News and Events
Equal in Dignity - Equal in Rights - a great success!
Forum on Migrant Worker Rights Attracts over 60 People
Posted: Friday 29th April 2016 13:08
Speakers at the April 16 event included migrant workers, activists, and members of unions and of faith communities. The panels and group discussions provoked many questions as we explored the challenges faced by migrant workers, and the global, national and local aspects of migration. Specific policy issues were identified, as were actions to affect necessary change. Participants said they left feeling enlightened, curious, challenged, energized and ready to act for justice! Some of the recommendations coming out of the day centred on: a) connecting local, national and global migration issues, building solidarity; b)the need to look at migration through lenses of gender and cultural diversity; c)making sure the voices of migrant workers are at the forefront; d) building relationships in communities and identifying roles for faith communities, community groups and others and take collective action. It was decided to form a Prince Edward Island Task Force, which has met once already and will meet again on May 5 at 4pm at 81 Prince St, Charlottetown.Read More
Equal in Dignity - Equal in Rights
Saturday, 9 April 2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at UPEI - MacMillan Hall, W.A. Murphy Student Centre
Posted: Wednesday 6th April 2016 11:48 (Updated: Sunday 10th April 2016 23:05)
You are invited to join the first migrant work rights forum in PEI. We invite community members, faith communities, service providers, workers, and labour groups to come together to discuss the Temporary Foreign Worker Program both locally and nationally. WITH PRESENTATIONS BY migrant workers and advocates including Jesson Reyes, Migrante Canada;Josie Baker, Cooper Institute; Connie Sorio, KAIROS Canada; Justicia 4 Migrant Workers; Agricultural Workers Alliance (UFCW)Read More
Comprehensive Changes Needed in Foreign Worker Program
A Press Release by the Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights - Canada
Posted: Wednesday 24th February 2016 09:04
“Atlantic Canada has a seasonal economy, and seasonal industry has come to depend on migrant workers to keep things running,” says Josie Baker of the Cooper Institute who works with migrant workers in Prince Edward Island. “We need to re-build our rural communities, but we have to face the reality that thousands of our neighbours are captive workers tied to a single employer, unable to re-unite with their families. We need to ensure that migrant workers have the same rights as everyone else.”Read More
Cooper Institute is an education and community development centre in the province of Prince Edward Island, Canada. The main program areas of our organization are livable income for all, food sovereignty and cultural diversity and inclusion. Within these programs, we conduct research and popular education projects on provincial, national, and international level.
We are pleased to present the report of our second annual Social Justice Symposium, held on November 21, 2015, in honour of Andrew Macdonald.
See Cooper Institute's 2015 Activities Report here.
Just Democracy:Mixed Member Proportional Representation for all People
The REPORT of Cooper Institute's 2014 (first annual) Social Justice Symposium is also available! You can also watch a video of Chandra Pasma's presentation: Powerless Workes and Apathetic Citizens: Is Basic Income The Cure?
RECENT PUBLICATIONS FROM COOPER INSTITUTE:
2014 Activities Report
Guide to Helping Temporary Foreign Workers
Services for Temporary Foreign Workers
Changing Hands:Temporary Foreign Workers in PEI
Temporary Foreign Workers - Quick Facts
And here we are, at Cooper Institute's 30th Anniversary Celebration
May 7, 2014.