Indigenous Awareness Committee at Rotary Club of Guelph
Committee Chair 2023-2024:    Eleni Bakopoulos
Our committee meets once a month and welcomes current and potential members, any time. Ask the club president for an introduction. 
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 since 2011, just as our awareness of Canada’s Indigenous issues has also evolved. The pages in this section will describe how this committee began, the people responsible for its inauguration, development and growth, and some of the continuing work it is doing.
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
  • Liaising with Indigenous Rotary Groups such as HIP, CIRCLE+
  • Fostering local relationships with Indigenous communities and charities
  • Conducting community outreach projects in Guelph such as "Towards Truth" events including a June Film Festival plus Truth & Reconciliation Week/Orange Shirt Day in September
  • Organizing Indigenous-themed programs at our club meetings
  • Sharing important events or learning opportunities
Read on for more information on our committee’s work, links with other Rotary organizations, and our current ventures.
Barb Holmes