Creating a new path for genuine Settlement and Integration. Presentation at the Metropolis Conference Ottawa, March 14, 2014 Cecilia Diocson – Executive Director, NAPWC. Counterspin conferences …….
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Presentation at the Metropolis Conference
Ottawa, March 14, 2014
Cecilia Diocson – Executive Director, NAPWC
This three-year community-based research project was largely funded by Multiculturalism Canada in accordance with its mandate to:
“assist in the development of strategies that facilitate full and active participation of ethnic and cultural communities … by assisting in the identification and removal of barriers to equitable access and by supporting the involvement of these communities in public decision-making processes.”
Four key areas:
“A new path for genuine settlement and integration is emerging in the progressive Filipino Canadian community…. a path leading to full participation and entitlement in a multi-ethnic and multicultural society within a world that is facing the crisis of neo-liberal globalization and the crisis of environmental degradation and climate change…a path critical of Canada’s official settlement and integration programs. We reject the path that consigns us as mere cheap labour appendages in the accumulation process of domestic and global capital.
Instead, we will strive to create a new path that struggles against our economic marginalization and social exclusion; a new path that struggles against systemic racism; a new path that struggles to achieve women’s equality and development; and a new path that struggles for a bright future for the youth.”