OPIRG-Carleton

Research, Education and Action Everyday!

OPIRG-Carleton is your democratic, student-run Ontario Public Interest Research Group. OPIRG supports student-led social and environmental justice initiatives. 

Over 33 years, OPIRG-Carleton has introduced recycling on campus, helped organize against South African apartheid, supported Indigenous rights, and much more! OPIRG provides student space for critical dialogue and engagement on campus. It regularly hosts events, workshops, and other programming. While the core of OPIRG is its many student-run working groups. Its library is full of great books, magazines, and resources. OPIRG lends equipment to students and supports their research through three different bursaries. 

Wednesday Weekly Newsletter - January 11, 2017

News and events from OPIRG-Carleton! 
Your student-led social justice hub on campus.

This Week: 

  • Happy New Year from OPIRG Carleton
  • Manifestations of Colonial Violence
  • First Winter SMHAC Meeting 
  • R.I.S.E. Events Happening all Month
  • Community Event Listings: Blood of Extraction Book Launch, Sex & Disability Workshop, and more! 

OPIRG-Carleton News

Happy New Year from OPIRG Carleton
Happy new year and welcome back to all our members and community! OPIRG Carleton has an exciting semester planned for Carleton students this year, with insightful and engaging events, workshops, and campaigns. 

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and keep checking our newsletter to stay up to date on all our events and news. 

Manifestations of Colonial Violence
Thursday, January 12, 7 PM
Dunton Tower, Room 2203

Manifestations of Colonial Violence: Accounts from Survivors of Residential Schools and Indigenous Child Welfare Policies

Featuring Colleen Cardinal and John Moses: 

Colleen Cardinal will be speaking on the Sixties Scoop/Indigenous Child Removals, what it is, who it impacted, how it impacted and its connection to ongoing violence, racism and contemporary issues affecting Indigenous peoples today. Colleen will also be speaking on the grassroots organizing of adoptee gatherings, rallies and educational awareness being done by the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare. 

John Moses will be speaking on his late father Russ's residential school memoir, written in 1965. This memoir recounts the conditions his father endured at the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School in Brantford Ontario, which he attended from 1942-1947. 

First Winter SMHAC Meeting
Wednesday, January 11
Carleton University: Library Room 464

Community News

R.I.S.E. Events Happening all Month
R.I.S.E (Revitalizing Indigenous Strength and Education) is a month-long series of events put together by the CUSA Mawandoseg Centre. Events are happening all month long. Check out the schedule below!
 

Community Events This Week

*Click on the event title to find out more. 

Blood of Extraction Book Launch
Wednesday, January 11, 7 PM - 9 PM
1134 Bank Street 

The Pass System
Wednesday, January 11, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Library and Archives Canada 

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars Book Launch
Thursday, January 12, 7:30 PM - 9 PM
Venus Envy Ottawa

The 4th Carleton Community Art Exhibition
Friday, January 13-22
Carleton University Art Gallery 

Sagine Soul Art Show
Saturday, January 14
Venus Envy Ottawa

Sex & Disability with Venus Envy
Tuesday, January 17
Carleton University: UC Room 314


Send us your Events! 
OPIRG-Carleton is happy to advertise your community event or campaign related to environmental, economic and social justice. Send us a brief description of your event to vopc@opirgcarleton.org to be added to our weekly newsletter. 

Contact
326 UniCentre,
Carleton University 1125 Colonel By Drive,
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
Unceded Algonquin Territory
613-520-2757
vopc@opirgcarleton.org 
www.opirgcarleton.org

Wednesday Weekly Newsletter - Nov 9

OPIRG-Carleton News 


The Hassan Diab Story: Documentary Screening and Discussion
Friday, November 11, 6 PM - 8 PM
Carleton University: Minto Centre, 5050
Come learn about the case of Dr. Hassan Diab, a Carleton University professor who was extradited from Canada to France and faces the prospect of a wrongful conviction. Refreshments will be served. Find out more.


Tools For Change Workshop Series
Monday, November 14 - 18
Carleton University
Tools for Change is a weeklong series of workshops that are aimed at orienting the community to activism. Everyone is encouraged to attend these workshops which will provide key introductory lessons on activism and building allyships within our communities. Find out more.

Monday, Sept 14

Anti Oppression 101
1 PM - 3 PM, Southam Hall Room 411
Facilitated by Saph Parchment (Kind Space) 

Decolonizing Our Movements: Supporting Indigenous-Led Movements in our Activism
4 PM - 5:30 PM, Southam Hall Room 411
Facilitated by Colleen Cardinal (A Hidden Generation, Families of Sisters in Spirit)

Tuesday, Sept 15

Consensus Decision Making
1 PM - 3 PM, Southam Hall Room 411
Facilitated by Samiha Rayeda (OPIRG Carleton)  

Non Violent Direct Action
7 PM - 9 PM, Southam Hall Room 411
Facilitated by Rana Nazzal (OPIRG Board of Directors, Students Against Israeli Apartheid)

Wednesday, Sept 16

Documenting Our Movement: Using the Media for Actions
1 PM - 3 PM, Southam Hall Room 411
Facilitated by R.J Pate (Community Organizer, Photojournalist) 

Accessibility Workshop: How to Make our Organizing Accessible
4 PM - 6 PM, Location TBD
Facilitated by Fa'Time Omran (OPIRG Carleton Board of Directors)

Thursday, Sept 17

Social Movements and Mental Health: Dealing with Activist Burnout
1 PM - 3 PM, University Centre Room 374
Facilitated by Muna Mohamed (Ontario Centre for Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health)

Anti Oppression 101
7 PM - 9 PM, University Centre Room 280
Facilitated by Hana Jama (Documentary Filmmaker) 

Friday, Sept 18

Working Group Social!
7 PM, Mikes Place
A fun opportunity to meet and hang out with the OPIRG Carleton volunteers and staff in a fun environment! OPIRG will have a tab going (for food) so come by and snack of some food! 


Where's Our Women Only Gym Hours? 
Why doesn't Carleton have gym time for women and non-binary folks? 

When Ryerson was looking into implementing Women's Only Gym Hour, they did a survey that found 50% of women polled felt uncomfortable accessing gym facilities. There were three main reasons cited
1. history of gender based violence
2. seeing the gym as a male dominated space
3. lack of cultural or religious accommodation

It is so important that all women and non-binary folks feel comfortable accessing fitness facilities. To be considered an inclusive institution, Carleton MUST implement designated Women's (and Non-binary) Only Gym Hours. Find out more about the campaign.

Bursary Applications

OPIRG-Carleton offers four research bursaries every year for Carleton University undergraduate and graduate students (descriptions below), with a focus on social and environmental justice in their research. Bursary applications for 2016-17 are now available. This year we are splitting up the deadlines for each semester. The Undergraduate and Graduate (Terry Cottam Research) student bursaries will be offered in the Fall semester (due November 18), and the International and Indigenous student bursaries will be offered in the Winter semester. Drop by the office (326 Unicentre) to pick up your application form! Find out more. 

WORKING GROUPS

Books to Prisoners Meeting
Friday, November 11, 6 PM - 8 PM
Carleton University: Minto Centre, 5050
Come learn about the case of Dr. Hassan Diab, a Carleton University professor who was extradited from Canada to France and faces the prospect of a wrongful conviction. Find out more.

OPIRG Roots Radio
Roots Radio has a show every second Tuesday at noon on CKCU 93.1 FM. 

Community Events

TODAY

Rally for a Low Income Transit Pass
Wednesday, November 9, 8:30 AM - 10 AM
Marion Dewar Plaza
Find out more.

CUPE 4600 Info Picket
Wednesday, November 9, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Find out more.

Financial Literacy Workshop
Wednesday, November 9, 6 PM - 9 PM
Carleton University: UC 314
Find out more.

LGBTTQ+ Bystander Skills Workshop
Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Carleton University: GSRC
Find out more.

Ask Africa. 
Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Carleton University Atrium
Find out more.

Vimmy Ridge Reading: An Anti War Celebration
Wednesday, November 9, 8 PM - 9:30 PM
1073 Bank Street
Find out more.

FRIDAY

The Hassan Diab Story: Documentary Screening and Discussion

From Palestine to Aleppo: Colonialism, Imperialism and Geopolitics in the Middle East
Friday, November 11, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Carleton University: Loeb A720
Find out more.

MONDAY

Justice for Indigenous Women Workshop with Sylvia Smith
Tuesday, November 15, 7 PM - 9 PM
251 Bank Street
Find out more.

TUESDAY

Police and Profiling: Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice Colloquium
Monday, November 14, 6 PM
Carleton University: 218 Residence Commons
Find out more.

Urban Legends Slam # 6
Tuesday, November 15, 5:30 PM - 8 PM
Live on Elgin
Find out more.

Wednesday Weekly Newsletter - November 2

OPIRG-CARLETON NEWS

#ALLOUTNOV2 National Day of Action for Free Tuition
On November 2 Ottawa students, labour solidarity partners, and community members will be going ALL OUT in support of universal, public post-secondary education in Canada. 

Join us at any point during the day's events!

10AM - Breakfast in the University Centre (UC) Atrium
11AM - Rally in the UC Atrium
11:30AM - Bus loading outside the UC to uOttawa

Noon - Rally on Tabaret Lawn
12:30 - March to Prime Minister's Office & Parliament Hill
1PM - Rally on Parliament Hill 

Bursary Applications

OPIRG-Carleton offers four research bursaries every year for Carleton University undergraduate and graduate students (descriptions below), with a focus on social and environmental justice in their research. Bursary applications for 2016-17 are now available. This year we are splitting up the deadlines for each semester. The Undergraduate and Graduate (Terry Cottam Research) student bursaries will be offered in the Fall semester (due November 18), and the International and Indigenous student bursaries will be offered in the Winter semester. Drop by the office (326 Unicentre) to pick up your application form! Find out more. 

WORKING GROUPS

The Leveller newspaper
Two story meetings for the Leveller are coming up this week. One will take place this Friday, November 4 from 5-6 PM at OPIRG Carleton and another will be Saturday, November 5 at 3 PM at Umi Cafe.

OPIRG Roots Radio
Roots Radio has a show every second Tuesday at noon on CKCU 93.1 FM. 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

TODAY

#ALLOUTNOV2 National Day of Action for Free Tuition

Human Rights Social
Wednesday, November 2, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Carleton University: Dunton Tower 2203
Find out more.

Unfree Labour? Book Launch with Co-Editors
Wednesday, November 2, 7 PM - 9 PM
251 Bank Street
Find out more.

THURSDAY

Social Justice Fair
Thursday, November 3, 6 PM - 8 PM
Carleton University: Fenn Lounge
Find out more.

Last day to send in feedback for Carleton's Draft Sexual Violence Policy! 

SATURDAY

Islamophobia, the Media and You! Ottawa Workshop
Saturday, November 5, 10 AM - 5 PM
National Council of Canadian Muslims
Find out more.

TUESDAY

Tell me a Story Slam: Immigrant Edition
Tuesday, November 8, 6 PM - 9 PM
120 Metcalfe Street
Find out more.

Joining our Fires: Women for the Protection of Lands and Waters
Tuesday, November 8, 7 PM - 8 PM
Canadian Human Rights Monument
Find out more.

OPIRG Carleton Wednesday Weekly - October 26

OPIRG-Carleton News



#ALLOUTNOV2 National Day of Action for Free Tuition
On November 2 Ottawa students, labour solidarity partners, and community members will be going ALL OUT in support of universal, public post-secondary education in Canada. 

Join us at any point during the day's events!

10AM - Breakfast in the University Centre (UC) Atrium
11AM - Rally in the UC Atrium
11:30AM - Bus loading outside the UC to uOttawa

Noon - Rally on Tabaret Lawn
12:30 - March to Prime Minister's Office & Parliament Hill
1PM - Rally on Parliament Hill 

Bursary Applications

OPIRG-Carleton offers four research bursaries every year for Carleton University undergraduate and graduate students (descriptions below), with a focus on social and environmental justice in their research. Bursary applications for 2016-17 are now available. This year we are splitting up the deadlines for each semester. The Undergraduate and Graduate (Terry Cottam Research) student bursaries will be offered in the Fall semester (due November 18), and the International and Indigenous student bursaries will be offered in the Winter semester. Drop by the office (326 Unicentre) to pick up your application form! Find out more. 

Open Letter on Carleton's Sexual Violence Policy

The Carleton University Human Rights Society has written an open letter to the University Administration with their concerns about the Draft Sexual Violence Policy. OPIRG Carleton, along with many other organizations and students have signed their support on to the letter. We encourage you all to read the letter and sign your name to it.

The five main recommendations outlined in the letter are:

  1. That the Sexual Violence Review Committee be made up of a diverse group of neutral third party experts, independent from the Carleton administration.
  2. Expand and strengthen the use of the terms “rape culture” and “intersectionality” in the Policy beyond the Purpose of the Policy section and the Definitions section.
  3. Strengthen Carleton’s commitment to providing a complaint process that is “survivor-centered” by: 
    1. Removing the prohibition on Complainants’ making public statements before, during, and after the complaint process; 
    2. Amending the policy to allow the Sexual Violence Review Committee to inform the complainant of the disciplinary action ordered against the defendant; and 
    3. Removing the clause that enables the President of the University to create exceptions to any and all parts of the Policy.
  4. Clarify, outline and commit to expanding the services that will be provided to survivors of sexual violence.
  5. Expand the definition of the “Carleton Community” and address the loophole that enables Respondents to suspend the complaint process by ending their relationship with the University.

Read the letter and sign your name to it here.

WORKING GROUPS

OPIRG Roots Radio
Roots Radio has a show every second Tuesday at noon on CKCU 93.1 FM. 

Community Events

TODAY

The Precarious Generation: Millennials Fight Back
Wednesday, October 26, 9 AM - 5 PM
144 Wellington Street
Find out more.

Action Meeting to Press Canada to Support a Global Ban on Nuclear Weapons
Wednesday, October 26, 6 PM - 7 PM
Parliament, East Block: Room 362
Find out more. 

Public Consultation on Organizations that Oversee Police Conduct
Wednesday, October 26, 6 PM - 8 PM
Wabano Centre
We want to hear from you. Conducted by the Hon. Justice Michael H. Tulloch, this review includes the SIU, OIPRD and the OCPC; organizations that oversee police conduct. Find out more.
 

THURSDAY

What it's Like Being Young, Somali & Male in Ottawa
Thursday, October 27, 7 PM - 9 PM
241 Northwestern Ave
Find out more.

The Governance of Seeds and Food: Taking Stock
Thursday, October 27, 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Carleton University: Dunton Tower
A symposium in honour of Harriet Friedmann and the work of USC Canada. Find out more.

FRIDAY

Last day to send in feedback for Carleton's Draft Sexual Violence Policy! 

SATURDAY

Women Writing: A Multi-Genre Reading and Discussion
Saturday, October 29, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Octopus Books: 116 Third Ave
Find out more.

African, Caribbean and Black Health Forum
Saturday, October 29, 1 PM - 6 PM
300 Des Peres Blancs
Find out more.

MONDAY

Rally: Justin You Said You'd be Different!
Monday, October 31, 12 PM - 12:30 PM
80 Wellington Street
Find out more.

CUSA Food Centre's Trick or Eat
Monday, October 31, 5 PM - 8 PM
Carleton University: University Centre 317
Find out more.

TUESDAY

Shine the Light Fountain Launch
Tuesday, November 1, 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM
Somerset Square
Find out more.

APPLY TO BE AN OPIRG CARLETON WORKING GROUP!

OPIRG Carleton is now accepting working group applications for the year 2016-2017!

Please find below a link to our Working Group Policy, which outlines all the responsibilities and benefits of being an OPIRG Carleton working group, as well as a copy of the application. The application can be filled out and submitted online by emailing it vopcopirg@gmail.com or dropped off in the office anytime before the deadline. 

Please contact Samiha at vopcopirg@gmail.com if you have any questions about being a working group or the application process. 

*All new and returning working groups are required to fill out this application!*

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14TH AT 5 PM.  

Click here to download our Working Group Policy

Click here to download our Working Group Application

STATEMENT CONDEMNING POLICE MURDER OF ABDIRAHMAN ABDI

The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) at Carleton University is deeply saddened and outraged by the murder of Abdirahman Abdi by the Ottawa Police Service.
 
On behalf of our members in the Carleton community we would like to express our sincere condolences and stance of solidarity with Abdi’s family, the Somali community, and all marginalized peoples subjected to police profiling, harassment, abuse, and violence.

OPIRG Carleton endorses the recommendations put forward by the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition addressed to all levels of government as well as the OPS, OPS Board, and police oversight agencies. Recommendations include acknowledging the crisis existing within the OPS in dealing with racialized individuals and those with mental health issues, and striking a task force to deal with institutionalized racism and police violence directed towards marginalized and vulnerable communities.
 
We condemn the Ottawa Police and its stance that race did not play a role in Abdi’s violent murder. We equally condemn the attempt of the Ottawa Police to distance themselves from systemic police violence in the United States as if to suggest that there is a difference in the trajectory of modern policing in Canada. The history of policing in Ottawa and Canada is a history of maintaining social order as perceived by the dominant culture through the threat and use of violence.
 
Policing as an institution is predicated on oppressing marginalized peoples to maintain the status quo, the domination of white settler society. While crime rates decrease, police violence heightens, enabled by bloated budgets and increased militarization to the detriment of the marginalized and oppressed. As a direct result, Black and Indigenous peoples are grotesquely over-represented as incarcerated populations in the criminal injustice system.
 
This incident highlights the need to continue questioning Canada’s colonial institutions and to build an alternative. This would involve moving beyond reforming the police who refuse to adopt strategies and policies of de-escalation and continue to murder racialized peoples and those with mental health challenges at an astounding rate.
 
OPIRG Carleton reaffirms its support for Black Lives Matter and the crucial work that the movement and its various chapters undertake to counter and confront systemic police violence. We also recognize that oppressed communities have the right to defend themselves.
 
OPIRG Carleton is also concerned over the disableism and ‘colourblind’ erasure expressed by
Bridgehead’s CEO in the aftermath of Abdi’s murder. We condemn the inaction and ableist practices of Bridgehead and actively boycott their brand until accountability measures are employed by this establishment. We urge Bridgehead not only to better accommodate their patrons with disabilities and properly train staff in crisis intervention methods, mental health initiatives by adopting a healthier intersectional accessibility policy, but to also consult with the wider community to invoke disability justice initiatives.
 
Geographically, Bridgehead locations are generally situated in the urban centre where patrons experiencing invisible disabilities frequent and it is vital to have measures in place that acknowledge that the lived experience of marginalized populations includes facing adverse consequences to their wellbeing when encountering law enforcement. The mobile Crisis unit is a resource that must be utilized to deescalate miscommunication among individuals understanding that higher rates of criminalization and violence against persons with disabilities. 
 
We urge Bridgehead to strongly act upon the spirit of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to establish accessible inclusive environments. Barebones compliance will continue to present barriers within their hiring practices alongside continued customer dissatisfaction for persons with disabilities finding the environment at Bridgehead ableist and inaccessible in attitudes presented. The actions of Bridgehead’s CEO immensely disrespect Adbi’s family and consistently victim blame him, a man with mental health challenges, for his death. This sentiment is unbefitting of anyone in a leadership position. Her refusal to invoke accessible practices should raise alarm within the complicity towards compulsory able bodiness as the status quo. Her attempt at poetry further disrespects the realities of racialized persons with disabilities in favour of her own privileged position and discomfort in being called out by valued community leaders.  The failure for properly acknowledge that ableism is a deadly option alongside her complicity in maintaining white privilege questions Bridgehead establishments of being in any way reflexive or diverse. Anti-oppressive frameworks must be implemented in order to establish a climate where marginalized members of our community can be safe enjoying the many civil liberties often denied to them because of internalized ableist biases. A list of resources will be made available should Bridgehead seek to engage upon equitable practices.
 
In solidarity on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory,
OPIRG Carleto

Wednesday Weekly - August 10th, 2016


COMMUNITY EVENTS


ONGOING

Petition: Justice for Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan

It’s been two months since Abdurrahman Ibrahim Hassan (Abdi) died in immigration detention custody after being ‘restrained’ by police and border officials – and still no Coroner’s Inquest has been called in to his death. On August 10th, supporters in Toronto will deliver the demands and signatures to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Help us get to 2,000 signatures by then by sharing this petition: https://www.change.org/p/sign-this-petition-call-for-a-coroner-s-inquest-into-abdi-s-death-in-border-enforcement-custody

Festival: Asinabka Film & Media Arts 2016
August 10-14, 2016
Celebrating Indigenous Arts In Algonquin Territory
The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is excited to announce our 2016 festival programming, screening the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around the world. 
This years festival takes place over 5 days, and includes our traditional opening night outdoor film screenings on the beautiful Victoria Island, 2 evenings of film in the Theatre at the Canadian Museum of Nature - Musée canadien de la nature, a Gallery Crawl with 2 art openings at Gallery 101 &Galerie SAW Gallery, as well as Matinee Film Screenings, a Midnight Film Screening, live Indigenous music, and a family friendly film screening on our closing night outdoors in the SAW Courtyard.
For details about our entire festival schedule visit www.asinabkafestival.org

TODAY

Peace Cafe & March: Prisoners' Justice Day 2016
August 10, 1pm-5pm
Prisoners’ Justice Day (PJD) emerged as a prisoner-initiated day of non-violent strike action to commemorate the death of Eddie Nalon in the segregation unit of Millhaven maximum-security penitentiary on August 10th 1974. It was first observed in 1975, and in 1976 the prisoners of Millhaven issued a communication calling for one-day hunger strikes in opposition to the use of solitary confinement and in support of prisoners’ rights, in memory of Eddie Nalon and Robert Landers, who also died alone in solitary confinement. Since then, PJD has become an internationally-recognized day of solidarity and action, both inside and outside prison walls, to commemorate deaths in custody and to demand justice for the human rights atrocities that states and their officials authorize and engage in. Find out more.

Meeting: Us & CapCity Pride - Let's Get In-Formation
August 10, 7-8pm
Rm 2044, Faculty of Social Sciences Building, University of Ottawa (120 University Private)
We will be marching with Kind Space in Capcity PRIDE. So, we want to make sure we are organized. So, we've planned a meeting to get on the same page. We hope to see you there on this Wednesday. Allies let's get in formation. Because for this to go down you'll need information. Find out more.

FRIDAY

Fundraiser: Karoake FUNraiser for HighJinx
August 12, 8pm
Shanghai Restaurant (651 Somerset St W)
We are going to have a night of fun and frolicking with ChinaDoll! Let's raise some funds for the HighJinx Neighbours! We need to get our wheels running again so we can deliver, move folks, drive to appointments and help them get around again! Help us help. Come sing! $10 at the door or whatever you want to donate! Special drinks, special songs and possibly a live performance by The HighJinx Ladies!  highJinx is a social enterprise, community hub and friendly livingroom for vulnerable Neighbours! We are grassrooots, action packed and take no Gov funding. Find out more.

SATURDAY

Fundraiser: Homo Phono - Pride Edition
August 13, 10pm
Bar Robo (692 Somerset St W)
DJ's Sarita and del Pilar spinning funk, house, and pop dance jams!
Dress to sweat!
$7 with partial proceeds to the Venus Envy Bursary Fund
Find out more.

SUNDAY

Workshop: We're Not All In This Together - An Intro to Anti-Blackness in Queer Communities
August 14, 5-8pm
Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane)
Encouraged by the exquisite wisdom of Queer Black teachers before us, this workshop works to unveil and challenge the anti-Blackness that is foundational to many facets of queer identity as we know it today. Through looking at culture, bodies, labour, and (dis)comfort, it is hoped that participants can better understand the violence enacted against Black people in queer circles and discover ways to disrupt said violence in their day-to-day lives. **This workshop is intended to be an interactive and healing space for Black folks and a learning space for all others. Please come prepared to reorient your understanding of community and just what safety looks like when practiced to a fuller extent. Find out more.

TUESDAY

Pipe Ceremony & Feast: Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare
August 16, 5-8pm
Victoria Island
Come join us for a community event to heal, pray and work towards supporting survivors of colonial child welfare policies that have created trauma, loss of culture and identity of thousands of First Nation Metis and Inuit people. In anticipation of the historical class action hearing for sixties scoop survivors which may set precedent for those impacted but also triggering for those impacted and excluded by the class action. n the spirit of Feasting protocol please bring a dish if you can and feast bundles(your own dishes) to reduce waste. Traditional food accepted gratefully.
****Volunteers please inquire at info@indigenousadoptee.com
Find out more.

Panel: Intimate Partner Violence - Pride Event
August 16, 6:30-9:30pm
McNabb Community Centre (180 Percy St)
Join us for a panel discussion on intimate partner violence in queer and transgender relationships. This panel will consist of 4 panelists [Sam Whittle, Ibtehaj Shahid, Lukayo Estrella and Elke Keating] and a moderator. The doors open at 6:30pm and the panel will start at 7pm sharp. We ask that folks arrive before 7pm if possible. Panelists will speak for approx. 15-20 minutes each followed by roughly 30 minute question and answer period. Find out more.

WEDNESDAY

Discussion: Ottawa Speaks - Discrimination
August 17, 6:30-9:30pm
City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W)
Come to City Hall to join in an open discussion about discrimination, to hear and learn from each others experiences. We will have 3 speakers discussing their experiences and we invite everyone to share their own stories. This location is wheelchair accessible. Following this event we will be attending the Capital Pride Human Rights Vigil. Find out more.

Wednesday Weekly - August 3, 2016


COMMUNITY EVENTS


ONGOING

Festival: Asinabka Film & Media Arts 2016
August 10-14, 2016
Celebrating Indigenous Arts In Algonquin Territory
The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is excited to announce our 2016 festival programming, screening the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around the world. 
This years festival takes place over 5 days, and includes our traditional opening night outdoor film screenings on the beautiful Victoria Island, 2 evenings of film in the Theatre at the Canadian Museum of Nature - Musée canadien de la nature, a Gallery Crawl with 2 art openings at Gallery 101 &Galerie SAW Gallery, as well as Matinee Film Screenings, a Midnight Film Screening, live Indigenous music, and a family friendly film screening on our closing night outdoors in the SAW Courtyard.
For details about our entire festival schedule visit www.asinabkafestival.org

Petition: Ban for-profit donor-paid plasma collection in Canada
August 10-14, 2016

A private company wants to harvest blood plasma from people in Canada, selling it at a massive markup on the international market. And its biggest source of profit could be the most vulnerable Canadians. Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) already tried to set up a clinic in Toronto beside a homeless shelter and another clinic next to a methadone centre in Hamilton. Luckily, they were shut down by a unanimous vote in Ontario’s parliament in 2014. But now, CPR is setting its sights on the rest of the country. Unless we pass legislation to ban for-profit blood collection now, we’ll be playing whack-a-mole protecting Canada’s public blood supply province by province. We need a coordinated effort across the country to put an immediate stop to this dangerous private industry. Federal and Provincial Ministers of Health: Protect our public blood collection system now. Find out more.

FRIDAY

Concert & Fundraiser: A Call to Stop Violence
August 5, 7-11pm
LIVE on Elgin (220 Elgin St)
Price: $5 donation in advanced, $8 at the door
100% of all donations will be going to the family of Abdirahman Abdi.
The Ottawa peace concert is a loving and inclusive response to the racial inequalities. We want to come together, build community and celebrate our accomplishments, cultural contributions, and values both at home and internationally. The peace concert will include food vendors from various Caribbean and African backgrounds, Ethnically diverse performances, poetry, speeches, and dances to make the night a memorable one and once again, celebrate our accomplishments as Black People.  We invite all Races and Ethnicities to participate, enjoy some food, watch performances, and gain insight about various cultures from around the world. Find out more.

SATURDAY

Discussion, Letter Writing & Commemoration: Hiroshima Day
August 6, 6-9pm
Friends House (91A Fourth Ave)
Join us for a “write in” to Prime Minister Trudeau to ban nuclear weapons and a commemoration of all those who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and those who suffer today from the effects of weapons testing and radiation. The evening will include: 1) a short talk and discussion with Earl Turcotte,  former Canadian government disarmament negotiator, 2) writing of letters to trudeau urging him to lead at the un on banning nuclear weapons, and 3) preparation and then floating of candle lanterns near the canal.

MONDAY

Forum: Anti-Black Racism - Understanding Its Impact in Canada
August 8, 6-9pm
Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W)
The City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) and the Ottawa Local Immigrant Partnership (OLIP) are organizing a forum to bring all concerned community members and stakeholders together to address the issue of systemic anti-Black racism in our city in an informed, constructive, and collaborative way. In this three hour session, we will explore the impact of systemic anti-Black racism on Canada's diverse Black communities within the criminal justice system, education, and social services. In table discussions, we will connect with a variety of subject matter experts, explore the intersecting identities of Ottawa's diverse Black community members, learn about initiatives underway to address systemic anti-Black racism within Canadian institutions, and explore actions we can all take to address this problem in our city. Light refreshments will be served. We have limited funds for those of us who need to have childcare or bus tickets reimbursed in order to participate. Please contact info@cawi-ivtf.orgfor inquiries or additional information or visit the Facebook page.

WEDNESDAY

Sharing Circle & March: Prisoners' Justice Day 2016
August 10, 1pm-4pm
Parliament Hill (111 Wellington St)
Are you a current or former prisoner who wants to speak out about deaths in custody and other prison injustices? Do you work with the criminalized and other survivors of state repression as an organizer, activist, support worker or concerned community member and want to express solidarity with the incarcerated? We invite you to join us on August 10th at 1pm for Prisoners’ Justice Day 2016 on Parliament Hill on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory / in Ottawa to remember those who have died and suffered behind bars.  Following a sharing circle, we will march to the national headquarters of the Correctional Service of Canada (340 Laurier Avenue West). Find out more.

 

OPIRG-Carleton is your democratic, student-run Ontario Public Interest Research Group. OPIRG supports student-led social and environmental justice initiatives.

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