Wednesday Weekly - March 23rd, 2016


OPIRG-CARLETON NEWS


Register for Public Interest School - Decolonization
Friday, April 1 to Saturday April 2, 2016
River Building & Tory Building, Carleton University

We invite you to this FREE conference April 1st, Friday evening, and April 2nd, Saturday during the day on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory, Carleton University campus. The event is on the crucial movement of decolonization, centering indigenous peoples and work, though all are welcome to attend. Please register at the opirgcarleton.org website (scroll to the bottom of the page for the form) so we have approximate numbers for catering and workshop attendance. 

Keynotes:

  • Native Youth Sexual Health Network
  • Dr. Lynn Gehl

Workshops & Presenters:

  • Blanket Exercise by Elaine and Theland Kicknosway
  • Spirituality - More Not Less by Albert Dumont
  • Anti-Violence & Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People by Bridget Tolley
  • Decolonizing Gender by Alexa Lesperance
  • Decolonizing the Sex Work Movement by Naomi Sayers
  • Right Relationships: Black & Indigenous Peoples by Zainab Amadahy (Attendance restricted to Black, Indigenous & People of Colour Only)
  • Experimental Film Screenings & Artist Talk with Ariel Smith
  • Noongom Screening & Talk with Gabriella Fayant & Josh Lewis

COMMUNITY EVENTS


ONGOING

Support Black Lives Matter Toronto - Tent City
Activists have been camping outside of Toronto Police Services Headquarters for four days now and will continue to do so in protest of this past week’s recent cases of anti-Black racism: the Special Investigation Unit’s decision not to indict the officers who killed Andrew Loku, the City’s decision to shrink Afrofest, and recent police killing of Alex Wettlaufer. Please donate and/or join ongoing Ottawa solidarity actions. Find out more.

Disability Justice Week
Mar 21-24
University of Ottawa
A week for and by disabled students and their allies, featuring various workshops, ranging from Metis Finger Weaving to community cooking. We are glad to host Leah Lakshmi and Mia Mingus, prominent activists who will introduce this campus to the beautiful, radical, and transformative framework of Disability Justice. “Only universal, collective access can lead to universal, collective liberation. This is Disability Justice.” - Sins Invalid. Find out more.

Algonquin College Pride Week
Mar 21-24
Algonquin College
Algonquin College Queer Alliance in support from the Algonquin SA present 2016 Pride Week! Discussions, workshops, a social, a burlesque show, and a fair! Find out more.

Israeli Apartheid Week
Mar 21
University of Ottawa
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, cultural performances, film screenings, multimedia displays and boycott of Israel actions) held in cities and campuses across the globe. Last year’s IAW was incredibly successful with over 215 cities participating worldwide. Find out more.

Think Kink Week
Mar 22-25
Carleton University
Join the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre and the Womyn's Centre for an educational week about kink and BDSM! The goal of Think Kink Week is to demystify kink practices and communities, while educating students about safe(r) and consensual BDSM. Find out more.

Fundraiser: Theland's Journey
Mar 23-27
Kitigan Zibi to Gatineau
As he nears his 13th year in the Physical World, Theland has decided to embark on a Journey to show his continued commitment, support, and solidarity with families, and in particular those youth impacted by violence and MMIWG2 (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People). Coming from a People of runners, Theland has initiated a 134 KM Walk/Run from Kitigan Zibi First Nation (Quebec) to Gatineau park QC beginning on Wednesday, March 23rd. The Walk/Run is expected to last between 3-5 days with approximately 5-6 hours each day dedicated to running. Please consider donating -https://www.gofundme.com/ksssbqn8Find out more.

Call-Out: Summer Documentary Series
CKCU is looking to create a summer radio documentary series on Carleton University's subversive history. This series will be looking at the people and places that made Carleton stand out. From Porter Hall's legacy as a punk rock venue to students who made history by leading a campaign to divest from apartheid South Africa, this series is hoping to uncover some things about Carleton that you didn't know about while acting as a time capsule for students in many years to come. If you or anyone you know have fond memories of the divestment from South Africa campaign or the OPIRG defunding campaign, please send an email to Francella Fiallos at v.fiallos@gmail.com

Grant: Carleton GSA Student Organizations
The Grant for Student Organizations is for activities like academic conferences, colloquia, speaker presentations, panels, workshops, and social events that contribute to graduate students’ education and community. Applicant groups are eligible to receive between $50 and $600 per GSA fiscal year (May to April) per event or program, and no more than $800 per department. More information at http://gsacarleton.ca/student-organizations-grant/.

TODAY

Workshop: Anti-Oppression & Diversity Outreach
Mar 23, 6:30-8:30pm
Faith House (18 Blackburn Ave)
Faith House Members are happy to start hosting a series of workshops with the focus on social justice community building. We are hoping that we will turn it to an annual tradition. Our goal is to actively participate in building a more united diverse and welcoming community, we made our space open to our community and in order to maintain this we would like to tied up our links through these educational and fun workshops. Find out more.

Workshop: Creative Sex - Lessons Taught by Disability
Mar 23, 7:30-9:30pm
Venus Envy Ottawa (226 Bank St)
What can having a disability teach the rest of the world about great sex? If you ask these facilitators, a hell of a lot! Whether it is the in-built creativity that comes with living disabled, increased communication with a partner or the $30000 wheelchair that doubles as the ultimate sex toy, the lessons of disability can be sprinkled throughout the best sex you’ve ever had. Join us and learn how celebrating the differences in our bodies can lead to a new level of amazing. Our workshop will entice and engage you to think about the bedroom in a whole new way…with a disabled spin! Find out more.

Disability Arts Night / Soirée d'art sur l'incapacité
Mar 23, 8:30-11PM
1848, University Centre, UOttawa
There is no protest like art, for DJ Week join the Centre for Students with Disabilities as we celebrate disability arts and culture. Disability arts and culture focuses on personal experiences of disability, ableism, various embodiments, intersections, and more. It is a cultural space where disabled artists may express the failures of our ableist culture, and imagine new horizons to collectively move toward. Find out more

THURSDAY

Workshop: Engaging Young Women in Politics
Mar 24, 12:30-3PM
River Building, Carleton University
Students of Carleton University's Master's in Political Management (MPM) program are excited to host an afternoon of seminars that engage young women considering a career in the political realm. Those who attend will gain invaluable guidance and insights from leaders working in a number of fields, including party politics, international activism and government relations. Find out more

Seminar & Panel: Indigenous Housing and Integrative Design
Mar 24, 9AM-5PM
Carleton University
On March 24th join Integrative Solutions Group as we host an informative seminar designed to get all particpants thinking and looking towards a sustaianble future for all through collaborative design. This day-long event will explore design for housing that is sensitive to Aboriginal culture and consensus- building traditions. Find out more

Healing Space: Survivors Speak - Creating A Space for Survivors of Sexual Violence
Mar 24, 5-8:30PM
Kind Space (331 Cooper St, Suite 200)
Join us for an evening of healing and creating a space for survivors of sexual violence to share their experiences/stories, build community and crafting. **SUPPORT WORKERS WILL BE ONSITE** Find out more.

Discussion Group: Mental Health
Mar 24, 6-8PM
Ojigkwanong, Carleton University (228 Patterson Hall)
Continuing the monthly indigenous-centred mental health discussion groups, this session`s topic will be on stress management. Find out more

FRIDAY

Speaker Event: Islam, Activism, and Spoken Word feat. Malik Al Nasir
Mar 25, 5:30PM
282 University Centre, Carleton University
Guest speaker Malik Al Nasir will share the story of his journey to Islam, followed by a moderated discussion on faith, art and how they intersect. Find out more

SATURDAY

Event: Indigenius Art Music and Fashion Show
Mar 26 7-10PM
Centrepointe Theatres (101 Centrepointe Dr).
Come celebrate our third annual event. We will be hosting this years event to continue to share the message of what RECONCILIATION means from a youth perspective. This is UN1TY Entertainments call to action! Come be part of this all ages event. Everyone is encouraged to support our local talent and help inspire young people to find their genius! Find out more.
 

WEDNESDAY

Movie Night & Potluck: 270 Years of Resistance
Mar 30, 6-9:15pm
18 Blackburn Ave
Faith House is hosting their second monthly potluck / movie night that focuses on human rights struggles, both local and international. 270 Years of Resistance: On a July day in 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades. Find out more.

Posted on March 23, 2016 .