On Wednesday October 28th, the Mosaic Institute participated in a strategic planning session of the Provincial-Territorial Forum of Assistant Deputy Ministers (ADMs) Responsible for Immigration, held in Toronto. Bernie M. Farber, Mosaic’s Executive Director, and Alpha Abebe, UofMosaic Program Manager, represented the Institute at the meeting. Mosaic was invited to present key insights derived from its work in the area of dialogue and diaspora engagement over the past 8 years.
The strategic planning session brought together over 20 ADMs from across Canada to discuss current issues, initiatives, challenges and opportunities that relate to their work in the area of immigration. The agenda for the day centred on a few key priorities: refugee resettlement, promotion of francophone immigration, immigration levels planning, and joint promotion of Canada’s immigration programs.
Bernie’s presentation focused on a general overview of the mandate and work of the Mosaic Institute, and was followed by a dynamic Q & A period.
One of the most interesting discussions to come out of the Q & A period was about the potential to adapt Mosaic’s model to facilitate dialogue processes involving indigenous Canadians and Canadians from diaspora communities. Others spoke about the opportunity to connect international students who are on the pathway to citizenship to our UofMosaic Program.
Mosaic is honoured to have been invited to this important meeting. We look forward to collaborating with provinces and territories across Canada.