“For many years The Winnipeg Foundation has made grants to support Indigenous communities and it is now formally tracking the grants which support organizations and program fulfilling the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to action. The Foundation is committed to working with everyone in the community towards a shared goal of reconciliation.”
In April, 2018 the Toronto Foundation awarded our project a grant in support of the expansion of Circles for Reconciliation in the Toronto area.
Retired Chief Justice Richard J. Scott and Mary Scott
“The reconciliation process has exposed the wrongs of the past, and has illuminated the opportunities for the future. The active participation of Indigenous Manitobans in our economy is a pathway to prosperity for our province. I applaud Circles for Reconciliation for providing leadership in the development of opportunities for partnership, innovation and ultimately, success, in the pursuit of economic development for all Manitobans.” – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister
August 30th, 2016
Reconciliation is about resilience. It’s also about honoring the truth and reconciling for the future, and I was very pleased to declare 2016 as the Year of Reconciliation for Winnipeg.
It is my hope this will build on the years of important work undertaken by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and all of Winnipeg’s grassroots organizations toward reconciling our collective past.
I have been excited by Winnipeggers’ warm and dynamic response so far to this being the Year of Reconciliation. From Indigenous Elders and community organizations, to members of our immigrant and newcomers’ communities, and to young people I’ve talked with in high schools all across the City, the response has been tremendous. And the work that will be undertaken through the Circles for Reconciliation project exemplifies the positive and meaningful efforts being made all across our community toward reconciliation.
I continue to challenge all of us to consider what we can do — as individuals, as businesses — to respond to the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and I want to thank all those involved with the Circles for Reconciliation project for answering that call!
I do feel we are changing the tone in Winnipeg, and that’s because of the great, and growing, support for making this year a year when we pull together to make a real difference.
The City of Winnipeg
“Circles for Reconciliation is an important effort to address decolonization and reconciliation. I applaud and support this carefully thought-out initiative.” – Ry Moran, Director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, University of Manitoba
July 6, 2017
Circles For Reconciliation
c/o Raymond Currie
The Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg is pleased to provide ongoing support to the initiative now widely know as Circles for Reconciliation! I know the beginnings were humble and you took a brave step forward to unite citizens of Winnipeg in this most important goal!
Your efforts to build a foundation for Reconciliation within individuals by having them host others at their homes and other local venues has proven more effective that anyone could imagine.
In my work as President of the Council, I have personally met some of the participants and heard their stories of personal growth and development in terms of their understanding of the true history of Indigenous Peoples of Canada.
For many of us who have devoted our life’s work to these causes, we know that this approach is fundamental to lasting positive change in the relationship between ourselves and other Canadians.
The fact that other individuals and groups are reaching out to you to adopt this model is living proof that it is working!
In closing, I am confident that your proposal will receive the due consideration of which it is most deserving!
Yours in friendship,
“If Winnipeg is to succeed as a city, there must be reconciliation – between nations, between individuals. The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce is not only invested in the business-directed Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission—we are committed to holistic, all-inclusive, and innovative person-to-person plans such as those found within Circles for Reconciliation.” – (Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce)
Anglican Bishop Donald Phillips
The Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land is pleased to heartily endorse the Circles for Reconciliation. We believe this engagement will be a great gift to the city of Winnipeg and all of its citizens – indigenous and non-indigenous. It will provide a way for us to begin to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation 94 Calls to Action that will engage people at the local level. The Diocesan Executive Committee was pleased to pass this resolution: “The Executive Committee, on behalf of the Diocese, endorses the ‘Circles for Reconciliation’ program, and commends it to our Diocese to grow and encourage a process of reconciliation, and adoption of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.”
I hope that many of our members will commit to participation in these Circles.
Bishop Donald Phillips, Ph.D.
Diocese of Rupert’s Land
United Church of Canada – Winnipeg Presbytery
October 5, 2017
Mr. Raymond Currie
Circles for Reconciliation
c/o The Circle of Life Thunderbird House 715 Main St.
Winnipeg Presbytery of the United Church of Canada, representing all of the United Church congregations in Winnipeg, is pleased to provide this letter of endorsement with regard to the work of “Circles for Reconciliation”. This work is a concrete response to the Truth and Reconciliation’s 94 ‘Calls to Action’ bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to engage in meaningful conversation and interaction in a true spirit of reconciliation.
The partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons to organize a community based approach to effect reconciliation is exemplary. Several of our Winnipeg congregations are already involved in the ‘Circles for Reconciliation’ process and others are preparing to do so.
We trust that potential funders will recognize this approach and provide support. We also pray that you will find success in having many organizations willing to engage in the “Circles for Reconciliation” process.
We were pleased to be able to participate in a Circle focussing on “The Pass System” at a recent Presbytery meeting. It was a meaningful activity and full of surprises since many of our Presbytery reps were unfamiliar with the system which so profoundly affected out Indigenous people.
Once again we are pleased to be able to support this initiative and we pray for God’s blessing on this work.
Yours in Christ,
Department of Native Studies – University of Manitoba
“There is no more pressing issue in Canada then reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Circles for Reconciliation is a step in this direction and models a partnership we can all learn from.”-
Niigaan Sinclair, Associate Professor & Acting Head, Department of Native Studies – University of Manitoba
“Together we are better. Through Circles for Reconciliation, Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals will engage in difficult – yet essential – conversations to gain a deeper understanding of what reconciliation can look like both here in Winnipeg and in our daily lives. I applaud the collaborative and thoughtful approach that Circles for Reconciliation has used in consultations, and highly encourage all Winnipeggers to take part in this important endeavour.” -Christie McLeod, Founder & Managing Director, Human Rights Hub Winnipeg.
July 7, 2017
Dr. David T. Barnard
President and Vice-Chancellor
Office of the President 202 Administration Building University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Dear Dr. Barnard,
RE: CIRCLES FOR RECONCILIATION
Please accept this letter on behalf of the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Inc. to express our support for the Circles for Reconciliation funding application to the Government of Canada.
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata is a grandmother in the Winnipeg family of community service providers. She was established in 1984 to reclaim Indigenous people’s inherent role and responsibility as the caregivers for Indigenous children and families in Winnipeg. We are a community mandated, Indigenous directed and supported human service organization, delivering children in care and community based programs and services to Indigenous families. The name Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata translates from Ojibway into the phrase “we all work together to help one another” and our programs and services are developed and operate within a philosophy that is embodied in our name. These words reflect a vision of collective responsibility and reciprocity that drives our leadership in Indigenous community based care in Winnipeg.
Reconciliation is an important part of the growth and development of Winnipeg’s Indigenous people and creating opportunities to bring people together to have the conversations is vital.
In the spirit of working together to help one another, we look forward to participating in this initiative.
Diane Redsky, Executive Director
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Inc.