We ask those of you who may find yourselves in privileged positions to consider supporting any of the initiatives that we have highlighted here with action and/or cash donations. We ask of you to consider financially supporting initiatives dedicated to social justice in your local areas, we ask that you contact your local members of parliament to demand direct anti-racist action and we ask of you to engage with family and friends in difficult but necessary self-reflection and conversation about privilege and institutional racism.
Minwaashin Lodge provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and children (regardless of status) who are survivors of domestic and other forms of violence, and who may also be suffering the effects of the residential school system. All programs and services are provided in the context of cultural beliefs and values to ensure a holistic approach is used as part of the healing journey. https://www.minlodge.com/donate
The Justice for Abdirahman (JFA) Coalition (“the Coalition”) is a group formed within days of Mr. Abdi’s death following a Somali-community town hall that took place on July 26, 2016. The Coalition is based in Ottawa and supported by local and national advocacy groups. The core group that forms the Coalition consists of a multigenerational team of individuals with professional backgrounds in policy and program management, education, mental health, public relations, criminal justice, community development and corporate governance. http://www.justiceforabdirahman.ca/support-us/
Interval House of Ottawa empowers all persons who identify as women and their dependents. In partnership with the community, we provide safe shelter and support, intervention and prevention services, and advocacy to break the cycle of violence. https://www.intervalhouseottawa.org/donate
Kind Space (then Pink Triangle Services) was created to provide a place of rest, care, connection, and education. We are the only community space in Ottawa that provides space and programming for communities across the 2SLGBTQ+ galaxy of all ages, all year-long. https://kindspace.ca/get-involved/donate/
The Ottawa Food Bank provides fresh and non-perishable food, as well as supplies such as diapers, toiletries, and cleaning supplies to its network of over 100 emergency food programs across the city. https://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/donate/
Options Bytown is an Ottawa-based supportive housing provider that helps people get out of shelters into stable, permanent housing (established in 1989). With grocery stores still struggling to maintain stock and many community programs and food banks shut down during COVID-19, low-income individuals face high levels of food insecurity. All donations made during this crisis will be put to use meeting tenants’ immediate needs for food and household staples. Thank you for helping some of our most vulnerable neighbours survive this pandemic. https://optionsbytown.com/how-to-help/donate/
Arlington Five - Cooking for a Cause campaign was born out of a desire to help those most vulnerable access the food they need AND support small food businesses to keep their doors open—even while they are physically closed. Through a unique collaboration between the Ottawa Community Food Partnership, Food Rescue and Parkdale Food Centre, local food-based businesses, like Arlington Five, will be cooking fresh, healthy and accessible meals to be distributed into the community where they are needed most. Arlington Five's Cooking for a Cause: https://ca.gofundme.com/f/cooking-for-a-cause-arlington-five