Insights: The Ongoing Battle Against COVID-19

Original version: https://www.mcislanguages.com/blog-post/battling-covid-19-and-filling-the-language-gap-reflections-on-language-advocacy-day/  Another year when humans coexisted with COVID-19 has gone by. In the second year of the pandemic, Canada has seen the Delta variant, vaccinated most of its population, introduced a booster shot, and is now dealing with the new Omicron variant, which is said to be more aggressive and infectious. It’s not yet the time to let our guards down though. The work on raising awareness, educating people and encouraging action among…

Squid Game: Cultural Exchange That Goes Beyond the Show

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator Squid Game is hot. Since the series was released on Netflix in September, it rapidly became one of the platform’s most viewed shows despite being a non-English drama. The impact it has left has been phenomenal. Those who raved about it were not only audiences who speak Korean, the show’s native language, but also those who speak English, the “official language” of the world’s cultural industry (and have shown…

Different types of Dialects

By: Ashley Tulio, Communication Specialist As a student growing up in Toronto, Canada, learning French was mandatory in the educational system since French is an official language of Canada. During my educational journey, I studied French in elementary school, and when I attended high school, I took French courses up to grade 12. My high school French teacher spent a significant time in France, and she would always tell me how the French language we…

Shedding Light on Unintentional Senior Abuse from Caregivers

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator In late August, MCIS collaborated with Senior Helpers Toronto (SHT), and held the second session of our webinars complementing our online training initiative: Supporting Senior Victims of Crime. The webinars are designed to raise awareness about senior abuse, provide an in-depth look at various aspects of the training program, and offer opportunities for participants to engage live with experts. SHT is a private in-home care provider that specializes in…

COVID Stories: The Impact on Language Professionals – Julie’s Story

In 2020, MCIS allocated funds from its Social Benefits Initiative (SBI) to assist community organizations experiencing challenges related to the pandemic. The purpose of this was so these organizations could provide critical information that they would otherwise not have been able to without funding. MCIS’ SBI fund supports free/subsidized interpretation and translation services, such as a direct telephone line for COVID-19 related conversations and the translation of COVID-19 related information. We also interviewed these community…

Part 1: ASL Interpretation in Today’s World: An ASL Interpreter’s Perspective

Anna Grunfeld is an American Sign Language-English interpreter based in Toronto. She works as a community-based interpreter in various settings, such as hospitals, schools (K-12 and post-secondary), mental health facilities, corrections, and many more. After the inspiring COVID story she wrote (which can be found here), MCIS decided to reach out to her and interview her for COVID Stories: The Impact on Language Professionals. While interviewing Anna, we realized the importance of understanding what it is truly…

COVID Stories: The Impact on Language Professionals – Paloma’s Story

In 2020, MCIS allocated funds from its Social Benefits Initiative (SBI) to assist community organizations experiencing challenges related to the pandemic. The purpose of this was so these organizations could provide critical information that they would otherwise not have been able to without funding. MCIS’ SBI fund supports free/subsidized interpretation and translation services, such as a direct telephone line for COVID-19 related conversations and the translation of COVID-19 related information. We also interviewed these community…

2021 Update: Language Access and COVID-19 Information – How’s the World Doing? 

Original blog: https://www.mcislanguages.com/blog-post/language-access-and-covid-19-information-how-is-the-world-doing/ As we approach 2022, we have yet to overcome COVID-19 globally. The world without the pandemic seems like such a long time ago. And although vaccines are now available in most countries, vaccinations are not mandatory, and many choose not to get vaccinated for various reasons. Furthermore, some individuals are not able to get their dose safely or in a timely manner. With the Delta variant now becoming more widespread and creating…

Colonial History and Its Impact – Supporting Indigenous Senior Victims of Crime

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator When discussing supporting senior victims from the Indigenous community, understanding Canada’s colonial history plays a huge part. This is not only because the senior Indigenous people have a shared geographical background, but also because the suffering and trauma they went through was casted upon them systematically. High levels of systematic victimization came from the authorities and the law, lasted for centuries, and still leaves lingering impacts. The crimes that…

COVID Stories: The Impact on Language Professionals – Ana’s Story

In 2020, MCIS allocated funds from its Social Benefits Initiative (SBI) to assist community organizations experiencing challenges related to the pandemic. The purpose of this was so these organizations could provide critical information that they would otherwise not have been able to without funding. MCIS’ SBI fund supports free/subsidized interpretation and translation services, such as a direct telephone line for COVID-19 related conversations and the translation of COVID-19 related information. We also interviewed these community…