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Anti-Oppression Capacity Building Project

About the Project

Row of people with arms around one another, viewed from the backThe Anti-Oppression Capacity Building Project is a research initiative that investigates the improvement of the services offered to immigrants and newcomers in the settlement sector when services are offered through an anti-oppressive lens. It aims to assess the existing level of understanding of oppression in the settlement sector and build capacity by offering training and coaching on anti-oppressive practice to see how it affects the quality of the services offered.

Developing an anti-oppressive lens in our practices is becoming more of a necessity every day. More and more people are on a quest to raise their awareness and understanding of how privilege and power manifest in society. While the concept of anti-oppression is prevalent in social education, research, policy, and frontline practice, it is relatively new in the settlement sector (DeCoito & Williams, 2000).

Anti-Oppression Project holding handsThe Training

On this project, the Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership is offering the Anti-Oppression Capacity Building Training to strengthen service providers’ awareness, knowledge, and skills to apply anti-oppressive approaches to service delivery in the settlement sector. Sessions are open to service providers across all organizational levels in Metro Vancouver and BC.

Participants will commit to attending three workshops and two group coaching sessions and have the opportunity to participate in individual coaching sessions with the Centre for Anti-Oppressive Communication. The commitment within the cohort will be for approximately three months. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance upon attending all workshops.

The Research

The Anti-Oppression Capacity Building Project also involves a research component that will be carried out by Social Research & Demo Corporation (SRDC). The project aims to assess the achievement of the following:

  • Settlement Organizations have an increased awareness of oppression manifested in settlement and integration policies and practices.
  • Settlement Organizations have an increased awareness of oppression manifested in settlement and integration policies and practices. Newcomers’ level of satisfaction and their settlement outcomes are benefited from an anti-oppression approach to service delivery.
  • Partners deliver responsive and coordinated settlement and community services.

Developing an anti-oppressive lens in our practices is becoming more of a necessity every day. More and more people are on a quest to raise their awareness and understanding of how privilege and power manifest in society. While the concept of anti-oppression is prevalent in social education, research, policy, and frontline practice, it is relatively new in the settlement sector (DeCoito & Williams, 2000).

This project is funded by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and is a partnership between TCLIP, the Centre for Anti-Oppressive Communication, the Social Research & Demonstration Corporation (SRDC), and the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR).

Registration

To register for the capacity building sessions click HERE.

To measure the existing knowledge and understanding of oppression and anti-oppression principles among service providers who work with newcomers and inform the development of the training curriculum ensuring that it is relevant and responsive to training participants’ needs, SRDC is conducting a survey. We would like to invite you to share your responses here:

https://survey.srdc.org/SE/99/TCLIP_Consultation/

The survey responses are confidential and will be reported only in aggregate form.

Calendar

The registration is now open for the second cohort for the Anti-Oppression Capacity Building Training starting in September 2022.

  • Training 1
    September 22, 1-2:30pm EST (10-11:30am PST)
  • Coaching 1
    September 29, 1-2pm EST (10-11:00am PST)
  • Training 2
    October 13, 1-2:30pm EST (10-11:30am PST)
  • Coaching 2
    October 27, 1-2pm EST (10-11:00am PST)
  • Training 3
    November 10, 1-2:30pm EST (10-11:30am PST)

Workshops and coaching sessions will take place virtually.

Contact Us For More Information:

Bita Rezaei
Project Coordinator
Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership
T 604-468-6020     F 604-464-6830
E bita.rezaei@success.bc.ca

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