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Justice for Abdirahman

Since the tragic killing of Abdirahman Abdi by Ottawa police on July 24th 2016, black community mobilizers in the Ottawa area have put together a number of events remembering his life and demanding equity, accountability and transparency in the legal processes following his death . Grassroots activism has propelled since his death through the consistent work of the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition (

As a response to his death, we will host a community conference on Sunday October 2nd to discuss and share knowledge around anti-blackness, state sanctioned violence, mental health, xenophobia and the number of ways these topics intersect. A consensus community response document will be generated from the perspectives and knowledge gathered at the conference. This consensus document which will be published on the Justice for Abdirahman Coalitions website.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King
Justice for Abdirahman
Justice for Abdirahman

Gardening: Seed saving workshop on Sept. 28

Greetings Gardeners!

As our season at the Learning Garden is coming to an end, we have decided to team up with USC Canada to present a workshop on… Seed saving!  Our friends at USC have offered to provide us a free workshop on seed saving, which is the act of saving seeds from your garden to preserve them for next year.  Not only does seed saving help you save money for your garden in the next year, you are also taking part in a movement that USC Canada started, which advocates for the rights for local farmers in the Global South, healthy food diversity, climate change adaption and economic growth in rural communities.

No need to register, just show up as you are and come ready to learn about seeds!

Date: Wednesday September 28th, 2016 from 6pm-7pm

           University Centre garden, 85 University Pvt, outdoors, on the King Edward side


Attend Fossil Free uOttawa Meeting on Sept. 28

Did you know? Last April, the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa mandated their Finance Committee to develop a strategy that will “shift” uOttawa’s investments away from fossil fuels. But what will that strategy look like? And how can we ensure that the university follows through with divestment?

Fossil Free uOttawa is hosting a “Meeting for New Members” on Wednesday, September 28th from 5:30pm-7pm in UCU 215. We will cover some of the basics of what divestment is, the history of our campaign and where it’s at now, and then we hope to have an exciting discussion about ideas for future strategies and actions. There will be free food as well!

If you’re interested in joining the divestment movement and fighting for climate justice, or perhaps just learning what it’s all about, come join us! All are welcome and we hope to see you there.



Mother Earth has her Circle of resistance


Kamisatasa Standing Rock Sioux Warriors

As an Aymara Indigenous Elder now living on Turtle Island I, the honest hearts of our young generations behind OPIRG, my people in the Andes and in the Amazon, feel your fight so close to our hearts and so truthful in its intent. We know that as Warriors you are doing whatever it takes to maintain the sacredness of the land and the waters, impeding the profanation of the land with the technology of the invaders that rips apart and rapes our Mother Earth. Our common Mother has been performing a cosmic dance with all her sacred elements for thousands of years; especially the land and the watersheds, with which you coexist in loving harmony despite the colonizing efforts of the invaders.

You fight because it is your sacred responsibility. You are True warriors and as such you fight not because you are going to win or vanquish the other. The true warrior puts her/his life on the line because we don’t have any other option, we got to honor our ancestors and we need to show our true love to our future generations up to the 13th skin.

Since the invaders set foot in our sacred territories they have nothing but attempted to convert Mother Earth’s (Pachamama’s) blessings into ‘resources’ that will inevitably become commodities and their value determined by the evil forces of the capitalist market. Capitalist production is nothing else but turning living beings and systems into dead capital. Let’s stop calling the blessing of our True Moter ‘resources’ and instead shift back to calling them what they really are: blessings. Maybe this will force the settlers to awaken a little and understand that they are dealing with the sacredness of our Mother.

Your commitment is to stand firm, walking lightly and lovingly on the land, not to allow the desecration of Turtle Island. She is alive, she is suffering with all the technology the invaders use to cause great misery onto her and our future generations.

The invaders tried to exterminate us all. They couldn’t. And the best example of this, is a collective of warrior nations that will do what it takes to stop the greedy pursuits of the invaders, like what you are doing regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline.

On behalf of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), the Quechua-Aymara people, and many other indigenous nations in the Andes and the Amazonian basin; but also on behalf of all other nations, including the non-human nations and living systems (like the rivers, the mountains, the lakes, the oceans, the stars) we are in solidarity with you and stand behind you. We are absolutely sure that you warriors will have the courage and the humility needed to defeat the greed and the ignorance of the capitalist settlers.

We look at you and we see our image. Our struggle is the same!

Jallalla Standing Rock Sioux Warriors!

Marcelo Saavedra-Vargas
Senior Advisor & Elder
OPIRG (Ontario Public Interest Research Group)

Kichi Sipi (Ottawa) on the back of Turtle Island (Canada)



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?


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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.


  • 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



  • 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



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



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

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