Motion to accept the "Interpreting in Video Remote Environment" position paper (2020)
Motion to accept the "Interpreting in Video Relay Service Environment" position paper (2020)
Motion to order class voting sequence
REVISED: Motion to repeal and replace CASLI Bylaws
1) the current Bylaws of the Canadian Association of Sign Language Interpreters (the “Corporation”) be repealed and replaced by the attached Proposed New Bylaws (the “New Bylaws”) effective March 31, 2021;
2) the CASLI Board instruct G.J. Fahey Law Corporation to make such editorial changes as may be necessary to correct any minor porblems with the attached New Bylaws beore November 6, 2020 and file the New Bylaws in accordance with the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.
In recent years CASLI has struggled to be the strong national association needed by both the Deaf and interpreting communities. The intended outcome of this motion is the revitalization of CASLI. Changing the bylaws and structure of CASLI will allow the Association to better support affiliate chapters while working alongside its national partners to advance the field and promote accessibility.
Seconder: Julia Menzies
Motion to amend CASLI lapsed membership penalty
Revised: Motion to amend Class A - Active Membership conditions to exempt members who live outside of Canada from additional fees associated with the In-Lieu-of-Affiliate Chapter Policy.
"Dual membership in both the Corporation and an Affiliate Chapter of the Corporation is mandatory for members living in provinces or territories with Affiliate Chapter. Eligible Active members who live in a province or territory in Canada where there is no Affiliate Chapter may become Active members under the terms of the the In-Lieu-of-Affiliate-Chapter Membership Policy. Eligible Active members who live outside of Canada may become Active members exempt from the In-Lieu-of-Affiliate-Chapter Membership Policy and from any additional associated fees. The term of membership of an Active member shall be annual, subject to renewal in accordance with the policies of the Corporation.", and;
Revised Motion to require national certification testing within 10 years of ITP graduation
Motion to suspend awards
Motion to establish a Bylaws and Policies and Procedures Review and Recommendation Ad-Hoc Committee.
I motion to establish a Bylaws and Policies and Procedures Review and Recommendation Ad-Hoc Committee for the Canadian Association of Sign Language Interpreters (CASLI).
Moved by Sheila Keats (Alicia Ponciano)
The current CASLI Bylaws and Policies and Procedures are overdue for a restructure. This is emphasized by years that the CASLI Board of Directors has struggled to unite the national community. The intention of this motion is not to undermine the work of the developers of the motion to repeal and replace the bylaws. It is intended as a compromise between the varying perspectives on CASLI, the role of the Board, and affiliate chapters.
Motion to eliminate the use of the wording "a CASLI - recognized Interpreter Education program” in all current and future published materials by CASLI including the CASLI website.
I move that CASLI eliminate the use of the wording "a CASLI - recognized Interpreter Education program” in all current and future published materials by CASLI including the CASLI website.
Moved by: Carla Dupras
Seconded by: Alicia Ponciano
Current wording leads to the assumption that CASLI is endorsing the quality of Interpreter Education Programs.
CASLI is not sanctioned as an accrediting body. The role of accreditation falls under the Commission of Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE).
As outlined in the mission statement, CASLI supports and collaborates with Interpreter Education programs, which can still be maintained. It is not CASLI’s mandate to evaluate interpreter education programs.
Motion for the 4-year time frame for the Alternate Pathway for Deaf Interpreters to become Class A, Active Members, not require interpreting experience hours to be recorded during 2020 and 2021.
Motion: I move that the 4 year time frame for the Alternate Pathway for Deaf Interpreters to become Class A, Active Members, not require interpreting experience hours to be recorded during 2020 and 2021.
Rationale: The current pandemic has had an impact on the ability of many Deaf Interpreters to find work. This impacts their ability to meet the hourly requirement within the set timeframe. Many opportunities to gain experience and increase skills were lost especially during events such as our own CASLI national conference, Canada Deaf Games and countless other gatherings. Interpreting experience may happen and be documented during those two years, but that the four year duration to acquire experience not automatically include those two years. Therefore the four year documentation period would look at the years before or after 2020 and 2021 to calculate experience during four years.
Motion to recognize the Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) credential from Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and acknowledge the CDI credential for Deaf Interpreters as being on par with the CASLI COI for Hearing Interpreters
Motion: I move that CASLI recognize the Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) credential from Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and acknowledge the CDI credential for Deaf Interpreters as being on par with the CASLI COI for Hearing Interpreters
Moved: Jessica Siegers
Seconded: Theresa Barker-Simms
Rationale: CASLI does not have an accessible CES process for Deaf interpreters in Canada. Until such time as CASLI has an established process, CASLI needs to recognize the out-of-country DI training and accreditation for Deaf Interpreter applicants. RID CDI is a proven process that allows Deaf Interpreters to more fully grasp the depth and scope of the work.
Allowing Deaf Interpreter to qualify for accreditation with the RID CDI testing will save CASLI money in the interim, not having to re-create an educational and testing process until there is a critical mass to support the financial undertaking.
RID CDI is a proven process that allows Deaf Interpreters to more fully grasp the depth and scope of the work.
By following this new process CDIs will be known as Certified Dis in Canada; Deaf Interpreters who do not have the RID CDI credential will be known as Deaf Interpreters. Having the RID CDI credential recognized will provide incentive for Deaf Interpreters in Canada to continue to increase professional learning and will raise the standard for Deaf Interpreters in Canada.
CASLI Board Message to Members
President's Message to Members
Executive Director's Message to Members
Standing and Ad-hoc Committees Reports and Updates
Bylaws, Policy and Procedures Committee
Educational Interpreting Issues Committee (EIIC)
Media Relations Committee
Task Force on Sign Language Interpreting Service Fees
Ad-Hoc Committee to establish a Diversity Advisory Committee
From Across Canada
Messages from Affiliate Chapters
We are grateful for the continued partnerships with our Affiliate chapters: WAVLI, ASLIA, MAVLI, SLINC, OASLI, ASLI-NB, MAPSLI, and NAVLI.
This last year has been a busy one for WAVLI as we work to improve our association, adjust to the challenges of 2020, and heed the calls to action of the Black Lives Matter movement sweeping the globe.
After seeing the strong relationship between MAVLI and the three Deaf associations in Manitoba during the CASLI 2019 AGM, WAVLI recommitted to strengthening our working relationship with our local Deaf association. We are pleased to report we have partnered with the Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf on a variety of projects in the last year and are working to continue building on that relationship in the coming year.
This year has been a challenging one for the association and many of our members as we adjust to the "new normal" required as we deal with the impact of COVID-19. WAVLI, with partners from the Deaf community, was successful in advocating to the provincial government for all COVID-19 briefings to be interpreted into ASL utilizing local Deaf Interpreters as the on-camera interpreter. WAVLI also successfully hosted our AGM via Zoom and has been working to make professional development and other offerings available online.
Lastly, the WAVLI Board members continue on our personal journeys of unlearning the implicit biases we carry and we re-affirmed to the membership our commitment to root out systemic injustices when they are identified or brought to our attention. WAVLI is looking at ways that we can continue this important dialogue and ensure we are an association that is truly welcoming and representative of its entire membership.
We look forward to another year full of change for our profession as we all work to advance the field of sign language interpretation in Canada
We are proud to be hosting the CASLI 2022 conference. The conference committee has been struck and planning began early this year. We look forward to welcoming you all to Alberta!
Our annual Wine draw fundraiser in November brought in 38 interested teams - 190 players, and raised $2350.00 for the association.
ASLIA provided several PD opportunities including smaller, informal, community chats on designated topics such as Educational interpreting, Funerals and Semantics. Weekend workshops on Queer signs and Indigenous culture were other learning opportunities provided through ASLIA.
As a response to Silent No More, ASLIA established a committee, Addressing Race and Privilege, where members are invited into discussion and action recognizing individual and organizational complicity and accountability in systemic racism and to take part in dismantling current racist structure. ASLIA hosted a workshop in Maskwacis: An Introduction to Indigenous Culture as it pertains to Interpreting. The tremendous interest in this workshop led the ARP committee to develop a one year learning plan which included relationship building with the Deaf Indigenous community, participation in several cultural events, reciprocity and four workshops. March 8th saw the successful completion of the first workshop in the series. As so many people have experienced, COVID-19 has impacted ASLIA and plans moving forward with participation in cultural events as well as in person workshops. As 2020-2021 is re-envisioned, the ARP committee continues to meet and look at new ways to continue this important work and learning.
In the absence of a national PCRP, ASLIA recognizes that individuals and communities who rely on interpreting services are left vulnerable without a channel to grieve unethical decisions and business practices. ASLIA has attempted to clarify and understand what a local PCRP process would entail recognizing the need to maintain professional standards and preserve relationships with the Deaf community.
A new trend that has swept our field in Alberta is VRI. Alberta Health Service's decision to only provide VRI in hospitals is impacting our community and ASLIA is communicating with the Alberta Association of the Deaf in response to the influx of feedback from interpreters and consumers.
ASLIA has been in regular communication with Affiliate Chapter Presidents and CASLI Board regarding CASLI restructure. ASLIA hosted a virtual community meeting to address changes that are being put forward that will significantly impact the current structure and relationship between Chapter Affiliates and CASLI. ASLIA has collected and synthesized members' thoughts and suggestions and shared that with the group of individuals seeking change.
ASLIA AGM has been postponed from the end of April to September 19, 2020. We look forward to hosting our first virtual AGM next month. This AGM is the end of a 2-year term for ASLIA board members and the membership will be nominating and voting in new directors.
Over the past year MAVLI has continued strengthening our community relationships. Monthly events coordinated alongside the Manitoba Deaf Association (MDA), Manitoba Deaf Sports Association (MDSA), and Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf (MCSD) have been a great success in getting people together. This alongside monthly ASL nights have connected Deaf community members and interpreting community members. Responding to COVID has temporarily shifted most of these events to a virtual platform as we look to find new ways to maintain these connections.
We have also supported our membership with various professional development opportunities and are now looking towards supporting prospective interpreters with the hopes of reaching underrepresented communities. Our new website is operational and soon to house a variety of resources.
We are hopeful that the upcoming year will be one of growth as we navigate this new normal, recognize and work to remove systemic barriers that pervade our association and community and continue to unpack our own biases.
MAVLI President 2015-2021
The Ontario Association of Sign Language Interpreters (OASLI) has had a busy year since our last AGM held in Winnipeg. Currently, we have over 300 active members which consist of 295 ASL Interpreters, 1 LSQ Interpreter, and 23 Deaf Interpreters. Here are a few highlights from the last year…
OASLI has engaged members of the IBPOC Deaf and Interpreting communities as part of our work towards operating with an anti-racist framework. We are striving to work collaboratively with the community in order to provide more opportunities for members to reflect, grow, and develop a better understanding of how we can work to incorporate an anti-racist framework within our interactions through our work and community involvement. More specifically, we have put forth and passed a motion for the OASLI Board to hire a consultant to create a proposal which includes a structure and outline of future Professional Development opportunities on the topic of Racism.
Following the Foundations I and CODA Foundations I offerings in the Spring of 2019, we brought Betty Colonomos up to Canada one more time for Deaf Foundations I & II Workshop in the fall as the third workshop offering to our community. It was very well received, and we are so grateful to have Betty come here to share her knowledge with us.
In late fall, we had a double feature day providing another professional development workshop, “DEPICTION of AGENTS” co-sponsored with Canadian Hearing Services (CHS) presented by Bijaya Shrestha. The participants included Deaf and Hearing interpreters with both students and experienced interpreters in the mix. A wonderful afternoon of learning! That same day, the ASL Community of Niagara & Deaf Culture Centre hosted “In Search of Signed Music: An Anthology of the work of Ian Sanborn” which was sponsored in part by OASLI. Our AGM soon followed that event where we elected a new Board of Directors to continue the work of OASLI into 2020.
Our first major event of 2020 was the Abababa Farewell Tour Workshop and Performance. Coda, Alan R. Abarbanell, performed his one-man show for a very engaged audience and offered a workshop earlier in the day to the community.
Soon after, the effects of the pandemic came with schools and businesses closing, and public events being cancelled. We have not been able to hold any in-person meetings or events since March but we are engaging with community members to hopefully hold some workshop opportunities in the fall. The OASLI Board has also continued working remotely and holding board meetings online. We will be having our Annual General Meeting in the fall and will be voting in a new Board.
Sign Language Interpreters
of New Brunswick
This year the COVID-19 pandemic made our chapter think about things differently. We have temporarily moved our meetings online via Zoom. This allows the opportunity for all ASLI-NB members to join our meetings, not just the ones residing in NB.
In March 2020, we were able to hold our AGM in person just before COVID hit.
Since our AGM, our executive board has been hard at work redesigning our logo, working on a website, and rebranding from Association of Visual Language Interpreters of New Brunswick (AVLI-NB) to the Association of Sign Language Interpreters of New Brunswick (ASLI-NB).
We strive to have open conversations about race, racism and racial justice. We have turned our attention to the BIPOC community. Membership is sharing resources to educate ourselves about systemic racism, we have started a reading circle and discussion groups.
We continue to partner with our Deaf communities and our interpreting agency NBDHHS for fundraisers, community events and to raise awareness about Deaf Culture in NB.
We continue to Grow Together!
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