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Fraternité des Formalités Administratives de Voyage

Avec plus de 2 millions de demandes dans l’arriéré d’immigration du Canada, davantage de soutien devrait être accordé aux femmes et aux enfants racialisés. Malgré les conflits géopolitiques actuels en Afghanistan, en Ukraine et en Russie, il existe d’innombrables conflits mondiaux qui ne répondent pas aux normes des médias. Le génocide du Tigré dans le nord de l’Éthiopie, le génocide du Darfour au Soudan du Sud et même le génocide domestique des femmes et des enfants autochtones passent au second plan, car ils incarnent racialisés des peuplesSe regrouper en tant que peuples déjà en sécurité et habitant le Canada est essentiel pour faire pression pour un traitement accessible, abordable et raisonnable des demandes d’immigration canadiennes.

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For the Love of Mothers! | Monica Bassili

With this in mind, it is essential to reevaluate and re-envision your relationship with your mother. Although cliche and overused, we truly only have one set of parents and failing to award them the compassion and time to see their perspectives may only cause you more harm in the long term. For me, even those I have been gone for four years, the pain and anger never left without taking the time to talk with them and realize that they did the best they could. Such an example is not only helpful to Mother’s Day but for the rest of your life. No matter how far you run, the pain in your heart for the harm caused by your parents stays with you.

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Precious Majekodunmi wins Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award

Precious organized and promoted Black History month and many other multicultural events in her school. As a level four Flight Corporal for the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Precious taught younger Cadets, lead various activities, learned about survival, aerodynamics, public speaking, leadership and marksmanship, and completed community service projects. She volunteered with Northern Lights Regional Hospital, the Wood Buffalo Food Bank, the Multicultural Association, Nigerian Canadian Association, MACOY, the local library and the YMCA.

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Bill C-36 – Eliminating Hate Speech or Promoting It? | Monica Bassilli

The bill assumes that Canada, instead of a haven of multiculturalism, is a catalyst for hate speech. The government is uniquely positioned to enact unilateral control over free speech by shifting government narratives from multiculturalism to hate. I want to clarify that I do not support racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise discriminatory content. However, allowing the government to manufacture and reproduce information they see as “truth” and “non-harmful” limits individual capacities towards free speech, a constitutional right.

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Sisterhood | Jacqueline Biollo, MBA, ICD.D

Women across the globe continue to celebrate the bonding of all women as soul sisters in supporting, nurturing and protecting one another. There is divine energy, a creative force, and an effervescence of collective endeavours and leadership, adding diversity and an inclusive voice. Sisterhoods bring women together across boundaries and inspire others to a shared vision, and empower others to use their talents, resources, and spirit for the support of many.

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For the Love of Music | Jacqueline Biollo, MBA, ICD.D

We all listen to assorted styles and genres of music – folk, rock and pop, classical, ethnic, world music, jazz, brass band, musicals. The list could go on. The important thing to note is that music of every type is easily accessible to listen to and to engage with. But does accessibility mean music has become far more homogenous? Not that those assorted styles and genres of music no longer exist, but ‘Are they being pushed aside in favour of more mainstream music?’. Lee Mcintosh writes ‘With the rise and dominance of streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music & Tidal, artists no longer feel the need to have to release traditional physical albums anymore.’. How sad.

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2022 Festivals & Events COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program

Local Edmonton festivals and events drive diversity, culture, recreation, and economic development in our city. The COVID-19 global pandemic has had a momentous impact on these activities. In order to support the recovery of this important sector, the City of Edmonton created a grant program for festivals and events to encourage their return by offsetting additional costs as a result of COVID-19 and continue to build and inspire our community through vibrant experiences bringing people and visitors together again.

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Rethink | Refresh | Reimagine by Jacqueline Biollo, MBA, ICD.D

Individuals who recognize and prioritize their desire to rethink, refresh, and reimage have likely uprooted existing assumptions about higher-level needs such as the want for truth, stability, and authenticity. To optimize one’s situation, we need to focus on a range of choices, make or execute the best plausible solution, identify the qualities that are under our control, and then answer the call to action. 

Don’t wait for another pandemic to start rethinking, refreshing, and reimagining the road ahead. Navigate it with confidence that is rooted in evidence-informed decision-making. Begin to reunite with the world confident that you possess fundamental qualities that distinguish you as your authentic self. 

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Stateless – A Powerful Story about Justice | Judith Pila

Rosa Iris thus becomes a light bearer, delivering glimmers of hope by her grit and determination. There is a scene in the film where she defends a young man’s paperwork, contending for his right to citizenship despite a processing officer alleging he did not speak Spanish, until Rosa confronts her. Another uplifting and candid scene depicts Rosa as the enthusiastic character she is. She teaches her two children about the concept of statelessness. She does this with such care, yet with such honesty that it suppresses the terror based on optimism for change through her activism.