Posts tagged #Social Justice

Wednesday Weekly - November 11, 2015

OPIRG Carleton's Wednesday Weekly is your newsletter portal to social justice events and Working Group activities on campus and in the community.
Octopus Book Club
Wed, Nov 11, 6 PM @ Octopus Books Centretown
This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein.
Panel: Statelessness and Citizenship in Canada
Thurs, Nov 12, 7 PM @ Rm 083 Tabaret, UOttawa
Justice for Deepan and OPIRG-Ottawa presents "Statelessness and Citizenship in Canada". This discussion panel will focus on issues of statelessness and citizenship through lenses of international development, criminology and law. Deepan Budlakoti will speak about his experience of being stateless according to the Canadian government.
Tai Alfred Talk: Research as Indigenous Insurgence
Thurs, Nov 12, 7 PM @ Fenn Lounge, Residence Commons, Carleton
Brought to you by the Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education, Graduate Students' Association, and Aboriginal Service Centre. Gerald Taiaiake Alfred, from Kahnawá:ke in the Mohawk Nation, is a Professor of Indigenous Governance and Political Science at the University of Victoria.
Co-Book Launch: Disarming Conflict
Thurs, Nov 12, 7 PM @ Octopus Books, 251 Bank
Disarming Conflict: Why Peace Cannot Be Won on the Battlefield By Ernie Regehr  
Worth Fighting For: Canada’s Tradition of War Resistance from 1812 to the War on Terror Edited by Lara Campbell, Michael Dawson and Catherine Gidney  

Anishnabe Cultural Demo to Protect Sacred Site
Fri, Nov 13, 11 AM @ Victoria Island
Join us for this day to gather our thoughts, beliefs, expectations and visions shared by our Anishnabe (Algonquin) members of the Ottawa River Watershed. Through this peaceful demonstration, we would like to focus the vocal issues of what our people feel and wish to express their positions in regards to the Windmill Developments and Zibi projects. 
There has been No Deed of Sale from the Anishnabe Nation to sell our Sacred Site to make this a private site and now made inaccessible to our nation’s passage or presence which violates our Wampum Treaties made since the arrival of settlers on our hosting grounds. Akikadjowan remains an unceded Territory to all our people. The Anishnabe Nation were never given any proper consultation for these developments to take place and nor was it traditionally accepted by any of Council our Elders (on or off reserves) by a collective agreement to bring changes to our historical Sacred Grounds. It is important today that our diverse influential front-runners, entrepreneurs, and groups of people respect the true Anishnabe protocols by having to include the Nation before taking any form of a major business that will destroy a sacred site or make an impact the environment that can have a huge effect on the Nation’s culture and people.
Cinema Politica: After the Last River
Fri, Nov 13, 7 PM @ Rm 303 Paterson, Carleton
Join us for a screening of After the Last River, directed by Victoria Lean. After the Last River is a "damning indictment of the de Beers diamond company and Canadian government's complicity in the oppression of Canada’s Indigenous people." 
Filmed over five years, After the Last River is a point of view (POV) documentary that follows Attawapiskat’s journey from obscurity and into the international spotlight during the protests of Idle No More. Filmmaker Victoria Lean connects personal stories from the First Nation to entwined mining industry agendas and government policies, painting a complex portrait of a territory that is a imperiled homeland to some and a profitable new frontier for others.
CKCU 40th Anniversary Celebration
Nov 13-14 @ see below
We invite you to join us for a weekend-long toast to 40 years of great radio on the occasion of the Mighty 93’s birthday, Nov. 13-15. See old friends. Share memories. Raise a glass to those we have lost. Raise another to CKCU’s contribution to our community and to ourselves.
Friday, Nov. 13
No Fly List w/ High Waters, Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank St.
9 p.m., $10 adv. or at the door
Saturday, Nov. 14
CKCU Gala Event, Oliver’s, Carleton University Centre
6 p.m., $40 adv. or at the door
Whether you are a CKCU alumnus, volunteer, listener, staff member, friend or secret admirer, you represent a piece of history. Help trigger memories as we celebrate 40 years of Ottawa’s community radio station. Please RSVP at For more information, visit
SASC Ottawa's Pancake Breakfast
Sat, Nov 14, 8:30 AM - 1 PM @ PSAC, 233 Gilmour St.
Come join us for a pancake breakfast fundraiser to benefit the amazing work of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa.
There will be two sittings:
Sitting #1 from 8:30am-10:00am
Sitting #2 from 11:30am-1:00pm
Families are welcome. And, don;t forget to bring a friend!
$10 for Adults
$5 for Children under 12
Tickets can be purchased by calling 613-725-2160 ext. 221 or on Eventbrite
World Toilet Day
Sat, Nov. 14, 12 PM @ McNabb Park
Come join us for a fun and informative afternoon of celebrating World Toilet Day in an effort to raise awareness about the need for a network of safe and accessible toilets in the city of Ottawa. This event promises to be fun for all with songs from The Raging Grannies, a theatrical toilet set-up for pictures and selfies, toilet paper crafts, and toilet paper games including a contest for the fastest person to fully wrap a partner in toilet paper! Prizes include... toilet paper!
Sing "Mawtini" for Palestine
Mon, Nov 16, 12:30 PM @ UC Atrium, Carleton
A call for solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people for their freedom and rights. Please organize peaceful solidarity events all over the world that include chanting Mawtini in groups arround the world. The song to be filmed and loaded on social media. #لنغني_موطني_معاً
Attire: White Shirts & Black Pants - Wear your Kofyya as well
Transcending Transphobia Week
Nov 16 - 20 @ GSRC Carleton
For the week leading up to the Trans Day of Remembrance, we are hosting a number of events to support and uplift trans communities, fight transphobia and transmisogyny, and amplify the voices of trans people. 
Monday, November 16th: Trans Social, 3PM (427 UC) 
Tuesday, November 17th: Trans Sexualities Workshop, 6PM (427 UC) 
Wednesday, November 18th: Who Let the Uglies In? 6PM (427 UC) 
Thursday, November 19th: Challenging Transmisogyny, 3PM (427 UC) 
Friday, November 20th: Positive Possibilities: a Transfeminine-Spectrum Panel, 6:30 PM (Raven's Roost, tunnel level of Stormont/Dundas)
My Body My Decision
Wed, Nov 18, 7:30 PM @ 65 Bank St.
Morgentaler Counter Protest Round 3:
Canada in Africa - Yves Engler Book Launch
Wed, Nov 18, 7 PM @ Café Alternatif, UOttawa
300 Years of Aid & Exploitation.
Engaging LGBTQ+ Stories & Archives
Wed, Nov 18, 7:30 PM @ Venus Envy
Keeping Our Stories Alive.
Trivia Night
Sun, Nov 15, 9 PM @ Hintonberg Public House
In support of OCTEVAW's Shine the Light.
Round Dance
Sat, Nov 21, 5 PM @ Raven's Nest, Carleton
OPIRG Roots Radio
Next show: Tues, Nov 24, 12 Noon @ 93.1 CKCU FM / (every 2nd Tuesday). Now recruiting new hosts!! Contact:
The Refugee Story: Music, Poetry & Storytelling
Wed, Nov 25, 7 PM @ Raw Sugar Cafe
Ottawa area artists and refugees from Matthew House will get together at Raw Sugar Café for a night of music, poetry and storytelling.
Refugees Welcome Community Meeting & Panel
Fri, Nov 27, 7 PM @ Rm 221, Bronson Centre
Come participate in a community meeting at the Bronson Centre to share your views and ideas on how we can make Ottawa a city that is truly welcoming to refugees.
100% Possible Climate Justice March
Sun, Nov 29, 1 PM @ Ottawa City Hall
Join us in Ottawa for the 100% Possible March for Climate Solutions and Justice. Thousands of Canadians are rallying in Ottawa on November 29, the day before the UN Climate Summit. We're sending a strong message to our new government to take real action on the climate crisis. Nothing short of a 100% clean economy by 2050 will solve climate change, so that must be our goal. For more information on the 100% Possible march and the movement to transition to 100% renewables, visit
Call Out For Volunteers
Ongoing @ OPIRG-Carleton (326 UC)
If you’re a fan of dusty texts, updates of government reports and peer-reviewed journals, then you’re in luck! The Resource Centre Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the upkeep of our beloved social-justice library. Tasks include cataloguing, digitizing and other librarian-esque work! Enquire at if interested! 
Books 2 Prisoners Announcement
OPIRG-Carleton (326 UC)
Books to Prisoners knows that 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. 
The group is transitioning its operations from a singular office (at OPIRG-Carleton) to two locations - OPIRG-Carleton and the Garden Spot Kitchen.  Members will be meeting in the coming weeks to re-organize collected books donations and establish a new system for sending out books. The group hopes to complete the transition by the end of November. If you are interested in cleaning files, organizing books or helping out email: 
In 2016, Books to Prisoners will be engaging in outreach and recruiting new members to continue with regular letter writing and book mailings. There is potential for the group to do more as new members and returning members develop goals going forward.

Posted on November 11, 2015 and filed under Newsletter.