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 healing.
We celebrate this beautiful land we call home.
 
A Land Acknowledgment is a traditional Indigenous way to honour this place where we work and play.
 
It is also a commitment to act as stewards like those who walked here before us.
 
The clubs of District 7080 are situated on land that has been inhabited by 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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FIRST CONTACT

Canadians’ opinions about the Indigenous people of this country are often formed without any knowledge of the culture’s true history or firsthand experience of the present-day communities. This may explain the prevalence of racist, unsympathetic and generally prejudicial attitudes that are often directed towards Indigenous peoples.

First Contact takes six Canadians on a 28-day journey intended to challenge these attitudes and shed a light on the true Indigenous experience. The travelers have been invited to leave their everyday lives behind and embark on a unique journey, travelling deep into the Indigenous communities throughout Canada including the nation’s capital, Algonquin Anishanabek Territory, Labrador, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. It is a journey that will challenge their perceptions and confront their prejudices about a world they never imagined they would see. This exploration of the true Indigenous experience in Canada will change the participants’ lives forever.

First Contact is free to view online.  Click here.

We walk this beautiful land that we call home.  Many have walked before us. They breathed this air, trod on this earth, ate the fruits and drank the water with respect.  First Contact is an opportunity to hear the truth about the strength and beauty that grows from our shared land.  This is an opportunity to set aside old standards.  If you are able, watch all three episodes, and be prepared to open your mind to truth.

First Contact is free to view online.  Click here.

 
 
CIRCLE 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. 
 
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.