About Us

The Ottawa Black Diaspora Coalition (OBDC) is a volunteer-run, social justice organisation that was founded in 2016; based in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, on Unceded and Unsurrendered Algonquin, Anishinaabe Territory. OBDC works to combat all forms of anti-Black systemic racism and our coalition is strengthened through the support of the community. 

Our Story

Following the murder of Abdirahman Abdi at the hands of the Ottawa Police in July 2016, like-minded Black folks joined together on Unsurrendered Algonquin Anishinaabe territory to form the Ottawa Black Diaspora Coalition (OBDC). Since then, we have continued to organize in the Ottawa/Gatineau region to address  anti-Black systemic racism within this city’s policing and housing institutions.

Through this work, we have built strong relationships with other local grassroots organizations to embrace a united front on issues impacting the Black community. It is because of the continued support of our team, our volunteers, and community members that we are able to do the necessary work that we do today.

As Black, femme and gender non conforming, caregivers we have experienced both external and lateral violence as community organizers. Nonetheless, we remain unapologetic in advocating for ourselves, on behalf of our community and in our desire to achieve transformative justice. 

We recognize that we do not speak on behalf of all Black people. Our objective is to educate and denounce all forms of oppression while working collectively with our community to create lasting and positive solutions. We call ourselves a Coalition not because we have official partners but because we are a movement driven by the people and for the people.

Community care through collective organizing is essential work and we are appreciative of all donations made to help sustain our organization. Any amount, big or small, helps a great deal and can be sent to donate2obdc@gmail.com.

You can keep up to date with our work through our newsletter but most importantly, we hope this work inspires our community to join the fight against systemic inequality.

Black Lives Matter.

In love,

Co-Founders & Co-Chairs

our purpose

We aim to collectively organize at the Municipal, Provincial, and Federal level and stand in solidarity with marginalized and oppressed communities to address important socio-economic issues of inequity. We hope to achieve meaningful reform through education, community consultation, and advocacy work through a transformative lense.