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About

Who we are

AGIR Montréal (Action LGBTQIA+ avec les ImmigrantEs et RéfugiéEs) is an autonomous non-profit organization, by and for the LGBTQIA+ migrant community living in Montreal.

Our Mission
Our Approach
Our Beliefs
How We Work
Our Story
Code of Ethics
Land Acknowledgement
Annual Reports
Funders

Our Mission

Overall, AGIR’s mission is to protect and defend the legal, social, and economic rights of migrants (asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants, and those with undetermined status) from lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQIA+) communities through support services to support their settlement into communities and group and social activities to overcome social exclusion. 

Specifically, our work aims to provide LGBTQIA+ migrants and refugees in need of:

  1. Services to support their settlement into the community through:
    • Individual Support Services to assess and refer their needs in the areas of housing, interpretation, social services, employment, education, or to whatever appropriate services if necessary;
    • Group Support Services to help them overcome social exclusion and isolation through capacity building and community building 
    • Social Activities to help them overcome social exclusion and isolation through capacity building and community development initiatives;
    • Receive donations and distribute basic necessities or amenities of life that most people take for granted (like food cards, clothing donation distributions, etc. according to our capacity) 
  2. Education and Public Awareness work that strives to change systemic practices that exclude, harm or even result in differential treatment towards LGBTQ+ migrant and refugees

Our By-and-for Approach 

To accomplish our mission, AGIR works through a by-and-for approach, which means that people with lived experience as LGBTQIA+ migrants and refugees are not only at the center of our work, but also leading it. This model enables us to be uniquely responsive to evolving community needs across the diverse identities within the community. 

Our Beliefs

How We Work

We apply an anti-oppressive, non-judgmental and person-centered approach. We cultivate a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming environment where everyone feels safe(r) and secure. We build community with the participation of LGBTQ+ migrants. Our decision-making process informed and guided by the experiences and needs of LGBTQ+ migrants. We apply the principles of consensus-based decision-making and community organizing. We respect and value all individuals’ journeys, skills, knowledge and contributions. We are committed to working in solidarity with organizations and groups that can help us achieve our vision. We are accountable to our members, collaborators and allies.

Our Story

AGIR was born in 2008 during the collective dialogue of various members from the MultiMundo Coalition, a coalition of ethnic and racialized LGBTQ organizations (and their allies), who worked to address the issues LGBTQ ethnic and racialized communities (GLAM, Helem, Ethnoculture, Arc-en-ciel d’Afrique, etc.). It was officially an Association in 2009 and transitioned into a non-profit organization in 2011.

Currently, AGIR is run by a small team of 10-20 Montrealers, including a working board of directors, support team volunteers and a support coordinator and a training coordinator.

Code of Ethics

This code of ethics is intended for AGIR personnel (board members, employees, interns, volunteers, etc.) with respect to relationships with each other and those accessing AGIR services/programs.

Land Acknowledgement

We are here in Tio’tia:ke (colonially known as Montreal) on the unceeded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka. The Kanien’kehá:ka, also known as the Keepers of the Eastern Door, are one of the nations that make up the Haudenosaunee Confederacy here on Turtle Island (North America). The two closest Indigenous communities to us are Kahnawake and Kanesatá:ke.

As refugees and migrants, we are settlers to this land. We commit to continue learning and unlearning about Indigenous history and present realities, educating ourselves, and supporting Indigenous thrival. We encourage you to continue educating yourselves too on this learning journey and learn how to better act in solidarity with the Indigenous communities close to you.

We continue to work on what it means for us to be striving to decolonisation as an organisation and as individuals. Learn more about the land you are on and have been on here: http://native-land.ca/.

Annual Reports

2022 Annual Report (Français, English)

2021 Annual Report (Français, English)

2020 Annual Report (Français, English)

2019 Annual Report (Français, English)

2018 Annual Report (Bilingual)

2016 Annual Report (Français, English)

2013 Annual Report (Français, English)

Funders

Thank you to all our supporters!

Funders

AGIR is funded the ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration, the Ministère de la Santé et des services sociaux, the Bureau de Lutte Contre l’homophobie et transphobie, and the City of Montréal.