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



It Matters to Us!  Transforming the Legacy of Residential Schools

A gathering for educators, administrative and support staff, parents and students

Date: Tuesday, March 10 – Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Location: Faculty of Education Building, Western University, 1137 Western Rd; London, ON

We will:

  • Learn and share about the legacy of residential schools;
  • Strengthen relationships between Indigenous and settler people throughout our local communities
  • Share strategies for respectful communication and collaboration
  • Identify culturally responsive approaches and resources to increase educator’s comfort and skill level in teaching about Canada's Indigenous people
  • Support teachers with resources to address the newly revised social studies, history and geography curriculum

Registration Options:

  • Day 1: An Evening with Susan Aglukark, March 10, 2015 - 7pm to 9pm (Free but Registration is Required)
  • Day 2: Educator's Conference featuring Wab Kinew, March 11, 2015 - 8:30am to 4:30pm (Registration is Required, Earlybird, Group and Student rates available)
  • To attend only the Keynote address by Wab Kinew, March 11, 2015 - 9am to 10am ($20 and Registration is Required)

Click here for more information and to register.





At the suggestion of David Newman of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg and recent HIP Charter Member, we are making mention of a specialized program at the university.  The Masters in Development Practice - Indigenous Development Program (MDP) is a two year post-graduate program open to anyone with a three-year undergraduate degree.  The program is only open to 10-15 students and integrates fully and seamlessly the theory and practice of development with the experience of Indigenous culture and knowledge.  There is one placement within Canada and one internationally which broadens their experience.  The University of Winnipeg and its Foundation are committed to fundraising for the program and MDP applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for scholarships and bursaries specifically earmarked for MDP applicants.  Some First Nations students can qualify for 100% tuition coverage through scholarships/bursaries.

Application to the MDP Program is open until February 2, 2015 but is open to apply annually.

For a full explanation about the MDP Program, please check their website at www.uwinnipeg.ca/mdp




One of our Current HIP Partnerships, the "Wawahte Educational Book Project" written by Robert Wells is undertaking a Kickstarter Campaign and needs your financial support.  Mr. Wells is hoping to produce a forty-five minute educational documentary on Indian Residential Schools.  This is a not-for-profit endeavour.  Upon completion, this documentary will be made available to all Canadian schools at no cost.  It will also be made available on YouTube for anyone to view.  The project is looking for your support either by donation to help offset the production costs or by helping spread the word.  The fundraising goal is $16,000 and if not reached by February 28th, the documentary cannot happen.  You can find out more at:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/37155926/wawahte-an-indian-residential-schools-documentary.  Click on the book icon and a short video clip will play explaining the Residential Schools story.  Also read more on our website under the headings of Contact & Donations/Current Accepted Partnerships.  Thank you.



The RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program was launched in 1992 to assist Aboriginal students to complete post secondary education, and provide an opportunity for RBC to strengthen its relationship with the Aboriginal community.

This scholarship is intended to support those Aboriginal students who have at least 2 years remaining in their post-secondary studies.  Scholarship recipients are selected primarily on the basis of personal and academic achievements and individual financial need.  Status Indians, Non-status Indians, Inuit, and Metis are welcome to apply.  Selected students will receive up to $4,000 per academic year for education and living expenses for 2 to 4 years.

RBC awards ten scholarships in two categories for students:

-Majoring in disciplines related to the financial services industry

-Majoring in disciplines unrelated to the financial services industry

For more information or to apply:


Deadline to apply is February 28, 2015

The Globe and Mail

December 29, 2014

By Michael Adams


The past year has been an eventful one for aboriginal peoples in Canada. The tragedy of violence against aboriginal women has finally been forced onto the national agenda, thanks in large part to the Native Women's Association of Canada's insistent counting of victims. The federal government's attempt at aboriginal education reform failed. Shawn Atleo departed his post as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations soon after. The Idle No More movement remains active.

Please click on the below to read the entire article that appeared in the Globe and Mail.