Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers: A Webinar Series for Frontline Workers

OCASI (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants) invites frontline workers to participate in: Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers: A Webinar Series for Frontline Workers.

LGBTQIA+ newcomers and refugees are an integral, though often invisible, part of immigrant, refugee, and LGBTQIA+ communities. Their experience of marginalization from within cultural communities and mainstream LGBTQIA+ communities often leaves individuals feeling that there are few options for obtaining services.

This series, hosted by a range of experienced professionals working in the sector, will allow settlement sector workers to acquire the skills and knowledge in areas related to equitable service provision for LGBTQIA+ immigrants and refugees.


Webinar1: Framing Positive Spaces - Building an Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppressive (ARAO) Framework for Leadership

Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Speakers: Yara Kodershah and Sizwe Inkingi

Description: Acquire the foundational knowledge of what ARAO means in the context of building positive spaces, and the importance of having an active and intentional ARAO framework.



Webinar 2: The Importance of Terminology and Language in Building Positive Spaces

Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Speaker: Zunaira Baig

Description: Learn important terminology and develop a clear understanding of the importance of language as it relates to our work with LGBTQIA+ newcomers.



Webinar 3: Trans Migrations - Barriers that Trans Refugees Face In Canada

Date: Thursday, February 1st, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Speaker: Kusha Dadui

Description: Engage with the complexities of intersectional identities using trans refugees as the primary case study. This webinar will help you to understand the nature of interlocking power and privilege.



Webinar 4: Integrating LGBTQIA+ Issues with Resettlement Services

Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Speaker: Gabriela Arredondo

Description: Situate LGBTQIA+ newcomer issues in a global context, and develop specific strategies for making your workplace safe and inclusive for LGBTQIA+ newcomers.



NOTE: You have to register for each webinar separately. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining each of the webinars.


Technical guidelines:

  • Please be prepared with a headset and mic for the best participation options (or you will be limited to using 'chat' for questions and comments).
  • Please test your equipment BEFORE the webinar because it is quite difficult to resolve technical issues during the presentation.
  • For optimum participation we recommend using a high speed internet cable connection (NOT Wifi) for stable access.
  • Please turn off or move hands-free communication equipment (ie. cellphone, hands-free landline, laptop with mic) away from the computer you will be using for    the webinar. We have found that other equipment nearby sometimes causes audio interference.

For more information please contact:

Yara Kodershah, Bilingual Coordinator, Positive Spaces Initiative
[email protected]
Sizwe Inkingi, Bilingual Coordinator, Positive Spaces Initiative
[email protected]