Wednesday Weekly Newsletter Jan. 14

OPIRG Carleton's Wednesday Weekly is your newsletter portal to social justice events and Working Group activities on campus and in the community.

PUBLIC FORUM: Violence in Mexico and Canada's Role
Wed, Jan 14, 7 PM @ FSS 5028, UOttawa
The Canadian government has been complicit in provoking, legitimizing and proactively ignoring the rising violence in Mexico in order to protect its economic interests with one of its major trading partners. A coalition of concerned scholars, activists and researchers in Ottawa have come together to express their solidarity, and support for the 43 students and thousands of others, who have fallen victim to violence in Mexico.
COFFEEHOUSE: Reclaiming Indigenous Voices
Wed, Jan 14, 8 PM @ Rooster's, Carleton
Moe Clark, Vera Wabegijig, Taqralik Partridge, and Open Mic. Presented by Aboriginal Service Centre and Centre for Aboriginal Culture & Education.
OPIRG Carleton Info Fair
Thurs, Jan 15, 10 AM - 4 PM @ Carleton Atrium
Join OPIRG Carleton and our 12 Working Groups to learn more about and get involved with social justice initiatives on campus and in the community.
Volunteer Orientation/Appreciation - Garden Spot
Sat, Jan 17, 3 PM @ G-Spot kitchen, 329 Bell St.
OPIRG Ottawa Deadline for Zine Submissions
Mon, Jan 19
OPIRG Ottawa Deadline for Job Applications
Mon, Jan 19, 5 PM
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Innovative Identities: Carleton Pride 2015 (presented by the GSRC)
Mon - Fri, Jan 19-23, 1 PM @ Carleton
*Monday, January 19th*
-Two-Spirit Workshop (by Kole Peplinskie) 11:30AM-1PM (427 UC)
-1 Raven, 5 QTs 8PM-10PM (Rooster's)
*Tuesday, January 20th* 
-Queer Fanfiction Workshop (by Stephanie Meunier) 5-7PM (427 UC)
-Human Mentorship Library 8PM-10PM (Rooster's)
Next show: Tues, Jan 20, 12 Noon @ 93.1 CKCU FM / (every 2nd Tuesday). Now recruiting new hosts!! Contact:
BOOK LAUNCH: Another Politics
Thurs, Jan 20, 7 PM @ 251 Bank St., 2nd flr
With author Chris Dixon - Another Politics: Talking Across Today's Transformative Movements.
TALK: John A MacDonald and the First Nations
Thurs, Jan 20, 7 PM @ Ottawa Public Library
With Don Smith and Allan Sherwin.
Crafting Community: DIY Sushi Party 
Thurs, Jan 22, 6 PM @ PTS (331 Cooper St.)
Meet, eat and create with the No Means No Committee at Carleton, as we engage on ways to end rape culture at our university.
Ottawa Launch of End Immigration Detention Campaign
Thurs, Jan 22, 6:30 PM @ Jack Purcell Community Centre
Migrants in a maximum security prison in Lindsay Ontario have been on strike since September 17, 2013. They have refused to enter their cells, boycotted their detention reviews and have been on hunger strike - 2 of them for over 60 days. Striking detainees have been deported, locked up in segregation, denied medical services and transferred to other prisons. Inspired by their actions, migrant justice organizers in solidarity have formed the End Immigration Detention Network. More info on the campaign website:
NOII - Ottawa will be having an initial planning meeting open to all interested in organizing around ending migrant detention and supporting migrants currently in detention.
Books to Prisoners Letter Writing
Mon, Jan 26, 6:30 PM @ the Daily Grind, upstairs
Books 2 Prisoners hosts monthly letter writing nights on the fourth monday of every month.
Join us for conversation as we write letters to prisoners. We’ll provide stamps, paper and all the info you need to get started.
OPIRG/ASC WORKSHOP: Decolonization
Tues, Jan 27, 6 PM @ Ojigkwanong (228 Paterson), Carleton
With Gabe Castilloux. Presented by OPIRG Carleton and the Aboriginal Service Centre.
OPIRG/ASC WORKSHOP: Environmental Sustainability
Thurs, Jan 29, 6 PM @ Ojigkwanong (228 Paterson), Carleton
Environmental Sustainability from an Indigenous Perspective with Ben Powless. Presented by OPIRG Carleton and the Aboriginal Service Centre.
OPIRG Carleton Anti-O & Decolonization Workshop
Sat, Jan 31, 10 AM @ Carleton (Room tbd)
OPIRG Carleton and GRIPO are hosting an all day workshop, consisting of anti-oppression 101 training and decolonization for all our volunteers and staff. 
OPIRG Carleton requires that all our working groups operate under an anti oppressional and consensus based framework, and thus we encourage all our volunteers to attend this training, regardless if it's for the first time or as a refresher! 
Room location will be announced closer to date. Lunch will also be provided. 
Exchange to Six Nations
Feb 16-21
Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is organizing an exchange to Six nations of the Grand River. Post-secondary-aged students are invited to apply. During the planned exchange, Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth will mutually learn more about the history, culture and current realities in Six Nations. Some of the topics of learning include: treaties, residential schools, traditional medicines, local business, Indigenous worldviews and environmental sustainability. Program cost is $600, but bursaries are available. To apply, please email for the application. 
March 5-7, 2015
Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is hosting a national youth forum: “Bridging the Gap” from March 5-7, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba! The interactive national youth forum aims to connect youth from across the country and to explore how to bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada. The forum allows youth (29 and under) to develop leadership skills, gather and dispel stereotypes, and facilitate reconciliation. CRE is inviting interested participants, youth presenters, and sponsors to participate in this national event!
For more information on how to apply and enter a contest to win a sponsored space, please contact or visit the Canadian Roots website:
OPIRG Volunteer Recruitment: Media Relations
OPIRG Carleton is currently recruiting Media Relations volunteers to help us with our rebranding efforts on campus. If you have media-related skills related to film, graphic design, web design, photography, writing, outreach, or wish to learn some of these skills, please get in touch at 
Fundraiser for SAIA Carleton
Students Against Israeli Apartheid Carleton are selling "Colors from Palestine" 2015 calendars.
Drop in to the OPIRG office (326 UniCentre) to pick one up today.

Give the Gift of Health: Justice for Deepan
Like hundreds of thousands of other people living in Canada, Deepan is being denied healthcare because of immigration status. As you know, Canada is refusing to recognize Deepan's citizenship, and attempting to cast him out of his home society. Because Canada ties healthcare to immigration status, he finds himself among the ranks of those who are either denied healthcare entirely, or must battle with a bewilderingly complex bureaucracy to obtain even the most basic coverage.

Posted on January 14, 2015 .