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“My view is that reconciliation is a way of life and requires work every day. Reconciliation is getting to know one another.”

Canada's new Governor General, Mary Simon, speaking on the occasion of her installation, July 26, 2021

Working towards truth and reconciliation and
equality of opportunity for Indigenous people.
Getting to know, respect and appreciate one another through our circles is already a significant action toward reconciliation.
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The Winnipeg administrative offices of Circles for Reconciliation Inc. are on Treaty 1 territory – the traditional land of the Ininiw (Cree), Anishinábé (Ojibwé), Anishiniw (Ojibwé Cree), Dakota and Dene people, as well as the Birthplace of the Métis Nation and the Heart of the Métis Homeland. Circles for Reconciliation is an Indigenous-led non-profit corporation, with at least 51 % of our Board of Directors being peoples of First Nation, Inuit, or Métis status. Circles for Reconciliation is a registered charity, registration no. 748256930RR0001.

Circles for Reconciliation is grateful for all who have joined the journey to reconciliation on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. We acknowledge that Tkaronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa Bands. As of October 31, 2023, we sadly had to lay off the Toronto Team due to severe lack of funding. Our Winnipeg team will continue to address the waiting registrants or hosts in this area.

What we do

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 (TRC).

The means to achieve this is the creation of small gatherings of an equal number of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in discussion circles.

Every Circle needs five Indigenous and five non-Indigenous participants. Relationships are built by equal voices.
Artwork by Eugene Demas.

How we do it

  • Each group of ten participants, led by two trained facilitators, meets weekly or biweekly for ten gatherings 90 minutes in length.
  • These ten meetings allow for the beginnings of respectful relationships, which the TRC stresses is the basis of reconciliation.
  • The participants sit in a circle, providing greater opportunities for sharing and being respectful of traditional Indigenous values and customs.
  • Themes for each Circle continue to be developed and, where necessary, are being adapted to different Indigenous customs and practices across Canada.

Did you know...?

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2024 National Indigenous Peoples Day Highlights

New Theme Video

Kéhtéyátis (Elder) Clarence Anderson shares a story about The Mouse and The Weasel speaking in Cree. “If you talk to me, I will be your friend too…”

Circles for Reconciliation is recognizing the principles in Call To Action #14 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report – “i. Aboriginal languages are a fundamental and valued element of Canadian culture and society, and there is an urgency to preserve them.” This video is used in the theme presentations in our Sharing Circles. Video editing provided by Austin Apetagon.

Read more about Kéhtéyátis (Elder) Clarence Anderson at this link.