Wednesday Weekly Newsletter Jan. 7

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

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.

Ia te Onkwehonwe: Blood, Identity and Belonging
Fri, Jan 9, 6 PM @ 2200 River Bldg, Carleton

Carleton University's Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education, First Peoples Council and Aboriginal Student Service Centre are pleased to invite you to a film screening!
Please join us in viewing Tracey Deer's Gemini Awards winning documentary film “Club Native: How Thick is Your Blood.” This documentary examines the present-day reality of Aboriginal identity, with moving stories from a range of people from Kahnawake.
Following the film we will have a discussion led by our guest speakers:
• Dr. Kahente Horn-Miller, New Sun Visiting Aboriginal Scholar, Carleton University
• Waneek Horn-Miller, former Olympic athlete
• Carolyn Laude, Ph.D. student, Legal Studies, Carleton University
Discussion will be held in Ojigkwanong at 8:00pm, 228 Paterson Hall.
3 Sisters Soup and Bannock will be served at the discussion.

David Rovics Fundraising Concert
Fri, Jan 9, 7:30 PM @ St Matthias Anglican Church

Tickets at the door. P.W.Y.C. (pay what you can). Funds raised will support Student Christian Movement Ottawa.

Akikpautik/Chaudiere Falls Planning Meeting
Sun, Jan 11, 6 PM @ Kitchissippi United Church

Potluck evening starts 6 pm or come for 7 pm.
Please also take an action to sign and share the petition to Mayor Jim Watson to Free the Chaudière Falls and Free Ourselves at the following links:

Book Launch: The War on Drugs
Mon, Jan 12, 1 PM @ 25One Community, 251 Bank St.

The War on Drugs, A Failed Experiment with author Paula Mallea. Co-hosted by Octopus Books and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Clinic: Power to the People
Tues, Jan 13, 2 PM @ Dalhousie Community Centre

Getting all you deserve from Hydro Ottawa. We will sit with you and complete applications to different kinds of relief; one for your hydro bill, and another to help improve the energy efficiency of your home. Hydro rates are rising again, and relief measures are scant; lets take advantage of what exists. 
Hosted by: The Poor People's Action Group of Solidarity Against Austerity

Indigenous Health Fair
Wed, Jan 14, 12:30 PM @ Centretown Community Health Centre

Everyone is invited to drop in and get information from Indigenous (Métis, First Nations and Inuit) agencies and grassroots groups about their services; share in some bannock and stew (Inuit country food based stew and a veggie Three Sisters Stew); and watch talented First Nation drummers, Métis dancers and Inuit throat singers!
In grateful partnership with: Minwaashin Lodge; Tungasuvvingat Inuit; Families of Sisters in Spirit; Walking with Our Sisters; Indigenous Walks; Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy; Native Youth Sexual Health Network; Indigenous Adoptee Committee; Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health; Métis Nation of Ontario; AIDS Committee Ottawa.

Search for Justice in Guatemala
Wed, Jan 14, 7 PM @ First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa - 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa

Violence Against Women, Armed Conflict and the Actions of a Canadian Mining Company. This event will feature a short slide show about the Solidarity Tour and then a 30 minute film about how the people who were impacted by sexual and other forms of violence at the hands of the Guatemalan military in the village of Sepur Zarco and how those whose lives were affected by violence perpetrated by a Canadian owned mining company are now fighting back in the courts, both in Guatemala and right here in Ontario.

Coffeehouse Poetry Night: Reclaiming Indigenous Voices
Wed, Jan 14, 8 PM @ Roosters Cafe, Carleton

Presented by the Aboriginal Service Centre and Centre for Aboriginal Culture & Education, 
with special performances by: Moe Clark, Vera Wabegijig, Taqralik Partridge

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.
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.

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 7, 2015 .