Hold the Date
We are pleased to announce that the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership will hold its Eighth Annual Conference at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24, 2020, with a full-day Conference for Local Immigration Partnerships and Réseaux en immigration francophone on Wednesday, November 25.
The Annual Conference will include plenary sessions, workshops, poster presentations, and opportunities to network with colleagues. Further details including workshop and poster calls for proposals, registration information (rates retained at the same levels as this year), hotel booking information, and exhibitor opportunities will be announced in early 2020.
Call for Nominations
Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) is pleased to announce its third Call for Nominations for the project Developing an Evidence Base and Sharing Settlement and Integration Practices that Work (DEB).
P2P has been contracted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to design, implement, and evaluate a process for identifying and sharing promising practices in settlement and integration with an empirical basis for their effectiveness.
We are seeking nominations of promising practices from a variety of stakeholders involved in the settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees across Canada. Practices do not have to be IRCC funded and can be self-nominated. Practices must be able to demonstrate their effectiveness through an external evaluation or within-organization measurement of outcomes that can be shared (e.g., website URL; you would be able to send it).
The third Call for Nominations will close on January 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm (PST).
P2P 2019 National Conference
Pathways to Prosperity 2019 National Conference Aimed to Provide a Foundation for Renewed Support for Immigration to Canada
On October 31 and November 1, 2019, the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership held its Seventh Annual National Conference – Immigration at the Crossroads: Renewing Support for Immigration to Canada at the Intersections of Research, Policy, and Practice. On October 30, Pathways to Prosperity also held a Preconference entitled Local Immigration Partnerships and Réseaux en immigration francophone: The Nexus of Newcomer Settlement and Integration. The conference attracted over 525 attendees and the preconference over 180, with our numbers continuing to increase year over year. We thank all those who support the Pathways to Prosperity and participate in our activities.
The first day of the conference began with opening remarks and a land acknowledgement by Patrick Hunter, a 2 Spirit Ojibway Artist and Graphic Designer, who set the tone for a respectful and informative conference. The second day of the conference kicked off with an engaging special keynote address by Kamal Al-Solaylee on the topic of Race, Immigration and Politics, reminding us of Canada’s history and current presence of racial discrimination and anti-immigration sentiments among some Canadians. The conference also included four plenary sessions, including Goals for the Settlement and Resettlement Programs in the Coming Years; Immigration to Smaller, Rural, and Northern Communities; The Ever-Changing Terrain of Attitudes toward Immigrants and Refugees; and Developing an Evidence Base and Sharing Settlement and Integration Practices that Work. In between, there were 35 workshops and presentations of 30 posters, with the Thursday evening reception and poster awards sponsored by World Education Services. Judging by the enthusiasm of participants and comments received to date, the conference was a tremendous success, featuring high quality presentations and engaging those in attendance.
The preconference focused on how immigration partnerships can work together, collaborate and develop joint projects at the local, regional and national level; promote engagement and participation among council and committee members; make the case for immigration and address anti-immigrant sentiment; and develop innovative strategies to enhance the integration and inclusion of newcomer youth. P2P also continued the tradition of preparing a booklet of LIP and RIF achievements as a resource for all interested parties. Informal comments and feedback received to date indicate that the preconference was a great success, and P2P was encouraged to continue this excellent meeting for the LIPs and RIFs in the coming years.
We would like to thank all presenters and chairs who worked so hard to ensure that the conference and preconference were a success. We also thank all of the exhibitors and the sponsors for their support – World Education Services and the Intercultural Competency Advantage Program of the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre. In addition, we are extremely grateful for the generous support provided by the main funder of this year’s conference: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Powerpoint presentations from the conference and preconference are now available in the library section of the website, with the videos of presentations to follow.
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