April 13, 2020

Community Resources:

1) CERB  (CaAPPLICATION PROCEDURE IN CHINESE 加拿大紧急应变计划(CERB)申请详情和常见问题 and HAND UP FOR KIDS

 We have two resources to share: 

a) The step-by-step explanation and contact number for further support to help our Chinese communities tremendously.

https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/X3d5wTF1udjtwt2-OpRi7A

b)  Hand Up for Kids:  Google Form fill out for upto $25 value of breakfast care packages delivered to homes in some GTA areas including Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan! 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIqcMEBCpzpQXr_S9K2BmdGab_PFTnGHcZU0Ex00tKRNhQKQ/viewform

 2) AEMS (Alliance of Educators for Muslim Students)

Dear Friends of AEMS,

We hope this message finds you well.

As we continue to work in partnership and solidarity to support our most vulnerable students and families during this time, the Alliance of Educators for Muslim Students would like to share with you culturally relevant resources that may be of use.

Please note that list is not exhaustive.  The information provided is accurate as of the time of writing.

Culturally Relevant Resources for Emotional Well-Being:

  • Naseeha provides an anonymous, non-judgmental, confidential and toll-free peer support helpline for youth experiencing personal challenges.  Naseeha’s services are open to all regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, family makeup, social status, income, ability, physical and mental health, and religion.
  • Khalil Center is a psychological and spiritual community wellness center advancing the professional practice of psychology rooted in Islamic principles. Khalil Center utilizes faith-based approaches rooted in Islamic theological concepts while integrating the science of psychology towards addressing psychological, spiritual and communal health.
  • SMILE provides support to children and youth with disabilities and their families. Upcoming webinars are creating spaces for virtual community gatherings for youth and families.
  • The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes human rights and civil liberties.  Discrimination, including xenophobia or Islamophobia arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, can be reported to NCCM.

Culturally Relevant Resources for Physical Well-Being:

  • Canadian Muslim Response Network (CMRN) is a coalition of some of Canada’s leading Muslim civil society organizations. Those in need of support can complete a request for a  COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Kit.
  • Nisa Homes has locations across Canada to provide transitional homes for immigrant, refugee, non-status, and Muslim women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  Those in York Region can contact the Scarborough location at 1 888 456 8043 ext. 406, or scarborough@nisahomes.com
  • Humanity First (1-855-647-0444) offers food assistance.  Those who are self-isolating can also receive support with emergency supplies, urgent supplies, medication pickup, groceries, and advice.
  • Volunteers from the COVID-19 Helpline (1-855-879-1919) and the Good Neighbour Project (647-873-2230) and Humanity First can pick up and deliver groceries and household essentials for those who are unable to do so due to illness, self-isolation, disabilities, or otherwise vulnerable e.g., senior citizens).
  • Mosques in Ontario A comprehensive guide to mosques across Ontario.  Depending on capacity, various mosques are providing support, such as food supplies and counselling, in response to COVID-19 needs. Please contact your local mosque directly.

Culturally Relevant Academic Resources:

  • 1001 Inventions uncovers a thousand years of scientific and cultural achievements from Muslim Civilization from the 7th century onwards, and how those contributions helped create the foundations of our modern world.  Inquiry-based learning is supported through extensive digital resources relating to a wide variety of curricula, and current events.  Recent topics relevant to COVD-19 include:

o   Keep Your Distance – Health Lessons from the History of Pandemics

o   Inoculation from East to West

o   Hospital Development in Muslim Civilisation

  • The Aga Khan Museum’s #MuseumWithoutWalls project allows visitors to enjoy the Aga Khan Museum and participate in Museum programming virtually.  This initiative includes Pocket Performances, Lunchtime Talks, Virtual Tours and more.

AEMS would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to essential workers, front-line staff, and all those striving to ensure all our communities are taken care of despite limited and diminishing funds and resources.