Reconcili-ACTION at work

On September 30th crowds gathered to participate in Indigenous Day activities throughout Alberta and Canada. Rotaractors and DG Leavitt had a booth on Prince's Island Park to talk with people about what Indigenous and Indigenous Rights and Reconcili-ACTION meant to them.
People placed post-it notes with their thoughts, ideas and words about making a different.
The words were all compiled into a word cloud - larger words indicate more usage in what was being communicated.
The image of two hands shaking one another signifies building trust and friendship. This embracement shared between the two peoples empowers one another on a mutual level. 
The circle around the hands has no ending and is everlasting so we can continue to grow together. The four colours of the medicine wheel was also incorporated as a recognizable image that signifies the District’s commitment to look at the work through an Indigenous lens. 
Artist - Ina Fairbanks (Old Shoes)
District Indigenous Relations Committee
Rotary District 5360 gratefully acknowledges that we are within the traditional and ancestral territories and gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples. Most of our district clubs and members who live in southern Alberta are located in Treaty number 7 territory, the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Nations (including Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai Nations), as well as the the Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nakoda First Nations. As the District includes parts of Saskatchewan, we also recognise that these Rotarians live within the Treaty 4 and 6 areas.  We appreciate all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls for Action recommended all Canadians, individually and or corporately, to undertake the necessary steps in favor of reconciliation with Indigenous people.
District 5360 is committed to foster learning opportunities with its members and working with Indigenous leaders and community members to co-creating meaningful and long-lasting change.
The District’s Indigenous Relations Committee, which consists of Indigenous and non-Indigenous members, has a mandate to provide Indigenous perspectives and advice to Rotary District 5360, its clubs and members.  To do this, it will:
  • Support or facilitate Indigenous training and learning opportunities for Clubs and members, 
  • Make the District’s programs and services more accessible and relevant to Indigenous individuals and communities 
  • Strengthen and expand relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations 
  • Identify opportunities for Rotary to support Indigenous related initiatives
For more information, contact
Committee Chair, Cam Stewart, Calgary East