Join us for a presentation in English / Patois on Youtube Live. Hosted by the Migrant Worker Rights Working Group.
Local organizations that advocate for migrants are worried that undocumented residents will miss out on vaccination in Nova Scotia. “We have heard that the vaccine roll out is going to be done through MSI. And this would exclude undocumented people, and others who don’t have access to MSI, people who might fall through the cracks as a result of this,” says Stacey Gomez, a spokesperson for No One Is Illegal Halifax / Kjipuktuk.
Migrant workers in Canada have suffered tremendously during COVID-19. Throughout the past year, migrant workers across the country rallied and demanded permanent status for all as the solution to their exploitation.
Press release: Civil society organizations across the country, along with leading doctors, health policy experts, and labour leaders, are sounding the alarm about the possibility of hundreds of thousands of people not being vaccinated against COVID-19 because of their immigration status.
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.
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.
“We’ve seen migrant workers being impacted by COVID-19 from coast to coast, and that highlights that this is a systemic issue. It’s not a coincidence that so many migrant workers are becoming ill.” We speak with Stacey Gomez of No One Is Illegal – Halifax/K’jipuktuk about migrant workers in Nova Scotia, their exposure to both Covid-19 and xenophobia, and what the province should do.
Migrant workers and our communities are mourning the death of 55-year old Juan López Chaparro, who worked at Scotlynn Farm in Norfolk County, who passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020, while hospitalized for COVID-19.
Media release: Sunday June 14, Massive Digital Rally and Caravan for Full Immigration Status for All
News release: 56 elected provincial and municipal representatives have issued a statement calling on the federal government to extend income supports to all migrant and undocumented workers. Claudia Chender (MLA Dartmouth South), Gary Burrill (MLA Halifax Chebucto) and Lisa Roberts (MLA Halifax Needham) are among the signatories to the letter which calls for “emergency income supports as well as all other social programs and rights ” for all essential workers regardless of immigration status.