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PSI News

Endangered Identities in Grenada: A conversation with LGBTI activist Nigel Mathlin

Grenadians recently voted against a constitutional amendment to enshrine gender equality. Come and hear the effect this and other developments have on LGBTI human rights on the island and find out how Canadian residents can most effectively provide support.

The Solidarity Alliance is holding a training with OCASI on Feb 9th!

The Solidarity Alliance is holding a training with OCASI on Feb 9th! The focus is reducing barriers for LGBTQ+ newcomers, and an introduction to the Positive Space Initiative. There's also time for Q&A and networking!

Feb 9th at KPL from 4:30-7:30 and registration is FREE! Please share

Call for volunteers: Positive Space Champions

The Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI), a project of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), is on a search to identify regional Champions! A Champion is a person who is actively engaged in their community, working for the inclusion and human rights of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer, questioning, asexual, intersex, pansexual, genderqueer, etc.) immigrants and refugees. This volunteer position recognizes the work that you are already doing in your community, gives you an opportunity to build your skills, contacts, and experience, and connects you with other people doing similar work around the province. Champions start conversations in their communities through outreach, referrals, building networks, and events.

Our first blog post!

This is so exciting! We are currently in the process of making some changes to our website. This includes having a blog section where you can read articles related to our workshops and events as well as current community news and information.

LGBTQ+ Positive Space Webinar Series

OCASI defines Positive Spaces as welcoming environments where LGBTQ+ newcomers are able to access culturally inclusive services with dignity and respect, and where service providers can work free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The Council believes that in order to create welcoming environments, awareness and education is necessary - OCASI’s latest webinars on access, equity, and anti-oppression aim to do just that.

Forum Immigration LGBTQIA* francophone en Ontario – Besoins et services

À l’occasion de la dissémination des résultats de l’étude Évaluation des besoins des nouveaux arrivants francophones LGBTQIA en Ontario,menée conjointement par FrancoQueer et OCASI, nous vous invitons à participer gratuitement au Forum provincial qui aura lieu :

What has the Positive Spaces Initiative been up to?

We have been traveling throughout the province to deliver workshops to service providers across sectors on how to create welcoming spaces in their agencies and organizations that is inclusive and free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Last year, we did lots of workshops in the Western, Central and Southern regions of Ontario. This year, we will continue to do training in these regions but we also want to go North and East! So if you are in the Northern and Eastern Ontario regions, please give us a shout so we can come and do the FREE positive spaces workshop.