We hope that you enjoyed the first Hamilton Newcomer Week! HIPC was very pleased to offer 33 live events and 11 recorded sessions offered by more than 20 participating organizations. Many of these will be staying up here on our website for continued viewing.
Hamilton Newcomer Week acknowledges and celebrates the many contributions of immigrants to our city. HIPC curates a week of virtual events that showcase resources and services available to help newcomers settle and feel a sense of belonging. Events provide opportunities for connection among newcomers, immigrants and refugees, and the Canadian-born.
Hamilton Newcomer Week — Citizenship Ceremony
A citizenship ceremony kicks off Hamilton Newcomer Week. Mayor Fred Eisenberger brings greetings from the City of Hamilton. The national anthem is sung by Anna Simiganoschi from our local College Boreal site. Citizenship Judge Rochelle Ivri presides over the ceremony, where 27 candidates for citizenship from 15 countries take the Oath of Citizenship and become Canadian citizens. On behalf of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Hamilton, and Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC), City of Hamilton, this special citizenship ceremony is being held to commemorate Hamilton Newcomer Day.
Bread: Food of the World Video
Short videos made by newcomers and immigrants in Hamilton that focus on bread, a nearly universal food. Five women present breads and pastries that feature in their daily lives and at times of celebration such as Eid.
Immigrant Arts and Culture Performances
Short videos made by newcomers and immigrants showcasing their talents, including singing, dancing, playing an instrument and more.
Welcome Gesture and Land Acknowledgement
The Welcome Gesture, led by Dreamwalker Dance Company, is a grand scale Public Action featuring an ensemble of newcomers, ambassadors, artists and youth guiding the public in a collective movement experience that was shared between thousands of visitors in Nathan Phillips Square in 2019. This year, The Welcome Gesture takes place online and invites viewers to tune in and join Dreamwalker Dance Company’s Welcome Gesture in a simple guided embodied experience. We hope audiences will find this healing, moving, inspiring, invigorating, and above all welcoming!
Hamilton 175 Indigenous Story-telling
Stories from My Community
Artist Elizabeth Doxtater welcomes you to listen to stories from her community. She is Mohawk Nation-born and raised on Six Nations of the Grand River. Elizabeth celebrates ‘Indigenous – freedom’ through her work as an Iroquoian cornhusk sculptor, painter and author. In the following videos, she shares three short stories from her book, Dreamfast, A Trail of Stories to Lead You Home (2018).
The program is presented by Hamilton 175—a digital commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the city’s founding organized by the City of Hamilton Tourism & Culture Division. On June 9, 1846, Hamilton was incorporated into a city with wards, councillors, and a mayor. This year, we are launching a new digital storytelling website featuring exhibits about Hamilton and for Hamiltonians. Follow #HamOnt175 as we explore Hamilton’s past, present, and future.
Meet the Artist
Two Row Wampum: An explanation of the Two Row Wampum, reminding us of the foundations of this original agreement based on internal peace and friendship.
No-face Dolls: An origin story of the No-face Dolls, teaching us to share the gifts we have been given to help others and our communities.
Planting Time: An Elder’s story that will make you laugh while understanding the importance of May as Planting Time.
Adult Newcomer Mentorship Program
The video describes the free mentorship program for adult newcomers delivered by the YMCA locally. It covers the benefits of being a mentor or a mentee as well as eligibility requirements and registration process for the YMCA’s Adult Newcomer Mentorship Program. The program is facilitated by Shondra Costie who works in the YMCA’s Immigration and Settlement Services Department.
Applying for Permanent Residency
Two videos covering how to apply to different permanent residency streams and common application mistakes. The presenter provides an overview of how permanent residency works in Canada and who can be eligible.
Session 1: What are the different permanent residency streams?
Session 2: The application process
Online resources focusing on eligibility, inadmissibility, immigration streams, and immigration professionals. Provides hands-on demonstrations of how to navigate various IRCC online tools.
Documentary: Language - The Expression of My Soul
This 16-minute documentary was produced by students in the LINC for Youth Video Project at Mohawk College. They were inspired to investigate the importance of keeping first languages alive by what they had seen with children in their families growing up in an English-dominant society. In working on this documentary, they came to understand that languages can be lost, and they saw what has happened to Indigenous languages through policies such as residential schools and the Sixties Scoop. They learned about efforts to maintain languages and what they can do to keep their first languages alive in their families and cultures.
Meditation is a mind, body practice that will increase calmness and physical relaxation, improve psychological balance, coping with illness and enhancing overall health and wellbeing. Watch this video by YWCA Health and Wellness Programs for meditation and relaxation.
Meet our Vaccine Ambassadors!
Learn about Covid-19 vaccines and how to connect with our Vaccine Ambassador team.
Mother Tongue for Queer Diaspora by speqtrum and YWCA
To make a cultural dish, you need the ingredients! In a city where racialized people are a minority, we struggle to find what we need to cook the food we love. It gets even harder if you're a newcomer, especially if you arrived during the COVID-19 pandemic!
This is a livestreaming of our very first Food Talks series! In this episode, we talk about food, diaspora and belonging as racialized Queers!