PSA: On Tuesday, November 17th, a fire engulfed the family home of a Nova Scotia migrant worker and his family in Jamaica. Please contribute to help them get back on their feet.
Shavan is a father of three from Jamaica who’s been coming to Nova Scotia as a migrant farm worker for eight years. This past year, his bunkhouse was overrun with large rats. He says, “I know that’s not part of Canada’s standards.” Even during the heatwave over the summer, Shavan and other migrant workers were working 10-hour days in the blistering sun for minimum wage.
As we brace for the second wave of COVID-19, Stacey Gomez, Asaf Rashid, Jessica Tellez and Wanda Thomas call for uregnt action to end systemic racism faced by migrant workers.
A new study seeks to interview migrant workers in the Maritimes about their experiences working in the agri-food sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 2,000 migrant workers come to Nova Scotia each year to plant, harvest, and process agricultural crops and seafood products.
PSA: Join us for a screening of the groundbreaking documentary “El Contrato” (The Contract), directed by Min Sook Lee. This film follows the story of Teodoro and other migrant workers who come from Mexico to work in tomato greenhouses in Leamington, Ontario. We’ll also hear the story of Shavan, a father of three from Jamaica who’s been coming to Nova Scotia as a migrant farm worker for 8 years (through a pre-recorded interview). This will be followed by Q & A discussion.
The migrant justice group No one is illegal – Halifax/K’jipuktuk has published responses by Halifax council candidates to a survey on migrant rights. In total, 27 of 82 council candidates responded from 13 of the 16 districts in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). None of the mayoral candidates responded.
Media advisory: On October 7th, the migrant justice group No one is illegal – Halifax/K’jipuktuk (NOII-Hfx) sent an questionnaire to candidates in the upcoming municipal elections on the topic of immigration. Thus far, 15 candidates have responded to the questionnaire.
Today, actions are taking place across the country to call for full and permanent immigration status for all. In the early hours of the morning, migrant justice group No One is Illegal – Halifax/K’jipuktuk (NOII-Hfx) attached a banner to the Halifax Regional Municipality’s welcome sign on Highway 102, which reads “Status for All: No one is illegal.”
Media release: The Immigrant Migrant Women’s Association of Halifax (IMWAH) acknowledges that COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light a range of existing inequalities on Turtle Island (Canada). IMWAH shares the deep concerns being expressed across the country against systemic racism and discrimination against immigrants and migrants and racialized communities.
Members and allies of No One Is Illegal – Halifax/K’jipuktuk (NOII-Hfx) will be gathering at several locations on the peninsula for a coordinated citywide postering action. The poster action highlights that migrants are an important part of communities in Nova Scotia, and supports growing demands across the country for status for all.
Today, 32 organizations and unions in Nova Scotia issued an open letter to Premier Stephen McNeil and his cabinet calling for action to protect the health and safety of migrant workers in the province. The letter also echoes nationwide calls for the federal government to grant permanent residence status for all migrants.