Honouring Indigenous People was created by Rotarians in Southern Ontario in partnership and consultation with a number of indigenous people. We are honouring indigenous people by supporting their educational efforts and encouraging all Canadians to be aware of indigenous issues, history and culture.


Please look at their website (http://www.rotaryhip.com/) for regular updates. The Rotary HIP Facebook has been set up so "like us on Facebook". Pass it on to your Facebook friends.

Facebook Page: click : https://www.facebook.com/HonouringIndigenousPeoples/ to see their new site. You can like, follow and share.

Newsletters : Their monthly HIP newsletters can now be found on our HIP website (Rotary HIP – Newsletters).

To see how your Rotary Club can get involved and see what other Rotary Clubs are already doing.......

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Please look at our website (http://www.rotaryhip.com/) for regular updates. The Rotary HIP Facebook has been set up so "like us on Facebook". Pass it on to your Facebook friends.

Blog Go to (Rotary HIP - Blog).

Facebook Page: click : https://www.facebook.com/HonouringIndigenousPeoples/ to see our new site. You can like, follow and share.

 Photo Album : (Rotary HIP - Photo Album - Rotary HIP) : Please take a look.If you have recently viewed a good film or documentary or read a book not on our list with an indigenous theme or message, please email Julie Dunaiskis (julie@eccgroup.ca) and Janet McLeod (jmm@nexicom.net) to add to our list. 

 Newsletters : Our monthly HIP newsletters can now be found on our HIP website (Rotary HIP – Newsletters).

For the latest Newsletter, please see: http://www.rotaryhip.com/images/HIP_June_News_2017.pdf 

Resources - Films & Documentaries : (Rotary HIP - Films & Documentaries). 

Reading: If you have recently viewed a good film or documentary or read a book not on our list with an indigenous theme or message, please email Julie Dunaiskis (julie@eccgroup.ca) and Janet McLeod (jmm@nexicom.net) to add to our list.

Gifts-in-Kind. As previously stated, this has been an overwhelming success. Over 180 pallets of goods worth over $650,000 have been sent to twenty First Nations communities including two in Manitoba. Transportation valued at more than $120,000 by Trucks for Change and Wasaya Airlines have been provided for no cost. HIP has been the co-ordinator and facilitator of the transportation. This is a partnership between the donor organizations (schools, churches, Rotary clubs), transportation companies and the local First Nations communities. We are working hard to put this program on a self-sustaining basis for the future. There has been some media, most focused on the donors. It is our aim to turn this into the start of engagement and interaction amongst people and the communities north and south. Already a few pen pal exchanges are starting to evolve.

On July 14th, Chris Snyder attended the Rotary Club of Burlington North meeting. There will be a cheque presentation to ONEXONE Foundation who operate the First Nations School Breakfast Program (click the link on our website for more information). The club and 12 other Rotary clubs in District 7080 participated and along with a district matching grant, a total of $12,800 was raised. Great work!


What is your club doing? Please email Julie Dunaiskis (julie@eccgroup.ca) with a brief summary so we can post on the HIP website and provide an update in upcoming newsletters. This will help other clubs and provide a sense of how we are involved. We do not know the precise number of clubs across Canada who are involved in educational and awareness activities, however, our guess is at least 100. Some were involved well before HIP, many on their own and some because of our encouragement and leadership. Let's all go forward together.

Adventure in Understanding will take place on August 27 - September 1, 2017.

Applications are now open for youth aged 16-18 years of age. Sponsored and in partnership with the Rotary Club of  Peterborough Kawartha, Curve Lake First Nation, Camp Kawartha and the Canadian Canoe Museum, this annual  canoe trip brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to be leaders in sharing and experiencing aspects of Indigenous culture leading to greater understanding and reconciliation. Check the application link on our blog.

Request a Speaker - Would your club like to have a Speaker at an upcoming meeting? If so, please check the list of available speakers on our website under Resources/Speakers List. Or contact Tom Sears (tsears@sympatico.ca) to propose a date and a subject you would like the person to speak about i.e. a) about HIP b) a project or c) awareness of the issues. Ideally these talks will inform members and guests and hopefully engage members in becoming involved in an Indigenous program, donating money and developing a relationship with the local Indigenous community. We are happy to help you connect with the community close to you. There have been an estimated ten presentations in the past month.

News & Events

The Village at Blue Mountain is hosting an Indigenous Life Festival 'Miino Bmaadzwin' on August 18, 19 & 20th. Indigenous musicians, scholars, storytellers, chefs, artists, filmmakers, dancers, vendors and more will be in attendance and events will be shared as it becomes available. There will be an outdoor KAIROS Blanket Exercise delivered on Sunday morning. If you have any ideas for performers or activities, please contact Lisa Farano (lisafarano@rogers.com) who is co-ordinating the event.

The Be the Change Film Series in Toronto screening may be planned so we will let you know details. If you would like to read more information or organize a community screening, click on the link: http://www.afterthelastrivermovie.com/

The North American Indigenous Games are coming to the GTA in July. Click on the link to find out about the cultural festival, marketplace and sports events. http://naig2017.to/en/get-involved/job-opportunities/

October 4th - 8th - Indigenous Roots of Expressive Arts Therapy Conference, Winnipeg, MB - the conference will feature keynote presenters and workshops creating dialogue, celebration and promoting healing. A highlight will be a performance by Thomson Highway. Full details and the registration link can be found on our blog.

Are you making summer vacation plans for Canada's 150th birthday year? The Ontario Travel website has lots of great ideas focused on Aboriginal Experiences (Aboriginal Experiences | OntarioTravel.net) as well as several celebrations in Ottawa throughout the summer and fall. The National Gallery is beginning dual exhibitions of Canadian and Indigenous Art. Some long time traditional favourites are pow wows on Manitoulin Island, Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons near Midland, Crawford Lake near Campbellville, Curve Lake and Chippewas of Rama.

Other : We have a new HIP Brochure. It should be saved under our Resources tab (Rotary HIP - Powerpoint Presentations) by the end of this month. If you would like to use it, you may print and distribute to your networks.

Approved Projects : Check the HIP website (Rotary HIP - Approved projects) to see full project descriptions. We hope you or your club can support any of the projects mentioned as follows. Kashechewan's Paddling with the Cree; Dolly Parton Imagination Library; One Laptop per Child Canada; and Elephant Thoughts.

We need much more financial support. Please join in. Not only will you help the project become reality and assist with the educational needs but you will learn a lot as well. We are also reviewing several new initiatives. When approved, we will be providing a brief outline with a link to the project. All of these projects have been approved by our project committee and have the full support of the Indigenous community.

HIP Membership: We would like you, your club and friends to become members. You do not need to be a Rotarian to join. You can join today by selecting (Rotary HIP - Become a Member) on the HIP website. Complete the online form and send us a cheque for $100 made payable to HIP. By becoming a member, you are saying we like and support what HIP is doing. Here is $100 to help move the cause of education and awareness forward. Please note, membership payment cannot be done online as it is not tax-receiptable. Please send a cheque c/o 100 Simcoe St., Suite 110, Toronto M5H 3G2 and reference the online form or send a note with your name, address, email and club(if applicable) to the above address. We will send you an acknowledgement and ensure you will receive our monthly newsletter.

Charitable donations can now be accepted online through our website (Rotary HIP - Make a Donation) and the donor will receive a tax receipt immediately. You may designate funds to a specific project or to general projects focusing on education. Thank you for your continued support of our projects.


Our Message from HIP Chair, Chris Snyder

Happy Canada 150 Plus. We are taking a break for July but will return the end of August.



snyder@eccgroup.ca  Chris Snyder          Chair, HIP         416-364-0181 Ext. 2501