Press Conference: Labour, Climate, Faith & Indigenous Leaders Representing 270 Organizations Call for Immigration Status for All in COVID-19 Recovery
National civil society organizations from across the country will join together on Monday, September 14, 2020 to call for full and permanent immigration status for all migrants, refugees, students, workers and undocumented people in Canada. A letter by 270 organizations that include 8 million people will also be released in time for the Liberal cabinet meeting on Monday, which will be finalizing plans for the upcoming throne speech and a COVID-19 recovery. Some of the worst effects of the pandemic have been experienced by low-waged, racialized migrant and undocumented people, exposing the urgent need for permanent immigration status for all to ensure equal rights in a fair society.
+ Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network. Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac Canada) is Canada’s largest climate coalition representing over 100 organizations.
+ Jennifer Henry, Executive Director, KAIROS. KAIROS is Canada’s faith based coalition of 10 churches and religious organizations.
+ Patty Coates, President, Ontario Federation of Labour. OFL is Canada’s largest provincial labour federation, representing over one million Ontario workers belonging to more than 1,500 locals from 54 affiliated unions.
+ Lindsey Bacigal, Director of Communications, Indigenous Climate Action. Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) is the only national Indigenous-led climate organization guided by Indigenous knowledge keepers, water protectors and land defenders from across the country.
+ Syed Hussan, Migrant Rights Network Secretariat. Migrant Rights Network is Canada’s only migrant led national coalition with members in 10 provinces.