Sat Feb 21 & Wed Feb 25: Save Odawa’s 510 Drop-In Centre

1622387_1761223400769974_3511792773388271591_oOpen House / Prepare materials for Wed’s Rally/March
Saturday 11am-1pm at 510 Rideau

RALLY/MARCH to Save Odawa’s 510 Rideau Drop-In Centre
Wednesday 10am at Parliament Hill, march to Ottawa City Hall

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Print promo materials:


Background info/links follow, beneath event details

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The 510 Rideau Drop-In Centre will be holding an “Open House”
THIS Saturday, February 21st, at 11:00 a.m.

The purpose of this Open House is to meet the clients and staff of Centre 510 and to work alongside them in constructing pickets and signs, and to also meet with other people who are willing to assist and help with the rally, and we would also be able to get to know each other better!

If you are able to provide materials (such as signs, pickets, chairs for the elderly, and ANYTHING else that you can think of), please do, and it would be SO MUCH appreciated.

We really need your help! Spread the word!!Thank you!

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RALLY / MARCH to Save Odawa’s 510 Rideau Drop-In Centre

Join us on Wednesday, February 25th at 10 a.m to begin with a peaceful march to have the voices of the homeless heard in telling the Government of Canada and the City of Ottawa to restore funding to the Odawa Native Friendship Centre’s Shawenjeagamik – Centre 510 Drop-In Centre for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples!
(Shawnejeagamik means ‘House of Compassion’ in the Algonquin language).

Join us in solidarity for the betterment of all
There will be some great advocates and speakers, including Ottawa-Centre NDP MP Paul Dewar, for example, and lots of others voicing their support alongside the most vulnerable in our society – this being the homeless – who will tell their stories on how the elimination of funding for their Centre 510 Rideau and the Bannock Bus will directly affect them and the community of Ottawa located on un-surrendered, non-ceded Algonquin Territory!

The march itself will begin at the Peace Flame on Parliament Hill, and continue on a route that will take us down Wellington Street and turning onto Elgin Street, continuing to Laurier Avenue to City Hall of Ottawa.

Once Gathered at City Hall, we will hear a Prayer and Honor Song in accordance with the Traditional Indigenous Protocol of the First Peoples to begin the rally.

There will also be a beautiful and memorable “Unity For The Community – Round Dance Ceremony” for those able to participate.

Please bring your signs and pickets so we can have the voices of the Indigenous Peoples who are “Homeless on the Homelands” heard!

PleaseTweet: #unity4thecommunity #homelessonthehomelands

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/897472826960987

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LINKS / BACKGROUND:

Facebook group: Save Odawa 510 Rideau Drop-In Centre !!

Petition: Re-establish funding to the Homeless Drop-in Centre at 510 Rideau

Fundraising: SAVE THE ODAWA NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE DROP-IN

CBC Feb 4 (Video, audio, article):
Aboriginal homeless drop-in centre loses bid for city funding

Ottawa Citizen Feb 4 (article):
Odawa native group says funding cuts will force closing of homeless centre

Ottawa Sun Feb 4 (article):
Centre closure concerns Aboriginals

Metro News Feb 4 (article):
City funding cuts force Aboriginal homeless drop-in centre to close

APTN Feb 5 (video):
Ottawa’s Odawa drop-in centre closing

House of Commons Feb 5 (video):
Will the minister intervene to reinstate the funding to the Odawa centre?

Ottawa Citizen Feb 19 (article):
Councilor McKenney pledges help for homeless agencies

Centretown News Feb 23 (article):
Drop-in centre’s closure harms at-risk Aboriginals

Gabrielle Fayant Feb 23:
Open letter to Mayor Jim Watson, re: 510 Rideau

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URGENT ACTION: Contact Ottawa City Council, Mayor, Domtar before October 8 rezoning decision on Chaudiere Islands

 

CALL TO ACTION FOLLOWS MAIN MESSAGE:

The Planning Committee hearing from one of the many people who spoke in opposition to the rezoning plans.
The Planning Committee hearing from one of the many people who spoke in opposition to the rezoning plans.

On Wednesday October 8th (meeting starts at 10:00am), Ottawa City Council will make their final decision on the rezoning application for Chaudiere and Albert Islands, giving the go ahead for condos, retail and office space to be built there by Windmill Development Group.

This follows the City Planning Committee meeting of October 2nd, where they heard from citizens who were overwhelmingly opposed to such a decision, who spoke of the sacredness of this to the Algonquin and other Anishinaabe peoples, and in support of Grandfather William Commanda’s vision for these islands, yet the committee unanimously went ahead and recommended the rezoning.

There will be no public input at Wednesday’s full council meeting, but you can contact your city councilor as well as the mayor in the lead-up to the meeting to voice your concerns.

As well, you can contact Domtar, who currently holds the land in question, and urge them facilitate its return to ensure the manifestation of the legacy vision of its rightful heir, late Alqonquin spiritual elder and leader Grandfather William Commanda.

The islands in question are envisioned to be public space, turned into parkland accessible to all, fitting with the sacred nature of the Chaudiere Falls / Asinabka site. This is part of William Commanda’s larger vision for the Chaudiere Falls and all the islands there.

Please consider voicing your support for Grandfather William Commanda’s vision, both to Ottawa City Council and to Domtar.

We note the historic and ongoing sacredness of this site for the Algonquin people, and all Anishinaabe peoples. It has been used for thousands of years as a place of prayer, and of coming together of peoples from many parts of this continent.

Now that the industry that has been built upon this site over the past 200 years is finished, why not return the site to its traditional spiritual use, honouring the ways of the First Peoples of this land?

Instead they are looking to give the go-ahead to private and commercial development at this site – is this truly the best way forward?

 
FOUR URGENT ACTIONS:

  • 2) Contact Domtar (President & CEO, Mr John D. Williams): information@domtar.com
  • 3) Public Consultation / workshop / site visit
    Tuesday October 7, between 4:30-8:00pm – click here for full details
    *Note: This is for other islands at Chaudiere Falls, not the two immediately under consideration for rezoning
  • 4) Invite your friends to the Facebook event to spread the word. Also share / email it or this post.
  • ALSO: if you would like to attend the Ottawa City Council meeting, it takes place Wednesday October 8th, starting at 10:00am, in Andrew S Haydon Hall at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave W.

 
BACKGROUND INFO / RESOURCES:

 
MEDIA COVERAGE FROM THE PLANNING COMMITTEE HEARING: