Posts Tagged ‘workshops’

Let’s Talk about Mental Health Conference 2014

March 5th, 2014

Saturday March 22, 11am-6pm, at the University of Ottawa. Everyone welcome – please register by March 19th. Full details coming soon …


The Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is proud to present our conference “Let’s Talk About Mental Health” on Saturday March 22nd from 11 am to 6 pm. The day will cover a lot of interesting topics like the politics of mental health and self-care. The conference will also feature an art therapy space and group activity at the beginning of the conference.



Full conference schedule and locations now posted:

Workshops topics will include:

  • Living with Depression: self-care and coping strategies
  • How to cope with difficult life challenges in a positive way
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: An Introduction
  • The Note that Changed Us: Cultivating Conditions for Learners and Professors
  • Mental Health, as a Legal Concept
  • Disability and Capitalism
  • “Saneism” and Ableism that exists in social activism movements

    And more to be announced!

There will also tentatively be a speakers panel and a discussion group on body image and mental health. More details are to come!

The conference will include a light lunch and snacks. Please note that there will be ASL interpretation, child care, an active listening support space and that all locations for the conference will be physically accessible.

Please register for the Conference by contacting the CSD by March 19th at or 613-562-5800 x 2683 please feel free to let us know about any accessibility requirements, child care needs or dietary restrictions.

More info will be posted here and also on the CSD facebook page when it is available.

Let’s Talk About Mental Health conference March 9-10, 2013 in Ottawa

March 2nd, 2013

Let’s talk about Mental Health conference

March 9-10 at the University of Ottawa campus
on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory


The SFUO’s Mental Health Coalition, in collaboration with the SFUO Campaign’s Department, the Centre for Students with Disabilities and the Peer Help Centre, will host the first ever radical mental health conference hosted by the Student Federation at the University of Ottawa. The conference entitled, “Let’s Talk about mental Health”, aims to take an anti-oppressive approach to reduce stigma and stereotypes associated with mental health and mental illness, bring an understanding to the importance and power of language, and to accept and celebrate mental diversity.

IMPORTANT: Registration deadline March 6th – or March 4th for ASL interpretation  


See the schedule outline below,
or click here for the detailed conference information document


Saturday, March 9th:

  • 9:15-9:45 breakfast, provided (Location: UCU Terminus)
  • 10:00-11:00 Resisting Mentalism: Becoming an Ally to Mad People and the Consumer/Survivor Community, part 1 by Alisa and Elizabeth (Location: UCU 205)
  • 11:30-12:30 Option A: Resisting Mentalism: Becoming an Ally to Mad People and the Consumer/Survivor Community, part 2 by Alisa and Elizabeth (Location: UCU 205) Option B: Grieving and Mental Health by Simone from Bereaved Families of Ottawa (Location LMX 390)
  • 12:30-1:30 lunch, provided (Location UCU Terminus)
  • 1:30-2:30 Option A: Active Listening and Peer Support by Amanda from Peer Help Centre (Location LMX 390) Option B: The Icarus Project: Radical Peer-based Mental Wellness organizing by Melissa, Anna, Greg (Location: UCU 205)
  • 3:00-5:00 Panel, with break and refreshments (Location: UCU Terminus), details to come
  • 5:30-7:30 Mad Student Society peer support meeting hosted by Alisa and Elizabeth (Location: TBD)

Sunday, March 10th:

  • 9:15-9:45 breakfast, provided (Location UCU Terminus)
  • 10:00-11:00 Proactive self care by Amanda and Alison (Location: UCU 205)
  • 11:30-12:30 Strength and Resilience of Indigenous Women Impacted by Intergenerational Trauma by Colleen and Kristen from Families of Sisters in Spirit (Location: UCU205)
  • 12:30-1:30 lunch, provided (Location UCU Terminus)
  • 1:30-2:30 Option A: Intersectional Approaches to Radical Mental Health Justice: Criminalization, Racialization, Sexism and Ableism from an Anti-Oppression and Decolonization Framework, Part 1 by Abla (Location: UCU 205) Option B: HIV, AIDs, and Mental Health by Sarah from Aids Committee of Ottawa (Location LMX 390)
  • 3:00-4:00 Option A: Intersectional Approaches to Radical Mental Health Justice: Criminalization, Racialization, Sexism and Ableism from an Anti-Oppression and Decolonization Framework, part 2 by Abla (Location: UCU 205) Option B: The Art of Listening: Tapping into the transformational power of skilled listening by Lana (Location LMX 390)
  • 4:00-5:00 Break, or Progressive Muscle Relaxation workshop by Lana (Location: UCU 205)
  • 5:00-8:00 coffee house, refreshments provided (Location: UCU Terminus)



*Some workshops have a part 1 and a part 2. We would ask that if you would like to attend, you sign up for both parts of the workshop

Brief Accessibility Notes:

All events will be held in buildings with elevators, in spaces that are physically accessible to those using mobility devices, and have washrooms which are also physically accessible to those using mobility devices.

ASL Interpretation is currently tentatively booked. Please notify us by March 4th if you would like that service present.

ASL, as well as other accommodations can be requested in the application form.  


Conference Contact Information:
Kyla Harkins, Centre for Students with Disabilities
211F University Centre, 85 University Private
613-562-5800 X 2683

Media Democracy: call for presenters & facilitators (Conference Nov 16-18 2012)

October 12th, 2012

Facilitators and volunteers call-out for the Media Democracy Conference Ottawa!!

~ la version française suit ~

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Members of the Ottawa Working Group of the Media Co-op, in conjunction with Organizing For Justice, are holding the Media Democracy Conference on November 16-18, at the University of Ottawa.

This is a key part of the process to start the Ottawa Media Co-op and generate energy, awareness and capacity for this project, as well as to create connections with people interested in alternative media in and around Ottawa.

We are looking for speakers and workshop facilitators for the programming during the conference. If you have suggestions for workshop topics or speakers, or would like to facilitate a session yourself, please fill out this form:  by  October 17th, or as soon after as possible.

If you would like to help plan the conference, and/or help out on the day of, please click here:

This conference is intended for media makers, activists and others who are interested in learning more about alternative media and developing some reporting skills. It will  address different issues with the media as well as providing training for media making.

The format of the conference is a Friday evening of keynote speakers and presentations, a full-day Saturday with issue- and skills-based sessions (panel discussions and workshops), and a Sunday afternoon meeting specifically for those interested in being involved with the Media Co-op.

For more information, please check
– you can also email or call 613-656-5498

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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* You can also like our Facebook page


Médias, Démocratie et journalisme citoyen
du 16 au 18 novembre 2012
Nous recherchons des animateurs et des bénévoles !

Merci de diffuser ce message dans vos réseaux

Les membres du groupe d’action de la Coop Média d’Ottawa en partenariat avec l’organisme Organisons-nous pour la Justice, proposent une conférence portant sur le journalisme citoyen les 16, 17 et 18 novembre prochains à l’Université d’Ottawa.

Cette conférence annoncera l’ouverture la première Coop Média d’Ottawa. L’objectif étant de sensibiliser et de mobiliser le public, mais aussi de tisser des liens avec des personnes intéressées à participer à ce projet de médias alternatifs en Outaouais

Nous recherchons des conférenciers et des bénévoles pour animer des ateliers tout au long de la Conférence. Pour toute question concernant les sujets des ateliers,  le profil des conférenciers ou pour t’impliquer et animer des débats, merci de remplir ce formulaire et ce avant le 17 octobre prochain ou a plus près au possible.

Pour aider à organiser la conférence et / ou participer au bon déroulement de celle-ci, merci de cliquer ici…

Cette conférence s’adresse aux journalistes de tous bords, aux activistes et à tous ceux qui souhaitent en savoir plus sur les médias alternatifs et développer leurs compétences journalistiques.

Concernant le programme de la Conférence, le vendredi soir sera marqué par les discours et présentations d’invités d’honneur, samedi sera une journée dédiée au développement de compétences journalistiques et enfin la rencontre de dimanche après-midi permettra aux personnes intéressées d’en apprendre davantage sur les façons de s’impliquer au sein de la Coop Média.

Pour plus d’information, vous pouvez consulter

Merci et à très bientôt!

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MayDay Weekend: May 1-2

March 25th, 2010

Organizing For Justice presents…

>> May 1st and 2nd

In Canada and the U.S., ‘Labour Day’ is celebrated in September as part of a cover-up of the real history of the labour movement.

This year, we are celebrating the real labour day by holding a two-day gathering with opportunities to discuss labour activism and a whole lot more.

Saturday May 1, 12:30-6:00pm
Sunday May 2, 12:30-5:00pm

at Jack Purcell Community Centre
(near corner of Elgin and Gilmour)

Free / by donation. No registration required.

Themed around social justice, economic justice, environmental justice and healthy communities.

There will be discussions, workshops/skill-shares, cultural activities, information tables featuring local groups and organizations, snacks and refreshments, and a Saturday community dinner. ~~ 613-656-5498 ~~




Saturday May 1:
12:30pm – Opening
– Labour and Work-place Organizing (discussion)
– Community- and Guerrilla-Gardening (workshop)
2:30pm – Cultural Activity
– Collective Environmental Action (discussion)
– Indigenous Solidarity (workshop)
– Tentants’ Rights and Housing Alternatives (discussion)
– Spoken Word Poetry (workshop)
5:00pm – Spoken Word Performance
5:20pm – Community Dinner

Sunday May 2:
12:30pm – Opening
– Sex Activism (discussion)
– *TBC: Silk-screening (workshop)
– Transforming or Ignoring Municipal Politics? (discussion)
– *TBC: Organizing Protests & Legal Issues: Focus on G8/G20 (workshop)
3:00pm – Cultural Activity
– Building a Local Activist Community (discussion)

Note: *TBC on the Sunday means “To Be Confirmed”



If your group or organization would like to table at the event (on Sat and/or Sun), please contact us ASAP. We have 15 tables each day and it is first come, first served:, 613-656-5498



The venue is wheelchair accessible.

We are working on providing childcare and ASL translation; please contact us if you would require either of these:, 613-656-5498 … if anyone can help us arrange sign language translation, please contact us!

There is limited reserved parking for patrons of the community centre. You will need to ask at the front desk for a parking pass for these spots.



Please help us spread the word:

Send out this callout to your friends or any listservs you are on

Join and invite your friends to our Facebook page and event:

Print out these 1/4-pg flyers and pass them around:
(Note: colour version also prints well in B&W)



We would really love people’s assistance in putting this event on. Contact us if you can help:, 613-656-5498

In advance:
– Promotions and postering (see above)
– Join the planning committee (for this event and for the future)
– Helping us find ways to offer sign language interpretation

The day(s) of:
– Facilitating discussions
– Note-taking
– Set-up / Set-down
– Childcare



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