The Rotary Club of Winnipeg has become active with the forming of a HIP Committee and a growing and strong membership that has been immersing itself in learning about the past, present and future of the relationships with Indigenous Peoples.  The committee has visited two First Nations communities, Sagkeeng and Brokenhead, and take a two-day transformative workshop about Indigenous history and culture and spirituality, a pilot educational event for business people and professionals put on by the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba. 

The Club has hosted Daniel Roher, Director of Survivors' Rowe as speaker at the Rotary Peace Days 2015, their 6th annual festival of peace and compassion in Winnipeg along with the Grand Chief of AMC and the President of the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg.

A number of members have participated in several events hosted byMa Mawi where guests learned about the Maori concept of extended family conferencing as a way to do Indigenous child protection in a better way from their perspective than currently used by Child and Family Services.  Hosts were Rotary World Peace Partners and Peace Days.


During 2016, David G. Newman, HIP Director has been involved in much work in the west and the Rotary Club of Winnipeg as follows:

  1. Presented and hosted a workshop with Sharon Redsky to the Rotary District 5550 Conference in Gimli highlighting the work of HIP and the Rotary Club of Winnipeg.
  2. Presented to Pathways to Reconciliation Conference at the University of Manitoba on behalf of the Rotary District 5550 World Peace Partners. Ideas focused on opening hearts, spirits and minds of Rotarians.
  3. Arranged funding to help Indigenous youth indigenize Manitoba Youth Parliament.
  4. District Rotary clubs provided several Indigenous Students Scholarships to attend University of Winnipeg's Global College summer course August 2-12th, 2016.
  5. Rotary Joint Zone Institute (zones 24 & 32) Sept. 29-Oct. 2nd, 2016 - the zones include Canada, Northeastern United States, Alaska, Bermuda and St. Pierre Miquelon being welcomed onto Treaty One Territory and the Homeland of the Metis. Participation expected of youth drummers, an Indigenous Elder and blessing at gala dinner at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.  Guest speaker at the gala will be Nobel Peace Prize winner and two-time President of Costa Rica, Dr. Oscar Arias.
  6. Rotary World Peace Partners Festival of Peace and Compassion Sept. 11-25th, 2016 -events include making gifts for guests of festival, sharing in a sweat lodge and Sacred Fires(seven dialogue circles each focused on one of the seven Sacred Teachings) involving students and members of the public.
  7. Working closely with the Winnipeg Police Service to focus on building trust and relationships with urban Indigenous youth.
  8. Building Bridges for Peace 2016 gathering at Canadian Museum for Human Rights Sept. 25-27th, 2016 - participation by an Indigenous Elder and presentation of a draft action plan for peace led by Rotarians and other peace builders.
  9. Howard Weinstein, founder of Solar Ear was hosted in August in Winnipeg and introduced to numerous leaders of our Indigenous communities. Looking for a leader to create a business by deaf Indigenous people in manufacturing solar ear hearing aids.

Stay tuned - more is to come.

Contact:  David G. Newman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.