Upcoming Radical Events in Ottawa

Event Listings: Monday, January 17 – Sunday, January 23, 2022

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.

CONTENTS

  1. Ongoing: Support for Souheil Benslimane
  2. Justice for Indigenous Women Fundraiser – Tuesday, January 18, 7:00-9:00PM
  3. Queer Trivia: Trans Queeroes – Thursday, January 20th, 8:00-11:00PM
  4. OPIRG AGM – Wednesday, January 26 5:30-8:00PM
  5. Environmental Racism: A story of colonization and ecocide – Wednesday, January 26 7:00-8:15PM

DETAILS

1. Ongoing: Support for Souheil Benslimane

Online campaign hosted by the Keep Souheil Home Support Committee

We are writing as members of the Keep Souheil Home Support Committee to thank you for your support of Souheil Benslimane and their comrade, and to provide an update as to how you can continue to support Souheil.

As a collective of professors, lawyers, health workers, organizers and community members who support Souheil, we are concerned about the recent arrests by the Ottawa Police Services (OPS), in collusion with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). These targeted arrests are endangering the well-being of Souheil, and their ability to stay in Canada with their loved ones, family, and community. 

On Friday, December 31, 2021, Souheil Benslimane (they/them), who is facing the threat of deportation from Canada, appeared at the CBSA offices for a routine immigration check-in. Shortly after arriving, the OPS detained and arrested Souheil and their close friend who had driven them to the appointment. Both of them were transferred to the OPS Station at 474 Elgin St. The police detained them for hours and informed them they would face serious charges, which were later dropped. Several troubling questions remain about the collusion of OPS and CBSA; the ransacking and search of Souheil’s apartment and their friend’s car; the egregious abuse of policing powers; and the baseless and trumped-up allegations against Souheil and their friend.

We believe that the current arrest and intimidation is an attempt to further punish and silence Souheil for their longstanding and outspoken political work. We are concerned that the surveillance, targeting, and arrests are part of an ongoing effort to intimidate and repress movements organizing against prisons, policing, and borders. We are particularly concerned that this criminalization will increase Souheil’s risk of deportation as a non-citizen of Canada. Canada is actively attempting to deport Souheil, even though they are in the process of legal applications to stay in Canada.

More information and ways you can act are available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1su_9cYUZnPL65a17DmqBnaW13BnwFmve7ch4fhlDdX8/edit

2. Justice for Indigenous Women Fundraiser – Tuesday, January 18, 7:00-9:00PM

Online event hosted by Justice for Indigenous Women

Justice for Indigenous Women (J4IW) is honoured to announce that a limited number of tickets are now available for our fundraiser, to be held on zoom on January 18, 2022 from 7-9 pm EST. Please see below for details. 

We have our way: The movement to reclaim pregnancy, birthing, and childcare in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet, Nunavut) 

100% of ticket sales will go directly to the Inuit midwives of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Nunavut to support their efforts to reclaim midwifery which was all but removed from the community through settler colonialism. We also encourage you to buy tickets as holiday gifts for others. 

Your ticket will include the music by multidisciplinary Métis artist Moe Clark, the film screening, as well as a question and answer conversation with women leading this project in Mittimatalik (names to be announced by the community closer to the date). This event will be in English and Inuktitut (with English subtitles/translation). 

Please click on this link to purchase your tickets and register for this important event: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-have-our-way-reclaiming-pregnancy-birthing-and-childcare-in-mittimat-tickets-224048353657?keep_tld=1

Please feel free to share this with your contacts and networks.

We thank you for your commitment towards honouring and supporting Inuit women and taking action towards justice and equity. 

Tickets to the event

You can purchase a ticket for yourself, and also to give as gifts.

Suggestion minimum donation is $50.00. This will be based on your ability to financially support the midwifery project. If you cannot afford the $50.00, please pay what you can afford, and if you cannot afford to make a donation, you are most welcome to participate. If you can afford more, please know 100% of every dollar you share goes to the midwives of Mittimatalik to make a direct difference where it matters most.

Tickets to the January 18 event from 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-have-our-way-reclaiming-pregnancy-birthing-and-childcare-in-mittimat-tickets-224048353657?keep_tld=1

Once you have registered, you will receive a zoom link to the event.

The difference this event will make

An extraordinary project is underway near the Northern tip of Baffin Island in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Nunavut. This new initiative, led by Inuit women, will have a huge impact on Inuit women and their families and communities. We invite you to help make it happen!

Traditional Inuit Midwifery has been all but wiped out by Settler Colonialism. Inuit women in Mittimatalik are working to reclaim their traditional ways of pregnancy, birthing, and childcare through community midwifery. They know that restoring their traditional knowledges and ways of birthing will result in healthier babies, mothers, families, and communities.

This virtual fundraiser will include documentary footage made in Mittimatalik, raising awareness about Inuit-led efforts to restore their labouring, birthing, and childrearing practices. Participants will learn about Pirurvik, an innovative Inuktitut Preschool Program that blends Montessori methods with Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit ways) and Inungnuinniq (traditional Inuit child-rearing). Never seen-before documentary footage of Elder, Teacher, and community midwife Regilee Ootoova will provide participants with a rich opportunity to learn about Inungnuinniq and birthing, and how these ways have been devastated by Canadian settler-colonialism.

Justice for Indigenous Women (J4IW) is deeply honoured to play a role in providing financial support by hosting this event. We invite you to contribute to this community-driven effort in Mittimatalik to help midwives teach community members about midwifery, support Inuit women in pregnancy and birth, and honour Inuit child rearing practices. 100% of ticket sales will go directly to the midwives in Mittimatalik.

  • 3. Queer Trivia: Trans Queeroes – Thursday, January 20th, 8:00-11:00PM

  • Online event hosted by The ArQuives

    Come honour your Trans Queeroes at The ArQuives’ queer trivia night extravaganza. Who was the world’s first openly trans mayor? Who blazed the way for so many others? Do you know your dating apps? Name that trans emoji! Come all for a night celebrating all things trans. Our online trivia events are just for fun – we don’t keep score and beginners are always welcome!This FREE event will be hosted over Zoom and requires pre-registration. Join us virtually by signing up here: http://eepurl.com/hyIecb

    4. OPIRG AGM – Wednesday, January 26 5:30-8:00PM
    Online event with OPIRG Carleton

    OPIRG Carleton’s Annual General Meeting is coming up on Wednesday, January 26 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.In addition to reviewing our year, hearing from working groups and approving a few different items, we are looking for members to join our Board of Directors. You can learn more about the board on our website: https://www.opirgcarleton.org/getinvolved/jointheboardIf you are interested in getting involved, please fill out this nomination form by Monday, Jan. 24 at 11:59 p.m., before the elections at our AGM:
    https://form.jotform.com/220029199314251 Please note you will need the names and emails of 15 nominators when filling out the form.We’re looking forward to having you join the meeting and elect our incoming board!
    You can join us on Zoom here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84954505511…
    *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.
    https://native-land.ca/

    5. Environmental Racism: A story of colonization and ecocide – Wednesday, January 26 7:00-8:15PM

    Online event by RAVEN Trust and Stop Ecocide Canada

    The purpose of this webinar series, co-hosted by RAVENTrust and Stop Ecocide Canada, is to educate and raise awareness on using international law, and specifically a crime of ecocide, to uphold Indigenous rights and environmental protection.In this third discussion, we will hear stories from the frontlines, centered on environmental racism, the ongoing impacts of colonisation and how it connects with ecocide, the mass destruction of nature.Register here: https://forms.gle/aern3M4vddvVpicr5
    Learn more here:
    https://www.stopecocide.earth/…/environmental-racism-a..