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Counterspin Conference: Taking root and building a home

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2011.06.18 translation missing: es.date.to 2011.06.19, Todo el día


Progressive Filipino Canadians in Vancouver to host national conference
“Counterspin: Taking root and building a home: Deepening our understanding of genuine settlement and integration”
For immediate release
June 3, 2011

Vancouver, B.C. – June 18th and 19th will mark a momentous occasion for the Filipino Canadian community in Vancouver as it hosts “Counterspin: Taking root and building a home. Deepening our understanding of genuine settlement and integration.” This two-day national conference will, once again, heighten the unity of progressive Filipino Canadians to advance the struggle towards the community’s full participation and entitlement in Canada.

To be held at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia (UBC), this conference will further solidify the call for the community’s just and genuine settlement and integration and will be a declaration of an ongoing commitment to continue a legacy of resistance.

For over 50 years, the Filipino Canadian community has been struggling for a just and genuine settlement and integration. Since Canada opened its immigration doors to people from Third World countries, such as the Philippines, immigration policies like the Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP) and the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) have systemically pushed the Filipino Canadian community into the margins of Canadian society – politically, economically, socially and culturally.

As Canada intensifies its implementation of neoliberal policies, it is our women, workers and youth who bear the brunt of these oppressive and exploitative policies. The Kalayaan Centre, Kapit Bisig Centre, and Magkaisa Centre have been at the forefront of these struggles. “The Filipino Canadian community, especially the youth, looks forward to a future where they can fully participate, engage and exercise their full entitlement in all aspects of Canadian society,” states Krystle Alarcon, conference organizer and member of the Philippine Women Centre of B.C.

“Counterspin” will focus on some key issues, including: the Filipino Canadian community as a transnational community; history of migration in Canada; community organizing and building a progressive movement; making the youth count; youth and alienation; and arts and culture as a form of empowerment. Speakers will include community organizers representing the workers, women and youth sectors, and academics Ilyan Ferrer of McGill University, Geraldine Pratt and Shauna Butterwick of UBC. Renowned novelist, writer and feminist revolutionary Ninothcka Rosca will be a conference guest speaker.

As we forge unity towards the community’s advancement and development, “Counterspin” national conference will be another milestone in reclaiming their rightful place in a multicultural and multi-ethnic Canada. All participation and involvement in this conference will be a testament of the community’s commitment in overcoming economic marginalization, combating systemic racism and social exclusion, enhancing women’s equality and human rights and making the youth count.




Lui Institute for Global Issues (UBC)


6476 NW Marine Drive






Los sectores económicos

Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, y Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing

Tipos de contenido

Análisis de políticas

Los grupos destinatarios

Trabajadores (in) migrantes, Legisladores, Periodistas, Conciencia Pública, Los empleadores y las agencias de empleo, Los investigadores, Los sindicatos, y ONG / grupos comunitarios / redes de solidaridad

Áreas de regulación

Derecho a cambiar de empleador, Derecho a elegir su lugar de residencia, Derecho a organizarse, Normas Laborales, Salud y Seguridad, Programas de integración para los recién llegados, Salud y Servicios Sociales, El acceso a la condición de permanente, Gratuitos para servicios de colocación, La reunificación familiar, Asistencia Legal, EI, Bienestar, Las remesas y programas de desarrollo co-, Viajar al extranjero y regresar a casa, Las agencias de contratación y la inversión, Calidad de la vivienda, Mecanismos para el reembolso de la migración, Juicio justo antes de la deportación, Regularización de la condición procedimiento, Determinación de los salarios decentes y la escasez de mano de obra, Criterios para la selección de los trabajadores migrantes (im), Derecho a la igualdad (de género), Derecho a la igualdad (origen nacional), Derecho a la igualdad (estatus social), Derecho a la libertad, Derecho a la dignidad, y Derecho a la privacidad

Relevancia geográfica

Colombia Británica y Filipinas