"Canada’s Refugee Health Care Program and How It Compares Internationally"
Y.Y. Brandon Chen
Y.Y. is a lawyer and a social worker by training, who will be telling us about Canada’s refugee health care system - and the ways it is unusually draconian. His research critically examines health and social inequities facing international migrants, racialised minorities and people living with HIV/AIDS. In this presentation with two parts, he will first provide the audience with an overview of Canada’s refugee health care system and the recent changes that have been made thereto, using real-life stories to illustrate the adverse impact that these policy changes have had on refugees and asylum seekers. In the second half of the presentation, he will compare the health care entitlement of refugees and asylum seekers in Canada with that in other Western countries.
Melissa is an artist who will be presenting her socially-engaged art piece, Pizza Wheels. Pizza Wheels is a stopgap food recovery program - an act of environmental activism and record of relationships and information exchanged through mediations with the artist. Inspiration for carrying on the project came from my daily interactions with the people she'd come to know through the food donations - her bakery co-workers, the front-line women's shelter workers, etc. In the session, she will be examining the development of the art project and topics of social art practice and concrete interventions.