Circles of Reconciliation

Following on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report (2015)  which detailed 94 recommendations on which both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples should act.                                                                                                            

 The aim of the Circles of Reconciliation is to establish meaningful relationships between Indigenous and Non-indigenous peoples as we actively work  together in small grass root gatherings of both peoples in discussion circles.

Participants will sit in a circle to provide more opportunities for consensus and respect of traditional indigenous values and customs. The vision  is the establishment of 100 circles over a two year period. The is no cost to participate only a willingness and common interest in working  toward achieving truth, reconciliation and equality of opportunity for Indigenous people of Canada

The Guiding principles for new relationship are mutual recognition, mutual respect, sharing and mutual responsibility. In working towards this the circles will embrace the Seven sacred Teachings of the Anishinaabe.

Love: (caring for each other), Honesty, (Better to fail with honesty than to succeed by fraud),Respect, Truth, Humility, Courage,(let nothing stand in the way of doing the right thing),and  Wisdom  ( hard work and dedication will yield knowledge)

Each group will be composed of 8-10 persons with at least three Indigenous persons.

With the  help of talking stick each person will be  talk and be listened to in turn.                                                                                                                     

Each group meets for ten weeks with meeting time  is 75 minutes maximum It is important to recognise that opinions or feelings of an individual are neither right nor wrong.

Debbie Cielen of Residential School Health  Support Program will provide support  to any participant experiencing trauma or else contact Rev. Vincent Solomon, The Urban Indigenous minister

June James