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The Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) is an umbrella organization of agencies, groups, and individuals that provide services to the South Asian Community. We envision and strive for a Canada free of all forms of discrimination in which all communities are free from marginalization and are fully empowered to participate in defining Canada’s political, economic, social and cultural future.

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The weight of my loneliness

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Listening to a song on the radio opened the floodgates that had been brimming for the last few hours. I was thinking of a rare sweet moment from my childhood.…

Tasnuva’s Story

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Systems always fail me.As a neurodivergent individual and executive dysfunction, I thrive off having systems and structures inplace.Yet - because of all my intersecting identities, the systems and structures in…

Joseph’s Story

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When Joseph was just 10, he, his mother, and two siblings fled Ghana, escaping the shadows of gender-based persecution due to his mother's marginalized status in the country. They arrived…

What does Hijab mean to me?

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hijab is me and I am hijab  my most important identity is my faith. It comes above anything else to me, hijab is my way of being Muslim in the…

Being Invisible While Being Hyper-visible in Quebec: The Experience of a Hijabi Student

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“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me…. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything…

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12th Annual Health Equity Summit: Spotlight on Health Disparities among Three Youth Groups in Canada

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On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, CASSA hosted its 12th Annual Health Equity Summit, themed 'South Asian Youth Perspective on Health Equity & Inclusion,' at the Centennial College Progress Campus Event…

Supporting our Children and Youth at a Time of Crisis

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At CASSA our mission is to facilitate economic, social, political, and cultural empowerment by serving as a resource for information, research, mobilization, service delivery coordination, and leadership on social justice…

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion: CASSA’s Intercultural Collaborative Project

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In a world that is becoming increasingly diverse, fostering intercultural collaboration and challenging racism and discrimination is vital for building stronger and more inclusive communities. The Council of Agencies Serving…

Empowering South Asian: A Spotlight on ASAAP

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In a world that is increasingly recognizing the importance of inclusivity and diversity, organizations like the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) play a crucial role in ensuring that…

UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights in Canada

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The Executive Director of CASSA, Samya Hasan, recently traveled to Geneva along with the organizations Color of Poverty-Color of Change and South Asian Legal Health Clinic Ontario (SALCO) to participate…

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The membership fee is only $20 for individuals and is on a sliding scale for agencies depending on operational budgets. If you wish to become a member, please fill out the appropriate form below.