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Integrating Our Voices: Centering Stories of Migration

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NSAR will be organizing its second annual conference in October of 2018 to highlight the stories of immigrant and refugee communities and build solidarity with these communities. Moving beyond the big picture topics of immigration and migration, this year's conference will explore migration in terms of the everyday experiences in communities, migration in the archive, and the realities facing migrants and refugees at the border. The conference will showcase the stories of migrants via panel discussions, workshops, creative performances and networking opportunities, and admission is free for everyone.

This year's discussions will include:

  1. Indigenous and Settlers Solidarity
  2. Fireside chat with Senator Ratna Omidvar around diversity, inclusion and migration
  3. Refugee Inclusion: Policy Making and Beyond
  4. In the Archives: Historical Representation of Migrant and Refugee Communities
  5. Sustaining and Strengthening Newcomer Settlement Services
  6. The Right to Engage: Newcomers and Democracy

More information abut the conference can be found here.

- This event is free for all students and community members.
- The venue is fully accessible.
- TTC Tokens will be provided to those in need.
- Childminding is available.
- Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.

Please let us know if you require child minding or TTC tokens. Email sara.asalya@ryerson.ca.


Honorary Guest Speakers: Senator Ratna Omidvar and Bhutila Karpoche

Ratna Omidvar is an internationally recognized voice on migration, diversity and inclusion. In April 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Ms. Omidvar to the Senate of Canada as an independent Senator representing Ontario. As a member of the Senate’s Independent Senators Group she holds a leadership position as the Scroll Manager. Senator Omidvar is also the Deputy Chair of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector.

Bhutila Karpoche is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Parkdale – High Park. Bhutila is passionate about many issues affected Ontario today, including social justice and public health. She is a longtime advocate of affordable housing, workers’ rights, and improved healthcare. Before joining politics, Bhutila was a public health researcher, focusing on the social determinants of health. As MPP, Bhutila represents her community’s and Ontarians’ needs and interests at Queen’s Park and within her constituency.


Keynote Speakers: Dr. Denise O'Neil Green and Dr. Harald Bauder

Dr. Denise O'Neil Green is Ryerson University's first Vice President, equity and inclusion. With a passion for advancing inclusive excellence, drawing on her teaching, scholarly and leadership background, Denise is experienced at establishing new and innovative pedagogical initiatives and programs, and is highly skilled at building rapport, effective collaborations and networks with diverse stakeholders both inside and outside the university.

Dr. Harald Bauder is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and the Graduate Program for Immigration and Settlement Studies (ISS) at Ryerson. He is also the founding Academic Director of The Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS).


Closing Plenary Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shahrzad Mojab

Dr. Shahrzad Mojab, scholar, teacher, and activist, is internationally known for her work on the impact of war, displacement, and violence on women's learning and education; gender, state, migration and diaspora; Marxist feminism and anti-racism pedagogy. She is professor of Adult Education and Community Development and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the Equity Director of New College at University of Toronto, former Director of the Women and Gender Institute, University of Toronto and the recipient of the Royal Society of Canada Award in Gender Studies in 2010.

A unique feature of Shahrzad's work is making knowledge accessible to public through the use of arts such as story-telling, dance, drama, painting and film. She has been the guest editor of the special issue of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East Journal and International Journal of Lifelong Education. Her most recent Social Science and Humanities Research Council research projects are Youth in Transition: War, Migration, and ‘Regenerative Possibilities’ and The Pedagogy and Policy of Refugee Youth Resettlement. The Ontario Arts Council has funded her project with Roshanak Jaberi and Doris Rajan, No Woman’s Land, which is a dance project to capture the experience of refugee women of sexual violence.



Special thanks to our sponsors:

  • Ryerson University, Chang School of Continuing Education
  • UNHCR- The UN Refugee Agency
  • Jack Layton Chair
  • Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law
  • University of Toronto, OISE
  • Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR)
  • Ryerson University, Unifor National Chair in Social Justice & Democracy
  • Ryerson University, Immigration & Settlement Studies Program
  • CultureLink
  • OCASI
  • Democratic Engagement Exchange
  • Paramount
  • Young Women’s Leadership Network
  • Laidlaw Foundation
  • Youth, War, Migration
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

For full schedule please visit our website. For more information please email info@mynsar.ca or Sara Asalya at sara.asalya@ryerson.ca


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