Posted by John Currie, Executive Director, Honouring Indigenous People

Here is the latest Honouring Indigenous People Rotary News and Events, projects, blogs, photos, films, and resources. There are many major initiatives and resources available to you and your Rotary club, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your Club can help.  Our District 7070 Action Committee's Areas of Focus Coordinator is John Currie from the Pickering Rotary Club. John is also the  Executive Director of H I P and Past President of the Rotary Club of Pickering. He can be reached at .   If you have a good news story, please send it to John. Here are some highlights .........

Click here to view their new website. For more news, check the Areas of Focus Action Committees Menu Bar in the District Newsletter under HIP.  This rapidly growing nation-wide movement, HIP,  is a partnership between Indigenous Peoples & Rotarians. The new website contains stories about supporters, just like you and your Club, who are making an impact across Canada by taking action to create lasting change! Here is a link to all of their latest Newsletters. 

What is your club doing to Honour Indigenous People?

Please email Julie Dunaiskis ( 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 we are close to 175 and growing. Some clubs were involved well before HIP, many on their own and some because of our encouragement and leadership.


Julie Dunaiskis

Administrator, HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples)



Rotary District 7070 HIP Co-ordinator:

We are pleased to let everyone know that Bill Empey, Rotary Club of Toronto, is our Rotary District 7070 HIP Co-ordinator. If you are looking for a speaker or for a project, Bill is definitely the person to contact. He can be reached at .


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Most Recent Stories:  Click here to read the Stories


The Pledge To Honour Indigenous Children Who Never Made It Home: 

After hearing the tragic news of the discovery of the bodies of 215 Indigenous children at the former Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia, Peter Hernandez, President of the Rotary Club of Oshawa, felt disturbed. As a father of three young girls, ages 2, 3 and 5, he was immediately hit by the sunken feeling that these children could have been his daughters under different life circumstances. That night he made sure to hug his girls and tell them how much he loved them. Then his sadness turned to anger. Who would do this to children? What kind of a system would allow for such atrocities? And, how could this have gone unnoticed for generations? Or was it noticed, and as a society we simply looked away. Peter made the pledge: So can you. 



Recommended Education: 

Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions. 

Click here to learn about Indigenous Canada


Events and Activities: 

SEPT 30, 2021 - ORANGE SHIRT DAY - HIP is pleased to offer Orange shirts again this year. Order information will be coming early June so watch for details and get ready to order for your school, family, friends, Rotary clubs and other organizations to support Orange Shirt Day 2021! Orange Shirt Day (September 30th) is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and we can all learn more about the history of those schools. The "orange shirt" refers to the new shirt that Phyllis Webstad was given to her by her grandmother for the first day of school at St. Joseph's Mission residential school in BC but was taken away and never returned. Phyllis started to educate people about residential schools, the fight of racism and bullying. "Every Child Matters". This year,  ADD YOUR CORPORATE LOGO! If your organization is interested in being a sponsor and having your logo added to the back of the shirt, please contact us! Limited space available. 

NOV 11, 2021 - Save The Date - A CELEBRATION OF RIGHT RELATIONS - An evening presented by Rotary Toronto Eglinton and 
Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP)as they host an evening of Indigenous entertainment, live and silent auction, as well as food and drinks. Be sure to save the date in your calendar and watch for more information. A limited number of tickets will be made available soon.

Click here to see the full list of events and activities.


About HIP: Our Story, Our Logo, Our Mission and Vision: click here

LEARN & SHARE:  Click here

VIDEOS: Watch an assorted list of education, cultural & event videos

BOOKS: HIP has compiled a list of recommended reading

PODCASTS: Listen to leaders sharing thought-provoking conversations

TERMINOLOGY: Learn appropriate terms that show respect.

HIP BLOG: Sharing information and news from people just like you.



HIP continues to research, listen and learn. By visiting many Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, we seek to understand shared purpose and values. We thank the Knowledge Keepers, Rotarians, Elders, Teachers, Leaders, Allies, Stakeholders, Partners, Sponsors and other subject matter experts who have supported our journey and provided wisdom and guidance.  HIP is happy to share our knowledge and resources to inspire, engage, educate and enable Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationship building.  If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact us

BOOK A HIP TALK: Interested in learning more? Book one of HIP’s engaging speaker‘s who represent a range of topics & experiences. 

LISTEN TO HIP PODCASTS: Browse HIP’s growing list of educational podcasts, featuring speakers including Right Honourable Paul Martin.

WATCH HIP VIDEOS: Browse HIP’s growing list of educational videos that showcase relationship building, Indigenous Culture & HIP past events.

BECOME A HIP SPEAKER: Are you an Elder, Rotarian, Youth Leader, Knowledge Keeper or other subject matter expert? Join our roster of speakers!


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