Make your voice heard
The Ottawa People’s Commission is a grassroots effort to promote healing and justice after the convoy occupation of Ottawa-Gatineau in 2022.
The Ottawa People’s Commission is creating a timeline of the convoy occupation spanning mid January to mid March. During the three-and-a-half week occupation and beyond, many relied on information, photos, and footage from social media and community sources to keep safe and stay informed. We recognize the importance of creating a community archive of all this footage and documenting the impact of the convoy from the perspective of local residents, workers, and businesses.
Did you take photos or videos of the convoy occupation in February 2022? Did you collect social media posts or twitter threads? Submit them to the Ottawa People’s Commission’s to feature in this timeline by filling out this form.
We welcome donations from individuals, businesses, unions, foundations, community agencies and others. Contributions are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. Centretown Community Health Centre serves as our anchor agency, receiving and receipting charitable donations through their CanadaHelps portal. As well, the Ottawa Community Foundation has created a special Fund to channel donor funds to support OPC’s work.
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How did the occupation affect you?
Are there particular stories OPC should know about?
What questions do you think OPC should ask?
What issues do you want OPC to investigate?
What recommendations would you like OPC to make?
A dynamic group of local residents with diverse backgrounds and politics came together to create OPC as a community-driven, non-partisan response to the convoy occupation. They have since been joined by people from a broad range of groups committed to promoting healing, building community and holding governments to account.
Many were traumatized by the occupation, and many remain frustrated their opinion has never been sought, their story has never been told and their losses have been forgotten. There has been no accountability for the failure of governments at all levels to protect their health or defend their rights.
We’ve seen echoes of the occupation and threats of future disruptions. So it’s important we come together to look at why we are facing this violence and how best to end it.
The parliamentary and judicial inquiries focus on the Emergencies Act and cover the whole country. The City’s inquiry is being conducted by the City Auditor and is very narrow in scope. OPC puts the community’s interests first, creating a space for the community to share their stories, name their concerns, identify solutions, and press for action. It’s an avenue to healing and to justice.
For some, the days of the convoy were the first time they felt uncomfortable or intimidated in their own community. Others faced a heightened risk, but being targeted, taunted and trolled is part of their daily reality.
OPC will work with leaders from diverse communities – in particular, those who face higher levels of hate, discrimination and violence – to ensure we capture their experience before, during and since the occupation, and recommend actions that create greater safety and respect for everyone.
Public hearings are open to everyone in the community – residents, workers and businesses, community groups and agencies, authorities and experts. Special efforts will be made to assure respectful dialogue.
OPC recognizes many people have been traumatized and will work to ensure their safety and accommodate special needs. That means access may be restricted for some OPC activities.
Centretown Community Health Centre is serving as OPC’s anchor agency, providing funding but also administrative and logistics support – and helping ensure our activities are planned with an eye to reducing stress and relieving trauma.