Friday, September 22, 2017

PNT LGBTQ+ Newcomers Settlement Conference Speakers

The Prairie & Northwest Territories (PNT) LGBTQ+ Newcomers Settlement Conference will take place Monday September 25th and Tuesday September 26th in Calgary. Sponsored by  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and hosted by the Centre for Newcomers, the conference will have a host of speakers an contributors.

Mike Morrison will serve as MC and is the writer behind Mike's Bloggity Blog, a popular Canadian website based here in Calgary that attracts more than one million unique readers a year. Mike has also written Calgary By Bike, which is a guide to all the things to see and do along Calgary's cycle tracks. It topped the Calgary Herald Best Seller list both in 2015 and 2016. Mike's Twitter was named the second most influential account in Calgary...after @nenshi. And just a few months ago, he was named Best Blogger and Best Twitter at the Best of Calgary Awards. And he was named to Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 in 2016.

Kimahli Powell, Executive Director of Rainbow Railroad, will be a keynote speaker. Kimahli has a wide range of experience in the non-profit sector and has spent more than fifteen years advocating for social justice, youth, arts and culture. He was the Director of Development and Outreach at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Senior Development Officer at Dignitias International, Director of Development at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival in addition to holding other director-level positions with non- profit organizations in Toronto and the National Capital Region.

Among Kimahli's achievements in advocacy and social rights, he most recently helped launch the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network's legal challenge to Jamaica's anti-sodomy law, led public outreach initiatives including the Human Rights Networking Zone at multiple international AIDS conferences and guided the Legal Network through a monitoring and evaluation framework on legal advocacy.

Keynote speaker Kelly Ernst is founder of the MAIA LGBTQ+ New Canadians Resiliency Project. He also created the Situational Inquiry which helps LGBTQ+ refugees to examine their situation and collect evidence for their asylum applications. He regularly acts as a witness in Immigration and Review Board hearings for LGBTQ+ people. He has started numerous projects and organizations and is the current President of the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association. Kelly has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Calgary.

The LGBTQ+ New Canadians Resiliency Project has helped dozens of LGBTQ+ people settle in Calgary and receive support in their settlement process. This presentation will discuss some of the unique issues that LGBTQ+ new Canadians face. It will include data on the types of persecution LGBTQ+ refugees avoid when achieving asylum in Calgary and the barriers faced once they arrive.

Keynote speaker, Jen Marchbank researches and teaches about 'mail order' brides; refugee settlement in small communities, sexuality, LGBTQ activism and trans and gender non conforming children and youth. In her presentation "Mapping Service Needs of LGBTQ Migrants," Jen will outline the research process, findings and recommendations of a research project to explore the needs of migrants and service providers in Surrey, BC in relation to LGBTQ migrants and refugees. Surrey receives over 50% of BC's refugees and yet had no services specific to LGBTQ migrants.

In the end, goals of the conference include to convene stakeholders and practitioners from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories working or wanting to work towards LGBTQ+ newcomers settlement outcomes; to share examples of work across the region, focusing on successes, challenges, and innovations occurring in organizations and program delivery; to explore service provision gaps and strengths; and to share proven, best and promising practices. We are looking forward to Monday and will have much more about the conference coming soon.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pembina Pipeline @ CFN

A group of nearly twenty Pembina employees recently visited CFN, receiving a tour of our 43,000 square foot facility and getting the chance to see frontline community building here in YYC.

The United Way Calgary has a number of corporate partnerships and one such donor is Pembina Pipeline. As a part of the corporate community partnership program, United Way arranges for organizations like Pembina to visit places in order to see where their money is going and how it is transforming the community.

The United Way Calgary and the sponsorship of organizations like Pembina give individuals and families the opportunity to reach their potential and improve their quality of life. A big thank you to United Way and Pembina, two organizations that believe in community building and working towards making Calgary a great city for all. For a few more photos of the days visit click here.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Alberta Minister of Culture & Tourism to be Keynote Speaker @ PNT LGBTQ+ Newcomers Settlement Conference

The Prairie & Northwest Territories (PNT) LGBTQ+ Newcomers Settlement Conference will take place Monday September 25th and Tuesday September 26th in Calgary. Sponsored by  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and hosted by the Centre for Newcomers, Alberta's Minster of Culture & Tourism Ricardo Miranda will be one of the conference's Keynote speakers.

Miranda was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Calgary-Cross, on May 5, 2015 and on February 2, 2016, was appointed Minister of Culture and Tourism. He is also a member of the Economic Policy Committee, along with the Legislative Review Committee and is multilingual, fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and English.

A living embodiment of Canada's organic shift towards diversity and inclusion, of where we are as a province and how far we’ve come, Miranda was born in Nicaragua before he and his family came to Canada in 1988 as refugees. After leaving the Central American country behind for Guatemala, his family settled in Calgary when he was just 9 years old. He is also the first openly gay cabinet minister in Alberta's 112 year history.

Goals of the conference include to convene stakeholders and practitioners from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories working or wanting to work towards LGBTQ+ newcomers settlement outcomes; to share examples of work across the region, focusing on successes, challenges, and innovations occurring in organizations and program delivery; to explore service provision gaps and strengths; and to share proven, best and promising practices. For more on Miranda's story in his own words click below and stay tuned for more on other speakers taking part coming soon.

Calgary Legal Guidance @ CFN

How does the government enforce Canadian immigration laws? Immigration laws are mainly enforced by 2 federal government departments: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) - IRCC is responsible for Canadian immigration and citizenship. Get information on IRCC policy, programs and services, application kits, and more. Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) - Responsible for border services (port-of-entry services), customs and enforcement of some immigration laws in Canada.

Immigration law can be complex, but here at CFN we are trying to make the process of understand and accessing information a little bit easier with regularly scheduled legal clinics here at the Centre. Our next clinic will take place on October 11th. Free and confidential advice on legal matters related to immigration will be available from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

This legal clinic is made possible due to collaboration with Calgary Legal Guidance. A true community builder, for nearly 50 years Calgary Legal Guidance has been providing legal assistance and information to economically and socially disadvantaged persons who would not otherwise have access to legal advice and representation. For more information contact Maria at 403-569-3328 or

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

CFN to Opens its Doors for Doors Open YYC

On September 23, from 10 am to 3 pm, CFN invites Calgary to come on by and say hello for Doors Open YYC.  Many of Calgary’s most intriguing and beloved sites participate in Doors Open YYC , as during this day, buildings in all quadrants of the city open their doors – free of charge – to the public and provide special revealing tours and behind-the-scenes experiences. Whether you’re into history, architecture, diversity, multiculturalism, the environment, art, sports, science or engineering, this is your chance to get an insider’s view of Calgary’s vibrant and dynamic cityscape.

Doors Open is a well-established and highly successful international concept that allows people free access to buildings in order to create enthusiasm for heritage and contemporary architecture and increase the appreciation of historic and culturally significant places and spaces.

Here at CFN visitors will get a complete tour of our 43,000 square foot facility,  the chance to take a look inside one of our many classrooms,  along with a peek at our multicultural crafts and stories in our colourful childcare centre. On top of that there will be some scrumptious treats from our amazing Ethnicity Catering Kitchen, and an even an opportunity get some Henna done (between 11 and 2).

Whether you have an admiration for something specific, or just want to experience the city with your family, a large variety of sites will be available to satisfy all ranges of interest for Doors Open YYC 2017. We couldn't be happier to take part in this wonderful day and look forward to opening our doors to you September 23rd. See you then!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Women's Self Defence Classes @ CFN

Self defence classes often lead those who participate to walk out as determined, strong, empowered individuals ready to take control of their own lives. A self defence can educate in showing us the options available to take control, build our inner strength and feel safer. Further still, knowing that we have the ability to defend ourselves in any given situation we're put into often helps us more fully explore the world, take on new projects, meet new people and find new ways to engage with those around us.

For these reasons and more that CFN is happy to announce, beginning September 29th and running through December, we will be offering Women's Self Defence classes right here at the Centre. Classes will be taught by instructors from Western Canada Martial Arts Academy (WCMAA) founded out of an amalgamation of two lineages under the late Sifu Bruce Lee and living legend Guro Dan Inosanto.

The combination of Martial Arts offered by WCMAA is highly effective in dealing with opponents in the quickest way possible, while also assisting in the development of self-confidence and discipline, and effectively attaining or maintaining physical fitness. Stay tuned for more info and we look forward to the first class!


Monday, September 11, 2017

CFN to attend Job Search Boot Camp - Tackling Technology

How fit are your job search skills? Are you ready to start the next phase of your career? CFN will be attending the Job Search Boot Camp to be held on September 12 and 13 at Fort Calgary. Applications Management Consulting will also be attending to talk about results from their recent interviews with 400+ large and small size employers. This will cover both present and anticipated technological changes in the workplace and what skills will be needed in the future.

You will learn the most up to date techniques to find work:​
  • Stretch your knowledge of interviews including digital interviews
  • Push up your resume to the top of the pile when using ATS
  • Jump into social media to find employers and connections
  • Work with a job search personal trainer during the day
  • Q&A sprints with HR Professionals
  • Find out where to find follow up support
Online pre-registration is required. To download a copy of the the agenda CLICK HERE and for more information and to register for this event simply CLICK HERE.