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IT IS SACRED!
IT IS SACRED!

June 27 @ noon: Rally and action to oppose Zibi project

Windmill Developments is proposing a massive office, condo and retail project on the Islands at the Chaudière Falls (Akikodjiwan) on the Ottawa River, which are Indigenous sacred lands. The project, however, does not have the consent of a majority of federally-recognized Algonquin First Nations.

Read our Q&A to learn more about why this project is problematic, and why, in the spirit of justice and reconciliation, and in view of Canada’s official adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, this project should not move forward.

There is an alternative Indigenous vision. The Falls and Islands are surrounded by institutions of national importance, including the Canadian Museum of History, National Gallery of Arts, Parliament of Canada, Supreme Court of Canada, and Canadian War Museum. Moreover, the massive Portage and the Terrasses de la Chaudière office complexes, located just north of the Falls and Islands, house tens of thousands of federal public service workers in several departments, including Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Would it not be appropriate, then, that the historically sacred Falls and Islands become home to an Aboriginal centre and meeting place of national scope, rather than a condo, office and retail complex? After all, it’s 2016, and Ottawa does not currently have a national institution dedicated to Canada’s Indigenous people.

 

Join Algonquin Elders on June 17th to save Sacred Site in Ottawa

March to resist the profane greedy interests of colonial businesses
March to resist the profane greedy interests of colonial businesses

Join us: Massive Sacred Walk to protect Algonquin Sacred Site in Ottawa 

 Algonquin Spiritual Grandmothers & Elders invite you on a walk with Indigenous Nations, inter-faith groups, organizations & supportive Canadians – to protect our common heritage – the Algonquin Sacred Site, Akikodjiwan, at the Chaudière Falls & Islands behind Parliament.

10:00 AM –  Ceremony at Victoria Island
11:00 AM –  Walk along Wellington Street
12:00 PM – Parliament Hill event

Sacred forest & falls or Condos?

 

Download PDF
Download PDF

 

 

Ottawa Candlelight Vigil for Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Please join us as we gather to mourn, remember, and pray for the victims and survivors of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting. This will be a space open to everyone, but specifically for queer and trans community members to unite and acknowledge the people of colour at the forefront of this movement. We’d ask that allies give space to queer and trans folks at the front of the vigil, especially to Latinx people of colour, who were most directly affected in this horrible act.

We invite queer and trans latinx and black voices to send a message to the FÉUO SFUO page if they would wish to speak at the event.

We encourage folks to bring their own posters to the event to show solidarity, and the SFUO will be providing candles for this vigil.

The SFUO also denounces any form of islamophobic, xenophobic, or racist actions. In times of struggle, it is essential to stay united. We must ensure that spaces like these stay safe to the Muslim community.

*The SFUO acknowledges that this event will be taking place on unceeded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin First Nation*

Accessibility needs: this space will be child-friendly. The FÉUO SFUO will provide fold-out chairs to folks who need to take a break from standing. There will be copies of the speeches printed out for folks who would require them. We also invite people to come and stay for as long as they can, understanding that people will be coming and going through the event.

For any further accessibility needs in regards to the location, space, or content of the event, please message the FÉUO SFUO page.

Position Available – OPIRG Alternative 101 Week Coordinator

The Ontario Public Interest Research Group – University of Ottawa (OPIRG) is seeking a part-time employee (20 – 40 hours / week according to the work schedule specified in the chart below). OPIRG’s Alternative 101 Week Coordinator contract begins June 207h 2016 and ends September 30th 2016. OPIRG is a bilingual, student-funded and student directed volunteer organization dedicated to research, education and advocacy in the areas of social, environmental, and economic justice.

Work Period Time Commitment
June 27 to July 22 20 hours/week
July 25 to August 26 25 hours/week
August 29 to September 16 40 hours/week
September 19 to September 30 15 hours/week

 

Alt 101 week is an annual event put on by OPIRG-Ottawa. As per other 101 weeks in different faculties on campus, Alt 101 is a welcome week for new students arriving at the University of Ottawa. However, Alt 101 is designed as an alternative for the other 101 weeks (frosh weeks) that are held in other faculties or to complement them. Alt 101 week is completely dry, and aims to introduce students to the radical side of campus, integrating environmental and social justice issues in its programming. It also aims to try and accommodate students who might not feel comfortable participating in certain other 101 week events.

The role of the OPIRG Alternative 101 Week Coordinator will be to work alongside other OPIRG staff to organize and carry-out OPIRG’s Alternative 101 Week. The week will take place at the beginning of September.

Duties:

  • Working with other OPIRG staff, action groups, and other partner organisations to organize, coordinate, and promote events
  • Training and coordinating all volunteers, including managing the OPIRG week organizing committee (including staff, board, and volunteers)
  • Working closely with OPIRG’s summer Materials Development coordinator to ensure the creation of relevant promotional and other materials for Alternative 101 week
  • Recruiting and outreaching to new and returning students
  • Helping organize a volunteer appreciation activity after the week
  • Other tasks relevant to organizing OPIRG’s Alternative 101 week
  • Other general office duties
  • Creating a report with reflections and on how the week was organized to be submitted at the end of the contract

 

Qualifications:

  • Able to communicate, orally and in writing, in both English and French
  • Strong organizing and coordination skills or experience
  • Demonstrate initiative and teamwork skills
  • General computer skills
  • Knowledge of anti-oppression concepts
  • Some knowledge of consensus decision-making
  • Personable attitude
  • Capacity to work under stressful conditions, as well as delegate and prioritize tasks
  • Experience in planning events, particularly on-campus events, and/or experience managing groups and coordinating volunteers
  • Knowledge of OPIRG-Ottawa and our action groups
  • Some knowledge of uOttawa campus and community, including student unions, clubs, and other associations

 

Assets:

  • Strong writing skills in both English and French
  • Experience in social, economic, and/or environmental justice organizing, especially within a anti-oppressive framework

 

Benefits

Starting salary: $22,09/hr

OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites aboriginal people, people of colour, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queer-oriented people, single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants and people with disabilities to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experiences they, as individuals who identify with marginalized communities, would bring to the OPIRG organization in their cover letter.

Applicants who wish to be considered for employment equity should mention this in their cover letter.

All applicants are asked to include a brief statement on their understanding of power and oppression in our society, as it relates to yourself, and the work environment. In particular, explain the importance of creating an anti-oppressive OPIRG Orientation Week.

Only those invited for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted the week following the deadline for resumes.

DEADLINE for applications: Friday, June 17th, 2016 at 5:00p.m. The proposed start date is June 27th, 2016.

Please submit ALL of the following documents to be considered as a candidate:

1) CV

2) cover letter explaining how you meet each of the qualifications,

 3) a 3-4 paragraph statement explaining your understanding of power and oppression in our society, as it relates to yourself and the work environment, as well as OPIRG’s Alternative 101 Week.

 

Hiring Committee – OPIRG

85 University Private, UCU 215D

Ottawa ON K1N 6N5

E-mail (pdf please) to: opirgripo.board@gmail.com

Summer Position Available – Campus Green Spaces Coordinator

The Ontario Public Interest Research Group – University of Ottawa (OPIRG) is seeking one employee to work 30 hours per week. OPIRG’s Campus Green Spaces Coordinator contract begins June 1st 2016 and ends July 27th 2016. OPIRG is a bilingual, student-funded and student directed volunteer organization dedicated to research, education and advocacy in the areas of social, environmental, and economic justice.

 

Background on the project:

This year we engaged really closely with the Community Garden, the learning garden and the pollinators’ garden to understand they way they work and learn what their needs are. There are two types of community-based gardens at the University of Ottawa: the learning gardens and community allotment gardens. Established as an OPIRG action group in 2014, the learning gardens are plots of land that are accessible to most students and staff who are willing to take part in growing a variety of fruits, vegetables and pollinator plants. Gardening events and workshops are typically held throughout the season, providing learning opportunities to all willing participants. Pollinators’ gardens are essential to introduce the basics of gardening and food systems to novice students. These types of gardens can be almost any size and can use a wide variety of plants including flowers, shrubs and trees. Additionally, pollinator gardens are easier to establish and maintain than vegetable gardens, and can be supportive of future vegetable or butterfly gardens. Best of all, pollinator gardens benefit the ecosystem.

The University of Ottawa gardens currently offer the opportunity for gardening experience in spaces that contribute to the benefit of both our campus communities and wildlife. The experience and aspects of learning are accompanied by horizontal modes of organization that govern these spaces in multiple ways relative to the garden’s purpose.

 

Duties:                                                                      

The Community Garden Coordinator will

  • organize the working parties,
  • recruit volunteers for the learning garden
  • organize training opportunities for all green spaces
  • organize work schedules for volunteers
  • coordinate work with other organizations around campus.

Requirements:

This is a position funded by the Canada Summer Student Program.

All job applicants must be:

  • between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
  • returning to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
  • a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program
  • a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*; and
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

*Foreign students are not eligible.

 

Qualifications:

  • Able to communicate, orally and in writing, in both English and French
  • Strong organizing, coordination skills and experience
  • Demonstrate initiative and teamwork skills
  • Some gardening or landscaping experience
  • General computer skills
  • Knowledge of anti-oppression concepts
  • Some knowledge of consensus based decision-making
  • Personable attitude
  • Capacity to work under stressful conditions, as well as delegate and prioritize tasks
  • Experience in planning events, particularly on-campus and neighbourhood-level events; and
  • Experience managing groups and coordinating volunteers

Assets:

  • Strong writing skills in both English and French
  • Experience in social, economic, and/or environmental justice organizing, especially within a anti-oppressive framework

 

Salary: $12/hr (30 hours a week, for 8 weeks)

OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites aboriginal people, people of colour, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queer-oriented people, single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants and people with disabilities to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experiences they, as individuals who identify with marginalized communities, would bring to the OPIRG organization in their cover letter.

 

Applicants who wish to be considered for employment equity should mention this in their cover letter.

All applicants are asked to include a brief statement on their understanding of power and oppression in our society, as it relates to yourself, and the work environment.

Only those invited for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted the week following the deadline for resumes.

DEADLINE for applications: Wednesday, May 25th 2016 at 5:00p.m. The proposed start date is June 1st, 2016.

 

Please submit ALL of the following documents to be considered as a candidate:

1) resume;

2) cover letter explaining how you meet each of the qualifications; and

3) a 3-4 paragraph statement explaining your understanding of power and oppression in our society, as it relates to yourself and the work environment, as well as OPIRG.

 

Send the documents to:

Hiring Committee – OPIRG

OPIRG/GRIPO-University of Ottawa 

85 University Private 215 D University Centre 

Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

E-mail (PDFs only please) to: opirgresearch@gmail.com

Two Summer Positions Available – Community Outreach Coordinator

The Ontario Public Interest Research Group – University of Ottawa (OPIRG) is seeking two employees to work 30 hours per week. OPIRG’s Community Outreach Coordinator (2 positions available) contract begins June 4th 2016 and ends July 27th 2016. OPIRG is a bilingual, student-funded and student directed volunteer organization dedicated to research, education and advocacy in the areas of social, environmental, and economic justice.

Background on the project:

The Healthy Transportation Coalition wants to ensure that improvements are made to the transportation system in Ottawa to make it healthier, so that low-income earners are well-served and transportation choices minimize or completely eliminate environmental impacts. All residents of the national capital region should be able to access a healthy transportation network that prioritizes walking, cycling, other modes of active transportation, and public transportation. Improvements should be thought through from social, public health, environmental, and financial perspectives.

The goal of this project is to determine whether or not vulnerable populations are well-served by a healthy transportation network of sidewalks, walking paths, multi-use paths, bike lanes and public transportation in Ottawa, and what improvements are needed in policies, infrastructure, access and affordability. Ultimately, we want to make the City of Ottawa a better place for people who walk, bike and/or ride public transit.

Duties:                                                                      

The Community Outreach Coordinators will

  • participate in summer festivals and community meetings,
  • perform community organizing tasks
    • perform a door-to-door survey,
    • organize meetings to engage with people in their neighbourhoods,
    • organize the support needed to deliver pop-up projects (including a cargo bike-sharing program),
  • carry out other activities, such as, preparing workshops and training.
  • Report on objectives achieved and accomplishment of goals associated with the project as well as carry out other activities, as necessary.

Requirements:

This is a position funded by the Canada Summer Student Program.

All job applicants must be:

  • between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
  • returning to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
  • a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program
  • a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*; and
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

*Foreign students are not eligible.

Qualifications:

  • Able to communicate, orally and in writing, in both English and French
  • Strong organizing, coordination skills and experience
  • Demonstrate initiative and teamwork skills
  • General computer skills
  • Knowledge of anti-oppression concepts
  • Some knowledge of consensus based decision-making
  • Personable attitude
  • Capacity to work under stressful conditions, as well as delegate and prioritize tasks
  • Experience in planning events, particularly on-campus and neighbourhood-level events; and
  • Experience managing groups and coordinating volunteers

Assets:

  • Strong writing skills in both English and French
  • A third language, such as Arabic and/or Somali, will be an asset
  • Experience in social, economic, and/or environmental justice organizing, especially within a anti-oppressive framework

Salary: $12/hr (30 hours a week, for 8 weeks)

OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites aboriginal people, people of colour, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queer-oriented people, single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants and people with disabilities to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experiences they, as individuals who identify with marginalized communities, would bring to the OPIRG organization in their cover letter.

Applicants who wish to be considered for employment equity should mention this in their cover letter.

All applicants are asked to include a brief statement on their understanding of power and oppression in our society, as it relates to yourself, and the work environment.

Only those invited for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted the week following the deadline for resumes.

 

DEADLINE for applications: Wednesday, May 25th 2016 at 5:00p.m. The proposed start date is June 1st, 2016.

 

Please submit ALL of the following documents to be considered as a candidate:

1) resume;

2) cover letter explaining how you meet each of the qualifications; and

3) a 3-4 paragraph statement explaining your understanding of power and oppression in our society, as it relates to yourself and the work environment, as well as OPIRG.

 

Send the documents to:

Hiring Committee – OPIRG

OPIRG/GRIPO-University of Ottawa 

85 University Private 215 D University Centre 

Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

E-mail (PDFs only please) to: opirgresearch@gmail.com

 

Solidarity with Montréal-Nord and Lac-Simon

The recent police killings of Jean-Pierre Bony in Montreal and Sandy Michel in Lac-Simon reservation in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region have put the spotlight once again on the struggle for justice against police impunity. The resulting indignation led to outbursts of anger in Montreal-North, where the population damaged a police station and a bank outlet in retaliation.

 

In the same spirit as our declaration of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter tent city in Toronto, OPIRG would like to express its support to the movement of rebellion against police brutality that is emerging in Québec. In Canada as much as the United States, police impunity, tied to systematic racism and the colonial system, doesn’t stop destroying lives, and so we salute the emergence of a wide movement to bring an end to this injustice.

 

Communities such as Montreal-North and Lac-Simon are unfortunately too often the target of such violence. In ghettoized urban communities, young racialized people are targeted by police and systematically treated like potential criminals. This discrimination leads to their over-representation in police killings and the jail system. In Indigenous reservations like Lac-Simon, the populations still dealing with the traumatic effects of colonialism and systematic impoverishment, are left to themselves, with no social services available to support them, under than a police force that acts as an occupation army.

 

OPIRG exists to offer resources to movements that struggle for justice. We have among other things helped recently to provide transportation for rally in Maniwaki in support of the family of Brandon Maurice, a 17-year old who was killed by the Sûreté de Québec last November. We encourage people organizing for justice for victims of police brutality to reach out to us with proposals at opirgripo.board@gmail.com.

OPIRG Board Candidates’ Platforms

The platforms for each candidate will be added as soon as they are made available.

Jacqueline Boulding, Danik Dozet & Patrick Brunet (RSM platform)

My name is Jacqueline Boulding, I am an MA student in my first year in Philosophy with a specialization in Women’s Studies. I also did my undergraduate degree at the university and have been a member of the RSM since 2011 and have served on the central committee for the past year. I am committed to making the university a safe space for gender-oppressed people to get an education, and to maintaining a dialogue between activist and academic knowledges.

My name is Danik Dozet, student about to graduate from a bachelor’s of Science going back in for a second round of school next year in Education. I’ve been a member of the Revolutionary Student Movement since it was called the Marxist Student Association and have served on its central committee for the last 3 years. I am dedicated to combatting the pervasive neoliberal ideology and building a strong socialist movement capable of radical change!

I am Patrick Brunet, a student completing a BA in political science and philosophy that will be returning for an MA. I have been a member of the Revolutionary Student Movement for two years. My goal is to help build student activism and the university as a site for the struggle against capitalism, imperialism and colonialism.

 

Politics first!

We will guarantee that OPIRG will remain loyal to its anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist and anti-colonialist politics. Unity around anti-capitalist politics should be the base of OPIRG’s around which it works with other groups on campus.

We remain dedicated to to fighting oppression and fighting for equality. This includes fighting the manifestations of inequality as well as its root causes. These struggles against all forms of oppression are an integral part of the fight against capitalism.

We are in favor of an education system that is scientific and proletarian in nature that puts the needs of people before profit. We look to build an independent leftist force on campus, free of the bureaucracy of the SFUO and CFS. We are greatly in favor of building direct democracy on campus through the development of general assemblies within the SFUO federated bodies.

Building the left!

OPIRG should serve as a networking and resource center for progressive forces with social justice as its goals. We will use OPIRG’s resources to support the broad left on campus, including:

-Better networking opportunities for action groups
-More spaces for action groups, community members and the resource center
-Maintain OPIRG’s organizational autonomy
-Continue to oppose misogynist, racist and right wing groups on campus

Outreach!

Reaching out and organizing the community should be the focus of OPIRG’s work. It should be the center at which students and community members can get in contact with progressive groups in their area. We want to hold a series of events during Alt 101 week that will be hosted by the different action groups as well as our annual anticapitalist hip-hop concert. We will make sure all OPIRG resources and media will be available in at least the two official languages. We will develop a comprehensive promotion strategy to increase visibility for OPIRG, its action groups and resources.

Be sure to go out and vote for the Revolutionary Student Movement candidates for the OPIRG board of administration on April 4th!

 

Nicole Sudiacal

Hello all! My name is Nicole Sudiacal and I am currently in the second year of my undergraduate degree in Human Rights and Conflict Studies with a minor in Sociology. I am deeply passionate about community organizing and am running for a position on the OPIRG Board of Directors at the University of Ottawa. Off campus, I have been the leader of the Ethnocultural Youth Advisory Committee of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa for two years. This position has allowed me to have a comprehensive understanding of the barriers that newcomer, refugee, racialized and other marginalized youth face in Ottawa.

If I were to be elected as an OPIRG-Ottawa Board member, I would focus on

  • Community outreach: I would aim to bridge gaps that exist between on-campus organizations and the larger Ottawa community that we serve. Through linking social services organizations in Ottawa to the initiatives and resources that are offered by OPIRG and the action groups, I hope to facilitate a widened and deepened impact, both on and off campus through proposed meet and greets, shared events and increased communication and sharing of connections, thus strengthening the entirety of the community.
  • Political Framework: I will commit my politics to accountability and transparency. Through the lens of intersectionality, decolonization, and anti-oppression, I will work to ensure that OPIRG’s initiatives, research, and resources, will continue to be accessible to all students, but also to all community members. I hope to share liberating theories such anti-oppression practices, indigenous sovereignty, anti-capitalist and disability justice off and on-campus, with the resource center, OPIRG weeks, the OPIRG zine and other programming in collaboration with students, action groups, social services organization and the general public.

 

R.J. Pate

Hey folks! My name is R.J. Pate and I am running for a position of the OPIRG-GRIPO Board of Directors. An Ottawa born and raised, as an active community organizer I understand the necessity of  intersectional liberation through campus and community organizing. Working within rad racialized, feminist, and LGBTQIA+ settings, I understand what it takes to bring together a community in Ottawa with student participation interest.

If elected to the Board of Directors, I will focus on the following:
-Increasing the visibility of student events, initiatives, and services on and off campus; I will work to create an active liaison between students and their campus service centres and the services available to them outside of the federation, such as OPIRG­GRIPO. I also intend to create an active community liaison between community services available to students off campus.
-Inclusionary and intersectional spaces; I will work to ensure OPIRG-GRIPO maintains inclusionary and intersectional spaces in terms of race, language, class, accessibility, and anything in between. Ensuring that OPIRG­GRIPO works through an anti­white supremacist and anti­capitalist lense.
-Equity within staff and Board of Directors; Obtaining and maintaining proper equity within staff and Board of Directors positions in ensuring student and community voices are represented by OPIRG­GRIPO on all levels of oppression.
-Creating a more transparent hiring process; Creating a hiring process that is based on experience and knowledge, rather than formal education and who you know.

 

Tabitha Mirza

Hello, my name is Tabitha Mirza and I am a 2nd year student in the International Development and Globalization program. My involvement includes being VP Equity and Activism for the Development Student Association, and being a volunteer at the Women’s Resource Centre.

Having worked and been involved in many feminist, environmental, and community based spheres, I have a thoughtful understanding of the work I propose to enrich the OPIRG-GRIPO Board with the following:

  1. Mobilizing and networking for greater student, community, and federated body interconnectivity and centralization
  2. Guided by decolonization & intersectional and transnational feminisms, maintain and uphold anti-colonialist, anti-racist, and anti-capitalist sentiment, and similarly, always work for Indigenous, grassroots, and community led initiatives
  3. Maintaining equity, transparency, and accountability throughout OPRG-GRIPO functions

Solidarity with BLMTO

OPIRG-GRIPO uOttawa stands in solidarity and offers its support to Black Lives Matter Toronto Tent City (#BLMTO #tentcity). For over a week now, a movement led by Black Lives Matter Toronto Coalition have been organizing protests and a tent city outside the Toronto Police headquarters. Despite facing police repression, including a violent clearing of the camp on the second night, the movement is holding on and gaining more support. Its official demands are featured on the image below.

 

The movement coalesced around the issues of police anti-black violence as well as the appreciation of black culture. In this case, the lack of accountability in regards to the extremely violent police killings of Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby catalyzed a movement already inspired by the rebellions of Ferguson and Baltimore in the US. This shows that targeted violence against the black community is alive and well in Canada and not just the United States.
In the colonial state that is Canada, the police are an inherently repressive institution, an occupation army that serves exclusively the interests of the capitalist settler white-supremacist elite. The struggle for justice on the steps of the Toronto police HQ is a righteous step forward and is deservedly receiving increasing support. We want to point out in particular the solidarity protest organized by black women here in Ottawa that challenged the dull quietness of City Hall last week, drawing a disproportionate response from the police.
OPIRG exists to provide support to social justice movements, and as such we offer our assistance to BLMTO. In the past, we have assisted groups in various manners, such as funding material or transportation. We encourage BLMTO supporters to send any proposal to opirgripo.board@gmail.com.