Migrant Justice

Shaping Canada’s New Caregiver Program Post November 2019

May 1, 2018

Canada’s plan to end its Caregiver Program in November 2019 presents a golden opportunity to advocate for improved working conditions and a guaranteed pathway to permanent residency for all migrant workers. In April 2018, KAIROS formally submitted Shaping Canada’s New…

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KAIROS delegates call for a guaranteed pathway to permanent residency for migrant caregivers

April 5, 2018

KAIROS organized a delegation of migrant caregivers and advocates in Ottawa on March 23 to meet with Members of Parliament, including Jenny Kwan, MP and Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, and to participate in a consultation…

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Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships – for a just and inclusive community

February 28, 2018

KAIROS and its partners invite Indigenous peoples and newcomers  in Canada to join in a series of reconciliation events running until March 2018 entitled, Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a just and inclusive community. KAIROS believes Canada’s future can be…

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Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships: Saskatoon stories of reconciliation

February 23, 2018

On February 1 and 2, KAIROS’ Alfredo Barahona travelled to Saskatoon to attend the second Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a just and inclusive community event. The first was in Fredericton in October 2017, with more to come in Thunder…

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Common Ground: How First Nations and newcomers are building relationships in Canada

January 1, 2018

In a powerful interview starting at the 6:12 mark, KAIROS’ Alfredo Barahona shares his own experiences as a newcomer to Canada and his work at KAIROS with Indigenous peoples. Originally aired on January 1, 2018 on CBC Radio One

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KAIROS calls on Canada to bring Christmas cheer to foreign caregivers

December 20, 2017

KAIROS supports foreign caregivers across Canada who continue to suffer prolonged separation from their spouses and children due to the long delay in processing their permanent residency applications. Many have been waiting for seven or eight years. KAIROS’ support was…

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Strangers become friends at KAIROS’ first Indigenous and Newcomers Friendship event

November 6, 2017

KAIROS’ Alfredo Barahona walks us through the first Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships event at St. Mary’s First Nation in Fredericton, N.B, on October 28, which he and Connie Sorio, KAIROS’ Migrant Justice and Asia Partnerships Coordinator, helped organize. Connie Sorio…

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A Feast of Gifts: Opening the door to new friendships

October 24, 2017

Invite your neighbours to a cultural and culinary feast! Every community includes Indigenous people, newcomers to Canada and long time settlers yet these groups are often isolated from one another. KAIROS invites you to consider planning A Feast of Gifts…

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Foreign workers should be eligible to apply for permanent residence prior to or upon arrival to Canada

October 9, 2017

This past weekend we gathered around the dinner table with family and friends to give thanks. Often we acknowledge the delicious bounty that’s before us. If grown in Canada, this bounty is often tended to and harvested by people like…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Indigenous and newcomer communities gather in Fredericton for reconciliation, Oct 28

October 9, 2017

St. Mary’s First Nation hosts first KAIROS Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships event (Ottawa, ON) – KAIROS Canada launches the first Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a just and inclusive community event on Saturday, October 28 at St. Mary’s First Nation…

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Letter to the editor: Remember migrant workers this Thanksgiving

October 6, 2017

He’s worked legally in Canada for 37 years but the government considers him ‘temporary’ Oct. 5 As we sit down with family and friends this Thanksgiving, let’s remember the migrant workers who help bring the food to our tables. These…

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Amitiés entre Autochtones et nouveaux arrivants – pour une communauté juste et inclusive

October 5, 2017

À partir de cet automne et jusqu’en mars 2018 KAIROS et ses partenaires invitent les Autochtones et les nouveaux arrivants au Canada à participer à une série d’événements de réconciliation intitulée Amitiés entre Autochtones & nouveaux arrivants – pour une…

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How we can start to walk the path of reconciliation?

July 7, 2017

On July 1, hundreds of new citizens swore their allegiance to this country and promised to faithfully observe its laws. Unlike me, they received a very brief overview of the history of Indigenous peoples. Like me, they did not promise…

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Standing in solidarity with migrant workers on December 18

December 13, 2016

“On International Migrants Day, let us commit to coherent, comprehensive and human-rights based responses guided by international law and standards and a shared resolve to leave no one behind.” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General Globally, millions of people are forced…

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Canadian Parliamentary Committee recommends changes that could help temporary migrant workers

October 27, 2016

Published October 19, in the Toronto-based Spanish-language magazine Revista Debate, the article “Comité Parlamentario canadiense presenta cambios a favor de trabajadores temporales”, looks at the report on the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) released on September 19, by the Standing Committee on Human…

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program: a KAIROS response

October 12, 2016

In May 2016, KAIROS participated in the federal government’s review of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) by making a submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. The…

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The Harvesting Freedom Caravan is coming to Toronto on September 25, 2016 at 7:30 a.m.

September 23, 2016

If you want to support migrant justice please come to the Food Terminal in Toronto at 7:30 AM on Sunday, September 25 and welcome the Harvesting Freedom Caravan. Yes, you read right, it is at 7:30 AM! But don’t worry,…

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program Review – A KAIROS Submission

July 12, 2016

KAIROS joins community partners and migrant workers in calling on the federal government to ensure that migrant workers are included in this review process and that their recommendations are properly and genuinely considered. Read the full text of KAIROS’ submission…

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The Migrant Workers Information Session and Forum are scheduled for June 4 & 5 in Saskatoon

May 13, 2016

In keeping with our goals of forging solidarity with migrant workers and working with the federal government to change the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, KAIROS is collaborating with the Canadian Council for Refugees, Migrante Canada and other organizations to co-host…

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