Manitoba and B.C. to have Indigenous Names on Provincial Birth Certificates

The Manitoba government will "waive" all processing fees indefinitely for those Residential School Survivors who were stripped of their traditional Indigenous name upon entering into a Residential School. The move is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action # 17 which called for "all levels" of government to waive all administrative fees for Survivors trying to get back their real Traditional names.The BC Government did a similar move earlier this year when they allowed Indigenous People to reclaim their names like when they allowed a baby boy to have his legal name, "λugʷaləs" to appear on…

Circles for Reconciliation would like to thank all those who participated in our National Indigenous Peoples Day BBQ and Circle.

A Big Thank You We would like to thank all those who helped make National Indigenous Peoples Day a huge celebration! The number of volunteers from the schools, resource agencies, individuals and teams of volunteers! The teepee which was brought by retired Sgt. Lester Houle and his helper. The 7 Eleven truck and caterers. Staff at Sgt. Tommy Prince Place. All the entertainers, exhibitors, artisans, CFR Facilitators and Staff and so much more! Donations of water, snacks, books and items for the prize draws. Longer acknowledgements to follow.In the mean time, please select this Link for some aerial drone footage…

Manitoba Government Provides $167,000 to Support Circles for Reconciliation Inc.

The Manitoba government is providing $167,000 in funding to support the ongoing operation of Circles for Reconciliation, a Winnipeg-based national charity that facilitates small group gatherings – circles – between Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants that aim to establish and maintain authentic, mutually respectful relationships, Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations Minister Alan Lagimodiere announced today.
“Our government is committed to advancing reconciliation to build trust, affirm historical agreements, address healing, and create a more equitable and inclusive society,” said Lagimodiere. “We are proud to support…
Toronto Newcomer Day

Toronto Newcomer Day

Every year, between 80,000 and 100,000 'Newcomers' make Toronto their new permanent home. Circles for Reconciliation, recently participated in the 8th Annual Newcomers Day to welcome all these new Torontonians and to make their transition to their new home a successful one.
Remembering Susan Scott

Remembering Susan Scott

The passing of Susan Scott is a sad moment for many, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and certainly for Circles for Reconciliation.Back in December 2016, following a CBC radio broadcast about us at the very beginnings of our project, Susan called me and we met for coffee. She became the very  first supporter of our Circles. Over the years we kept in touch and she continued her support.  Her focus was always to empower Indigenous people. You could rarely attend a public event on reconciliation without encountering Susan.  Her support for a number of Indigenous individuals and organizations was always…