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 7 p.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, here is the the zoom link!

Finally, on September 18, from 11:00 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! 🙂