New COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

The FCJ Refugee Centre is hosting a new COVID-19 vaccination clinic for residents of Toronto Without OHIP Card, on February 4th, from 1 PM to 5 PM.

  • Children aged 5 to 11 (born 2019-2016) can receive their 1st or 2nd dose
  • 1st and 2nd doses available
  • Boosters for anyone 18+ years of age
  • PFIZER will be given to anyone 29 years and younger
  • MODERNA will be given to anyone 30+

To get assistance booking a vaccination appointment, please send an email to vaccine@fcjrefugeecentre.org including:

  • Complete Name
  • Local Phone Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Which dose you are getting (First / Second / Booster)

Or just fill out and submit the following form:

Migrant Women’s Counter Human Trafficking Alliance 2022 Workshops

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The Migrant Women’s Counter Human Trafficking Alliance continues organizing our bi-weekly meetings. The sessions are open to all newcomer migrant women!

The goal for members is to engage in community building and social connection. Sessions will provide a safe space and tight knit community for all migrant women. This will allow the opportunity to form friendships, encourage healing, build awareness and promote resilience.

The sessions include an introduction workshop on Meditative Art.

Please note that registrations will be limited to ensure that the group will remain to be a closed and safe space for all its members.

Future workshops will be announced shortly.

Please contact Isabella Eldeib at (416) 469 9754 ext.222 or isabella.eldeib@fcjrefugeecentre.org with any questions.


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To register please select which group you prefer to join either: MORNING (Monday’s at 10:30 am) or AFTERNOON (Tuesday’s at 4:00 pm).

Season’s Greetings from FCJ Refugee Centre

A message from Diana Gallego, Interim Director FCJ, Refugee Centre:

This year FCJ Refugee Centre has been celebrating a milestone of 30 years of continued work with refugees and precarious migrants.

2021 has been a challenging year; we experienced a great loss and many members of our community faced great challenges.

Our resilience resides on our purpose on walking shoulder to shoulder with our clients.

Thank you for trusting us with your migrant journey in Canada. Today more than ever we need to be a place of welcoming and open doors.

Wishing you and your loved ones happy holidays.


International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women

Today, November 25th, marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Violence against women is any act of gender-based violence that results in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, which can severely impact a woman at all stages of her life.

According to the United Nations (2021), “violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and remains largely unreported due to impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.”

Furthermore, 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most often by an intimate partner. However, less than 40 percent of women and girls who experience violence seek help (United Nations, 2021).

The theme this year is “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!,” in which orange symbolizes a brighter future free of violence against women and girls.

At FCJ Refugee Centre we mark this day as a day to raise awareness on violence against women and girls, and to honour all victims and survivors.

We encourage everyone to continue raising their voice because we all have a role to play in eliminating the existence of a culture that continues to perpetuate violence against women and girls. You can do so by speaking out, educating others, and most importantly supporting survivors in their journey to justice.

A woman’s place is everywhere, and in every space she has the right to feel safe and welcomed.

Our Fall Newsletter is ready!

Our Fall 2021 Newsletter is ready! Check it out and find information aboutthe Anti-Human Trafficking Forum and the Migrant Women’s Counter Human Trafficking Alliance, the new activities of the The FCJ Youth Network and the Youth Alliance, our music classes, the Uprooted U program, all the upcoming events, and much more.

Click here to access the document if you can’t see it in this page.

Fall 2021 Newsletter

Día de Muertos Ofrenda at Union Station

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Thanks to Día de los Muertos Collective for include our beloved Co- Director Francisco Rico-Martínez in the beautiful altar at Union Station.

Created by the Día de los Muertos Collective, and coordinated by Jess De Vitt, Jesús Mora, and Luis Rojas, this community-based and participatory ofrenda, or altar, fosters a space for public mourning in the midst of a global pandemic.

Bearing witness to all of the injustices that have impacted various communities, this sculpture carves spaces for collective loss and care—where feelings of celebration, grief, anger, and reflection can co-exist in remembrance.

Beyond showcasing the tradition and art of the Day of the Dead, this altar weaves together the longstanding celebration hosted by the Día De Los Muertos Collective in Wychwood Barns for over 12 years, gathering community through ritual, performance, music, visual arts, vending, and food.

The Día de Los Muertos Collective is a non-profit that coordinates the efforts of communities in T’karonto to create a celebration that honors the dead, delights the living, promotes artistic creation, and fosters community development through tradition.

We invite you to visit the installation at Union Station:

  • Oct 31, 2021 – Feb 20, 2022
  • Collective Remembrance: El Duelo
  • ArtworxTO Hub SOUTH | Union Station
  • 61 Front St W, Toronto, ON

And in the following images you can see also the Día de Muertos Altar we had at the FCJ Refugee Centre:

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Migrant Women’s Counter Human Trafficking Alliance 2021 Workshops

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The Migrant Women’s Counter Human Trafficking Alliance is a regional project that aims to enhance capacity and knowledge regarding the specific barriers and challenges presented in international cases where women have been victimized and marginalized by Human Trafficking. At FCJ Refugee Centre we are committed to approaching women through a peer led model that will provide them with holistic information and access to wrap around services and support.

The goal of our sessions is for participants to engage in community building and social connection. Sessions will provide a safe space and tight knit community for all migrant women. This will allow the opportunity to form friendships, encourage healing, build awareness and promote resilience.

Planned sessions for the group include workshops such as: knowing your labor rights, a guest speaker from Women’s College SA/DV Centre (Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre), a mindful mediation class and utilizing art therapy to deal with anxiety.

Our group will meet twice a month on the specified dates on the calendar. Please note that registrations will be limited to ensure that the group will remain to be a closed and safe space for all its members.

Please contact Isabella Eldeib at (416) 469 9754 ext.222 or isabella.eldeib@fcjrefugeecentre.org with any questions.


To register please select which group you prefer to join either: MORNING (Monday’s at 10:30 am) or AFTERNOON (Tuesday’s at 4:00 pm).

Join the Uprooted Homework Club!

The FCJ Refugee Centre Youth Team invite you to join the Uprooted Homework Club!

The Uprooted Homework Club is a safe space for newcomer children and youth to come together and do homework.

The program will run every Thursday for six weeks, starting on November 4th. It will be facilitated on Zoom from 3:30pm – 4:30pm.

Open to all newcomer children and youth under the age of 14!

For details and registration, please contact Victoria:

victoria.zea@fcjrefugeecentre.org

Introducing the New Uprooted Workshop Series for Academic Skill Building

The FCJ Refugee Centre Youth Team invite you to join the Uprooted Academic Skill Building Workshops!

These workshops will take place for 6 weeks to support you in all aspects of your academic success.

Oftentimes, newcomers have disengaging and inequitable experiences with the Canadian education system due to structural barriers. These workshops fill this gap by promoting practical learning strategies, online learning engagement, healthy learning habits, and the reflection of strengths and purpose.

The Uprooted Workshop Series will begin on Monday, November 1st, from 4:00pm-5:00pm.

Participants who attend all 6 workshops will receive a certificate.

Open to all newcomers!

Register here »


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