working groups

Working groups are collectives - groups of people who voluntarily agree to work together on a common issue towards a common goal while sharing responsibilities and decisions equally. Together with our volunteers, OPIRG working groups are the heart of our organization.

The Working Groups application for 2015-2016 is now available. The deadline for renewals is Sept. 28th and the deadline for new groups is Oct. 13th. Contact for more information.

Contact the working groups directly to find out how you can get involved!

OPIRG Pamphlet 2014-15


A Hidden Generation

Access To Information (ATI) 

A Hidden Generation is a grassroots documentary project to create awareness of the 60's scoop child welfare policies. Contact:

ATI Working Group uses Access to Information and Freedom of Information legislation to research various issues of public interest. Issues can be related to other WG areas, or determined by OPIRG members. We put the R in OPIRG. Contact:

Books to Prisoners (B2P)

Books to Prisoners (B2P) knows that reading can change a person’s perspective and that access to education is a right for everyone. B2P sends books to folks on the inside, and works towards justice for prisoners. 

Carleton Cinema Politica

Carleton Cinema Politica aims to educate, enlighten and inspire individuals using progressive documentary films that cover a wide variety of social, political and environmental themes. We are committed to raising awareness about pressing contemporary issues, inspiring activism in relation to these issues, and promoting independent media and political arts. Contact:

carleton university student action movement (CUSAM)

Carleton University Student Action Movement (CUSAM) lobbies and takes action to freeze and lower tuition at Carleton. The group believes that tuition should be affordable for all students from all walks of life, and fighting to freeze and lower tuition at Carleton is just the way to do that. Contact:

Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS)



Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) is a grassroots not-for-profit volunteer organization led by families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls with support from Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies. Contact:

Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement – Ottawa (IPSMO)














Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement – Ottawa (IPSMO) is a grassroots organization that directly supports indigenous peoples in diverse struggles for justice. We also work within communities to challenge the lies and half-truths about indigenous peoples and colonization that dominate Canadian society. Contact:

InSol Womyn of Colour Collective is a united front of multi-ethnic women existing at multiple ends of the colonial difference. We proudly identify as a dynamic fusion of critical womyn who stand in solidarity with the transnational struggle against all forms of oppression(s), including, but not limited to, colonialism,  racism, capitalism, imperialism, sexism, classism, homophobia, heterosexism, elitism, ableism, and ageism.

Justice for Deepan was formed in July 2013 to support Deepan Budlakoti in his quest to have his citizenship restored. Deepan Budlakoti is an Ottawa-born man who the Canadian government is trying to deport to India, a country where he has no family, has never lived and is not a citizen.

The Leveller is a publication covering news, current events, and culture at Carleton University, in the city of Ottawa and, to a lesser extent, the wider world. It provides readers with a lively portrait of the university and their community and of the events that give it meaning. Our aim is to provide news and analysis in support of people everywhere who are fighting against all forms of oppression – among them, racism, sexism, homophobia, and capitalism. We are a democratic organization, and we side with people over profit.

No One Is Illegal (NOII) Ottawa is a group of im/migrants and allies guided by anti-oppression principles that advocates and fights for the dignity and self-determination of all im/migrants regardless of status. We are against capitalism and we believe in abolishing borders. We call for Status For All. We also stand in solidarity with the struggles of indigenous peoples for land, self-determination and sovereignty.

OPIRG Roots Radio Show


OPIRG Roots Radio on CKCU 93.1 FM covers social justice issues on campus and in the larger community themed broadly along the activism that OPIRG’s working groups are engaged in. The show airs every 2nd Tuesday during the noon hour slot. The overall goal is to engage with Carleton students and the broader community to not only inform of social justice initiatives, but to create dialogue and get people actively engaged in movements for social, environmental, and economic justice. Contact:

Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) Carleton

Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) Carleton works in support of the global call from Palestinian civil society for Boycotts, Divestments, and Sanctions. On Carleton campus, our work aims to raise awareness about Palestinian human rights and promote a socially ethical investment policy for the university. We are a non-hierarchical, anti-oppressive group that functions on consensus. Specifically, our programming consists of academic and cultural events focused on our mandate, in particular, our annual “Israeli Apartheid Week” in March.