Long-tail Languages: A Social Justice Perspective

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to long-tail languages worldwide. Apps and games are being localized into them, and critical information and government announcements have been translated. Although international travelling has been limited during the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns over the past year, information exchanges across borders have never stopped, making languages that were once maybe considered non-essential decades ago now not only paid more…

MCIS Launches Online Training and Webinars Supporting Senior Victims of Crime

Toronto, Ontario – Every year on June 15, the United Nations marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day in which communities worldwide recognize elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. Earlier this year, MCIS developed and launched an online training, funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General, offering tips and tools to service providers of this target population. The training, Supporting Senior Victims of Crime, explores the complexities of working…

Covid Stories: Giving Voice to Victims of Human Trafficking

“Without translation, we would be living in provinces bordering on silence.” (George Steiner). By: Dusan Matic, Training Department Manager Human trafficking, especially labour trafficking, remains a major problem in Canada to this day. Sometimes it can be difficult to process that in a progressive and open-minded country such as ours, thousands of foreign workers face victimization, abuse and trafficking. We tend to believe that labour trafficking happens somewhere far away from our homes. How many times have we…

In Iraq the Victim is Victimized

By: Yasmine Mousa Iraqi protesters have endured so much for the sake of their homeland. Since October 1, 2019, they have been rallying in Tahrir Square, in the heart of Baghdad and southern provinces against 16 years of corruption, unemployment and inefficient public services. The protests later escalated to calls for overthrow of the administration and to stop the Iranian regime’s meddling in Iraq’s affairs. The protesters have been gassed, beaten, kidnapped, assassinated, stabbed and shot…

China’s Week-long Debate over Censorship, Literature, and AO3

Archive of Our Own, or AO3, is a non-profit publishing platform run by the Organization for Transformative Works to support creative freedom. It supports over 70 languages including English, French, German, Arabic, Hebrew, Esperanto, Korean and Chinese. On Aug. 19, 2019, AO3 won a Hugo Award in the category of Best Related Work for its contribution to literature. On Feb. 29, 2020, China banned access to the website. Here is an insider’s view of exactly…

Celebrating of Black History Month

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator On Feb. 18, MCIS was honoured to have Stachen Frederick as a guest speaker at one of our Lunch and Learn sessions as a part of our Black History Month celebration. Other celebration activities included launching a story sharing campaign both internally and externally by sharing articles from the Black community in North America, through staff emails and on our social media channels. As an award-winning community developer and…

Bridging the Gap

By: Brock Tremblay, Bilingual Project Coordinator On Saturday February 21st, MCIS hosted a free Translation Pop-Up Clinic at The 519, a city organization located in the heart of Toronto’s gay village that serves the LGBTQ+ communities. This Translation Pop-Up Clinic was an MCIS first, and it was a huge success! Although we have been offering free or subsidized translations to individuals in need for several years, this Pop-Up was the first time that MCIS has…