Indigenous Awareness Committee
 
Chair 2020-2021:  Dianne Dance
 
One might think that this committee is rather new to Rotary and yet it has deeper roots than some Rotarians might think.  The Committee has evolved just as our awareness of Canada’s Indigenous issues have evolved. Over the next little while, if you follow this page, you will learn how this committee began, the people responsible for its inauguration, development and growth and some of the continuing work it is doing.
 
To give you a flavour of its current purpose, at the top of every agenda, and recited at the beginning of every meeting is the Land Acknowledgement and a Reminder of Our Committee’s Purpose:
 
Land Acknowledgement
“As we gather, we are reminded that Guelph is situated on treaty land that is steeped in rich indigenous history and has been home to a variety of peoples over the millennia.  Today, this area has become home to many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.
As a Community, we have a responsibility for the stewardship of the land on which we live and work.
Today, we acknowledge the historic, Mississaugas of the Credit, the First Nation people who were the treaty signatories of the territory on which we are meeting.”
 
Reminder of Our Committee’s Purpose
  • LEARNING more about Canada's First Peoples, their history, culture and developments
  • SHARING our own learning with others, to help Indigenous Awareness grow within our club and community
  • SUPPORTING positive change wherever we can
 
Stay tuned for more information on our committee’s early beginnings, activities, speakers, projects, links with other Rotary organizations, and our current ventures.
 
Barb Holmes