Appreciating Essential Immigrants 

One in four healthcare workers in Canada is an immigrant.

Earlier this fall, HIPC launched the Essential Immigrants campaign, a six-part series featuring immigrants serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Hamilton. Those interviews are all available in this thread.

The campaign has utilized the #ImmigrationMatters initiative and has been received positively, exceeding 33,000 views on Twitter!

To honour and recognize the work of Hamilton's Essential Immigrants, HIPC invites you to to join us for an hour on December 8 to celebrate their accomplishments and thank them for their continued service in our city. Mayor Fred Eisenberger will be attending and will bring remarks on behalf of the City of Hamilton. 

This is a virtual event. This event is open to public and can be accessed on YouTube live. 

Immigrants Welcome

Canadian attitudes towards immigration are fluctuating and could move into unwelcome territory. A post-pandemic poll by researchers at McMaster University found that, as a result of conditions created by the pandemic, Canadians may not be as welcoming to immigrants as they have been in the past.

In a recent Globe and Mail Opinion piece, researchers Victoria Esses and Leah Hamilton called on the public to actively work to maintain Canada as a welcoming nation to immigrants. Canada is not immune to racism. Canada's reputation as a welcoming nation did not emerge overnight. During these challenging times, Canadians need to remain vigilant about attitudes towards immigrants.

It is estimated that Canada's immigration shortfall for 2020 will be at least 100,000. High immigration levels are required to fill demographic, economic and regional development needs, supporting the future of our country. French-speaking immigrants are specifically needed to support the vitality of Francophone minority communities, and a recent announcement by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship also indicates that French-speaking candidates will receive additional points under the Express Entry system for selecting economic immigrants.

Our future depends on immigration and Canada is a world leader in providing resettlement opportunities for refugees in need.

No Hate in the Hammer Hosts Session on ARAO
No Hate in the Hammer hosted the second virtual event of the Together: Building Solidarity in Hamilton speaker series on November 18, 2020. The event's theme was 'Introduction to Anti-racism, Anti-oppression', and featured Dr. Priya Sharda, Jessica Bonilla-Damptey from SACHA, and Danielle Boissoneau.

Dr. Priya Sharda's presentation included an intro to the cycle of oppression, anti-oppression practices and questions to the viewers for self-reflection. 

Both Jessica Bonilla-Damptey and Danielle Boissoneau discussed implications of oppression on different populations, and how to combat oppression with novel responses and  practices. 

The next event in this series focuses on allyship and will take place on December 9, 2020. Stay tuned! 

HIPC is a member of No Hate in the Hammer. The series can be viewed here on YouTube. 
Community Announcements 
  • December 1 is Giving Tuesday. Consider donating to your favorite charity or non-for-profit organization.

Issue #57

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