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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.

OPC’s goal is to:

  • inspire hope and healing
  • hear from affected community members
  • identify underlying issues and enduring solutions
  • press authorities
  • promote lasting benefits and community-led solutions

Contribute to OPC’s timeline of the convoy occupation

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.

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Make your voice heard

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Help others be heard

  • Tell your family and friends
  • Gather stories and send them in
  • Host a community meeting
  • Bring together your neighbours, co-workers or classmates
  • Prepare a joint presentation
  • Amplify others’ voices on social media
  • Donate to support our work

Help others be heard

  • Tell your family and friends
  • Gather stories and send them in
  • Host a community meeting
  • Bring together your neighbours, co-workers or classmates
  • Prepare a joint presentation
  • Amplify others’ voices on social media
  • Donate to support our work
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Get involved

Help fund OPC

 OPC relies on the community for support.

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 OPC Works

Click on the boxes to learn more.

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Commission

A dynamic group of local residents from diverse backgrounds and politics came together to create OPC.

Commissioners

OPC is led by four respected, independent and empathetic Commissioners with deep experience in human rights and community action.

Public Hearings

Local residents will be able to share their stories and present their views in public hearings.

Community Consultations

OPC recognizes many may not feel comfortable speaking in public about their experience of the convoy occupation.

We’re looking for your input

How did the occupation affect you?

Are there particular stories OPC should know about?

  • risks or threats
  • community response

What questions do you think OPC should ask?

What issues do you want OPC to investigate?

What recommendations would you like OPC to make?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who’s behind the OPC?

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.

The convoy occupation has ended. Why do we need OPC?

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.

What value is OPC? Haven’t the federal and municipal governments already opened inquiries?

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.

Some were more impacted by the occupation than others. How will the OPC reflect that?

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.

Who can speak at OPC?

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.

How do I sign up to tell my story?

Requests to appear before the OPC can be made by filling out this form. As well, you can attend a community meeting where Commissioners are present to share your experience.

How do I make a written submission?

You may opt instead to share your story and views in writing by downloading the Guidance for written submissions which contains all the necessary instructions.

How do I invite the OPC to my community?

If you’re interested in holding hearings in your community or hosting a community gathering, contact the OPC here.

How do I follow OPC’s activities?

News and updates will be posted here as will information on upcoming hearings. You can keep in touch by signing up for updates below. As well, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What role does CCHC play?

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.

How is OPC funded?

OPC relies on the community for support. It receives no government funds. Donations are welcome from individuals, businesses, unions, foundations, and community agencies – and can be made here.

Are donations tax-deductible?

Donations are eligible for charitable tax receipts from the Centretown Community Health Centre, which is receiving and receipting donations through CanadaHelps.

How Can You Help?

OPC cannot operate without funds and volunteers. Your contribution, however small, can make a big difference, ensuring the community’s voice is heard.

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