Update on things happening in Rotary and indigenous communities, including current events – Rotary luncheons with guest speakers, open community and cultural gatherings, etc.



Campbellford Rotarian Helps Ojibway Women’s Shelter

Cathy Beamish, past president of the Rotary Club of Campbellford, has been helping collect purses for the Ojibway’s Women’s Lodge in North Bay. She has been working with Lola Lawton, founder of Relay for Hunger, part of True North Aid, who is spearheading this and other similar fundraisers. Photo by Sue Dickens

Lola Lawton, founder of Relay for Hunger, which is part of True North Aid, personally delivers the items

“At the Ojibway Women’s Lodge we provide a community based, cultural and holistic healing approach to ending violence against all women.”

November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario

Article by Sue Dickens

Campbellford – “I do what I can.” Those five words spoken by Cathy Beamish is how she humbly takes her responsibility as a driving force here who was recently seeking donations for the Ojibway Women’s Lodge, in North Bay.

This is not the first time Cathy has put her energy into a worthwhile project like this. Last year while President of the Rotary Club of Campbellford she put a call out for and collected winter clothes (hats, coats, boots, mittens, blankets) that were sent to the north for First Nations people. It was called“The Great Northern First Nation Coat Drive,” and is an initiative of Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP).

Lola is always on the go. She is a part of HIP (Honouring Indigenous People) which is a Rotary inspired organization. Here she and HIP Chairman Chris Snyder look at the world’s largest four directional dreamcatcher which Lola made.

Cathy works with Lola Lawton, founder of Relay for Hunger, which is part of True North Aid, and is also part of an initiative to help HIP (Honouring Indigenous People). Lola lives in Flinton.

 “Lola is amazing. She is a part of HIP which is a Rotary inspired organization,” Cathy said.

This time Lola had contacted Cathy to let her know she was campaigning for the I.D. Me project, which is an identification project for a battered women’s shelter in North Bay. It’s a First Nations Women’s Lodge.

To gather support for this, her latest project, Cathy messaged her friends and wrote, “Well my friends last year we collected over 500 coats, hats mitts etc. for First Nations. This year I would like to get 50 purses to send to an Ojibway Women’s shelter. It is through True North Aid again. If you can put a few essentials in the purse that would be wonderful, brush toothbrush, gloves, hat, scarf etc all easily bought at the Dollar store. Anyone interested in helping please contact me.”



The 2018 John LL. J. Edwards Memorial Lecture: Senator Murray Sinclair

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Hart House Debates Room, 2nd Floor, 7 Hart House Circle

The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, Faculty of Law, and Woodsworth College cordially invites you to attend our 2018 John LI. J. Edwards Lecture.

Named after the founder of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, John Ll. J. Edwards, this is an annual public lecture on issues related to criminal law, crime, policing, punishment, and security.

The Accidental Jurist: Thoughts on a life in the law

Presented by Senator Murray Sinclair

Senator Sinclair served the justice system in ­­Manitoba for over 25 years. He was the first Aboriginal Judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second.

He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

Senator Sinclair has been invited to speak throughout Canada, the United States and internationally, has won numerous awards for his leadership, mentorship and advocacy, and has received Honorary Doctorates from over a dozen Canadian universities. Senator Sinclair was appointed to the Senate on April 2, 2016.

Introduced by Lee Maracle, Si'Yam, Indigenous Studies, University of Toronto

Date: Monday November 19th, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm - reception to follow

Hart House Debates Room
2nd Floor, 7 Hart House Circle
University of Toronto

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.
Please RSVP by Wednesday November 14th, 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation, please contact Maria Wowk at 416-978-3722 x239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make appropriate arrangements.

Sponsored by the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, Faculty of Law, and Woodsworth College.



The fourth annual Indigenous & Ingenious Show and Sale is a truly remarkable show and sale featuring 18 Indigenous artists and artisans with authentic Indigenous-made products. Paintings, moccasins, beadwork, books, jewellery, stained glass, leatherwork, wood and antler carvings, candles and clothing created by some of the best Indigenous artists/artisans will all be available at this maker's market. Our line-up includes: Chief Lady Bird, Skye Paul, Joseph Sagaj, Mel Bartel, Keitha Keeshig-Tobias, Barb Nahwegahbow, Clayton Samuel King, Aura, Denise Aquash, Donna Morrison Seary, Summer Faith Garcia, Susan Hill, Wesley Havill, Theresa Burning, Tammy Enosse, Brian Wright-McLeod, J'net Ayayqwayaksheelth, and Jackie Esquimaux Hamlin and Brian Hamlin.

Indigenous food will be offered throughout the weekend, for eating in or take-out, by D'jmaawin Catering. Gail Stup and her son Joe from Beausoleil First Nation will be preparing food typically found on the Pow Wow trail - Indian Tacos, Corn Soup, Venison Chili, Scone Dogs, and Indian Cookies and Pie.

Shandra Spears Bombay returns for performances throughout the day. Shandra is a hugely-talented hand drummer and singer.

Admission is $5.00 and that gives you a chance to win our mega-door prize - a gift basked filled with goods produced and donated by the Indigenous & Ingenious participating artists and artisans. Everyone is welcome! Tickets available at the door.


Fashion is survival in Pond Inlet, Nunavut

By Jillian VieiraThe Kit
Thu., Oct. 25, 2018

It’s hard to imagine how remote Pond Inlet is until you land in its Starbucks-sized airport.

A three-hour flight north of Iqaluit (which is already three hours from Ottawa), the tiny Nunavut community of 1,600 people sits on the northern tip of Baffin Island amongst vast nothingness; the next settlement is 250 undrivable kilometres away. The tundra’s otherworldly green is visible in all directions, baby icebergs idle in the milky-blue waters, and primary-hued dwellings emerge between a blink-and-you-miss-it gap in the mountain ranges.

And then there’s the cold: During the winter, and its 24 hours of total darkness, the wind chills often dip to -50 C for weeks on end. And so, on the backs of four-wheelers and along the muddied, late-summer streets that wind toward the shores of Eclipse Sound, the primarily Inuit locals sport hand-fashioned coats designed to endure the conditions.

These coats are the reason Toronto-based outerwear purveyor Canada Goose is in town for the day. The brand’s Resource Centre Program, a project in partnership with northern airline First Air, works alongside community leaders to donate discontinued materials, surplus fabrics, buttons and zippers to residents of northern communities. The initiative began back in 2007 when Meeka Atagootak and Rebecca Kiliktee, two sewers from Pond Inlet, were invited by the brand to Toronto to create a commemorative coat. While the pair were touring the Canada Goose facilities, they spotted post-production scrap material and asked if they could bring fabric home to create their own coats. The request evolved into this project, the aim of which is not to outfit the locals in retail-ready parkas (the climate here demands something beyond what Canada Goose produces), but rather offer traditional sewers and craftspeople the opportunity to assemble their own iterations befitting of the environment.

When the more than 10,000 metres of fabric arrive at the local community centre, there’s already a snaking line out the door. The excitement is palpable as some 200 women eagerly eye the material that is normally unavailable to them. According to Stats Canada, nearly 50 per cent of the population’s total income is less than $20,000, and in a place where a small box of cereal costs more than $13, that doesn’t leave much for the parka-appropriate fabric that sells for $17 a yard in the co-op.

The scene spans multiple generations: Grandmothers squeal “Yes!” when they spot a particular pattern, while young mothers, carrying little ones in traditional amauti — a parka with a pouch built in the back — shepherd their eldest children around the abounding fold-out tables.

For Canada Goose’s CEO, Dani Reiss, the nearly 10-year old program that’s served seven hamlets is about establishing meaningful alliances with the locals. “It’s important for us to stay connected with these communities,” he says on the ground in Pond Inlet following the donation event. “I think this is a really great way of doing that: Giving them materials they wouldn’t otherwise have access to, to create their own products for their own drive and culture.”

Talented, resourceful women such as Killiktee are common in Pond Inlet. Jessica, a shy 23-year-old who learned to sew under her mother’s guidance, as is the case with many of the women here, tells me that she’s scooped up some fabric to create a coat for her 5-year-old daughter. Another woman carries her share of a reflective, snowflake-printed fabric and notes that in just two days she’ll be able to produce outerwear for her own young daughters.

While it only takes 15 minutes for the textiles to be completely cleaned out, the material is not taken lightly. Nothing is thrown away here; leftover scraps are fashioned into tents and thin, summer-appropriate jackets. If one’s haul yields some extra material, says one local, she’ll share it with her neighbours, or maybe sew something for her at no charge. It’s the kind of community-minded outlook that allows this tiny hamlet to thrive in one of nature’s most beautiful and rugged locations.

Pond Inlet native Apphia Killiktee, who has handmade seven coats for friends and family this year alone, says being able to customize her handiwork from top to bottom is key. She shows me a zipper-less, pull-over-style parka that she crafted for her 39-year-old son, Kane. The minimalist black piece extends past the knee and gains its windproof quality from a double layer of an insulating fibre called Hollofil (down doesn’t provide enough warmth in these parts, Killiktee explains). It’s outfitted with reflectors for visibility and a big pocket across the belly that holds a radio and flashlight — all necessities required by the many dark months of winter.


From far away, the map covering the lawn on Parliament Hill looks like modern-day Canada.

When you get closer, though, you see that the traditional provincial borders have been stripped away, replaced by huge swaths of green, purple and yellow to represent traditional Indigenous lands. The only cities are those with significant Indigenous populations, such as Ottawa, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg.

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