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Celebrate Hamilton Newcomer Week with webinars and a downtown tour

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It’s Hamilton Newcomer Week to the city May 25-27.

The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC) is hosting a series of events for the fourth consecutive year to welcome newcomers and immigrants to the city.

A three-day celebration, HIPC is hosting four events — three online and one in-person — aimed at talking about hot topics in the Hamilton community, the website said.

Natasha Hernandez, communications associate at HIPC, said Hamilton Newcomer Week is important to a diverse community like Hamilton where “a quarter of the population is made up of newcomers,” adding that it’s an opportunity to “bring Hamiltonians together from all walks of life”.

Hamilton Newcomer Week was first launched in 2018 as Newcomer Day – an event held in front of City Hall, Hernandez said. Later, it turned into a week-long celebration.

This year’s theme for the event is Diversity and Inclusion.

Hernandez said this year’s The Spectator webinars were designed to complement the theme, as the city sees an increase in Afghan and Ukrainian resettlements.

With a focus on retaining diverse talent and embedding equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles in local businesses, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and HIPC are hosting an online event to an hour for employers titled “Connecting your business with immigrant talent” on May 25 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

At least seven speakers are lined up to address various job search barriers and “help employers combat stereotypes about immigrants,” Hernandez said.

It will also inform businesses about where to find newcomers and immigrant job seekers.

An online event, “What You Should Know About Hamilton’s Ukrainian Response,” May 25 from 7:30-9 p.m., will talk about ongoing initiatives to support Ukrainian refugees and provide more details to newcomers about their involvement in the Hamilton community. .

Hernandez noted that many Hamiltonians wonder how they can support Ukrainians. She added that this session will provide updates, resources and additional information on Ukrainian refugees.

“Citizenship and Belonging with Elamin Abdelmahmoud,” hosted online May 26 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., will feature author and journalist Abdelmahmoud, who will speak about the importance of civic engagement for newcomers, followed by a question-and-answer session. Abdelmahmoud is the author of a forthcoming book, “Fils d’ailleurs”, and writes about culture.

The HIPC hosted in-person city tours on May 27 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., introducing immigrants and newcomers to local services and restaurants, while showing them around downtown Hamilton. The tour, with limited seating, is the only offline session this year.

For more information and to register, visit hamiltonnewcomerweek.ca.