Upcoming Radical Events in Ottawa

Event Listings: Monday, October 26 – Sunday, November 1

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. Defund the Police Photo Campaign – Until November 4th
  2. Shut Down Canada for Indigenous Rights – Monday, October 26, 3:30PM
  3. Queer Family Building: RJ Jones in Conversation with Julia Sinclair-Palm – Wednesday, October 28, 4 PM
  4. IJV Firestarter Chats with Rafeef Ziadah – Thursday, October 29, 2020, 1 PM
  5. We Keep Each Other Safe: Living in a World Without Police and Prisons – Friday, October 30, 2020, 12-2 PM
  6. Raise the Call – Status for All! – Sunday, November 1, 2020, 8 AM


  1. Defund the Police Photo Campaign – Until November 4th
    Hosted by Criminalization and Punishment Education Project
    On November 4, 2020 at 8:30 AM, the Ottawa Police Services Board will meet for the tabling of the 2021 Ottawa Police Services budget. Recent events in Ottawa just keep confirming that policing and police violence has real human costs that must stop. The police budget in Ottawa is five times the budget of Ottawa Public Health’s, but on October 14, 2020, during a pandemic, City Council voted down 20-4 a motion to reduce the size of the police budget increase and invest instead in public health.
    We still have a chance to tell the city to #defundpolice. Please participate in our photo campaign to help CPEP send the OPS Board a strong message before the budget meeting on November 4
    (https://ottawapoliceboard.ca/opsb-cspo/meetings.html)Here’s how to participate:
    Take a photo with your #defundpolice message. This can be a selfie or photo of you holding your message, a photo of your message chalked on a sidewalk, or another creative idea to get your message across in a picture (more details below).
    Send your photo to: cpep.defundthepolice@gmail.com by November 2, 2020.Here’s what we’ll do:
    On November 3, 2020, the day before the budget meeting, we’ll post all the photos we’ve received on CPEP’s social media accounts.
    If you’re comfortable doing so, post your photo on your social media accounts on November 3, 2020. Tag CPEP and don’t forget to use the hashtags #defundpolice, #WeKeepEachOtherSafe, and #defundops.Recently, Ottawa folks who have shared #defundpolice messaging have been subject to unwanted attention from the police. We recognize that BIPOC are at higher risk of being targets of police violence. If you don’t want your face to appear in your photo, consider wearing a mask, Halloween costume, or send your photo message without being in the photo at all. If there is anything we can do to support your participation, feel free to get in touch!We can’t wait to see your photos!
    For further information please contact or check out CPEP on social media:
    Twitter: @CPEPgroup
    IG: @CPEPgroup
    Facebook: CPEPgroup

2. Shut Down Canada for Indigenous Rights – Monday, October 26, 3:30PM
Parliament Hill · Hosted by Indigenous Solidarity Ottawa***Make sure to dress for the weather! Wear a mask and respect physical distancing. Thanks!Indigenous Peoples, rights, sovereignty and lives are under attack! Join Indigenous land defenders and allies fighting against colonialism and Canada’s illegal occupation of stolen Indigenous lands.Meet at 3:30PM on Parliament Hill. This event is taking place on unceded Algonquin territory. This stolen land must be returned to the Algonquin people.Wear masks, dress for the weather, bring drums, and respect physical distancing of 2 meters between people. Please do not come if you are sick/have COVID symptoms. This event will involve walking.We are rallying in support of:

1. The Algonquin nation and the Moose Moratorium

2. The Haudenosaunee nation and the 1492 Land Back Lane movement

3. The M’ikmaq nation and their treaty rights

4. The Wet’suwet’en nation and its fight against pipelines

5. The Secwepemc nation and the Tiny House Warriors movement

6. Protect the Kanienkehà:ka Rights in the Oka Pine Forest

Invite your friends, share widely and we hope to see you there!MORE DETAILS & TAKE ACTION ONLINE!1. The Algonquin nation and the Moose MoratoriumThe Algonquin nation of Barriere Lake in La Verendrye park are protecting the rapidly declining moose population. The hunting season is over but the fight is not over. Respect Algonquin’s sovereignty on their unceded territory, and apply their knowledge and care around the moose and everything on the land!Donate: moosemoratorium@gmail.com

Sign the petition: https://www.change.org/…/protect-the-moose-in-la…

News, supplies needed, actions to take, etc.: https://www.facebook.com/groups/372217760398748/2. The Haudenosaunee nation and the 1492 Land Back Lane movementMultiple land defenders and allies are in court for blocking a development project that was not consented to by the nation. 2 rounds of rubber bullets shot, tasers out and guns pointed at women. Today, a judge has further criminalized land defender Skyler Williams and granted a permanent injunction against 1492 Land Back Lane!

Stop the criminalization of land defenders! Respect Indigenous Peoples’ sovereignty over their lands and waters, and right to free, prior and informed consent!Donations: landback6nations@gmail.com (PayPal and E-Transfer)

Legal fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/legal-fund-1492-land-back-lane

Stay informed: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1656879034481566

https://twitter.com/1492LBL3. The M’ikmaq nation and their treaty rightsMi’kmaq fisherpeople are being attacked by settler fisherpeople, with the help of colonial authorities, for exercising their 1752 Peace and Friendship Treaties rights of fishing and harvesting for a moderate livelihood. Respect treaty rights! Stop the racist attacks on the Mi’kmaq people!Donate (money and supplies), email, call, amplify on social media, stay informed, educate yourself, etc.: https://drive.google.com/…/1u_LF…/view…4. The Wet’suwet’en nation and its fight against pipelinesThe Wet’suwet’en nation has been fighting for years against pipelines threatening their unceded territory and lives. Land defenders are being harassed and criminalized. Coastal GasLink (CGL) workers and the RCMP are illegally building and occupying unceded Wet’suwet’en land. They must leave immediately!Many ways of taking action and donating at tinyurl.com/ISOaction5. The Secwepemc nation and the Tiny House Warriors movementTen tiny houses are being built and placed strategically along the 518 km Trans Mountain pipeline route to assert Secwepemc Law and jurisdiction and block access to this pipeline. Respect Indigenous law, sovereignty and free, prior and informed consent! Close dangerous man camps! Stop racist violent attacks and criminalization of land defenders!Donate: http://www.tinyhousewarriors.com – click the donate button or send an e-transfer at tinyhousewarriorsfund@gmail.com

Petition: Defund Trans Mountain, Fund a Green New Deal: https://350.org/canada/defundtmx/

Petition: Liberty Mutual must stop insuring tar sands, incl Keystone XL, Trans Mountain and Line 3: ran.org/tmx6. Protect the Kanienkehà:ka Rights in the Oka Pine ForestThe latest provocation of the Kanien’kehà:ka of Kanehsatà:ke by the Oka municipality attempts to reappropriate the pines, the site of the 1990 siege, as a settler colonial site. This proposition, advanced on the 19th of October 2020, signals the Oka municipality’s refusal to change. It is one of many instances of systemic racism against Indigenous peoples in Canada recently.Petition: https://actionnetwork.org/…/no-going-back-support…

Petition: https://actionnetwork.org/…/no-archeological-digs-in…

Follow Ellen Gabriel at https://www.facebook.com/ellen.gabriel.90Also see all online actions at https://indigenoussolidarityottawa.wordpress.com/…/oct…/Thank you!

3. Queer Family Building: RJ Jones in Conversation with Julia Sinclair-Palm – Wednesday, October 28, 4 PM
Online Event: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7216027890275/WN_sWCTV3lpR3GtFDHPWgzR1g

Please join us for a free public conversation between artist and sex educator RJ Jones and Carleton professor Julia Sinclair-Palm. Their conversation will explore Jones’ practice as an artist as educator and art, as they work to explore and strengthen alternatives to traditional family relations. In their work for To Be Continued, a photograph titled “2077,” RJ Jones creates a portrait of a queer family set in a post-apocalyptic future. This portrait proposes a reorganization of kin and human relationships, colloquially referred to as “chosen family,” which evokes being resolute in the refusal of erasure, while building new worlds.
Speakers:RJ Jones is Saulteaux–Cree, from Regina, Saskatchewan (Treaty no. 1 & 4) and is currently living on Algonquin Territory in Ottawa. They are a Two Spirit, Non-Binary and Queer multimedia artist, educator and full spectrum doula who decolonized approaches to gender, sexuality and sexual health. Julia Sinclair-Palm is an Assistant Professor in Carleton University’s Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies. Her current SSHRC-funded research project, Drawing Queer and Trans Family, explores the social and emotional worlds of children with queer, trans and gender non-binary parents. Queer Family Building is presented as part of Stonecroft Symposium / To Be Continued. Check out all the events http://cuag.ca. Carleton University Art Gallery

4. PMIJV Firestarter Chats with Rafeef Ziadah – Thursday, October 29, 2020, 1 PM

Hosted by Independent Jewish Voices Canada presents: The Firestarter Chats
Live discussions on art, culture & resistance
🔥🔥🔥Poetry reading and conversation Rafeef Ziadah, moderated by filmmaker Lia Tarachansky➡️Click here to register! https://bit.ly/3300BJRRafeef Ziadah is a Palestinian spoken word artist and human rights activist based in London, UK. Her performance of poems like ‘We Teach Life, Sir’ and ‘Shades of Anger’ went viral within days of its release. Her live readings offer a moving blend of poetry and music. Since releasing her first album, Rafeef has headlined prestigious performance venues across several countries with powerful readings on war, exile, gender and racism.We Teach Life, her second album, is a powerful collection of spoken word with original music compositions, which she brings to the stage with Australian guitarist and We Teach Life producer Phil Monsour. Rafeef received the Ontario Arts Council Grant from the Word of Mouth programme to create her debut spoken-word album Hadeel. She regularly conducts spoken word workshops with the aim of empowering expression through writing and performance. She was chosen to represent Palestine at the South Bank Centre Poets Olympiad in 2012.

5. We Keep Each Other Safe: Living in a World Without Police and Prisons – Friday, October 30, 2020, 12-2 PM 6
Hosted by Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project and Unifor National Chair in Social Justice and Democracy

Online with Facebook Live
We know that police and prisons do not keep our communities safe – we keep each other safe. As we respond to global movements highlighting the widespread and targeted harm caused by police and prisons, we must imagine and prepare to live in a world without these institutions. The COVID-19 crisis has brought communities around the world together in networks of support and mutual aid. In this webinar, we will explore our collective power to offer safety and support to those around us as we transition toward an abolitionist future. This event will embrace the art of speculative fiction. We will time travel into the not-too-distant future, to a world that we’ve created where we’ve already won. Together, we will imagine the abolition of police and prisons and know that a better world is possible.
Performances by Nasim Asgari & Che
Moderated by Whitney French

🌼 Lindsay Jennings
🌼 El Jones
🌼 Vanessa Gray
🌼 Sarah Jama
🌼 Moe AlqasemThis event will launch a series of community workshops taking place on November 2-6, 2020, as part of the We Keep Each Other Safe project aimed at building collective capacity to offer alternatives to policing in our communities. There will be ASL and closed-captioning during the event. This event is organized by the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project as part of Social Justice Week with support from the Unifor National Chair in Social Justice and Democracy.

6. Raise the Call – Status for All! – Sunday, November 1, 2020, 8 AM
Hosted by Migrant Rights Network
COVID-19 continues to spread, but support and services for essential migrants are missing. Migrant workers, students, refugees, undocumented people, sex workers and others are being turned away from healthcare, emergency income supports, decent work, and other basic services at a time when we need it the most. Fees for education and other services are incredibly high. We need to build a fair society with equal rights and that means FULL & PERMANENT IMMIGRATION STATUS FOR ALL.On November 1, 2020 – give thanks, and take action with migrants for justice. Speak out on social media. Organize a local action. Remember the dead, fight like hell for the living.—————————-ORGANIZE YOUR OWN ACTION!
+ Picket an MP office or a government building, flyer outside a grocery store or a bus stop, put up posters or banners!
+ Get in touch with us for ideas, support and resources: info@migrantrights.ca
+ Visit www.MigrantRights.ca/Nov1 for more info.TORONTO, 5pm-8pm, Dufferin Grove
https://www.facebook.com/events/346102000173983NIAGARA, 7:30pm, Facebook Live
https://www.facebook.com/events/335022477573937VANCOUVER, 1pm, Grandview Park
https://www.facebook.com/events/374320803713323/—————————-TAKE ACTION ONLINE!
+ POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA with videos and photos calling for #StatusforAll
+ SIGN THE PETITION: www.StatusforAll.ca
+ CALL PM TRUDEAU: www.MigrantRights.ca/CallforStatus
+ POSTERS & FLYERS: www.MigrantRights.ca/Nov1