From Slave Ships to Asylum Courts: Understanding African Human Trafficking Networks Past and Present

Next Thursday, February 5th, the Embassy and the University of Ottawa will be co-hosting a lecture from academic expert and anti-human trafficking activist Benjamin Lawrance on slavery and its legacy. Click on the image below for more details!

February 5th: Lecture at University of Ottawa by Brian Lawrance on slavery and its legacy.
February 5th: Lecture at University of Ottawa by Brian Lawrance on slavery and its legacy.

Documentary Screening: The Polar Sea

Categories: January 2015
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Published on: January 22, 2015

Next Wednesday, January 28th, the Embassy is pleased to be co-hosting a screening of The Polar Sea: How Climate Change Is Changing Us with the Environment, Society and Policy Group (ESPG) at the University of Ottawa. The documentary screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the filmmaker and several Arctic experts. Click on the image below for full details!

Polar Sea screening at University of Ottawa, January 28th.
Polar Sea screening at University of Ottawa, January 28th.

Panel Session on Transboundary Air Pollution

Categories: October 2014
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Published on: October 31, 2014

On November 5th in Ottawa, the Embassy — along with the Institute of the Environment — will be hosting senior government officials from the United States and Canada in a panel session looking at the success and challenges in fighting transboundary air pollution in North America over the past 23 years. For complete details, either click on the image for a PDF or view it online, and then click here to register!

The Embassy and the Institute of the Environment are co-hosting a panel session on cross-border air pollution at the University of Ottawa November 5th.
The Embassy and the Institute of the Environment are co-hosting a panel session on cross-border air pollution at the University of Ottawa November 5th.

Capital Pride 2014

Categories: august 2014
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Published on: August 27, 2014

The Embassy was pleased to take part in this year’s Capital Pride festivities! Check out the video below for a quick recap of everything we did, or visit our website for a more complete rundown!

Capital Pride: International Film Nights

Categories: august 2014
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Published on: August 12, 2014

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Capital Pride is about to hit Ottawa, and the Embassy is pleased to be taking part in a full slate of activities. You can get a sense of everything we’re doing here, but we want to highlight one activity that’s sure to be a lot of fun: an outdoor screening of cult classic To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar. It’s free, and it’s taking place at the corner of Bank and Gilmour on Friday, August 22nd at 8 pm. It’s part of a series of movies taking place at Capital Pride, so click on the poster below for more details!

Capital Pride International Film Nights
Capital Pride International Film Nights

Embassy Viewing Party: Acceptance in Sports Webcast

Categories: June 2014
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Published on: June 20, 2014

Are you involved with an Ottawa-area sports & fitness organization or business, educational athletics department, LGBTQ or community group?

Interested in learning about ethics and inclusion in sports?

Then join us for a viewing party (and lunch!)

Join us for a viewing party for the Acceptance in Sports webcast, June 24th in Ottawa!
Join us for a viewing party for the Acceptance in Sports webcast, June 24th in Ottawa!

Tuesday, June 24, 11:30 – 1:00pm
U.S. Embassy Ottawa
490 Sussex Drive

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: As part of State’s celebration of LGBT Pride Month, the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) has arranged a global webchat for June 24, at noon EDT, focusing on successes and challenges on LGBT issues in U.S. society. The dialogue will feature Jason Collins, who recently became the first U.S. professional basketball player (NBA) to announce that he is gay. Joining him will be Wade Davis, a former NFL professional football player who came out publicly in 2012. He is executive director for the You Can Play Project, an advocacy organization working to eradicate homophobia in U.S. professional sports.

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN US: We would like to facilitate a discussion about acceptance in sports, but at the local level. We will also have a laptop set up for submitting questions to the speakers via webchat in order to make it an interactive experience. Recipients of this invitation include sports & fitness NGOs and businesses, post-secondary athletics departments, LGBTQ and community groups, and government. It’s a prime opportunity to meet like-minded people and share best practices. …and, of course, lunch is on us!

If you can’t join us in person, you can tune into the webchat from your home or office by clicking on this link at noon on June 24: https://conx.state.gov/event/acceptance-in-sports/ (lunch not included in this option, sorry!). Let us know if you tune in, and feel free to share the link with your organization, contacts and colleagues.

Embassy viewing party space is limited — first come, first serve!

Please email your RSVP to cultural@state.gov by June 20. Be sure to include any dietary restrictions.

You must RSVP in order to attend. Reservations are non-transferable.

Please bring photo I.D.

Electronic devices (cell phones, iPods, and cameras) will be checked upon arrival.

Please arrive at the SUSSEX ENTRANCE 10-15 minutes prior to the program to clear security.

Please indicate special needs requirements when you RSVP.

Parking is available nearby in the Byward Market!

Interfaith Dialogue DVC with Eboo Patel

Categories: June 2014
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Published on: June 12, 2014
Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core and Member of President Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships
Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core and Member of President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships

On Wednesday, June 25th, the Embassy invites you to join us for a digital videoconference with Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core and a member of President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

What: DVC with Eboo Patel
Where: U.S. Embassy Ottawa, 490 Sussex Drive
When: Wednesday, June 25, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Please RSVP to Kate Brown by Monday, June 23rd via email, at brownkhb@state.gov.

You must RSVP in order to attend. Reservations are non-transferable. Please bring photo I.D. Electronic devices (cell phones, iPods, and cameras) will be checked upon arrival. Please arrive at the SUSSEX ENTRANCE 10-15 minutes prior to the program to clear security.

Please indicate special needs requirements when you RSVP. Parking is available nearby in the Byward Market.

Chat with an Astronaut!

Categories: May 2014
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Published on: May 16, 2014

On Thursday, May 22nd, the Embassy will be co-presenting a webchat with astronaut Dr. Mary Ellen Weber. For more details about the chat and Dr. Weber, click on the poster below, and then register to join the chat here!

Webchat with Mary Ellen Weber May 22nd - register now!
Webchat with Mary Ellen Weber May 22nd – register now!

#HearFromYou

Destination USA: Washington State

Hi, my name is…

Sage

I’m from…

Ellensburg, Washington — a town two hours east of Seattle, Washington.

My hometown is known for…

Ellensburg is internationally known for the Ellensburg Rodeo, one of the stops on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo circuit. Seattle is known for the scenic splendor of the islands in the Puget Sound, the North Cascades and Mount Rainier, and tourist destinations such as the famous Pike Place Market and the Space Needle.

See Orcas in the Puget Sound! (Credit DiscoverAmerica.com)
See Orcas in the Puget Sound! (Credit DiscoverAmerica.com)

My favorite thing about my hometown is…

Surrounded by mountains on all sides, Ellensburg is located in the heart of the Kittitas Valley in the center of Washington State. It is a short drive from the Pacific Ocean, the city lights of Seattle, the snowy slopes of the Cascade Mountains, the beautiful Columbia River, and the hot, dry, desert of Eastern Washington.

My favorite thing about Seattle is…

From arts to sports to nature, there is always something fun to do. You can go whale watching at the San Juan Islands, explore the seafood at Pike Place Market, and shop to your heart’s delight at one of the many shopping malls downtown.

City of Seattle (Courtesy of Visit Seattle)
City of Seattle (Courtesy of Visit Seattle)

If you came to visit me, I’d take you…

Hiking in the Cascade Mountains; sailing in the Puget Sound followed by a bon fire on the beach at Golden Gardens Park; for Pacific Northwestern fare — including some of the world’s most delicious seafood — at the Pike Place Market (the original farmers market, established in 1907); and, on a trip to the Seattle Center, home to the Space Needle and many other attractions.

Pike Place Market (Credit: Discover America)
Pike Place Market (Credit: Discover America)

The Seattle Space Needle (Credit spaceneedle.com)
The Seattle Space Needle (Credit spaceneedle.com)

Things you have to try before you leave…

Seattle has four professional sports teams, and while you are in town you should definitely join the crowds to cheer on any one of them! If you are visiting the Seattle Center, you can easily catch a Seattle Storm Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) game at the Key Arena next to the Space Needle. The Seahawks, Seattle’s National Football League (NFL) team, recently beat the Denver Broncos to win the 2014 NFL Super Bowl. The Sounders are Seattle’s Major League Soccer team, and the Mariners are the city’s Major League Baseball (MLB) team. Nothing beats catching an M’s game on a sunny day with the stadium roof wide open!

Ellensburg, Seattle, and General Washington State Links:

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