Welcome to Rotary District 7080
Community Indigenous Resource Committee for Learning & Education
(7080 CIRCLE)
 
 
Our goal is to learn about the ways of the First Peoples of Turtle Island and to develop strong relationships with them.
We acknowledge that the clubs of District 7080 are situated on land that has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples from the beginning.  Rotary District 7080 has been occupied for centuries by many Nations and Tribes of the First Peoples.  These are the Anishinaabeg (Ojibway), Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and the Attawandaron.  These lands and territories are covered by various Upper Canada Treaties and the Haldimand Treaty.  We pay tribute to the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, as we work to understand their ways and build a partnership that will benefit us all.
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May 31, 2021.
As a Rotary HIP ally (Honouring Indigenous Peoples), we extend our deepest sympathies to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation on the discovery of the mass grave on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops British Columbia. 
 
CIRCLE encourages all Canadians to wear an orange shirt this day, this week, in honour of our Indigenous brothers and sisters. How deeply saddened we are as more is uncovered about the horrible truth of the Residential Schools. It is time for the long walk to healing.
 
We are allies of Rotary HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples) which is an organization that encourages and supports relationship building between Rotary clubs and Indigenous communities, while also facilitating education and awareness activities. 
 
June 3, 2021.
Today Rotary HIP launched the #Ipledge215 campaign.  Funds will be donated to HIP’s Youth-to-Youth Engagement Circle, a reconciliation initiative that unites Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth in relationship building activities focused on working together and inspiring them to take action towards creating sustainable environmental change.  This isn’t just about money though. The 215 pledge comes with a commitment:
 

I pledge to learn their story.
I pledge to know their pain.
I pledge to make sure they did not die in vain.
I pledge to remember.
I pledge to change the future.
I Pledge 215

Click here to learn more and to make your pledge.

We invite you to join us in our journey of self-education towards reconciliation, as we learn about the Indigenous world view.  What can you do to become involved? 
 
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Hummingbird Story – Create Change One Drop At A Time

Fire is raging in the forest. All the people and animals who can escape have done so and are watching as flames engulf their homes. A hummingbird is flying to the river, catching up a drop of water in its beak, flying back over the fire, releasing the drop, then flying back to the river, and so on. Both animals and people ask the hummingbird, what it’s doing—they explain that such a small amount of water can’t possibly extinguish the flames. The hummingbird answers that if all creatures and people could add just one more drop of water, then there would be a torrential rain that could put out the fire, and that torrent would be created one drop at a time.
 
 
*Turtle Island is a name for the Earth or for North America, used by some Indigenous Peoples in the United States and First Nations people and by some Indigenous rights activists. The name is based on a common North American Indigenous creation story