MWSN held an Information Fair & BBQ for migrant farm workers in Portage la Prairie in July 2019. Workers enjoyed a BBQ and received information on a variety of services and programs available, including those of the Portage Learning & Literacy Centre, Occupational Health Centre, Sexuality Education Resource Centre, and Portage Library.
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MWSN participated in organizing this walk along with Development & Peace (Caritas Canada), the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and others. About 200 people participated in this walk and brought old shoes, life-jackets and backpacks as symbols of solidarity with migrants and refugees which they placed on the steps of the Manitoba Legislature.
MWSN members were thrilled to participate in the 1919 Solidarity Parade to honour the legacy of the Winnipeg General Strike. We encourage the labour movement to #UniteAgainstRacism and extend and deepen solidarity with migrant workers.
Reveals the Brutal Realities Faced by (Im)migrant Workers
Presented by Migrante Manitoba and Migrant Worker Solidarity Network on May 31, 2019 as part of the PTE Festival of New Works
Nanay invited the audience into the intimate experiences of the human costs borne by Filipino (im)migrant workers and their families in Canada. ‘Nanay’ (pronounced Nan-eye, meaning Mother in Tagalog), uses transcripts of interviews with Filipino migrants to Canada, their children, recruiters and employers to bring audiences close to the experiences of women who migrate to Canada to better the lives of their children and Canadians who rely on their labour.
Nanay was created by Conversation Collective – Caleb Johnston, Geraldine Pratt and Hazel Venzon.
Nanay was supported by:
- United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832
- Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 204
Come to this event to hear about the experience of migrant farm workers in their own words. Learn about our recommendations on how to improve the conditions of these workers, including a call on the Manitoba government to provide public health care for seasonal agricultural workers during the period they are working in Manitoba.
“Migrant Voices” is based on interviews conducted with migrant farm workers in Manitoba during the summer of 2011. About 400 workers come to Manitoba every year, mostly from Mexico, to plant and harvest much of the produce grown in Manitoba.
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