Upcoming Radical Events in Ottawa

Event Listings: Monday, September 20 – Sunday, September 26, 2021

This is the most recent compilation from the Radical Events Ottawa (REO) List. The REO List is a public announcement list for radical events, meetings, protests, and other activities in Ottawa, Ontario, on unceded Algonquin territory. The Punch Up Collective collects submissions and produces this curated weekly compilation of upcoming activities.

Due to COVID-19, we’ve expanded the list of events we would typically include to feature more online activities and actions, including some that are not specific solely to the Ottawa area. 

Would you like to see your event included in the next REO list? Submit it through this form by the Friday before! Find out more about our submission guidelines and how to subscribe or unsubscribe here.


  1. Stand Up for the Trees of the Experimental Farm – September 5th – 25th
  2. ALT 101 Week – September – September 6th – 18th
  3. Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival 10th Anniversary – September 15th – 19th
  4. Countering Islamophobia in Canada: After 20 Years of the “War on Terror” – Wednesday, September 22, 4pm – 5:30pm EDT
  5. Memorial/Celebration of Life for Delilah “Diem” Saunders – Wednesday, September 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm EDT
  6. Know Your Rights at Protests, Rallies, and Direct Actions – Wednesday, September 22, 6pm – 8:30pm EDT
  7. Fridays For Future’s Global Climate Strike – Friday, September 24th, noon
  8. Possible Futures: Rad Frosh – September 24 – October 3
  9. Conversation on Gender, Abolition, and Indigenous-Settler Solidarity – Monday, September 27, 8pm-10pm EDT


1. Stand Up for the Trees of the Experimental Farm – September 5th – 25th

More than 500 trees are threatened with destruction because they are in the way of parking lots and other infrastructure for the new Civic Hospital site near Dow’s Lake.

Come and choose one of these trees to stand beside and speak up for. Your photo will be taken and published in the gallery of tree defenders, with any words you would like to say. Photoshoots are scheduled for:

  • Sunday, September 5 from 9-10 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 11 from 2-3 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 12 from 9-10 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 18 from 2-3 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19 from 9-10 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 25 from 2-3 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 26 from 9-10 a.m.

Call Jane Keeler at 613-866-9601 to arrange your portrait.

2. ALT 101 Week – September 6th – 18th

Organized by: OPIRG Ottawa

More information: ALT 101 Week

Welcome to Alt 101 week for the year 2021!

Every year we organize ALT-101 week, a week filled with activities related to political, social and environmental issues.

This year, the theme of the week is “Learning to unlearn”. We encourage you to question your current assumptions and beliefs and embrace a more inclusive way of thinking. The week is open to all students from all faculties, as well as all members of the community. Due to the pandemic, some activities will be virtual, while others will be in person (as per university guidelines).

On Monday September 6, we will be hosting the Take Back the Night event, in collaboration with the Women’s Resource Center, where students will be able to do poetry, dance, painting, testimonials, and more. to talk about their experiences of sexual or gender-based violence. The art auction will also start on September 6 and end on September 17. Student artwork will be auctioned and, as a collective, artists will be able to choose which organization the funds raised will be donated to.

On Friday September 10, we will be holding a booth at the Social Justice Fair, organized by UOSU. You will be able to say hello there, find out how you can participate this semester and talk about our other activities. In addition, we will be sharing a table with RISE, where you can also see the works of art that will be up for auction.

On Wednesday September 15, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn of Tabaret, there will be a potluck dinner for Palestine, a potluck dinner with guest speakers from INSAF (Integrity Not Spite Against Palestine). This will be an opportunity to open the discussion between INSAF, OPIRG and the University of Ottawa community by reflecting on the last months, by exchanging experiences and, we hope, by building a path towards a greater defense of the Palestinians with guest speakers from INSAF. If you plan to participate, please bring food, a picnic blanket and your own utensils. Please also bring a mask and follow the university guidelines (https://www.uottawa.ca/coronavirus/en).

On Thursday September 16, from 5 to 9 a.m., there will be the workshop entitled “Radical Care and Mental Well-being” – a workshop that explores our relationship with the self, the personal agency and our creative capacities to strengthen our well-being. be emotional and mental. This virtual workshop is moderated by Keosha Love, a multidisciplinary artist, activist and educator who intersects with art, with the goal of promoting positive mental health in BIPOC communities and empowering women. During the workshop, Keosha will discuss ways to strengthen your self-care practices through a holistic and inclusive framework. Radical healing enables people to redefine wellness and to break away from Western approaches that may be inaccessible to them. The workshop concludes with an invitation to creative writing that will serve as a guide to begin our collective healing journeys. If you are interested, please message us for a zoom link!

Finally, on September 18, from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the OBDC (Ottawa Black Diaspora Coalition) will also organize the OBDC Black Fair which will consist of a market and a clothing exchange. The goal of this event is to create a space where people can experience the beauty and diversity of the black community inside and outside campus, then engage in meaningful dialogue and have fun.

We hope to see you there! 🙂

3. Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival 10th Anniversary – September 15th – 19th

The 10th annual Asinabka Festival is excited to present the best contemporary Indigenous film, video, digital media, art, and music from Canada and around the world.  The Festival takes place over 5 days with films hosted on the festival website, screened outdoors, as well as onsite and virtual Q&A’s, an art exhibition opening, and performances and live music throughout. 

Our schedule has 15 separate film programs, including 9 feature length films, 61 short films, plus a program of shorts from the Bawaadan Collective, all together representing a diversity of Indigenous peoples from 10 different countries including: Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Guatemala, Greenland, Norway, India, and New Zealand.

We’re honoured and delighted to be able to present all of this year’s programming and artistic talent, please join us virtually on the Asinabka Festival website, connect with us on social media, or join us in-person here in Ottawa at our host venues, including SAW, the OAG, and G101!

Miigwech Kina Wiya

Tickets at Eventbrite:




4. Countering Islamophobia in Canada: After 20 Years of the “War on Terror” – Wednesday, September 22, 4pm – 5:30pm EDT

Azeezah Kanji – In Conversation with Tim McSorley​

Azeezah Kanji is a legal academic, writer, and Director of Programming at Noor Cultural Centre in Toronto. Her work focuses on racism, law, and social justice. Azeezah received her JD from University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, and LLM specializing in Islamic Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Join Azeezah in conversation with Tim McSorley, National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group.

Hosted by: Vancouver Public Library, Centre for Free Expression

Co-sponsors: Edmonton Public Library, Milton Public Library, Thunder Bay Public Library, Toronto Public Library, Vancouver Public Library

Zoom link to event ryerson.zoom.us/j/91941276567

This is a free event and no registration is required.

Please contact cfe@ryerson.ca if you require accommodation to ensure inclusion in this event.

5. Memorial/Celebration of Life for Delilah “Diem” Saunders – Wednesday, September 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Canadian Tribute to Human Rights (220 Elgin St., Ottawa)

Delilah was an incredible force in this world. Dee spoke up for the ones who could not speak. Dee stood for justice and shared their vulnerabilities and their strengths. Dee was a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a friend and an inspiration to many. 

Our Dee was a Land Protector and Water Protector. An amazing writer, musician, and artist. Dee was an advocate for our MMIWG2S and a proud Inuk from The Big Land (Labrador). 

Delilah carried so much weight from the unimaginable experiences that life sometimes offers us. Dee taught us that we can carry trauma and still have a kind heart. Dee will be missed by many people across the Nations of Turtle Island. 

Let us come together and celebrate and honour our dear Delilah here on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Anishinabe territory (Ottawa).

There will be an Inuk Elder to share a prayer.

Inuit Throat singing to honour Dee

An Inuk Drummer to share a drum song.

Inuk/L’nu woman to share some hand drum and rattle songs.

Some speakers to help commemorate Dee in her life and through her spirit journey.

Nalligivagit Dee

*Covid 19 protocols will be observed at this event. Please wear a mask and maintain 6 feet from people not in your “bubble”. There will be extra masks, hand sanitizer, and bottles of water available donated from Inuuqatigiit Center. Nakummek.

*If you are feeling ill please stay home*

6. Know Your Rights at Protests, Rallies, and Direct Actions – Wednesday, September 22, 6pm – 8:30pm EDT

Workshop admission – sliding scale. To register please go here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/…/know-your-rights-at…

We request all participants register, Zoom invitation will be emailed out to you. This workshop will NOT be recorded.

Free for staff, members and organizers with: George Brown Community Action Centre, Greenpeace Toronto, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, OPIRG Toronto, OPSEU

This workshop is an activist legal primer on movement defence before, during, and after demonstrations, rallies, or direct actions. It will cover the basics of what to expect when dealing with law enforcement and the criminal (in)justice system. In the current context of escalating surveillance, infiltration, and intimidation, this workshop offers organizers the important legal information needed to know, assert, and defend your legal rights.

About the facilitator:

Irina Ceric (she/her) is a longtime activist and movement legal support organizer. Irina is a non-practicing lawyer who teaches in the Criminology Department of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. A founding member of Toronto’s Movement Defence Committee, Irina has been involved in grassroots movements for social and environmental justice since the late 90s. 

Hosted by: Tools for Change

7. Fridays For Future’s Global Climate Strike – Friday, September 24th, 2021, noon

Confederation Park (Ottawa, Ontario)

Fridays for Future (https://linktr.ee/fridaysforfutureottawa)

Fridays For Future is planning a climate strike (mass protest) in Ottawa, in concert with other global chapters, to pressure the political and corporate classes to take decisive climate action posthaste, on which the welfare of current and future generations depends. More information to come!

The big international fall climate strike where we all demand climate actions which follow the science and uproot the system! ~ La grande grève internationale du climat automnal où nous exigeons des action contre la crise climatique qui suive la science et déracine le système!

9. Possible Futures: Rad Frosh – Friday, September 24 – Sunday, October 3

Hosted by: OPIRG Carleton, Graduate Students Association, Carleton Equity Services

What does it look like to radically re-imagine a world that is different from the one we live in, and how do we get there? 

Possible Futures: OPIRG Carleton Rad Frosh encourages incoming students, and community members to stretch our imaginations and conceptions of what is possible – hoping to ground the social and political actions of today in our goals for the future.

We are presenting over a week of programming, predominantly coming from the minds of community members and students. Join us for talks, workshops, and events from September 24th to October 3rd.

Talks and panels will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube, and workshops will held on zoom. Ensure that you register for workshops using the Eventbrite link below:


*OPIRG-Carleton works and operates on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin/ Anishinaabe territory. However, we recognize that our online operation has expanded our reach and the land that our community extends to. We encourage you to find out on which land you have settled or arrived.

9. Conversation on Gender, Abolition, and Indigenous-Settler Solidarity – Monday, September 27, 8pm-10 EDT

Please join us for a free, online, public panel conversation entitled, “Gender, Abolition, and Indigenous-Settler Solidarity,” happening on September 27th from 7-9pm CST (8pm-10pm ET). 

As the government of so-called Canada continues to purport its commitment to addressing gender inequalities, and increasingly positions itself as a gender exceptional state, the structure of gendered colonialism is further obscured. This conversation addresses the ongoing violence of gendered colonialism and exposes the carceral state as a key perpetrator of violence towards Indigenous women, 2S, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous trans people. Highlighting the modes of solidarity of all those rendered a gender minority under settler colonialism, the panelists converse on their visions of gender self-determination and the pathways towards liberation through such means as decolonization, resurgence, abolition, and critical trans politics.  

Register here