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



There are two distinct events on Friday, July 11th, an on Saturday, July 12th.

"We wanted to announce that on Friday, July 11, there will be a public celebration
of the 23rd Anniversary of the Planting of the Tree of Peace. It will be the 23th
Anniversary of Kanehsata:ake when the SQ Provincial Police fired upon Mohawk Women,
Children and Men and ended 78 days later.

On July 11, 1991 an alliance of Londoners, both Native and non-Native came together
to plant the White Pine, which is the symbol for the Great Law of Peace
constitution. The White Pine symbolizes Peace, Power, and Righteousness as the
tenets of the oldest Peace, the oldest democracy in the modern world. The Tree of
Peace was planted by the Group, known as Wiich Ke Yig, which means "Friends Who Walk
With Us" in the Ojibway language. Language Carrier Dorothy Wassegijig-Kennedy
bestowed that name upon us, a Chapter of the Canadian Alliance in Solidarity With
Native Peoples, (CASNP), which Ojibway Elder Art Solomon helped us form in the
Summer of l990.

We strived to educate the public about the culture and identity of the Original
Peoples of Turtle Island. The White Pine is planted above Four White Roots of Peace
that extend to the Four Directions. Anyone who wants to live according to these
precepts of the Great Law are welcome to follow the white roots to the Origin of the
Tree, which lives in the Chairman Nation of the Haudenosaunee, the Onondaga Nation.

Underneath the Four White Roots are the Weapons of War, which were buried, so that
we will not bear arms ever again, in an act of war. We will use our Good Minds to
find the alternative dispute resolution mechanisms of life so that we never have to
pick up weapons again.


1-A 250-year-old promise to indigenous peoples still binds
The Economist, Jul 5 - WHEN King George III proclaimed in 1763 that
Canada's indigenous peoples had rights to their ancestral lands, it bought
peace with the locals who outnumbered and sometimes outfought the British
colonists. But as the balance of inhabitants shifted-indigenous people now
account for only 4.3% of the population-governments took an increasingly
narrow view of that promise. In some cases they ignored it completely.


1-Vaughn Palmer: First Nations title decision makes B.C. forest policy a
balancing act Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun columnist, July 1 - VICTORIA -
While last week's Supreme Court of Canada decision on aboriginal title
raised doubts about the plan to pipe Alberta bitumen through B.C., the
more immediate impact is likely to be on the management of provincial
forests. The landmark title case originated three decades ago with a
challenge by the Tsilhqot'in people to provincially approved commercial
logging within their traditional territory in the central Interior.


Orillia Packet & Times

July 1, 2014


Three Rama First Nation boys have earned a spot playing basketball on Aboriginal Team Ontario for the 2014 North American Indigenous Games

Please see link below for the story.