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




August, 2014

Dear Friends,

You are cordially invited to the London Peace Garden on September 21, 2014, United Nations International Day for Peace, at 3:00 p.m. to join fellow citizens representing diverse communities who value peace and justice and work in various ways to bring it about.

On September 21st there will be a ceremony to re-dedicate the newly restored peace plaque. The plaque was first installed in 1987 and dedicates the garden to peace based on justice, freedom, truth and love in contrast to the nuclear deterrence doctrine of that time. The Peace Garden is located in Ivey Park on the corner of York and Thames Streets.

On that day as well, a plaque will be installed to tell the story of the Tree of Peace that was planted on July 11, 1991, one year after events in Kanehsatà:ke, Quebec, known as the Oka Crisis. The White Pine is a symbol of the Haudenosaunee 'Tree of Peace' and Kaianera'kó:wa,The Great Law of Peace.

Three years ago the labour movement joined in the spirit of the Peace Garden with the installation of the "Good Hands" sculpture. The inscription says "the
true wealth and security of a nation is in the hands of its workers."

Susan Eagle, United Church Minister and former London City Councillor, who was involved with the original Peace Garden project will be with us (from Barrie)
as well as civic leaders and representatives of Native communities and Labour.

These plaques and symbols can be powerful statements of our values and reminders to commit ourselves to the work entailed in moving little by little

closer to the "dream of a world in harmony with the Creator, all Peoples and the Earth our only home. " (Joe Barth, Ploughshares London, quoted on the Peace Plaque)

The following day, Monday, Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m. at London Public Library Central Branch, Stevenson-Hunt Room there will be a presentation entitled "Building Peace: Locally and Globally" by Cesar Jaramillo of Project Ploughshares, Waterloo. Cesar is a Program Officer at Project Ploughshares working on the Space Security and Nuclear Disarmament programs.

Please refer to the London Peace Garden Facebook page for more information or contact the committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you wish to make a donation to help with the cost of the plaques, see the easy instructions that follow.


For the Peace Garden
Re-dedication Committee


P.S. Please bring a lawn chair if possible. Meet and greet at 2:45; program starts at 3:00 p.m. Thanks!

There are two ways to donate to the Peace Garden Restoration Project:

(The Society of Friends(Quakers) of Coldstream area have agreed to manage finances for the project as several members of the planning committee are Quakers).
Charitable Registration #118867282RR0001

Option A: Online by credit card, at www.CanadaHelps.org, select Coldstream Monthly Meeting(Quakers) as the charity. Your charitable donation receipt will be sent by email immediately.

Option B: Write a cheque to Coldstream Monthly Meeting, earmarked Peace Garden. Include your mailing address – and email if you have one. Mail it to Coldstream Monthly Meeting, c/o Carl Thomas, 10245 Hedley Drive, R.R. #2, Ilderton, ON N0M 2A0.  Receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.

It is hoped to raise over $3,500 to cover the costs of the plaques and special attendees to participate. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Premiers' Lead May Leave Harper Isolated on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

By SHEILA COPPS | Published:

Monday, 09/01/2014


Kathleen Wynne has moxie. The premier of Ontario demonstrated last week just how she withstood an appetite for change and secured a Liberal majority.

People like her and they believe she speaks from the heart.

That quality shone through when she became the first premier to weigh in on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's refusal to recognize the systemic nature of violence involving Aboriginal peoples.

Wynne minced no words when responding to Harper's insensitive statement that the death or disappearance of Tina Fontaine and 1,181 other aboriginal women had nothing to do with sociological phenomenon and everything to do with crime. She characterized his comments as "outrageous" and spawned a series of similar
rebukes from other premiers.

Provincial premiers usually refrain from attacking the federal government. When they do, criticism is often muted. Biting the hand that feeds you, by way of
transfer payments, federal monies for health, post-secondary education and human resource development can be costly.

Harper has earned a reputation as a leader who will not hesitate to punish a political enemy with all the weapons in his arsenal. As prime minister, he has many


An Inquiry Means Legitimacy
Matthew Coon Come
Contributed to The Globe and Mail

Friday, Aug. 29 2014

Dr. Matthew Coon Come is Grand Chief of the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee (Quebec), and former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

To say, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper did, that the murder of Tina Fontaine is a criminal matter and not a sociological one is like saying that an earthquake is
a geological event and not a social one. It is obvious that any murder is a criminal matter, just as it is equally obvious that an earthquake is a geological
event. What is important in these two kinds of events is how we, as a society, respond.

In the case of an earthquake, we as a society will immediately tend to the injured. We will review our emergency preparedness plans. We will review our
building codes. We will review our insurance guidelines and alert systems etc. – all with the intention of mitigating the effects of the earthquake to the
greatest degree possible in order to protect the public.

A recent RCMP report(http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pubs/mmaw-faapd-eng.htm) identified more than 1,000 aboriginal girls and women gone missing or murdered over the past few decades. Whenever there is a disproportionate targeting of a specific and identifiable sector of our population for rape, murder and sex trafficking, then
it becomes a public and a national issue. What has happened to Tina and more than 1,000 women is not just an aboriginal issue; it's an issue that all Canadians must
take seriously and grapple with. As the police officer who found Tina's body said: "Society should be horrified."

If our federal government's response to Tina and the rest of these women is to be founded on something other than the view that Indian, Inuit and Métis lives do not
matter, then we must know why our sisters and daughters are being disproportionately targeted and we must develop a strategy for prevention. It is for this reason that we need a collective response. That response is the launching of a public inquiry. It is for purposes such as this that we elect public


Note:  Adventure in Understanding is a HIP Approved Project.  If you would like to support this, further details can be found under Approved Projects.  We wish the group a safe journey and success!


An Adventure in Understanding for students on six-day Rotary canoe journey

By Jessica Nyznik, The Peterborough Examiner

Friday, August 29, 2014 12:13:18 EDT AM


Campers and leaders make their way up the Trent Severn Waterway north of the Peterborough Lift Lock on Thursday, August 28, 2014 during a six-day canoe trip organized by the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha that started at Beavermead Park in Peterborough finishing up to Curve Lake First Nation. Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/QMI Agency


A canoe trip meant to connect First Nation and non-First Nation youths began its paddle up stream on Thursday.

An Adventure in Understanding left Beavermead Park on Thursday morning after the kids, their guides and Curve Lake First Nation council members ate dinner and held their opening ceremonies in GreenUP Ecology Park the evening before.

The adventure's goal is to connect youths from different cultures, giving them a chance to spend time together and get to know each other.

Throughout their journey, the teens will meet with Elders and learn about First Nation traditions in the area by focusing on the land and what's around them.

The group is traveling in a 26-foot Voyageur canoe, up the Otonabee River, with various stops and camping destinations along the way.

After making the hour and a half trek from Beavermead to Trent University, the adventurists enjoyed bannock and stew around a fire in teepee.

They then took part in a presentation by Trent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science that included a smudging, interactive games and a lesson on the importance of water and how to take care of it.

The trip was initiated by the Rotary Club of Peterborough-Kawartha, partnered with Camp Kawartha and Curve Lake First Nation.

In its inaugural year, Glen Caradus, trip co-ordinator, said the idea is for the adventure to grow in years to come.

Diversity, cross-cultural understanding, team building, along with the benefits of being outside are what this adventure is all about, said Caradus.

Accompanied by three guides, the group consists of three girls from Peterborough and one boy from Curve Lake, who are between 16 to18-years-old.

Connor Williams, 17, said he heard about the trip while working at the Curve Lake First Nation Cultural Centre.

"I thought it'd be a fun experience to finish off my summer before going back to school," Williams said.

He said the trip is a fun way to meet people from other communities.

"It's wonderful," he said, "the group of people I'm with are amazing."

Visiting the Petroglyphs and wild rice beds, practicing traditional skills, such as archery, bow and drill fires starting, and learning about the medicines in nature are part of the adventure's agenda, along with teachings from elders.

Over the next few days, the adventure will take the group up to Lakefield, upper and lower Buckhorn, Lovesick Lake, Burleigh Falls and finally to Curve Lake on Monday where they will enjoy a feast and a closing ceremony.

Throughout their journey, the group is carrying a tree from the GreenUp Ecology Park, which they plan to plant during the ceremony at Curve Lake.

Article courtesy The Barrie Examiner on the Rama First Nations Pow Wow.   Read the "tweets" and you will see "Four Directions" mentioned - one of the links on our HIP website.

Rama First Nations Pow Wow August 23 - 24, 2014