Wednesday weekly - February 17th, 2016


Office Closed During Reading Week
Feb 15-19
If you'd like to book the space or an appointment with one of the staff, please email

Film Screenings & Fundraiser: First Peoples, First Screens
Fri Feb 26, 6:30pm
482 MacOdrum Library, Discovery Centre, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)

Carleton Cinema Politica is proud to present the new program First Peoples, First Screens. FPFS showcases contemporary Indigenous Canadian political filmmaking, including documentary, animation, experimental films, and genre fiction, ranging in length from under two minutes to over two hours, made all across the country.

This screening will present 6 films from indigenous filmmakers from across Turtle Island, and is a special presentation to support documentary filmmaker Colleen Cardinal and her upcoming doc "A Hidden Generation", a film about the 60s Scoop. PWYC donation, suggested donation min. $5. All proceeds will be donated to Colleen and her documentary. (This screening is open to the public. If you are unable to donate, you will not be turned away!)

Find out more.




Shawenjeagamik Sign & Logo Contest
Odawa Native Friendship Centre is transforming Shawenjeagamik Centre 510 into a cafe. By day Shawenjeagamik will continue to operate serving breakfast and lunch to the indigenous homeless and remain their drop-in centre. In the evenings from 4pm until 10pm Centre 510 will be open to the public as an Indigenous cafe, serving coffee, teas, bannock, indian tacos, fry bread and various indigenous soups. The cafe will be operated by clients of Shawenjeagamik Centre 510 and all proceeds after their wages and supplies will go back into Shawenjeagamik providing much needed services.  CALLING all Inuit, Métis & First Nations: Artists, Graphic Designers and Illustrators. 
Design the Logo and Sign for Odawa's Social Enterprise. Contest ends Feb 23. Find out more.

Black HERstory Month
Feb 1-25
The CUSA Womyn's Centre is putting on 10 events this month. Find out more.

Queering Black History Month
Feb 1-23
Carleton's Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre, the Institute of African Studies Student Association, the Race and Ethnicity Centre (REC Hall), and the Womyn's Centre are partnering to create an inclusive Black History Month that celebrates Black LGBTTQ+ People! Find out more.

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


Forum: Gay Men's Health
Feb 17, 10am-5pm
AIDS Committee of Ottawa (19 Main St)
The Gay Men’s Health Forum is a series of presentations, workshops, and updates on various programs, health services, research projects, and community services being offered in Ottawa targeting gay, bi, queer, and other men who have sex with men (GBQ MSM), including both transgender and cisgender guys. The forum will bring together service providers and community members to learn about and discuss topics relevant to GBQ MSM health in Ottawa. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Find out more.

Picket: US Embassy - End Blockade Against Cuba, Return Guantanamo, Abolish Unjust Laws Targeting Cuba
Feb 17, 4:30-5:30pm
Embassy of the United States, Mackenzie St (Major's Hill Park Side)
Ottawa Cuba Connections has been holding monthly pickets at the US Embassy in Ottawa since December 17, 2015, to demand that the US immediately end its blockade of Cuba and stop interfering in Cuba's domestic affairs. Please join us and stand in solidarity with the Cuban government and people for their democratic right to live in peace and without foreign interference of any kind. Find out more.

Action Forum: Walking With Our Muslim Sisters
Feb 17, 6-8pm
Festival Room, City Hall (110 Laurier St W)
Table discussions to include: Muslim Women's Choices, Muslim Women and Civic Engagement, Islamophobia's Impact on Youth Mental Health, and Confronting Hatred. Find out more.


Picket & Concert: Wine Rack ft. Moonfruits
Feb 18, 7-9pm
54 Byward Market Square
Join the Ottawa-Outaouais Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Ottawa's best folk duo: Moonfruits, and other supportive community members, in the Byward Market for a roaring good time. This will be the best picket/sing-along/concert you've ever attended. The IWW are representing a worker who was fired while organizing a union at the Ottawa Wine Rack stores. Find out more.


Fundraiser: Free Akikodjiwan (Chaudière) Falls and Its Islands
Feb 19, 7pm
Shanghai Restaurant (651 Somerset St W)
$25 at the door, cash only. With door prizes, finger food, raffle, massages, and a karoake contest. Find out more.


Benefit Concert: Band Together in Support of United for Refugees
Feb 20, 7:30pm-12am
St. John the Evangelist Church (154 Somerset St W)
$21.80 in advance, $30 at the door. A lively evening of music, dancing, libations and a silent auction, featuring The PepTides, theroyalbrushoff and students from Capital DJ Academy. All proceeds will go to United for Refugees, a community initiative led by United Way Ottawa, that is raising funds for settlement organizations who are supporting Syrian refugees when they arrive in Ottawa. Find out more.


Rally & March: Free Akikodjiwan (Chaudière) Falls and Its Islands
Sun Feb 28, 1pm
Join us for a peaceful rally in solidarity with ANORW (Anishnabe Nation of the Ottawa River Watershed), as well as with other First Nations and Environmental activists to protect Akikodjiwan against the mega-housing development project called Zibi, which is already underway, and against Hydro Ottawa’s ambitions. Find out more.

Feast & Concert: Beats Beat the Police
Tues Mar 15, 6:30pm-12am
SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas St)
Commemorating March 15 International Day to End Police Brutality. Featuring spoken word from King Kimbit and hip-hop by Testament from Test Their Logik, Mother Tareka, and Lee Reed and the launch of issue 25 of Critical Resistance's newspaper, "The Abolitionist". Opening by Elder Albert Dumont. Emcee: John Akapata. Speakers: Proshanto Smith (Ottawa Panhandler’s Union), Emily Munro (POWER), Bridget Tolley (Justice For Gladys Tolley and FSIS), A member of Critical Resistance. Find out more.

Posted on February 17, 2016 .