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BIG International Conference 2017

December 6, 2017 - December 8, 2017

Borders in Globalization will host its second international conference in Ottawa 6-8 December 2017 with the intention of bringing together students, scholars and policy-makers on the key themes of the program. The purpose is to present research to the policy, private and non-profit sectors to solicit feedback and facilitate discussions on the many dimensions of borders and bordering processes.

The conference intends to bring together international border experts, government leaders, and private sector partners to strengthen our collaboration on the management of borders. By working with government partners, we can not only strengthen relationships, but also find solutions to common border challenges, and ensure that the BIG partnership fulfills its potential to conduct meaningful and policy-relevant research. Furthermore, the conference will provide a platform to facilitate dialogue between the various stakeholders engaged on border management in Canada.

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25th Canadian Ethnic Studies Association Conference

October 11 - October 13

The Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) invites panel and/or paper proposals for its upcoming conference on the theme of “Immigration, Ethnic Mobilities, Diasporic Communities and Transnationalism in a Transnational World”. Departing from the traditional ethnic-studies-in-Canada perspective, the theme of this CESA conference intends to explicitly connect with transnationalism allowing reflection of current, dynamic and ongoing transformations of Canada and its ethnic community landscape in a globalized era. Constant population movements within, but also across national borders, alongside a much more extensive and complex communicational, informational and exchange network, are permanent features of a globalized world. Both population movements and intricate exchange networks signal the multiple economic, cultural, social, ideological and symbolic mobilities within and across states in transnational social spaces.

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Pathways to Prosperity 2017 National Conference

November 15, 2017 - November 17, 2017

The Pathways to Prosperity Partnership will hold its fifth annual conference at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto starting at 8:30 AM on November 16, 2017 and finishing at 5:00 PM on November 17, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference is Canada’s Place in the World: Innovation in Immigration Research, Policy, and Practice. As we approach the end of the year in which we are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, it is apt that we reflect on current Canadian innovation in immigration research, policy, and practice, and look ahead to how we may continue to demonstrate our leadership in this area. The conference will address both new and persistent issues, including building bridges between indigenous and immigrant communities; understanding and addressing public anxiety about immigration; what we have learned about refugee resettlement from the Syrian refugee program; new strategies for determining the effectiveness of settlement programs; and intercultural dialogue and mediation for living together. The conference will include plenary sessions, workshops, roundtables, poster presentations, a special keynote speaker, a theatrical production, and opportunities to network with colleagues.

More than 350 participants are expected to attend the conference. Attendees will include researchers, service providers, LIP and RIF representatives, graduate students, policy and program officials from the three orders of government, and others working in the area of immigration.

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Metropolis Conference: Immigration Futures – Marking 20 Years of the National Metropolis Conference

March 22 - March 24

The National Metropolis Conference is an annual forum for researchers, policy makers, representatives from community and settlement organizations to get together to share and exchange knowledge and experience in the field of immigration and settlement.

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Metropolis North America Migration Policy: People, Labour, Borders, & Security

November 16, 2017 - November 17, 2017

Migration has profoundly shaped the economic and social condition of North Americans and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Governments in all three North American countries are responding to such challenges as the ongoing humanitarian crises in Syria and Central America, while at the same time seeking to realize their own proactive policy priorities on migration. And in all three countries, public opinion on the issues is in flux. Geographic boundaries have shaped critical aspects in the relationship between the United States, Mexico and Canada with such things as population composition, labour and security. Cross-border linkages (e.g. ethnic networks, return migration, dual citizenship, diaspora politics, transnational criminal activity) create an ever-complex environment. Changes to the flow of migrants have required occasional adjustments to the rules governing the movement of people and goods between the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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building bridges webinar

Building Bridges: Creating Sustainability in the Newcomer Health Clinic through Planned Transitions to Community Providers

September 19, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) continues its series of public health podcasts and webinars on refugee health. This time our webinar will offer an overview of the Newcomer Health Clinic practice under Nova Scotia Health Authority (NHSA). This will include the model of care, patient readiness and screening procedures devised by the transitional newcomer health clinic.
Ms. Ashley Sharpe and Dr. Tim Holland will discuss in detail the transition model developed to move patients from our specialized refugee health clinic to community primary care providers. This will include a discussion regarding current research to validate the model with some preliminary results.
Participants will have a chance to discuss problems and practical issues in an interactive Q & A session period following the presentation. Registrants are invited to submit questions of interest prior to the webinar to S.M. Zeeshan Qadar at
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XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology

July 15 - July 21

Since the inception of the discipline, sociologists have been concerned with power, violence and justice. Current social, economic and political challenges enhance their relevance. As capitalist globalization expands and deepens, corporate power increases along with global, national and local inequalities. New geo-political power configurations and confrontations are emerging, with violence being used as a tool to oppress and also to resist oppression. Colonial histories and contemporary land appropriations reflect the structures and cultural processes that perpetuate violence against indigenous and minority communities. States’ failures to meet their responsibility to provide basic resources are often deflected by blaming the most vulnerable. Both global economic and geo-political processes create crises and massive displacements of people and, at the same time, fuel racism, nationalism and xenophobia. We have also seen an increasing buildup of a culture of fear as a powerful tool used by states, corporations and other institutions to generate popular support for curtailing freedom in the name of security. Efforts to curtail the flow of desperate refugees, attest to the reinforcement of national and racialized borders. Despite visible progress on equality issues, violence against women and intersectional violence point to the entrenchment of the gender border around the world. Equally significant is the need to consider the role of state and institutional power relations to ongoing everyday violence. In response to disempowerment, violence, and injustice we have also witnessed nonviolent movements, humanitarian interventions, and peace processes that have empowered communities, reduced violence, and promoted justice. These diverse communities have built solidarities outside the neo-liberal frames of state-global capital nexus.

This XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology will focus on how scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers, journalists and activists from diverse fields can and do contribute to our understanding of power, violence and justice.

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International Refugee Rights Conference 2018

June 7 - June 9

In June 2018, the Canadian Council for Refugees invites non-governmental organizations and others to attend an international conference in Toronto designed to enhance effectiveness in promoting the human rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants.

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IASFM Annual Conference 2018: Wither Refugees? Restrictionism, Crises and Precarity Writ Large

July 24 - July 27

Never since the Second World War have refugees faced such life and death alternatives with nowhere to turn, and faced with increased restrictionisms.  The case of Greece epitomizes these new global phenomena, which have been analogous to what the poorest parts of the global south have been experiencing for decades and of what may lie ahead. Holding the 17th IASFM conference in Thessaloniki makes it possible to reflect on the variety of predicaments of refugees in the 21st century; the convergence of longer and fragmented routes and multiple modes of travel; the impact of economies of austerities on refugee lives; and the emergence of new responses to these crises.

The aim of this conference is to address the changes in global refugee movements, responses and debates and to place them in historical perspectives.  Given the current world situation, it is necessary to bring refugees squarely back into academic, policy, non-governmental and citizen debates and praxis.

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Measuring Identity, Diversity and Inclusion in Canada @ 150 and Beyond

November 30, 2017 - December 1, 2017

Over the past fifty years, there has been significant change in the  composition of the Canadian population and, accordingly, considerable evolution in research related to identities. Statistics Canada has changed the way in which it collects information about identities in the Census, with the addition of a question on population groups/visible minorities as of 1996 and adjustments to the manner in which ethnicity, language and aboriginality are measured. Other countries have also made changes in the way they collect data on identities.

Underlying all this is an ongoing debate in society on the very meaning  of ethnicity, ancestry, race, nation and community, and parallel  debates amongst researchers and policy-makers on the comprehension and  implications of evolving identities. Static definitions have increasingly led to concepts that allow for multiple and flexible identities. Survey  questions measuring identity have similarly made way for multiple  responses and concepts, permitting the expression of intersecting identities.

Further change in the way we measure diversity seems inevitable, but the nature of the change has yet to be determined. What initial lessons can be drawn from the 2016 Census results on ethnic origins, immigration and aboriginality? Going forward, what changes, if any, are needed to group categories and sub-categories on ethnicity, visible minorities, language and aboriginality? What conceptual or methodological challenges will affect the choices made when it comes to measuring identities? Will it be possible to do effective comparisons with results from previous censuses and surveys? What will changes in identity measurement imply for identifying and addressing inequality in our society? What are the limits on big data in measuring retention and addressing the aforementioned issues? What qualitative research helps better understand identity? What do changes in the way we measure identities mean for the discourse on diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, integration, interculturalism and social cohesion?

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Canadian Council for Refugees: Summer Working Group Meetings 2017

September 8, 2017 - September 9, 2017

Do you want to be part of efforts to promote rights for refugees?  Want to participate in in-depth discussions on pressing issues affecting refugees and immigrants in Canada?  Looking for an opportunity to share information and strategies with others from across Canada?

Participate in the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Working Group meetings in Montreal on 8 and 9 September 2017.

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Webinar: Family Matters: Local Strategies for Integrating Immigrant and Refugee Families

May 17, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

On May 17, join us online to learn how innovative initiatives in Toronto and Barcelona are putting family first and welcoming refugee and reunified immigrant families based on the first principles of living together – building relationships, support, trust and a community of welcome – while engaging private citizens and public institutions as active agents of integration.


Research Symposium: The Impact of Education on Social Inclusion for Refugees

June 7, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

This research symposium will bring together researchers from across education, health, human rights and other disciplines, to exchange ideas, promote research, education, discuss and facilitate collaboration in the field of refugee education and social inclusion.

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Pathways to Resilience IV Conference

June 14, 2017 - June 16, 2017

Pathways to Resilience IV: Global South Perspectives

In the face of the apparently intractable challenges to human wellbeing, knowledge of how and why individuals, families and communities adapt to adversity and transform their worlds has become increasingly important. Pathways to Resilience IV will provide a forum for understanding how this adaptation varies across cultures, how those in the Global South define resilience, and what can be done to meaningfully support health, wellbeing and social justice.

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19th National Metropolis Conference

March 16, 2017 - March 18, 2017

Looking Forward: Migration and Mobility in 2017 and Beyond

The National Metropolis Conference is an annual forum for researchers, policy makers, representatives from community and settlement organizations to get together to share and exchange knowledge and experience in the field of immigration and settlement.

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