• Here is a grid listing of all our current themes to enable random browsing of the topics. 
  • We have a recommended order to follow for the 10-week Circles with lots of flexibility for the special interests of participants.
  • Each theme is well researched and open-ended to enable free discussion.
  • For facilitators and participants in an active Circle, use our Facilitators Theme List.

Allyship “begins when a person of privilege seeks to support a marginalized individual or group.” Allyship requires a commitment to unlearning and learning about privilege, power and oppression and involves

“The pass system has had lasting effects on generations of Indigenous people. Over half a century of segregation and restrictions on mobility contributed to the loss of culture, strained family relations,

In this first gathering we want to establish a climate of “mutual recognition and mutual respect” to use the words of the Truth and Reconciliation Report. No matter what your

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

As trauma and intergenerational trauma was the result of attacks to the culture and spirit of the children, addressing these soul wounds often requires cultural interventions and supports. Cultural ceremonies

Many of us are rebuilding relationships with our First Nations relatives, and acknowledging the destructive impact colonization has had on our families. Others are building vibrant connections to their ancestry

Various First Nations communities across Turtle Island (North America) had and continue to have existing traditions and laws that govern land rights and what would be considered “human rights” in

This theme briefly summarizes seven major violations of the intent of the treaties to recognize, respect and acknowledge each Indigenous nation. It brings together an overview of policies and practices

Misconception: Métis equals mixed blood/race (any mixture of Indigenous and non-Indigenous blood/ancestry equals Métis identity).  Facts: In 2002, the Métis National Council adopted the following national definition for Métis identity:

In the residential school era, Métis were not considered ‘Indians’ legally, under Canada’s Indian Act. They were considered the responsibility of the provincial governments and often education and health support

What is the balance between promoting multiculturalism and nationalism (e.g., pride in being Canadian) with the parallel acknowledgement of the oppression of First Nations, the diminishing of their unique and

Larry Beardy travelled by train from Churchill, Manitoba, to the Anglican residential school in Dauphin, Manitoba—a journey of 1,200 kilometres. As soon as they realized that they were leaving their

While the treatment of children varied from family to family, the children are united in the shared impacts on their connections to culture, identity and languages. While the operation of

“Many people came to the conversation without really thinking about reconciliation was. They kept focusing on what reconciliation wasn’t. It wasn’t about forgiveness. It wasn’t about sovereignty. It wasn’t about

Once reconciliation is on a business radar, business development decisions and community development decisions can also begin to be considered. On the business development side, those interested can being to

In this first gathering we want to establish a climate of “mutual recognition and mutual respect” to use the words of the Truth and Reconciliation Report. No matter what your

“Why do Indigenous people stay on reserves when there is often water that has to be boiled, mold in the houses, few educational opportunities and no jobs? For the sake

Restorative Justice is the traditional justice system for many Indigenous peoples. It also has the added benefit of being the form of justice for many of our newcomer communities, who

To non-Indigenous participants, reflect on the statement of Chief Commissioner Murray Sinclair: “Do not feel ashamed of the past; do not feel guilty. They don’t do any good at all.

Treaties did not “surrender or cede land”. In the understanding of Indigenous people they are considered sacred agreements between Nations, which covered more than just a transfer of territory. Treaties,

Reconciliation must become a way of life. It will take many years to repair damaged trust and relationships in Aboriginal communities and between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. Use the controls

3. MISCONCEPTIONS: Indigenous peoples are responsible for their current situation. The Facts: Many factors have contributed to the situation of Indigenous peoples in Canada Prior to European contact, Indigenous communities

These communities had begun to think of themselves as a distinct people – different from their Indigenous and European parent cultures but Indigenous nonetheless.  Blending aspects from their parent cultures

 7. MYTH: Indigenous peoples cannot interface with, or adapt to, life in the mainstream. The Facts: Indigenous peoples have extensive and effective relationships with the rest of Canadian society. Indigenous

The biggest challenge faced by Aboriginals, when asked unprompted, is “stigma, inequality, discrimination.”  It topped the list (18%, up from 6% in 2008) of about ten issues. There is little

Getting beyond or removing the Indian Act, however, is not as simple as it sounds. The paradox of the act is that it is also integral to securing the legal

Students did not stay overnight at the day schools, many were able to go home at the end of the school day, but often the conditions at the school and

Métis people are maintaining relationships with their home territories. Many Indigenous peoples are moving from rural to urban locations, yet remaining connected to their communities/land through celebrating culture days, pursuing

MISCONCEPTION #9: There are no qualified Indigenous workers to hire. The Facts: Indigenous peoples have the education, skills and expertise required for jobs in all economic sectors. In 2016, the