HIPC Explores Informal Support Services 
Do you know a community group that supports new immigrants in Hamilton, connects them to services, and helps them navigate in the community? If so, we would like to connect with them about their experience. 
HIPC is currently conducting research that explores informal supports and networks in Hamilton for newcomers. We know that newcomers access help and resources through networks of friends and family, religious groups, ethnocultural associations, in their neighborhoods, and through various channels across the city. These experiences are valuable to understand in order for us identify ways in which newcomer needs are being met, as well as identify areas where we can meet possible gaps in Hamilton.
Our Ask:
We are looking to conduct one-on-one interviews (30 to 45 minutes in length) between October 2018 to January 2019. If you know someone who can speak to these experiences and issues, please contact our researcher:
Huyen Dam, M.A. (Ph.D. Candidate) 
Phone: (905)-546-2424 ext.4882
HIPC Council Members Receive 
Prestigious Awards
Ines Rios, Executive Director of the Immigrants Working Centre (IWC) and HIPC Council Member will be a recipient of the inaugural McMaster President's Awards for Community Engaged Scholarship, for her contribution to the 'We Are Not the Others' project.
Leo Johnson, Executive Director of Empowerment Squared, received the the 2018 McMaster Alumni Global Community Impact Award in recognition of his journey, and his organization's transformative work in Canada and Liberia.
We send our heartiest congratulations to Ines and Leo for their achievements and we look forward to continuing our work together in making Hamilton a place for everyone to call home. 
Film Screening: Fire at Sea 
Fire at Sea, an Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary focusing on the migrant crisis in Europe, directed by Gianfranco Rosi screened at McMaster University on October 24. The screening was part of MacGlobal: a program showcasing McMaster’s global opportunities and initiatives. It was followed by a discussion with Director of the McMaster University Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition, Dr. Petra Rethmann and Senior Project Manager of HIPC, Dr. Sarah Wayland.

The New York Times wrote: "Fire at Sea isn't the documentary you're expecting to see about the migrant crisis in Europe. Instead of raising awareness, this impressionistic film cultivates alertness." The documentary is available on Netflix Canada. 
Digital Messaging Survey
Refugee 613, with funding from IRCC, has launched the Digital Messaging for Settlement and Integration (DMSI) project to explore how digital tools, in particular messaging apps like WhatsApp and text messages/SMS, can close the information gap between newcomers and settlement services, and provide added value to those services. We invite you to share your experience using digital messaging to serve newcomers, and be part of building knowledge and digital capacity in the settlement sector.

The survey includes questions for front-line workers and managers/executive directors, and will be available until October 26, 2018.
Send us your updates
We send this newsletter out every other week. This is a chance for us to highlight the work of our partners, share upcoming events, grant opportunities and stories of impact. 

If you would like your work to be featured and shared with the community, please email us your events, announcements by the first Monday of each month using this form. 

(Next submission deadline is Monday, November 5) 

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