Circles for Reconciliation has launched its first online fundraiser!
In order to continue recruiting participants and organizing them into circles we are in need of $20,000 to bridge our operating requirements until some of our outstanding grant applications are approved. Circles For Reconciliation operates on a lean budget with only 6 part-time employees and far more volunteer than paid hours. If only 400 people would be willing to donate $50 we would reach our goal. Of course, any donation is appreciated! A tax-deductible receipt will be provided for all donations over $18.
What’s it all about?
The aim of Circles For Reconciliation is to establish trusting, meaningful relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples as part of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The means to achieve this will be the establishment of small grassroots gatherings of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples in discussion circles.
Each group will meet weekly or biweekly for ten gatherings. The participants will sit in circle, providing greater opportunities for consensus and being respectful of traditional Indigenous values and customs. Themes are being developed for the gatherings.
The vision is to establish 100 circles over a two year period. There is no cost to participate, only a common interest in working toward truth and reconciliation and equality of opportunity for Indigenous people. Our Guiding Principles for these circles are for the dignity and kindness for all.
Individuals as well as schools, colleges and universities, faith groups, corporations, service clubs and others are invited to participate.
For further information on how you can participate, email us or call
Raymond Currie at 1-204-487-0512
If you would like copies of our brochure to distribute to other potential participants, please feel free to view, download or print it here.
Members of the Advisory Committee
Raymond F. Currie – Project Coordinator
Clayton Sandy – Indigenous Ambassador
Ingrid Dowan – Indigenous Recruiter and Event Coordinator
Linda Connor – Social Studies Curriculum Consultant, Manitoba Education and Training
Clarence Ens – Mental Health Therapist, WHRA
Chantal Fiola – Assistant Professor, University of Winnipeg
Katelyn Mackenzie – Office and Research Assistant, Instructor, University of Winnipeg
Jack Mercredi – Office of the Manitoba Ombudsman
Kali Leary – Principal Consultant, Sage Solutions
Ruth Shead – Coordinator, Indigenous Achievement, University of Manitoba
Maraleigh Short – Visions and Voices Coordinator, Touchstone FASD Program
Mary Warmbrod – Family Therapist, Aurora Family Therapy Centre
“I am a Wakka Wakka person living in Bundjalung Country on the east coast of Australia. The image for me is about women’s healing and the different shades of our skin since the colonization and introduction of genocide and that no matter what we look like we still have a place in the circle. The leaves we use when we dance to prepare an area for ceremony by cleansing”.