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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Teach-in/Conference on the FTAA!

Ottawa “Teach-in”/Awareness Building on the Free Trade 
Area of the Americas (FTAA)!!!
March 16th, 17th, 18th, 2001 – Free!
(childcare available)

Brought to you by Ottawa Communities in Action (Ottawa 

This local event aims to raise awareness and create 
discussion amongst Ottawa and area residents on the 
Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement and 
its potential to gravely affect our health and social 
services, education system, postal services, food 
security, water supply, labour rights, and the 
environment. Women, indigenous peoples,  South and 
Central American Communities, people of colour, and 
North American Communities will all be affected.  
Though the FTAA aims to honour democratic processes, 
governments and big businesses have created the treaty 
with virtually no public input and the public is not 
even allowed to see the text of the agreement as it is 
being drafted.  This agreement affects many different 
countries and communities and this event will act as a 
tool to inform communities in Ottawa.

Friday March 16th 7:30 - Communities Rising Up 
Ottawa Public Library (Metcalfe and Laurier) 

A panel of speakers discussing the effects of the FTAA 
on various communities and how they are rising up to 
counter such trade agreements.  Included in this 
opening panel is a woman who is currently on a tour to 
raise awareness about the effects of "Plan Colombia" on 
Colombia's indigenous people and how they are 
struggling to oppose it.   Following the panel, there 
will be a screening of the one hour film "Zapatista", 
from the makers of the WTO Seattle documentary, "This 
is What Democracy Looks Like" 

Friday's Scheduled Speakers:

Hassan Yussuff “The FTAA and its effects on Canadians”
Woman representative from Plan Columbia tour - “FTAA 
and Plan Colombia”
Carl Huete - “FTAA and Latin America” (possible Plan 
Colombia focus)
Edward Osei Kwadwa

Saturday March 17th - Education for Action 10 a.m. 
Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Ave.) 

Highly varied and original panels and workshops on the 
FTAA, including both its likely effects and the growing 
resistance to it. 

Breakdown of Saturday events 
10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. Panel Overview of the FTAA and 
its effects on various communities 

Overview of the FTAA - Steven Staples
Impact of FTAA on women – Kate McLean
Impacts on First Nations - TBA
Peoples Movements in Latin America – Roberto Miranda
Intellectual Property(Access to essential medicines 
focus)-Darren Greer

12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. Lunch 

1:00p.m. - 2:45p.m. Interactive Workshops – Part 1

Trade and the Environment
Popular Education introduction to the FTAA
Movement Building
Legal and/or Medical Training 
Create and Watch Your Resistance (Art Room with films)

3:00p.m. – 4:45p.m. Interactive Workshops – Part 2

FTAA: Its likely affect on Services (education, health, 
postal services, information technology)
Getting Our Message to the Media
Legal and/or Medical Training
Movement Building
FTAA and Our Food 
Create and Watch Your Resistance (Art Room with films)

5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m. Supper 

7:00p.m. – 7:45p.m. Panel on Local and Global Actions – 
what is going in Ottawa and around the world, including 
a report on the upcoming “Release the Text” activities 
happening in Ottawa on April 1st and 2nd.

8:00p.m. – 10:00p.m. Reports from Quebec – 
representatives from the several organizing groups for 
the anti-FTAA protests in Quebec City will tell of 
their plans of action.

Sunday March 18th 10:00 a.m. - A full day of non-
violent direct action training. 

This day of training is meant to be a general 
introductory overview of non-violent direct action 
(going directly to sources of power which are not 
responsive to affect their functioning and demand 
change) techniques and strategies. It is not specific 
training for any upcoming actions, though the 
techniques and strategies can certainly be used.  The 
training is open to anyone with an interest and 
participation is in no way equal to commitment to 
upcoming actions 


Everyone is welcome to be a part of this awareness-
building event and please feel free to come to all or 
parts or it.  

The Saturday/Sunday events at the Bronson Centre are 
wheelchair accessible, while (with apologies) the 
Friday night events at the Ottawa Public Library are 

Lunch and supper on Saturday and lunch on Sunday will 
be provided (while quantities last!) and lunch will be 
provided on Sunday.  All meals are vegan (no meat, 
dairy, or eggs) and local merchants have provided some 
of the food.  Please bring your own bowl and mug if you 

Basic translation will be provided as needed in Spanish 
on Friday night and in French on Saturday. 

Please check out www.flora.org/ftaa to register and for 
more information on organizing and events happening all 
over Ottawa!  

Or write to us at ottawaftaa@riseup.net to register or
for additional information.  (contact Dan at 565-3776 
to register by phone)  

When registering, please mention if you need childcare 

Hope to see you there!
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