Closing Remarks for all Gatherings


(Each sentence to be read by a different participant)

1. Reconciliation must become a way of life.

2. It will take many years to repair damaged trust and relationships in Aboriginal communities and between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.

3. Reconciliation not only requires apologies, reparations, and relearning of Canada’s national history, and public commemorations, but also needs real social, political and economic change.

4. Ongoing public education and dialogue are essential to reconciliation.

5. Governments, churches, educational institutions, and Canadians from all walks of life are responsible for taking action on reconciliation in concrete ways, working collaboratively with Aboriginal peoples.

6. Reconciliation begins with each and every one of us.”  – (Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, Page 18)

Opening for all Gatherings


(To be read aloud at the start of each session)

1. I wish to acknowledge that we are on the original lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

2. Following the presentation of the topic for today, a general discussion will follow with each of you being given an opportunity to speak to the issue. You are encouraged to keep in mind seven sacred teachings of the Anishinaabe in your thoughts and words.

3. (The Seven Sacred Teachings are then to be read aloud by one of the participants)

LOVE: it is important to care for one another
HONESTY: better to fail with honesty than succeed by fraud
RESPECT: give it, earn it, receive it.
TRUTH: it is always easiest to speak the truth
HUMILITY: to be humble about your accomplishments is to be strong
COURAGE: let nothing stand in the way of doing the right thing
WISDOM: with hard work and dedication will come knowledge

4. Sharing around the circle, clockwise is recommended. Should you wish to “pass” at that time, you will be given a chance at the end to offer your thoughts. While you may not wish to speak at all on a given week, your participation is desired as each individual has gifts to offer the circle.

5. An item, such as a talking stick, will be passed around giving each person a chance to speak. Speak on behalf of yourself only and speak what comes from your heart and from your own experience.

6. It is very important that we all recognize that the feelings of an individual are neither right nor wrong. They are real and need to be respected.

7. In accordance with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, the four guiding principles for the new relationship are “mutual recognition, mutual respect, sharing, and mutual responsibility.” (Interim Report, page 23)

8. We ask you to be conscious of your sharing time so that everyone has a chance to participate.

Advisory Committee

Circles for Reconciliation Advisory Committee

Ko’ona Cochrane,  Community Indigenous Facilitator

Raymond F. Currie, retired, University of Manitoba

Ashley Edson, MsW.

Michael Yellowwing Kannon, Website developer

Lisa Raven, Exec. Dir., Returning to Spirit

Clayton Sandy  Indigenous Facilitator   

Ruth Shead, Coordinator for Indigenous Achievement, U. of Manitoba

Maraleigh Short, Visions & Voices Coordinator

Vincent Solomon, Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land, Urban Indigenous Ministry Developer

Mary Warmbrod, Family Therapist