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Save the Date: Newcomer Day 2019
Mark your calendars for one of the most exciting events of the summer! The date for the 2019 Hamilton Newcomer Day has been set for Friday June 14. A planning committee has been formed and will meet multiple times over the coming months to ensure that this year's Hamilton Newcomer Day is even bigger and better. We have had a heartwarming response from the community and coverage of last year's event. In addition to the information fair and the citizenship ceremony, this year we are hoping to have multicultural entertainment, a diverse food experience, and a newcomer marketplace. If you are interested in joining the planning efforts, connect with us.
Hamilton Anti-Racism Consultation
Racism and discrimination exist in Canadian society, and every society. Many newcomers to Canada are from racialized communities, and this can impact their feelings of belonging and access to opportunities, including employment. On average, foreign-born individuals from racialized communities earn 78 cents for every dollar earned by other foreign-born individuals.
 
On January 23, HIPC joined with community organizations and individuals from Hamilton and the surrounding region to participate in an Anti-Racism consultation convened the federal government. During this morning session, participants shared their own stories and proposed ways that the federal government could address racism and discrimination in several specific areas: Employment and Income Supports, including discrimination in the workplace; Social Participation, including sense of belonging, mental health, and access and inclusion in arts & sports; and Justice, including access to justice and hate crimes.
 
The Department of Canadian Heritage is holding 22 consultation sessions across the country aimed to help inform the development of a new federal anti-racism strategy. HIPC looks forward to reviewing the results of this national consultation and working to implement the actions identified.
Books to Read, Films to Watch
The UNHCR reports unprecedented figures of over 68.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. Each one of these figures is accompanied by its own human story.

To help better understand the magnitude of these figures, we invite you to explore some unforgettable stories  for your reading list or movie queue capturing the experiences of immigrants and refugees around the world. This list has been compiled by the Immigration Policy Lab of Stanford University. Two of the films listed, Fire at Sea and Human Flow, were screened in Hamilton in 2018.

Which of these books and movies will go onto your list for 2019? Are there other books or movies you recommend? Let us know. 
Community Announcements 
We would like to feature 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, February 4) 
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