option of the finding home outside of Toronto. The goal of the program is to support refugee claimant families and individuals who want to voluntarily re-settle outside of Toronto by connecting refugee claimants with service providers outside of the city, ensuring the access of services in the resettled location, and providing free transportation to support the move. If you are a refugee organization in or out of the city of Toronto, or a refugee claimant who is interested in this program, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Natalie Gardiner & Sebastián Garcia Arango
Finding Home in Inclusive Neighbourhoods Project Coordinators
The FCJ Refugee Centre recognizes that all uprooted people have strengths and capacities to contribute to the host country where their migration status is irregular. We understand and empathize with the experiences of precarious migrants who are viewed as disposable/temporary labour in Canada. The Centre strives to offer holistic support and find ways and means to help people formalize their status where possible.
Thus the intention of this tool kit is to share information with people with precarious status about access to services, what are the possibilities to regularize their immigration status, and what are their rights.
This December 10, Human Rights Day, the City of Toronto’s Planning and Housing Committee is considering the City’s new HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan. In a first for Toronto, the plan expressly recognizes housing as fundamental human right essential to human dignity and wellbeing, and sets out a number of actions and targets to progressively realize the right to housing for residents across the city. If Council votes to fund the plan through the 2020 budget process, Toronto will have a new framework for housing policy that centres people and reorients the City’s priorities towards urgent action on affordable housing.
At the federal level too, 2019 saw Canada take major steps towards recognizing, protecting, and fulfilling the human right to adequate housing. In June, the federal government adopted the National Housing Strategy Act, a piece of legislation that explicitly recognizes housing as a fundamental human right and commits Canadian governments to maintaining and making progress against a national housing strategy, with clearly delineated targets.
To mark an extraordinary year for housing rights in Canada and in Toronto, we wanted to capture the possibilities opened up by the recognition of the right to housing. We reached out to ten housing advocates across the city to ask them what the right to housing means to them.