We are very pleased to have done the “Opportunity Cost of Not Investing in Interpretation” report – it is so important to have clarity on these challenges and…

Hindia Mohamoud, Director, OLIP
The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre is so happy to have joined the OLIP Health and Wellbeing Sector Table. It is clear that OLIP cares about immigrants and refugees and…

Wendy Tang, Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre
In our city’s history, immigrants have always played an important role. They build our economic prosperity, diversify our culture, contribute to our social vitality.

Jim Watson
Mayor of Ottawa
All the WOW events that I went to were great – WOW does give a sense of a community trying to improve its attraction and retention!

Caroline Andrew
Professor, University of Ottawa
I’m really impressed with the level of energy and commitment around the Health and Wellbeing table and look forward to continuing collaboration between OLIP and OPH.

Marcela Tapia
Ottawa Public Health
The OLIP Council is committed to leadership.  In only a few years, we have a common vision and priorities, and are up to the task of implementing the Ottawa Immigration Strategy.

Salimatou Diallo
OLIP Council Vice Chair, Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario
The work and expertise that OLIP brings to our community is so important as it helps us to build bridges and break down silos.  I look forward to our continued work together. 

Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
My nomination is an indication that our hard work in building Canada is recognized. All we do is to serve the community in return for embracing us when we needed it.  

Mehdi Mahdavi
Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards Nominee
OLIP helps to unite and share scarce resources for greater impact by working together in the field of student education.

Walter Piovesan
Associate Director of Education, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
The WOW seminar on immigrant women’s nutrition and health was a step in the right direction towards closing the gap between academic researchers and service providers.

Josephine Etowa
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa

OLIP Statement on Anti-Racism

June 16, 2020

The Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) condemns anti-Black racism and all forms of individual, institutional and systemic racism. We mourn George Floyd, Regis Korchiniski-Paquet, Abdirahman Abdi and others in the U.S. and Canada whose lives have been cut short.  We stand in solidarity with all who are affected.  We call for and commit to change.

Black residents of Ottawa experience systemic anti-Black racism. It is manifested in forms ranging from daily micro-aggressions to discrimination in access to employment, education, health and other services, to racial profiling, over-policing, over-incarceration and death. These experiences result from powerful and persistent inequities historically rooted in colonialism and embedded in laws, policies and institutional practices.

Transforming these entrenched structures and practices is a long, difficult road that Ottawa’s institutions and communities must travel urgently.

We have been working with partners and community members to implement the recommendations in the 2017 report on Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Ottawa, compiled by Black community members, OLIP and City for All Women Initiative, but much remains to be done. Family and friends of Abdirahman Abdi are still awaiting justice for his death during a violent altercation with Ottawa Police officers in 2016. In recent years, there have been both gains and setbacks with regard to enabling structures, policies and legislation at all levels.

OLIP’s Equity Ottawa partners, in collaboration with immigrant, Black and racialized community members, have undertaken several years of collective work to develop a path forward. The partnership has recently created a road map—a collective action plan—to eliminate and monitor progress towards ending institutional and systemic racism in Ottawa. It requires critical reflection on systemic racism, power and privilege; organizational transformation; and greater accountability. OLIP is committed to advancing this important collective effort.

We draw strength and hope from the significant community capital that exists in our city. Ottawa’s Black communities have organized to raise awareness and catalyze action against injustices in policing, legal, education and health systems. Ottawa City Council has taken the important step of introducing an anti-racism secretariat to monitor and guide municipal policies and practices.

Recently, thousands of Ottawa residents came together, in the streets and online, in a collective protest against anti-Black racism. We join them in expressing our grief, solidarity and unwavering commitment to end systemic anti-Black racism and violence and to create a more just and equitable city.

Alex Munter, OLIP Council Chair
Deborah Tunis, OLIP Council Vice-Chair
Hindia Mohamoud, OLIP Director