Organiser Resources

Communities have been organising for collective liberation for thousands of years!  Here are a few of the resources that others have developed that we think might be useful in your organising.  Several other resources can also be found in our library.

We are always looking for more resources, so email our Resource Centre Coordinator if you know of a resource that might make a good addition to this list.

Our Research Projects

What is the OPIRG Community Research Project?

The OPIRG Community Research Project serves to assist students and community groups wishing to conduct research related to social, economic, and environmental justice. This program will not only fund research but will also provide mentoring before, during, and after, offering support in areas such as writing research proposals, acquiring research skills, conducting ethical research, as well as disseminating research results to the community. OPIRG-Ottawa will be accepting proposals from both students and community groups, and

  • matching students with community group proposals;
  • finding community groups for students to work with depending on their research interests/proposals; OR
  • funding community group research projects which either don’t need student researchers or which have already identified their student researcher.
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OPIRG Research Projects

One of the crucial mandates of OPIRG is incentivate, help develop and nurture research projects and methodologies. Especially with the awakening of Indigenous nations and confronted with a set of crises never witnessed by our species, this vision becomes crucial.

These are the research projects that we house currently:

1. Yoga, meditation, art expression

img-yoga-iconYoga, meditation, art expression Participatory Action Research with YSB: This project is an evaluation of the Om4youth program. Through movement and creative expression, students are invited to explore themes of body image, communication, anger management, relationships, resiliency and integrity to self and others. Each two hours class will begin with a strengthening yoga practice then transition into an art experience and discussion. Yoga challenges youth physically and then about their choices and feelings through the creative arts curriculum. The program will explore if art is a way for youth to internalize lessons about yoga and themselves. The program will provide tools for youth to explore concepts such as self-awareness/control/confidence through yoga’s eight limbs. Participatory Action Research will evaluate whether a program that meets youth where they are, offering a strength-based, gender-responsive approach will give them the necessary tools for positive and confident decision-making and life-long wellness.

The evaluation process will seek to understand the effects of Om4youth (if any) on youth whose autonomy has been curtailed through life experiences and structural systems. The PAR approach aims to effectively evaluate the impacts of Om4youth on YSB participants. 12-15 youth will participate in training about Participatory Research and Research Ethic, meeting with community members and program participants to develop methodology framework and, participate in and support the process of collecting, analyzing findings, and developing the dissemination tool.
The evaluation will focus on the impacts that the program has on participants. The project will use a participatory approach where the participants will determine the way of collecting data, analyzing data, and disseminating the results of the research project. The participants will participate in developing evaluation’s questions. It is expected that the questions will reflect the effect of the program related to self-empowerment, relaxation and coping mechanisms, stress and self-control in daily living activities.

2. Living ad Coexisting Well

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The project will look understand how “well being” is understood by indigenous mature cultures.  Humans and non humans had coexisted well and in harmony in ancestral times. Our project relies on the wisdom kept by Indigenous Elders from different Indigenous backgrounds. Almost of all these cultures are actively resisting the imposition of coloniality in different degrees By means of this project we deliberately seek creating a creative web of  front line protectors of the land the waters and all expressions of life and living systems/

Activities include interviewing Elders and ask them the cultural understanding of leaving no ecological footprints for futures generations.

We are an unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory and one of our main concerns is to understand Mino Bimaadiziwin.

3. Living a Good Life for Two!

This project is progressing well through phase two of the original proposal. As reported in August, there were a couple of minor issues that slowed down the anticipated plan: waiting for ethics approval, changing staff contacts within the Odawa Native Friendship Centre (ONFC), and re-location of the ONFC to another site within Ottawa. As with all community-based research approaches, delays of this nature can be quite common.

I have completed 15 key- informant interviews with professionals within the Ottawa community that work with pregnant urban First Nations women. These interviews were intended to provide greater insight into the factors that interact to influence urban First Nations women’s weight gain in pregnancy from their perspective in the field. I have completed critical discourse analysis of this data and will have discussed findings with the project advisory board.

The advisory board approved the second phase of the proposed project where a community member and myself conducted semi-structured interviews and focus groups with a total of 20 pregnant women/mothers in the community. The data from these interviews and focus groups are currently being transcribed and prepared for data analysis. The focus groups have revealed the resource that pregnant women/mothers would find beneficial for them and their communities. The women also agreed to the resource they would like created.

4. National Survey of Queer Student Service Operations

This project has supported two conversations, one with the University of Ottawa Pride Centre and one with the LGBTQ Centre at Carleton University, to discuss what it is like to operate a queer student centre. From these discussions, the project hopes to help other queer student centres across the country in their operations and sustainability. We have submitted our manuscript to the Higher Education journal.  It is currently under review and we are waiting for a response.

The research has been presented at last year`s GSAED conference and at the Society for Community Research and Action conference in June 2013.  Once the manuscript has been published, we plan on submitting the paper to Pride Centres across the country.  We also need to consult with OPRIG in terms of the policy directives that could result from our data.

5. The activist collaborative translation

Translation and ideologies (religious or secular), have always had a complex and tortuous relationship. Sometimes simple tool of propaganda and dissemination of ideologies, the translation may also contribute to resistance to physical or spiritual ideologies that promote domination. The activist translation can contribute to the debate on how translators can be agents of change in translation called collaborative, community or voluntary.

A journal peer review article from my presentation at the 2013 Glendon College Conference will be published. As a result of my participation in the Congress of Brazil (2013), I contacted the Brazilian Belas Infieis translatological review and an article has been translated into Portuguese and will appear in the next issue. Another, related to the presentation in the conference (on the subject at hand), should also be considered for publication.

6. Hidden Bruises

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HIV and Violence in the Caribbean: Hidden Bruises is an in-progress independent documentary film that aims to act as an intervention strategy and awareness campaign contributing to efforts to reduce the prevalence of both HIV and Violence in the Caribbean and beyond.

7. Clarity

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Theatre production using true stories collected from youth about sexuality and social issues: The project aims to create and sustain a dialogue between the youth of today and our culture to be able to create a healthier future. It is our belief that we cannot start this dialogue without having a clear and unbiased view of the reality of today’s culture around sexuality, identity, relationships styles, social dynamics, stigma and oppression. The outcome will be a play in the Ottawa Fringe Festival 2014; so it will reach a diverse demographic and begin a constructive dialogue in the community abroad.

8. Stories of the Land

Strengthening and Highlighting Traditional Healing Practices for Indigenous Youth: This research project with the First Nations Moose Factory is moving forward in the spirit of community engagement and the direction as set forth by the community. Seeking to honor the community’s request for meaningful research, I am preparing for a third field trip into the community to confirm the data collected and to ensure that it supports the community’s work in their cultural renewal and land-based programming. Some of my next steps are to complete the interviews transcriptions, and to go back to the participants for verification of the Cree words, to ensure accuracy of spelling and meaning. The research into the relationship of grandmother songs and cultural healing methods is beginning to take shape. Again, it will be in collaboration with the community that I will be able to confirm the emerging themes and theoretical framework. In July 2014 at the community’s annual gathering of our people event, I hope to share the findings and address any further precision required in my research. I appreciate OPRIG’s support to offer stipends to the research participants.

9. Round Dancing the Rotonda

Decolonizing space at the University of Ottawa: The goal of this research is to understand how Indigenous students at the University of Ottawa experience exclusion spatially on campus. The project hopes to generate strategies for transforming the physical environment of campus in order to decolonize the space.

10. Mining Watch

University of Ottawa pension funds and their links with (Canadian) mining companies exploiting at home and abroad.

11. Developing a Food Policy for Ottawa U

The goal for this project is to map organizations, programs, and activities on campus around food issues with the goal of making the info available and visible. This gathering will inform the next steps which will be working with different groups around campus, including professors and students to develop a food policy for Ottawa University Campus.

12. Organizing ICOPA 15 on Algonquin Territory

ICOPA Coference in El Ecuador, 2014 

Exploring Social Identity Dynamics, Collective and Horizontal Leadership Issues, and Fluidity in the International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA): This research project aims to use a participation-action method to explore abolitionist social identities, the dynamics of collective and horizontal leadership structures (very common among activist organizing) as well as the relationships, tensions, and support between the fluid international group and the local committee taking responsibility for the conference. We examine the possibilities of producing critical knowledge that may serve future ICOPA committees as well as other activist organizations. Further, we explore the possibility and essentiality of transmitting lessons learned that can traverse the spatial and temporal realms of this group. The lead researchers have recruited a total of six participants from the local ICOPA organizing committee who, collaboratively will set out the parameters of the project . We obtained approval from the University’s Ethics Review Board on February 10th. We have prepared a number of resources to present to the group that will assist us in tracking our thinking and feelings about the conference activities in which we are engaged. One of the methods that we are proposing to use is journaling.

Our first meeting will take place on Friday, February 28, in order to discuss the parameters of the research, our roles individually and collectively, and the various elements that would be best focused on during our journaling. We plan to continue to use journal-writing as a way to track our activities and our thinking about these activities in the run-up and during the conference which will be held June 13-15. It is hoped that we shall have the opportunity to publish an article on the dynamics of organizing ICOPA in the upcoming Special Issue of Penal Field/Champs penal. Moreover, it is our intention to transmit the findings and best practices gleaned from the research to the organizers of the next ICOPA venue, scheduled to take place in 2016. We will also share our findings more broadly with the large ICOPA family.

13. Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the Oppressed as a way of creating awareness about penal abolition: This project has the goal of using Theatre of the oppressed as a way of creating awareness about penal abolition. The outcome from this project will be part of a session during the ICOPA conference in 2014

14. UOttawa Restorative Garden

University of Ottawa Restorative Garden campus pilot project seeks to understand the potential positive impacts of contact with nature at the university, with a view to creating an environment which helps to restore the following:

  • physical and mental energy
  • the ability to cope with and recover from stress
  • the ability to cope with and recover from stress cognitive vitality and improved capacity to process information
  • natural diversity and beauty
  • human-nature interaction
15. Healthy Transportation and Vulnerable Populations

Are vulnerable populations well-served by a Healthy Transportation network of sidewalks, walking paths, multi-use paths, bike lanes and public transportation in Ottawa, and what improvements are needed in infrastructure, access and affordability?

16. A Family Approach

A promotional documentary for the AIDS Committee of Ottawa: The proposed 3.5-minute promotional documentary “A Family Approach” follows the real-life transformation of program participants of African or Caribbean descent living with HIV or AIDS in Ottawa.

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