Current Projects & TRC Reports
CIRCLE Updates
CIRCLE Presentations
DART Update for March 31st, 2015
New DART Website!
A sub-site for the District Aboriginal Resource Team has been created on the District website.  From the Rotary District 7080 home page, click on District Committees to display the committee drop-down list, and then select DART.  Or, to access the DART site directly, click on and/or add the link below to your Internet Favorites list.
Please check the DART site for regular updates on Aboriginal events taking place in the District as well as articles and news pertaining to First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) communities in 7080 and beyond.  Shortly, we’ll be adding a Projects page as well as links to other Aboriginal sites and organizations.  If you would like to post information about an FNMI event, project or organization on the DART site, please send a detailed e-mail to the DART team at  We hope the DART site will become the FNMI “go-to” site for 7080.
Upcoming Events
Saturday May 23rd, 2015 – from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle (DCCRC) is presenting a cultural heritage symposium—Indigenous Women Rising—at Westside Secondary School in Orangeville.  An interesting, informative and beautiful array of presentations is planned and Dr. Lynn Gehl is the keynote speaker.  Dr. Gehl will be giving a presentation entitled “Learning Canada’s History through Wampum Diplomacy”.  Also featured will be musical performances by Cathy Elliot of DAREarts First Roots; a presentation by activist Tori Cress of Idle No More and traditional dance and cultural teachings with Kim Newby and The Sacred Spirit Dancers.  Traditional opening and closing ceremonies will be led by Elder Aaron Benson.  Tickets to this event are $40.  For more information or to purchase tickets please go to DCCRC’s website at
Sunday June 21st, 2015 – National Aboriginal Day; on June 21st, Canadians from all walks of life are invited to participate in the many National Aboriginal Day events that will be taking place from coast to coast to coast. This is a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.  National Aboriginal Day on June 21 kick starts Celebrate Canada!, an 11 day celebration that also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and concludes with Canada Day (July 1).
Project Updates
Kingfisher Lake First Nation – this community, like many remote FN communities, struggles with a lack of beds.  Due to housing shortages, many families live in or share small houses with an inadequate number of bedrooms and have to sleep in shifts, because there are not enough beds available for everyone to sleep at one time.  This project, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bolton, will deliver 50 bunk beds and mattresses, clothing and other dry goods to Kingfisher Lake First Nation, which is located in northern Ontario, about 2,700 km north of Toronto, near Pickle Lake.  The cost of 50 beds is $12,500 plus shipping, which is very expensive; costs to ship the beds will be about $6,000 for fuel and rental of a tractor. Shipping costs would be even higher but a trailer has already been donated to the project.  Ron Kyle, from the Rotary Club of Bolton, was hoping to travel to Kingfisher Lake in mid to late March of this year.  However, because of the short timeline—the initial request from the Kingfisher Lake FN was received in January—only $4,000 has been raised to-date.  As well, winter roads are nearing the end of their use for this year.  Therefore, RC Bolton will continue to fundraise and collect donated funds until 2016.  The Club has previously assisted other remote FN communities in Ontario with this problem, by delivering 500 bunk beds, including 35 to the Kingfisher Lake FN.  The additional 50 beds from this project will continue to address the bed shortage problem in the community.  If your club can help, please make cheques payable to the Rotary Club of Bolton and mail to: Rotary Club of Bolton, P.O. Box 405, Bolton Ontario L7E 5T3.  Any size donation will be greatly appreciated.  As well, if anyone can donate a tandem tractor for this project, shipping costs would be reduced by about $3,000.  For more information, please contact Ron Kyle at
Projects from HIP
Music to their Ears – the Rotary Club of Guelph is preparing to send a team to a northern community to set up a week long hearing clinic.  They are gathering used hearing aids and sourcing new and used equipment to treat basic hearing problems.  Also being gathered are new and gently-used musical instruments to encourage native youth to enjoy the freedom and confidence music brings.  The hearing aid portion of the project is being implemented and overseen by audiologist, Dr. Lynne McCurdy.  For the music portion of the project, the Club is working with ArtsCan Circle, an NGO with commitments in several native communities.  Joanne McAuley from RC Guelph is coordinating collection of the musical instruments.  Additionally, funding is required for the computer that will be used by the community to program the hearing aids.  For more information, you can check the Approved Projects heading on HIP’s website at  Please contact Joanne McAuley at for further details on donations.
Neskantaga  - a community deeply affected by a number of suicides among young people are hoping to upgrade and replace their older playground equipment to make it fun and safe.  The equipment is damaged, rotting and missing necessary bolts and screws.  The cost of replacement is $50,000 plus shipping.  The Rotary Club of Toronto previously assisted the community with funding for laptop computers in partnership with One Laptop Per Child and have recently agreed to provide $5,000 towards this project on the condition the rest of the money is raised.  An individual has also pledged an additional $5,000 with the same conditions.  HIP is looking for help from other clubs and are also talking to outside partners.  For more information, you can check the Approved Projects heading on HIP’s website at  Please contact Kevin Webb (  or Chris Snyder ( if you can help.