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Sinda Garziz. Photo: Awesome Ottawa.

Awesome Ottawa March award to support street art shedding light on precarious immigration status in Ottawa

By Awesome Ottawa on March 25, 2022


March’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to Sinda Garziz to support street art shedding light on the barriers experienced by those in Ottawa with precarious immigration status.

Sinda’s project will highlight and challenge vulnerabilities that result in fear of accessing city services through a photography exhibit, a graffiti mural, live performance, and an art installation.

Following a roundtable discussion with people with lived experiences of precarious status, community organizers, service providers, and artists, the works will develop in collaboration between these groups.

Sinda Garziz. Photo: Awesome Ottawa.

“The exhibit,” explains Garziz, “will take place in different locations in downtown Ottawa. It will be inaugurated by a guided tour led by organizers and storytellers who have been formally undocumented. They will share with us a bit of their story as we walk through the art exhibit.”

“Canada is the only country in the West,” notes Garziz, “that practices indefinite immigration detention, where undocumented immigrants and their children can be held indefinitely in high security jails with difficult access to legal representation and no access to legal aid.”

Garziz is a migrant justice organizer, a health promoter for LGBTQIA+ newcomers, and a master’s student at Saint Paul University.

Awesome Ottawa is part of a global movement of self-organizing chapters forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time. At each chapter, ten or so trustees each contribute $100 every month and review short applications received online to decide on the recipient of the pooled funds—usually a local project, but occasionally a particularly awesome one far away from home. Over $5 million has already been awarded globally—$149,000 of that by Awesome Ottawa. For more information, visit