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Discover Ottawa's Neighbourhoods through immigration Lens

OLIP and Heritage Ottawa are pleased to offer guided tours to showcase the contributions immigrants make to the economic and social development of Ottawa neighborhoods.

Welcoming Ottawa Ambassador Awards

Established in 2014, the annual Welcoming Ottawa Ambassadors Award recognizes the importance of welcoming attitudes towards newcomers and the critical role social connections plays in newcomers’ settlement and integration. 

Welcoming Ottawa Week: A free festival is highlighting Ottawa as a welcoming city to newcomers

Written by: Leah Gellar June is a really busy time in Ottawa—there’s the Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Fringe, the Dragonboat Festival, Glowfair, Escapade, Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, and the Franco-Ontarian Festival. The list goes …

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City’s largest mural ‘transforms’ Ottawa Community Housing building

The city’s largest mural, entitled Transformation: The Welcoming Ottawa Mural was unveiled at 215 Wurtemburg on November 3. The mural is showcased on the south wall of the building, facing Rideau Street. It helps …

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Public Invited to Participate in Immigrant Heritage Walking Tours

Ottawa (June 6, 2018) – As part of Welcoming Ottawa Week, June 18 to 30, 2018, the public is invited to participate in guided walking tours of Chinatown, Little Italy, Lowertown West, Lowertown East …

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Immigrants of Ottawa Come Into Focus

We learn so much about others from the images we see and the stories we hear. But what if most of the images of immigrants these days show desperate people crammed onto overloaded boats, …

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Who are we, anyway?

For almost two centuries, Europeans merely passed through these Algonquin lands. It was not until 1800 that Philemon Wright, of Woburn, Massachusetts, built a home for himself at the foot of the portage, on …

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Coming Out & Coming In

By Louisa Taylor We humans like our words, and we like them simple. We throw around the word “immigrants” as if somehow the 250,000 people who migrate to Canada every year can be summed …

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