Despite the lingering cold, we hope that you're excited for Spring as we are! We have been busy planning for Asian Heritage Month, where we have a number of events that we hope you'll join us for. Look out for an announcement in the coming weeks!
In March, we organized 2 CATIE information workshops (held at Chinese Family Services of Ontario and Dorset Park Community Hub) for our community members. We will continue our relationship with CATIE and look forward to future outreach efforts on this important public health initiative.
Just recently, we took part in the Toronto Equity Forum, where a number of you attended to voice out your concerns/feedback on 4 City strategies: Poverty Reduction, Youth Equity, Seniors and Strong Neighbourhoods. Thank you to those who attended, it was an evening where important issues/concerns were raised. As a partner in Equity Toronto - The Alternative Planning Group, we will continue to create opportunities for our community to have their voices heard at City Hall.
For our Elder Care Research Project, we are launching an Elder Care Service Providers Survey. If you identify as someone who provides services to seniors and their family caregivers in the Chinese community, we would like to hear from you. Please click here for the short survey.
As you may have noticed, we have been active in bringing awareness about the Black Lives Matter - Toronto Coalition. We released a solidarity statement and gathered a number of signatories in support of a letter to urge all city councillors to vote in favour of the motion to ensure that Toronto police services and Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are fair and transparent. This motion has recently passed unanimously at City Hall. At CCNCTO, we recognize the importance of standing in solidarity with other marginalized communities in our advocacy efforts to address oppression including anti-black racism. We will continue to engage our community about the activism of BLM-TO and we encourage our membership to get involved as well. See below for a note from Alvis Choi, the Head of our Advocacy Committee, for more info about the campaign.
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you soon!
If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a member, please email us at email@example.com.
Call for Action - Get Involved!
On March 30, 2016, we sent out a letter to all the city councillors, urging them to vote in favour of the motion to ensure that police services and investigation are fair and transparent. The co-signatories, among others, include the African Canadian Legal Clinic, Metro Toronto Chinese & South East Asian Legal Clinic, The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, Hispanic Development Council, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Workers Action Centre, Colour of Poverty Campaign – Colour of Change, and Accessibility, Community & Equity Committee (ACE) at York University. As discussed with some of the organizers who signed the letter, a signature is, truly, the very least we could offer as allies to Black people. We wrote and signed the letter because we know that racism, particularly anti-Black racism and racism against Indigenous Peoples, continues to exist in Canada. Unfortunately, conversations about racism do not happen enough in every community who experiences it.
Premier Kathleen Wynne finally showed up on April 4, 2016 after 15 days since Black Lives Matter Toronto Coalition (BLMTO) made their demands of justice. 15 days is a long time for anyone to be sleeping in the freezing cold while experiencing police brutality and surveillance. We are thankful for BLMTO’s resilience, leadership and capacity, and for carrying out this challenging and history-making anti-racist work that benefits every Canadian and beyond. Premier Wynne agreed to publicly meet with members of Black Lives Matter Toronto Coalition; but she has not given a time line.
From here, we ask how we may continue to support Black Lives Matter Toronto Coalition to ensure that our government is accountable to its peoples. We ask how we, as advocacy organizations, may continue to recognize and remember that anti-Black racism is at the core of social justice work. We ask how we could address anti-Black racism in our own community. Can we begin by discussing about our own experience of racism as racialized people? Or acknowledging anti-Black racism in the Chinese communities and unlearning that? All of these questions will guide the direction of our future work at the Advocacy Committee, and this work can only be productive through ongoing conversations with our members, partners, allies, and communities.
We therefore invite you to get involved. If you want to share with us your experience of racism, drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are interested in discussing, helping with organizing around anti-racism, or participating, let us know. If you want to learn more about what we do at the Advocacy Committee, get in touch and I look forward to meeting you. We welcome members of the Chinese communities from all walks of life to join us, because we believe that it is all of our responsibility to fight for a more just society. As part of this work, I encourage you to send your feedback on police, police services and community safety to the Government of Ontario before April 29, 2016.
CCNCTO will continue to stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter Toronto Coalition and support the demands that they’ve made so far.
Chairperson and Head of Advocacy Committee
三月份我们在家和专业辅导中心和Dorset Park Community Hub分别举办了两次CATIE信息讲座，我们将继续和CATIE的合作，将该机构的重要健康信息和资源传播到我们的社区中。
2016年3月30号，我们向全体市议员发出了一封敦促他们为确保警察局服务和调查公正和透明的议案投赞成票的信函，签署这封信函的机构有很多如：African Canadian Legal Clinic, Metro Toronto Chinese & South East Asian Legal Clinic, The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, Hispanic Development Council, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Workers Action Centre, Colour of Poverty Campaign – Colour of Change, and Accessibility, Community & Equity Committee (ACE) at York University。正如和一些签署信函的机构所讨论的，签名真的是我们能支持黑人社区的很小很小的支持，我们写信并集体签署这封信是因为我们知道种族主义尤其是对抗反黑人的种族主义和 原住民的种族主义在加拿大仍然存在，很不幸的是，关于种族主义的讨论和会话却在每个受影响的社区中进行得远远不够多。
Butterfly Voices Opening Reception & Artists Talk: Tuesday May 3, 6 pm - 8 pm, Free Exhibition: May 3 - May 28, Free Gallery Hours: Thursday to Saturday, 1 pm - 7 pm Whippersnapper Gallery, 594b Dundas Street West
Part of Mayworks Festival 2016
Presented by Butterfly – Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network
Co-presented with Whippersnapper Gallery
Butterfly Voices is an exhibition showcasing works by a group of Toronto-based migrant sex workers. The arts-based project began in early 2015 in light of the stereotypes and stigma around migrant sex workers who are often silenced due to the lack of understanding in society. The long-term goal of Butterfly Voices is to create artistic opportunities for migrant sex workers in and outside of Toronto as a platform for self-representation and political agency.
Following the opening reception is a fundraising gala hosted by Butterfly.