The Canadian Centre on Statelessness is a non-profit organization that seeks action against statelessness through research, advocacy and the fostering of a national community of allies including persons affected by statelessness.
Founded in 2014, the Centre's mandate is to affect societal, political and legislative changes as they relate to the protection and status of stateless persons. With recent legislative changes in Canada, the need to develop partnerships in the fight against statelessness is essential. CCS is a centre where those who wish to join the cause can meet and discuss issues online, collaborate and partner in the course of advocacy and research, and learn about statelessness in the Canadian and global contexts. The three pillars of CCS are National Community, Research, and Engage.
ALEKSANDRA BARRY has experience with statelessness and provides a valuable perspective on behalf of stateless persons in Canada and beyond.
PATRICK CIASCHI is a PhD candidate at the New School for Social Research, in the department of Politics. He has worked with and on migration related initiatives at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility and the Emerging Scholars and Practitioners of Migration Issues Network over the past several years. His doctoral work looks at the changing governance of social housing and neighborhood regulations in contemporary Hungary and how these shifts affect racialized vulnerable groups. His broader interests are in subjective conceptions of home, digital welfare in social housing, the injustices of global domicide, and legal architecture of the Canadian immigration regime.
JOCELYN KANE is the founder of CCS and is a PhD candidate in Political Studies at the University of Ottawa where she researches voluntary statelessness.
JESS NOTWELL is a Two Spirit Cree/Scots Métis land defender, scholar, and Co-Founder of IGNITE Global Feminist Collective, and has extensive experience in global human rights and decolonial activism. Her PhD research focuses on the ways in which women’s everyday decolonial actions contribute to liberation/decolonization, including by addressing settler/colonial violence as genocide, mass incarceration, land theft, and collective punishment including statelessness.
YURIKO COWPER-SMITH is a PhD candidate in Political Science and International Development at the University of Guelph. Her area of research concerns the Rohingya community in Kitchener-Waterloo. She brings to CCS extensive experience in community based research and a long-standing commitment to people who have refugee and/or statelessness experience.