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#ygkChallenge: Make Kingston a Sanctuary City

ygkchallenge, Sanctuary City, Access Without Fear, Kingston, OntarioThe #ygkchallenge is an ongoing series where we dare you to be different, resolve to be better, and or do something awesome in support of our beloved community. Each week, Kingstonist establishes a new, ambitious or quirky goal, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston (and the world) a slightly better place to live, work and play.

This week’s #ygkchallenge encourages you to:

Make Kingston a Sanctuary City. Solidarity Kingston is a local organization that is seeking support to build a culture of sanctuary in Kingston for undocumented people. The group has set out to take an important first step to convince City Council to establish an Access Without Fear policy. Such a policy would make city services available to all residents, regardless of their immigration status, and without the threat of being reported to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Solidarity Kingston argues that barriers limit undocumented people’s access to healthcare, education and training, income support, employment protection, affordable housing, settlement services, social assistance and legal services. Even access to food banks and shelters can be restricted due to ID requirements, leaving many undocumented people extremely vulnerable. If you think Kingston should join the likes of Toronto, Montreal and Hamilton as a Sanctuary City, sign the petition here.

Join us in completing this week’s #ygkchallenge by liking it on Facebook and/or re-Tweeting it on Twitter. By liking and sharing, you’re not only committing to doing something great, but you’re also helping us spread the word and hopefully encouraging others to participate.

Photo credit to Solidarity Kingston.

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One thought on “#ygkChallenge: Make Kingston a Sanctuary City

  • August 23, 2017 at 3:37 pm
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    Are there any examples in which a person in Canada illegally has been denied city services?

    By ‘undocumented person’ I assume you mean someone without the correct documents? Presumably it would be impossible to have no documents.

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