Welcome to Rotary District 7080
Community Indigenous Resource Committee for Learning & Education
(7080 CIRCLE)
 
CIRCLE is a dedicated group of Rotarians whose vision is to walk alongside the  Indigenous People of Turtle Island with understanding and honour, while we work to build a new future together.
Acknowledging the land:
 
We celebrate this beautiful land we call home where we work and we play.

Land Acknowledgement is the Indigenous way to honour the earth we walk on. It is the way for us to honour this place where we raise our families. 
 
It is also a commitment to act as stewards and protect the Earth, like those who walked here for many years and still walk beside us.
 
The clubs of District 7080 are situated on land that was and still is the home of many Nations and Tribes of the First Peoples.  These are the Anishinaabeg, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and the Attawandaron.
 
These lands and territories are covered by various Upper Canada Treaties and the Haldimand Treaty.  The main one is Treaty 19. Each of these treaties were signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit.
 
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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CIRCLE Rotarians are allies of HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples).  https://honouringindigenouspeoples.com/
 
This organization is a working partnership with Indigenous partners. The Board of Directors are an equal combination of Indigenous and non Indigenous members from across the country.
 
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.