Migrant Dreams

Migrant Dreams – A discussion & film screening on the under told stories of migration and immigration

Canada takes pride in being a place where immigrants have opportunities to create better lives for themselves and their families; where the mythology of a high functioning multiculturalism is a widely held belief; however, the political and social landscape surrounding migration and immigration often tell a different story. Global shifts in the political and religious climate have ushered in near unprecedented numbers of refugees, immigrants and migrant workers hoping for the chance to join one of these groups.

Hart House and The Centre for Community Partnerships invites you to join us for a moderated conversation with Dr. Rupaleem Bhuyan, Associate professor and lead investigator of The Migrant Mothers project and Sara Asalya, Palestinian immigrant and community organizer, recognized as RBC’s top 25 immigrant of Canada for 2018. The discussion will be followed by a free screening of Min Sook’s award-winning documentary Migrant Dreams a film that sheds light on the exploitation of migrant workers in Canada who have arrived through Government of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

When: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018, 6-8:30 pm
Where: East Common Room, Hart House
Cost: Free

About Speakers

Rupaleem Bhuyan is an Associate Professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Since 1991, Dr. Bhuyan has been part of the anti-violence movement in North America as a peer-rape prevention educator, domestic violence and sexual assault advocate, community educator and community-based researcher. She has worked closely with indigenous, immigrant and refugee communities with a commitment to anti-oppressive and decolonizing community organizing and advocacy.

Dr. Bhuyan is currently the principal investigator for the Migrant Mothers Project, a participatory action research project that works with a network of anti-violence against women organizations, legal advocates, and immigrant women in Toronto.

Dr. Bhuyan has authored and contributed to numerous publications that appear in a range of journals including: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare and The Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. She has also authored book chapters in Goldring, Luin and Patricia Landolt (2013)(Eds).

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Sara is a Palestinian immigrant, community organizer and a student leader. She was born and raised in Jabaliya, the largest of Gaza’s eight refugee camps and home to more than 120,000 Palestinian refugees. She witnessed first-hand the impact of violence, displacement and trauma on the lives of war refugees and was extensively exposed to the lived experiences of these vulnerable communities. Since moving to Canada 6 years ago, she has encountered various challenges and barriers that newcomers and immigrants typically face when trying to access education and employment. This was the impetus that drove her to establish the Newcomer Students’ Association of Ryerson (NSAR) , the first platform of its kind at Ryerson to empower immigrant and refugee students to build fellowship, capacity and community through their shared lived experiences.

Sara holds a Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature, and a post-graduate certificate in Community Engagement, Leadership and Development; and in Immigration and Settlement Studies. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Sara received many awards for being a champion for newcomers and immigrants’ rights and for her leadership and dedication to advancing their civic and democratic engagement. Most recently, Sara has been named one of Canada’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants.

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Moderated by Kevin Kapenda, graduate student, specializing in geography & planning

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