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EVENTS, INITIATIVES and COMMUNITY
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HACKATHONS AS INSTRUMENTS FOR SETTLEMENT SECTOR INNOVATION

This case study presents a practitioner’s perspective on the outcomes of two community hackathons, one exploring migration data sets and the other on language policy innovation, co-developed between 2016 and 2019 by MCIS Language Solutions, a Toronto based not-for-profit social enterprise, in partnership with various partners. The case study examines how the hackathon as an instrument can aid settlement sectors and governments in fostering non-profit innovation to rethinking the trajectory of taking solutions to scale.

SUPPORT LANGUAGE ADVOCACY DAY 2021!

Inspired by over 40 years of continuous effort by the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL), the objective of Canadian Language Advocacy Day (LAD) is to build an informal coalition of language rights advocates, individuals and organizations who will participate in an informational advocacy day at Queen’s Park in 2021 with the long term objective is to establish an ongoing language policy forum and explore the role of language within the context of social justice, education and economic recovery. Respond to this short survey to help us identify the major concerns facing the language services community, as well as potential solutions to those problems.

COMMUNITY IMPACT

MCIS’ primary commitment is to vulnerable persons and their rights to access important public services.

Since its inception in 1989, MCIS has been facilitating communication in the public sector (shelters, law enforcement, healthcare and criminal justice system), continuously reframing narratives around right to access to critical information and services for diverse linguistic communities and promoting language advocacy. More.

Social impact is a significant, positive change that addresses a pressing social challenge and is a result of a deliberative set of activities, including programs, provision of free services or advocacy. MCIS Language Solutions advocates for improved access to critical information to health, employment, civic and political rights or legal services to make it possible for people to have better quality of and participation in civic life. Our strategy focuses on three key areas:

  • I. ADVOCACY through programs, initiatives and funding for access to critical information and services we support language right as a basic human right. We are interested in forming coalitions, data sharing, innovation and professionalization of language services while continuously increasing our internal capacity for research and partnerships.

The most recent work in this field includes:

 COVID-19 Multilingual Resources

Community hackathons such as Language Policy Hackathon and MigrahackTO (#MigrahackTO Report, blog)

Language justice advocacy awareness events (e.g. Language Justice Series: Localization Sprint – Psiphon for Translators and Language Justice Activists)

And support to initiatives such as Language Advocacy Day.

  • II. CAPACITY through strengthened capacity of the professional language services field we maintain a diverse work force, work across functional lines to stay relevant, innovate and provide thought leadership in the language services sector.
  • III. GROWTH through the social enterprise component of the business we pursue and support growth of the programs that increase access to rights and services indirectly enriching general health and well-being of our diverse linguistic communities (here is how our growth is guided by our Theory of Change).