MCIS’ Language Impact Grant Opens Today!

Do you have an advocacy aptitude?  Are you passionate and informed about language rights?  Do you enjoy educating others about the causes you support? Do you have any ideas about advocacy kits that might create an impact at the municipal, provincial or even federal level? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are might be interested to apply for an the MCIS Language Impact Challenge grant ($25,000)! We are inviting Individuals, non-profit/ grassroots…

Does Canadian education help International students? Statistics Canada study elaborates

“It is when the moon covers the sun that you see a solar eclipse,” says a mother turning to her son in Hindi on the way to the Ontario Science Centre. On the left, traffic is blocked, as everyone is scrambling to check out the one of a kind solar eclipse viewed by thousands on Monday afternoon. A block away from the centre, a Chinese couple walks fast towards the centre holding special glasses meant…

Canada 150 Moving Forward: The Move to Revitalize and Preserve Indigenous Languages

As Canada approaches its 150th anniversary, it is important to remember that the foundations of the country were laid long before 1867 by the Indigenous peoples that live on the lands that are now called Canada. While 150 years is certainly a cause for celebration, it is also an important time to reflect on loss of Indigenous language, culture, and sense of identity resulting from colonization, the residential school system, the 60s scoop, and continued…

Canada and the Child Labour Problem

“Ever wondered who makes the shoes you wear? It is probably a small child working in a factory somewhere,” an activist friend of mine once scornfully said, during a dining table conversation. As the feeling sunk in, things became clear; as a community, we are as much responsible for the child labor problem as a socio-political system which allegedly chooses to look the other way when children suffer in silence. The recent World Vision report…

An Act of Kindness

Six p.m. on the subway can be tough, especially if you have had a rough day. Yesterday was different. Let me paint you a picture: A man in his 30s stood up and said, “Hi folks, I know you have to get home, but it would really help if you could spare some change; it is for my sister and she is in the hospital. I need to buy her some food.” For a second,…

The Story of A Rape

During Sexual Assault Prevention Month, I thought I would relay this story of a rape (some facts have been modified), so we never lose sight of the immense harm it does.  I refer to it by the old term rape and not by the legal term sexual assault.  I believe most people have more of a visceral reaction to the term “rape” – I may be wrong.    We read gruesome tales of rape every day…

Why A New Vision, Mission and Tagline?

Every non-profit must review its Vision and Mission once in a while to confirm they reflect its activities (outputs) as well as its intended social impact (outcomes). I recall sitting with my Director of Internal Operations, a glorified title for a recent Rotman MBA graduate, in 2006, and reviewing the Vision and Mission that MCIS Language Solutions’ (MCIS) founding members had crafted way back in 1995.There was nothing wrong with them. They were not even…