Closing Protocol for Meetings

Closing Protocol for Meetings:

(Each sentence to be read by a different participant,
with the last sentence being read together by all six)

  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. (All six readers) Reconciliation begins with each and every one of us.”

(Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, Page 18)

 

Opening Protocol for Meetings

Opening Protocol for Meetings:

(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. Because we have a number of gatherings you will have ample opportunity to share your ideas and feelings.

 

 

General Procedures for Gatherings

GENERAL PROCEDURES FOR GATHERINGS

Each meeting would have the following format:

    1. Opening standard Protocol (by facilitator)
    2. Reading (or alternate presentation) by facilitator or by a designated but volunteer participant, determined by the facilitator (10-12 minutes).
    3. Sharing by everyone in the circle using a talking stick
    4. Closing  (Initiated by the facilitator, but each phrase read by 6 different participants, with the last sentence read by all six). We consider it important that gatherings conclude after 75 minutes with the sharing of the Closing protocol.  In that way, those who wish to leave can do so without feeling guilt or disrupting things. Some may wish to continue discussions if that is acceptable in the facility. But our commitment is for meetings of 75 minutes.
    5. Items needed for each meeting
      • Refreshments, possibly muffins and a drink
      • A talking stick
      • A copy of the Opening Protocol
      • A copy of the  Sacred Teachings of the Anishinaabe
      • 6 copies of the closing Protocol for each group
      • Materials for smudging (if desired) or appropriate invocation

 

Registration

Register for Circles for Reconciliation

Circles open for new participants

The information below indicates simply the physical location of the circles. There is no requirement for membership in any of the organizations where the circles are being held. Where known, we have also indicated the time of the circles. If you would like to participate in one of these circles please indicate which circle when you register online. You can also register without indicating a specific site where you would like to participate.

A detailed list of circles can be found here.

Common interest in achieving truth and reconciliation and equality of opportunity for Indigenous people is the only requirement for participation.

There is no cost to participation.
Each meeting will be approximately 75 minutes
Participation will include attendance at 10 meetings.

If you know others who might like to take part, please invite them to respond. Once we have 10 participants we will announce the particulars of a new Circle.

Having reviewed and agreed to the “Guiding Principles” posted on this website, I wish to join a group.

We ask this next question to ensure that we have a balance of participants in each circle:
First NationInuitMétisNon-Indigenous

City
Winnipeg, ManitobaToronto, OntarioThunder Bay, OntarioOther

Availability
Please check all that apply.

Weekdays
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Weekends
Saturday
Sunday

Start Times
Morning (10am
Afternoon (1pm)
Evening (Starts between 5-7pm)

Can not participate now. Available starting

I would like to be trained to be a facilitator of a group (I agree to be contacted by email).

You will be informed as soon as 10 participants register for a given time. Groups are held in various areas in your city. New groups are starting on a regular basis.

Thank you for your registration! If you cannot attend for some reason, can you please provide 72 hours notice so we may find a replacement. Thank you for this courtesy.

A Survivor

“A Survivor is not just someone who “made it through” the schools, or “got by” or was “making do.”

A Survivor is a person who persevered against and overcame adversity. The word came to mean someone who emerged victorious, though not unscathed, whose head was “bloody but unbowed.” It referred to someone who had taken all that could be thrown at them and remained standing at the end. It came to mean someone who could legitimately say “I am still here!”

For that achievement, Survivors deserve our highest respect. But, for that achievement, we also owe them the debt of doing the right thing. Reconciliation is the – thing to do, coming out of this history.

In this volume, Survivors speak of their pain, loneliness, and suffering, and of their accomplishments. While this is a difficult story, it is also a story of courage and endurance. The first step in any process of national reconciliation requires us all to attend to these voices, have been silenced for far too long. We encourage all Canadians to do so.

The Survivors Speak, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Page XIII.

Closing Remarks for all Gatherings

CLOSING 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

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

Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

1. The Seven Sacred Teachings of the Anishinaabe

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

2. Each group ideally will be composed of 8 to 10 persons, including at least three Indigenous persons.

talking stck
talking stick

3. With the help of a talking stick, each person in the circle group will be listened to in turn, treated with respect and valued for their insights.

4. We are proposing meeting times of one hour 15 minutes maximum, with each group meeting for ten weeks, thus requiring a serious commitment.

5. We will always endeavour to provide support for any participants experiencing trauma.

6. Because both personal and cultural differences play a role in the willingness and comfort level of people speaking in a group, respect, patience and courtesy are to be the hallmarks of the groups.

7. Participants will have to work hard to achieve equality of all participants as the structures of our society have not promoted that approach.

8. 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.

9. 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)

10. There is no cost in participation, only a common commitment to work toward achieving truth and reconciliation and equality of opportunity for Indigenous people of Canada.

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