Kitchener-Waterloo November Update

The Kitchener-Waterloo City Network
The BMRC Coordinator is meeting with the representatives from the Settlement and Belonging groups of the Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership to discuss the institutional mapping research. A meeting is planned with Rich Janzen, the co-executive director for the Centre for Community Based Research in Kitchener to see potential ways to collaborate; the CCBR is considering implementing a longitudinal study on newcomer refugees in the region.
The KW City Network is aiming to meet by the end of November/beginning of December. By the end of the month, The KW city network should have three research instruments close to readiness for implementation.
Dr. Hennebry, the Principal Investigator for Kitchener-Waterloo has recently published two policy briefs under the IOM collection Ideas to Inform International Cooperation on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Hennebry, J. (2017) ‘Securing and Insuring Livelihoods: Migrant Workers and Protection Gaps’, in McAuliffe, M. and M. Klein Solomon (Conveners) (2017) Ideas to Inform International Cooperation on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, IOM: Geneva.

Hennebry, J. (2017) ‘For Their Own Good? Addressing Exploitation of Women MigrantWorkers’, in McAuliffe, M. and M. Klein Solomon (Conveners) (2017) Ideas to Inform International Cooperation on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, IOM: Geneva.

Knowledge mobilization activities (Publications, events)

The International Migration Research Centre had its second annual Dr. Kerry Preibisch Global Social Justice and Migration Lecture on November 16th, commemorating the life and contributions of Dr. Preibisch in the area of social justice and migration, who died of cancer in January, 2016, at the height of her career. The intention of this annual memorial lecture will be to add to the myriad ways that scholars and students can keep her research and vision of promoting migrants’ human rights alive into the future. Invited speakers must bring a global social justice perspective to their lecture pertaining to migration, and are encouraged to engage directly with Kerry’s work.

The event included the screening of the documentary Migrant Dreams and Q&A with director Min Sook Lee. Migrant Dreams tells the undertold story of migrant agricultural workers struggling against Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured labourers.

External updates

We want to bring your attention to the performance of “Seasons of Immigration” in Guelph, next November 25. The Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership invites you to A thought-provoking evening of theatre, art, and conversation about immigrants' experiences in Canada. For more details follow this link.

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