Wednesday Weekly - March 30th, 2016


OPIRG-CARLETON NEWS


Register ASAP 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

Come Meet Our New Board Members at the Next Board Meeting!

Friday, April 1st, 1pm at the OPIRG Carleton Office (see address below).  Meetings are always open to all. If you are planning on attending, please email opirgstaff@gmail.com 48 hours in advance.  

 


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.

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

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.

Item Swap & Art Show: Beyond Green
Mar 30, 7-10pm
Fenn Lounge, Residence Commons, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
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.

THURSDAY

Art Activity: Happy To Be Me - Self-Portraits at the Pride Centre
Mar 31, 4pm
Pride Centre (215-C University Centre, University of Ottawa, 85 University Private)
What do you love about being yourself? We’ll take your picture and print it so that you can draw on it, write poetry on it, collage it or stick glitter on it! Whatever makes you feel fantastic about being you! You can bring your own picture (did someone say baby pictures?) or have us take your portrait for you or you can draw yourself up! We’ll provide some crafting and drawing material and some snacks. Find out more.

Presentation: Uncovering "Canada Park" - A Dispossessed Palestinian Speaks Out
Mar 31, 6:30pm
Centretown United Church (507 Bank St)
The Israeli army expelled Heidar Abu Ghosh from his hometown of Imwas in 1967. It was subsequently demolished along with two other villages, and covered over by "Canada Park". Heidar is touring Canada to uncover this crime for Canadians, and suggesting a path towards justice and peace. Find out more.

Presentation: Talking About Mental Illness
Mar 31, 7:30pm
Cafe Nostalgica (601 Cumberland St)
UOttawa Mental Health Awareness Society is presenting our first event called "Talking About Mental Illness”. Come join us for a FREE night of empowering speeches by Kamilla Riabko and Josh Hulley-Carroll from the Canadian Mental Health Association! Both presenters will be speaking about their journey through mental illness and how it has influenced where they are today. Nachos and Pizza will be complementary! Seats will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Don't miss out on this event and come early to ensure a spot! Find out more.

Fundraiser (Student-Friendly): Free Chaudière Falls
Mar 31, 8-11pm
Shanghai Restaurant (651 Somerset St W)
Do you like waterfalls? Singing? Yummy food? 
Then come sing and party for a good cause! Join us for a Karaoke Party with China Doll at Shanghai Restaurant to raise funds for Freeing Chaudière Falls and its Islands. We've lowered the price and chose the date to make this event especially student friendly!!! Suggested donation $10 at the door, cash only. 
Classic Shang Finger Foods included! Find out more.

SATURDAY

Fundraiser: Ten Oaks Project 2016 Bowl-A-Thon
Apr 2, 2-6pm
Bowling McArthur Lanes (175 McArthur Ave)
Join us for our 12th annual Bowl-A-Thon FUNdraiser! Filled with silly challenges, amazing costumes, and fun prizes, the Bowl-A-Thon brings much-needed funds to the Ten Oaks Project and connects children and youth from LGBTQ+ identities, families and communities with their supporters. The 2016 Bowl-A-Thon will take place on April 2, 2016 from 2-6:00 PM at McArthur Lanes and our fundraising goal is $45,000. We welcome participants of all ages, skill levels, and abilities to join us for bowling, arcade games and prizes! To register a team for the Bowl-A-Thon, sponsor your favourite bowler, and learn more about how you can support the Ten Oaks Project, please visit our website: http://www.tenoaksproject.org/events/bowl-a-thon/Find out more.

SUNDAY

Workshop: Rainbow of Desire
Apr 3, 10am-4pm
Room 210, Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Ave)
oin us for a self-reflexive and participatory full day workshop and experience Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire techniques. These dramatic games and exercises are creative tools for self-empowerment and personal growth. During this workshop you will be supported in learning to identify and transform the internal voices-the ‘cops in the head’ and fears that block you from being true to yourself, achieving your goals and standing up to internalized and socio-political oppression. Join us in uncovering your Rainbow of Desires in a supportive and inclusive environment. Find out more.

Training Session: Akikodjiwan/Chaudière Non-Violent Direct Action
Apr 3, 1-4pm
149 Cowley Ave
We hope you will attend the first Akikodjwan/Chaudiere Non-Violent Direct Action Training Session. This will be the first of a few sessions on Non-Violent Direct Action e.g. vigils, boycotts, placards. The purpose of these sessions will be to introduce direct action concepts to attendees; explore and evaluate the actions that have already been taken; and how other approaches might be adapted to the fight for Akikidjiwan/Chaudiere. Daniel Cayley-Daoust, a local climate and migrant justice activist and facilitator, will lead the training. He will be accompanied by a co-facilitator to be confirmed. Find out more.

MONDAY

Meet & Greet: Young Communist League
Apr 4, 3:45pm
403 Southam Hall, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
Curious about the Young Communist League? Who are we? What do we do? Learn more about our history and ask us questions! Our General Secretary Drew Garvie and Toronto YCL activist and organizer Zidane Mohamed will be joining us to present and lead a workshop about the YCL and our history. Learn more about our local club in Ottawa from our members here! Find out more.

WEDNESDAY

Performance: Trans-Script
Apr 6, 8:30pm
Roosters Cafe (4th Floor, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive)
Trans-Script is the fourth piece of original theatre produced by Faith and Arts Ottawa. It is engaging, moving, challenging and a bit of a departure for us. We’ll be performing it around Ottawa in March and April 2016. Becoming our own best selves is never easy. How do we find and define our identities? What does it mean to be a woman? Or a man? What can we change? What happens to our most important relationships when we do change? Find out more.

Posted on March 30, 2016 .