Webinar: Count Us In: Building Citizenship through Participation
April 25, 2012
Learn about successful programs in Dublin and Toronto that engage newcomer communities around the rights, responsibilities and rites of urban citizenship. Find out how smart cities are shifting the conversation from voting rights and citizenship status to political participation and a sense of belonging.
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Tips from the Presenters
Engage the host community in concrete ways to make new citizens feel welcome
A strong media campaign needs to be supported by facts and involve different actors
Offer support mechanisms for your volunteers and for people who will be affected by your program/ campaign
Claire Reid is the National Program Manager of the Building Citizenship program at the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. The program aims to involve the community in the welcoming of new citizens and encourage collective reflection on the importance of open citizenship. Claire is responsible for developing and fostering a national network of over 500 volunteers who organize roundtable discussions on questions of belonging and engagement as part of community citizenship ceremonies. In her work, she liaises frequently with Citizenship and Immigration Canada and is responsible for developing new creative projects that further the mission of the program. Claire has a Masters of Arts in International Human Rights Law and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics and International Development.
Originally from Rwanda and he has been living in Ireland for 16 years. He is currently working as Integration Manager at the Immigrant Council of Ireland (the ICI). He has been managing a number of integration projects and campaigns. In 2011 he ran the Count Us In campaign during the Irish general elections campaign. Before joining the ICI in 2002, he worked with Canal Communities Partnership and the African Cultural Project. He is a regular public speaker on issues pertaining to immigration and integration in Ireland, Europe and further afield. Fidèle is a fellow with the Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration (TFMI) established by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Robert Bosch Stiftung in 2008. He was conferred a PhD in Sociology in December 2010 at University College Dublin. His doctoral thesis is titled: (New) Migrant Political Entrepreneurs: Overcoming Isolation and Exclusion through Creative Resistance in Ireland. He is a founding member of the Africa Centre. In October 2011, he won a special judges’ Metro Eireann’s media and multicultural award.
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