As a global society, we find ourselves in an unprecedented time and collectively facing the upheaval of life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries all across the globe are asking citizens to self-isolate and implementing ‘Shelter in Place’ orders.

The Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness is dedicated to building connectedness within and between communities and overcoming social isolation. At a time where we are being called to physically distance ourselves from one another, we must work together to ensure meaningful social connections and the ability of every person to exercise their basic human rights and lead a fulfilling life.

Pope Francis Makes a Clarion Call for Belonging

In her latest article in Medium, Kim Samuel draws on Pope Francis’ inspired new Encyclical to make the case for why now, more than ever, we need to prioritize building belonging in our world.

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Reimagine Policing to Build Belonging

In her latest article for Medium, Kim Samuel lays out a specific policy agenda for how to reform policing and corrections through the lens of Restorative Justice.

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World Mental Health Day: Human Rights Watch Launches Global Campaign to End Shackling of People with Psychosocial Disabilities

On World Mental Health Day, we urge you to join HRW’s #BreakTheChain campaign to end the inhumane practice of shackling individuals with mental health conditions.

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Healthcare as (Un)Belonging: RAMQ’s Exclusion of Canadian Children due to Parental Precarious Migratory Status

By Vino Landry | The public healthcare system is not an instrument with which to mediate belonging and unbelonging in a nation; all Canadian children have a right to healthcare.

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