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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

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Working towards truth and reconciliation and
equality of opportunity for Indigenous people.
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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...?

View the “Did you know?” archives at this link.

Chief Andy Rickard of Garden River First Nation participated in a ten session Circle for Reconciliation (Zoom) with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights staff in the spring of 2021. He shared his views in this video.

“Reconciliation is needed in order for us to move forward in a good way as two nations. If we are able to do our part as partners; non-indigenous and Indigenous people to have that understanding, that deep respect for each other then I think the future of our relationship will be much brighter and our children will have a much better life being able to live in this country coexisting in harmony with our nation, brothers and sisters.”

North Point Douglas Women’s Centre

Every holiday season, in the spirit of giving, Circles for Reconciliation chooses to shine a light on the community work done by another organization. For 2023, we’ve chosen NPDWC. This Centre “walks with women to strengthen their voice, make change, and engage in our community” through a range of services and programs. 

Their vision is “a safe, healthy, vibrant community for women and families.  Here is a link to their website which gives detail and opportunity to donate. 

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Year End Giving

This Friday, December 29th, 2023, CanadaHelps is offering to add an extra 1% percent to all donations given to non-profits!

Your support will definitely assist in Circles for Reconciliation’s efforts in coordinating more Sharing Circles in 2024 for all Canadians on the path to reconciliation. In the past few months, we were able to move forward on 45 Sharing Circles that went into pending mode due to the pandemic! We have been working tirelessly with our small staff and we are grateful for your support!Ékosi, Miigwech, Ghaniih, Miikwehc, Maarsii, Pidamiye, Quryanarq, Thank you

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Registered Charity Number: 748256930RR0001

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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.