The NOII-Ottawa “Building Movement” conference and (re)launch, November 1-2, was a great success! In both size and energy, the conference exceeded our expectations. Dozens of people participated over the two days, developing skills, sharpening analysis, drawing inspiration, and strengthening links.
The Friday evening opening panel “Freedom to move, freedom to stay,
freedom to return!” kicked off the weekend’s activities. Bringing rich
organizing experiences and insights, panelists offered perspectives to
help us struggle more effectively for migrant justice while also
fighting Canadian colonialism. The Saturday workshops and panels
provided detailed introductions to the immigration system, organizing,
and casework, and opened up crucial discussions about Indigenous
solidarity, migration, and migrant labor. Activists and organizers from
Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto all contributed to these sessions. And
throughout the day, we were energized by the gorgeous art installation
from the Artist Bloc of the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal.
In the evening, we were joined by revolutionary and powerful spoken word
artists, musicians, and DJs at the Fall Down Gallery to celebrate the
end of the conference through dancing and listening.
We are now excited to build on the connections and momentum we developed
through this conference. As part of this, we are looking forward to
developing deeper Indigenous solidarity, disability justice, and queer/trans immigration analysis and practice in our
organizing. We are also continuing to reflect on and learn from the
conference experience. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback!