Cooper Institute, Breaking the Silence, Maritimes Conference - United Church of Canada
This project will bring the new Canadian documentary, Migrant Dreams, to 5 community in the Maritimes between October 20th and the 24th. The film will be accompanied by a representative of Cooper Institute, and a guest speaker from Justice for Migrant Workers. Each event offers an opportunity to collaborate in the region with local groups and activists, to strengthen existing networks, and lead to future collaboration and solidarity actions.
A Maritime film tour of Migrant Dreams:
- October 20, 7pm: Murphy's Community Centre, 200 Richmond St, Charlottetown, PEI
- October 21, 7pm: Conserver House, 180 St. John St, Fredericton, NB
- October 22, 11am: Antigonish Film Festival, Antigonish, NS
- October 23, 1pm: Shediac Bay Community Church, 28 Roy Mullins Drive, Shediac, NB
- October 24, 6pm: O'Leary United Church. 5 Barclay Rd, O'leary PEI.
The documentary, by award-winning filmmaker Min Sook Lee, follows women migrant workers in Canadian agriculture struggling for permanent residency status and decent working conditions and rights. Tzaznà Miranda of Justice for Migrant Workers - Ontario will be present for the film screenings.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Canada's Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, and groups across Canada have been calling for increased rights for migrant workers - including the right to status in Canada.
As part of this national action, Cooper Institute and other local groups are organizing a Maritime film tour to build awareness of this issue and to foster collaborative networks to address migrant worker issues as they are manifesting in our rural and urban communities.
Each film screening will be accompanied by presentations and discussion with Tzazna Miranda Leal, of Justicia for Migrant Workers (Ontario), and Josie Baker, of Cooper Institute (PEI). Both groups are founding members of the Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada.
All screenings are free of charge. This project was made possible with support of the Atlantic Council for International Collaboration. Additional collaborating organizations include: Maritime Conference - United Church of Canada, Breaking the Silence - Maritimes-Guatemala Solidarity Network, KAIROS, National Farmers Union - New Brunswick, No One is Illegal Fredericton, Fredericton District Labour Council, UFCW, and more.