Thought Pieces

 

Our thought pieces are a collection of reflections and interviews from our team and our network. They cover a variety of topics from details about events we’ve attended or interviews with our partners about their role in the settlement sector.

Nour Kaadan

NOUR KAADAN Musician What ESL programs have you used to help improve your language skills?  Language skills were not a barrier for us; we had worked to improve our skills prior arriving to Toronto.  We were prepared mentally for the change in culture and language.  We...

Read to Speak – Community ESL Bookclub

Our recent report Breaking the Language Barrier, we identified several challenges and needs of English as Second Language curriculum for newcomers. One of main frustrations newcomers had with existing ESL programs was that the “end-points of ESL classes rarely...

The Words We Use by Emma Bartel

The World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Student Refugee Program brings refugee students to Canada as permanent residents, and provides support for them to continue higher education at one of 83 university campuses across the country. My family has been involved...

BOUND by Against the Grain Theater – What is it about?

We heard about Against the Grain Theater incorporating testimonies of refugees and displaced peoples settlement experience in their new production BOUND.  We wanted to hear more about how they came to create this new performance and why the refugee crisis is the...

Get to know Destin AI, Jusoor Disruptor Lab Winner

Destin.ai founder and CEO Nargiz Mammadova  sat down to tell us how she developed her artificial intelligence platform to help newcomers integrate, how it can help Canada become more inclusive and whats on the horizon for Destin.ai.     What does a typical...

Our weekend at #MigrahackTO

It’s a gray day in Toronto, with rain pouring on the empty streets downtown. Inside the cozy confines of Mozilla’s Adelaide Street office a group of hackers, facilitated by Bianca Wylie, are reviewing the insights, challenges and opportunities surfaced over the course...

MCIS Language Solutions to host #MigrahackTO

MCIS Language Solutions will host #MigrahackTO on November 3rd – 5th. This community hackathon brings together journalists, web developers and non-profit organizations. Together they will be educated on visualizing data, the stories behind the numbers and...

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