We also share the second half of an interview with Marion Mendoza about the upcoming deportation that many low-skilled temporary foreign workers will be facing this April along with bridging the gap between understanding family dynamic challenges faced by migrant workers and Child & Family Services.
This week, we focus on University of Alberta's International Week 2015 by speaking with Poushali Mitra, an I-Week facilitator who will be comparing Canada's treatment of migrant workers then and now through theatre; we'll also be speaking with one of this year's keynote speakers Jennifer Hyndman about how ongoing world conflicts have impacted refugee displacement and refugee resettlement in Canada.
For more information on International Week, visit: http://www.globaled.ualberta.ca/InternationalWeek.aspx
This week on Rise Up!, as part of our series Borders & Barriers, we speak with Marion Mendoza, a former employee about her short stint working with the funding and government agency that is behind Canada's immigration policies and processes; we also speak with her about working with Temporary Foreign Workers who have no option but deportation come this April after a moratorium was placed on hiring TFWs working in the food services industry.
This week, we continue to explore the public health issue surrounding the ebola outbreaks in West Africa with Kemoh Mansaray, a community worker from the Sierra Leone community who has much experience in the nursing field.
Today, we continue to speak with artist Mounthzer Padilla Martinez about his experience of trying to seek refugee asylum in Canada, a challenge considering Mexico is one of the 37 nations on the list of designated countries of origin that the Canadian government created between December 15, 2012 and May 31, 2013. These countries are considered by the Canadian government to be "safe". In the case of Mexico, many argue it is not a safe country and that sentiment has largely increased with the mass student killing in Ayotzinapa which took place in September 2014.
For more info about the missing students from Ayotzinapa, check: http://globalvoicesonline.org/specialcoverage/bring-back-mexicos-missing-ayotzinapa-students/
This week on Rise Up! local artist Mounthzer Padilla Martinez shares his experience of several attempts to cross the border between his home country of Mexico into the United States. His story is one of many shared by thousands of migrants trying to cross the Mexico-U.S. border each year.
This week, we'll be exploring the public health issue surrounding the ebola outbreaks in West Africa with Kemoh Mansaray, a community worker from the Sierra Leone community who has much experience in the nursing field along with Marie Gervais and Issa Kamara, organizers of the upcoming Ebola Benefit Concert taking place Dec. 13th at Baha'i Centre here in Edmonton.
Today, we further explore the Michael Brown shooting case by speaking with Lucas Sorenson, an American resident who has been closely following this case; He'll be giving some perspective of public opinion along with issues of racial profiling by police south of the border.
We also spoke with local artist Ahmed Knowmadic, who participated in the recent Protest for Justice for Mike Brown & Injustices Caused by Racism about racial profiling within the police system.
This week, we explore thoughts around the Michael Brown shooting case with Reakash Walters, one of the organizers of the Protest for Justice for Mike Brown & Injustices Caused by Racism in Edmonton along with Piyush Patel, one of many Edmontonians who attended the protest.
To join in on the conversation, visit Finding the Antidote to Injustices & Racism.
This week, we spoke with Selwyna Paris of Afro-Canadian Magazine, which is soon to become DiversityMag, to discuss the change in magazine branding and the significance of the annual Afro-Canadian Heroes Awards.
For more info on DiversityMag, visit http://afrocanadianmagazine.greencrusader.ca/.
This week on Rise Up! we'll be learning more about youth homelessness in Edmonton from a youth who has experienced it first hand - we spoke with Melissa Bigstone, one of the youth in the documentary film Through My Eyes, in advance of the film premiere.
For more info about Through My Eyes, visit: http://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_events/schedule_festivals_events/through-my-eyes-film-screening.aspx
This week on "Borders & Barriers", we'll be taking a look at what's happening on the other side of the border in the States with our guest Michelle Rios, a local actress who recently starred in the independent film Frontera by Michael Barry and Louis Molinet - we'll be chatting with her about the issue of Mexicans and other nationals from other Latin American countries who are crossing the U.S. border.
Frontera is now out on DVD.
This week on Rise Up! we continue our series on "Borders & Barriers" by speaking with Tings Chak from No One is Illegal Toronto about the immigration raids, detentions and deportations that have been taking place in Ontario and began earlier this year. For more information about No One is Illegal Toronto, visit: http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/.
This week, we are beginning a series called Borders and Barriers, which will be focusing on a range of topics that touch up on the challenges faced by refugees, immigrants and migrant workers in regards to Canadian government policies that are more and more marginalizing these groups.
The first topic we'll be exploring is Canadian citizenship - we'll be speaking with Loly Rico, President of the Canadian Council for Refugees about the increased challenges in gaining citizenship for Permanent Residents. For more information on this issue, visit: http://ccrweb.ca/en/barriers-citizenship.
This week, we chat with Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth film spokesperson Juanita Cabrera-Lopez about indigeneous struggles taking place in Guatemala and Chiapas in Mexico, and we also have Rod Loyola from Memoria Viva Society of Edmonton to give us a quick pitch about why you should check out El Mundo al Revés Latin American Film Festival which will be taking place October 10-12!
For more information about Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth, visit http://www.heart-of-sky.com/.
This week on Rise Up! we speak with Poushali Mitra, a former student and graduate of Jadavpur University in Calcutta, India around the recent student protests following university officials' decision to call in police against protesters calling for an inquiry into the sexual assault of a female student.
To learn more, visit: https://www.facebook.com/hokkolorob2013
Talking Circle with Métis & Filipino communities & mining activities in the Philippines' Cordillera region
This week on Rise Up! we speak with Ben Kiwang, a migrant worker who recently came to Canada from the Philippines about his experiences of having participated in a Talking Circle which included members of the Métis, Aboriginal, and Filipino communities along with the issues faced by the Igorot indigenous group in the Cordillera region of the Philippines as a result of mining activities by multinational companies.
This week on Rise Up! we share with you the second half of an interview with Victoria Guzman, a local artist who is also very much interested in activist issues, sharing the challenges of being both an artist and activist as well as her experience of having grown up in the diverse community of Mill Woods in Southeast Edmonton.
This week, we continue to speak with Dama Diriye, a Somali-born Edmontonian about the changes in Dadaab, the largest refugee camp, after returning there in late 2013.
Following that, we chat with Victoria Guzman, a participant in two activist events, the Tar Sands Healing Walk which took place June 27-29 in Fort McMurray, as well as the Peoples' Social Forum in Ottawa which took place from Aug. 21-24. She'll be sharing with us her experiences of having attended both events and important lessons learned.
This week on Rise Up!, we bring you the first half of an interview with Dama Diriye, a Somali-born Edmontonian and community worker who grew up in the largest refugee camp in the world, Dadaab Refugee Camp in northeastern Kenya. She'll be speaking to us about her experience of having grown up in a refugee camp, the current security situation in Kenya along with the issues faced by displaced Somali refugees, made worse by the activitists of militant jihadist group Al-Shabaab.