Wednesday Weekly - August 3, 2016



Festival: Asinabka Film & Media Arts 2016
August 10-14, 2016
Celebrating Indigenous Arts In Algonquin Territory
The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is excited to announce our 2016 festival programming, screening the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around the world. 
This years festival takes place over 5 days, and includes our traditional opening night outdoor film screenings on the beautiful Victoria Island, 2 evenings of film in the Theatre at the Canadian Museum of Nature - Musée canadien de la nature, a Gallery Crawl with 2 art openings at Gallery 101 &Galerie SAW Gallery, as well as Matinee Film Screenings, a Midnight Film Screening, live Indigenous music, and a family friendly film screening on our closing night outdoors in the SAW Courtyard.
For details about our entire festival schedule visit

Petition: Ban for-profit donor-paid plasma collection in Canada
August 10-14, 2016

A private company wants to harvest blood plasma from people in Canada, selling it at a massive markup on the international market. And its biggest source of profit could be the most vulnerable Canadians. Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) already tried to set up a clinic in Toronto beside a homeless shelter and another clinic next to a methadone centre in Hamilton. Luckily, they were shut down by a unanimous vote in Ontario’s parliament in 2014. But now, CPR is setting its sights on the rest of the country. Unless we pass legislation to ban for-profit blood collection now, we’ll be playing whack-a-mole protecting Canada’s public blood supply province by province. We need a coordinated effort across the country to put an immediate stop to this dangerous private industry. Federal and Provincial Ministers of Health: Protect our public blood collection system now. Find out more.


Concert & Fundraiser: A Call to Stop Violence
August 5, 7-11pm
LIVE on Elgin (220 Elgin St)
Price: $5 donation in advanced, $8 at the door
100% of all donations will be going to the family of Abdirahman Abdi.
The Ottawa peace concert is a loving and inclusive response to the racial inequalities. We want to come together, build community and celebrate our accomplishments, cultural contributions, and values both at home and internationally. The peace concert will include food vendors from various Caribbean and African backgrounds, Ethnically diverse performances, poetry, speeches, and dances to make the night a memorable one and once again, celebrate our accomplishments as Black People.  We invite all Races and Ethnicities to participate, enjoy some food, watch performances, and gain insight about various cultures from around the world. Find out more.


Discussion, Letter Writing & Commemoration: Hiroshima Day
August 6, 6-9pm
Friends House (91A Fourth Ave)
Join us for a “write in” to Prime Minister Trudeau to ban nuclear weapons and a commemoration of all those who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and those who suffer today from the effects of weapons testing and radiation. The evening will include: 1) a short talk and discussion with Earl Turcotte,  former Canadian government disarmament negotiator, 2) writing of letters to trudeau urging him to lead at the un on banning nuclear weapons, and 3) preparation and then floating of candle lanterns near the canal.


Forum: Anti-Black Racism - Understanding Its Impact in Canada
August 8, 6-9pm
Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W)
The City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) and the Ottawa Local Immigrant Partnership (OLIP) are organizing a forum to bring all concerned community members and stakeholders together to address the issue of systemic anti-Black racism in our city in an informed, constructive, and collaborative way. In this three hour session, we will explore the impact of systemic anti-Black racism on Canada's diverse Black communities within the criminal justice system, education, and social services. In table discussions, we will connect with a variety of subject matter experts, explore the intersecting identities of Ottawa's diverse Black community members, learn about initiatives underway to address systemic anti-Black racism within Canadian institutions, and explore actions we can all take to address this problem in our city. Light refreshments will be served. We have limited funds for those of us who need to have childcare or bus tickets reimbursed in order to participate. Please contact info@cawi-ivtf.orgfor inquiries or additional information or visit the Facebook page.


Sharing Circle & March: Prisoners' Justice Day 2016
August 10, 1pm-4pm
Parliament Hill (111 Wellington St)
Are you a current or former prisoner who wants to speak out about deaths in custody and other prison injustices? Do you work with the criminalized and other survivors of state repression as an organizer, activist, support worker or concerned community member and want to express solidarity with the incarcerated? We invite you to join us on August 10th at 1pm for Prisoners’ Justice Day 2016 on Parliament Hill on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory / in Ottawa to remember those who have died and suffered behind bars.  Following a sharing circle, we will march to the national headquarters of the Correctional Service of Canada (340 Laurier Avenue West). Find out more.


Posted on August 3, 2016 .