Canada's new Governor General, Mary Simon, speaking on the occasion of her installation, July 26, 2021
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.
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.
Two videos about the 2023 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Treaty 1 Territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Did you know...?
There are 17 First Nation communities in Manitoba that can claim compensation from the First Nations Drinking Water Settlement. However, if you come from one of those communities, you have until March 7th, 2024 to apply.
There is a Government of Canada website called Drinking water litigation at this link. The page was updated January 10, 2024.
There is a government sanctioned/appointed administrator, that has been entrusted to administer this claim at this link can be found at the bottom of the government website. The administrator’s website is called First Nations Drinking Water Settlement.
There is a link on the Administrator’s website called Impacted First Nations List, to help you determine if your community is one of those communities affected.
There are 347 First Nation communities in Canada that have been identified as qualifying for this settlement. Most are in BC with 143 followed with Ontario with 74 eligible Class Action members. All Canadian provinces have qualifying communities.
This claim affects both First Nations communities and individuals. There is one year period to be living in your community during the qualifying time period.
This year’s Festival du Voyageur will take place February 16-25, 2024. Western Canada’s largest winter festival has a wide variety of entertainment from national to local entertainers, Indigenous/FNIM cuisine, fiddling and jigging competitions, a beard growing competition and lots of activities for kids. There is even a giant ice wall you can climb with the help of professional assistants.
The Festival takes place at Whittier Park at the southeast confluence of where the AssiniboineRiver intersects with the Red River at 836 Rue St Joseph in St. Boniface, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2Y 0H8.
For a brief history of Festival du Voyageur, please go to this link.
The 2023 Canadian mini series, Little Bird, about the the “60’s Scoop”, was filmed in Manitoba. Episodes were shot in Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and Winnipeg. The Story is about a young girl who was taken away by Child Welfare Authorities in 1968 from a Saskatchewan First Nation community and sent to a Montreal Jewish family and her attempts to reconcile with her Indigenous community.
A TV Critic for the Los Angeles Times, Robert Lloyd, referred to Little Bird as a powerful exploration of contemporary Canadian socials ills like the “Sixties Scoop” and assimilation. While these sociological phenomena are not as prevalent as in American society, the LA Times TV Critic does mention that people of color in the United States are making great strides, especially in the entertainment industry. The series is going to be aired in the United States on their public broadcasting network, the PBS network in 2024.
Interim payments are now being issued to eligible class members in the Sixties Scoop action. For more information, please consult the Sixties Scoop settlement website or call 1-844-287-4270.
If you are experiencing emotional distress and want to talk, free counselling and crisis intervention services are available from the Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310, or online at www.hopeforwellness.ca.
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