Monday, November 18, 2013

Reportback from our conference

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 with your feedback!
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