Your financial support is welcome.   Please contact the individuals co-ordinating each of the projects.


Kashechewan Canoe Trips - August 2017

This year marks the 2nd annual Kashechewan Canoe Trip. With 2 teams participating, it was another great adventure for the youth and leaders. You can read a brief report on the website under Newsletter heading. The excitement builds for 2018 but funding is still needed to cover expenses. You may donate through our website (Canada Helps issues the tax receipts) or mail in a cheque to our office. Thank you for your continued support.!

Kashechewan Update - August 2016

The group of youth members departed early August on their canoe adventure along the Albany River to Kashechewan. We look forward to receiving a progress report shortly. To date, over $8,000 has been donated online to cover the expenses of supplies. Plans are underway for trips in 2017 and hopefully this project will become an annual adventure for young people. Watch for future updates on plans.


  • Kashechewan's (Annual) Paddling with the Cree

In the summer of 2016, Kashechewan Chief, Leo Friday, Dr. Murray Trusler, former chief of staff at Moose Factory and author Alexandra Shimo came together to discuss how to help the Kasechewan youth overcome the ongoing legacy of the residential schools and cultural genocide. Alexandra will be donating some of the proceeds from her new book The Invisible North to HIP towards this project. Plans for the first journey (August 6), consisting of a 319 km trip along the Albany River from Hearst, Ontario to Kashechewan, were developed and is now know as Kashechewan's Paddling with the Cree. It is hoped there will be two annual summer trips. Eighteen youth will spend one week training followed by a ten-day journey canoeing the northern waters. Coincidentally, Alexandra Shimo is co-author of the book Up Ghost River, an area visited on the journey.

Chief Friday explains, "The Albany is our river once travelled by the ancestors of the youth. The trip will follow the fur trading route, canoeing past First Nations gravesites and visiting the Hudson's Bay Company Trading Post and Mammamattawa (an abandoned HBC English River Post trading post and Ghost River). We want to teach the youth about our history and culture encompassing legends, stories, ceremonies and songs. We also want to teach them necessary skills of survival, lighting a fire, finding their way through the wilderness, building a shelter and hunting to provide nourishment. The final aspect of the journey is to build and share a spiritual connection of the land which seems to be lost and missing in the youths' lives today."

The Ask - financial assistance is required to cover the costs of lodging, canoes, equipment and training.

Online donations can be made through HIP by clicking on our donations page and click on the "Donate Now" button.  Canada Helps will issue a charitable tax receipt to the donor immediately by email.

If you would prefer to mail a cheque directly to HIP, please make cheque payable to HIP, write Kashechewan Paddling in the memo section and mail c/o 100 Simcoe St., Suite 110, Toronto  M5H 3G2.  Charitable tax receipts will be mailed from HIP. Thank you for your financial support.

Contact:  Chris Snyder - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

416-364-0181 Ext. 2501/905-990-1735


Some years ago, Dolly Parton established a foundation to provide one book/month to marginalized children from age 0-5. This is the period when the human brain through the connecting of neurons goes through the greatest period of development.

A child who is expsed to love, holding and kindness will turn out much differently than a child who is shunned or beaten or is exposed to violence.

A child being read to in addition to helping them start to read will discover colours, shapes, stories, stimulation and benefits from being held.

The first partnership with Indigenous Peoples in Canada involved the old District 7070 Healthy Beginnings initiative, the Rotary Club of Toronto, the Dolly Parton Foundation and the James Bartleman literacy initiative.

Books are now supplied to Sandy Lake by the Rotary Club of Toronto in northern Ontario. Many other sponsorships across Canada have grown out of this initial partnership.

HIP has entered into an agreement with the Dolly Parton Foundation, OISE and Native Child and Family Services of Toronto to provide these books to approximately 200 Indigenous children in the GTA. The program will cost about $10,000 or $50/child. A Rotary club has offered $2,500 towards the program.  If you would like to participate in this, please contact Chris Snyder at snyder @ eccgroup.ca.


  • Elephant Thoughts

Elephant Thoughts is a leader in First Nations and Inuit educational programs. A team of professional educators incorporate First Nations and Inuit values, culture, special needs and specific disciplines into all programs. Their programs teach and integrate traditional and contemporary knowledge.

The Ask -Elephant Thoughts is seeking $3,000 in funding to support a one week summer science camp program in Timiskaming First Nation, Quebec. As the first reserve created in Canada, this Algonquin community is located right on the border of Quebec and Ontario and 60% of their traditional territory is in Ontario. The Elephant Thoughts Summer Camp has been travelling to First Nations and Inuit communities nationwide since 2004 to deliver high energy, high quality science and technology themed programming to help engage and empower participants between the ages of 9-13. The aim of the program is to help promote the "Big Ideas" relating to all fields of science and technology while creating awareness about traditional culture and indigenous science practices. Participants are encouraged to develop confidence to ask questions and gain a better understanding of how the world around us works through hands-on materials and equipment.  The goals of the summer camp are to promote science and technology, solidify a working foundation of scientific principals and methods and encourage and excite the participants to consider careers in science and technology.

If you are able to suport, you can reach Deb Keep  @  705-444-2012


Pen Pal's Update-May 2016

We are thrilled to share some photos of this great program. See link: http://ca.imaginationlibrary.com/

Pen Pal's Update - January 2016

The GRAND Pen Pals Art Project has begun in January 2016. Twenty children ages grade 4 to grade i have the opportunity together to co-create reconciliation-themed artwork in the spirit of mutual respect, friendship and peace. See link for further info on the program:  http://www.penpalproject.ca/grand-project.html


  • Pen Pals' G.R.A.N.D. Project - Grand River Arts: Neighbourhood Dialogue

Hosted at Chiefswood Tourism Building

www.penpalproject.ca                 Completion:  June 2016

The year 2016 will mark the 10th year of a land Reclamation/land rights dispute in southern Ontario between the Crown represented by the Federal Government and Six Nations of the Grand Rivert Territory, placing the neighbouring communities of Six Nations and Caledonia in conflict.  In 2006/2007, a teacher from Six Nations began a relationship project reaching out to a class in Caledonia to begin a pen pal initiative between the youth.  Pen Pals, embraced by organizations, schools, teachers, and students, has evolved yearly, and includes approximately 1800 students annually.

In a youth engagement/adult mentoring format, young people from both sides of the relationship will come together to co-create reconciliation-themed artwork, in the spirit of mutal respect, friendship and peace.  Children from Six Nations and Haldimand County can enrol through teacher recommendation. Art teachings will be taught collaboratively by a group of volunteers, guest artists, and paid youth alumni of the Pen Pals program. This "community-teaching" framework ensures there are intergenerational voices present in the learning and teaching process.

The idea is to restore and build upon the Two-Row Wampum relationship for the future of the communities through creating a space for arts-based relationship building. The final exhibition, to be interdisciplinary, travelling to local municipalities.  OCAD has demonstrated an interest in hosting the final exhibit and supporting a Travelling Exhibit after the year 10 gathering. The young artists team and Pen Pal alumni will compile questions to ask select peers from their homeschools who have participated in the project.  The results will be showcased in the final exhibition.

The Ask: $7,625 will cover building rental, painting and art supplies, honorariums to elder/teaching artists and alumni and minimal travel expenses.  Complete budget details can be viewed by contacting HIP.

If you would like to provide support, please contact Heather George, Cultural Co-Ordinator, Chiefswood National Historic Site, Six Nations Tourism   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    519-752-5005


  • Sioux Lookout - Pelican Falls First Nations High School

Co-Ordinator:  Angus Haapa     807-623-8914   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

After a visit to Sioux Lookout last summer by Rotarians Chris Snyder and Tom Sears, it was suggested that Pelican Falls High School submit a proposal to HIP. 

Pelican Falls First Nations High School is located 30 minutes outside Sioux Lookout, ON and serves 23 First Nations communities in northwestern Ontario.  Most of the students are housed away from family with no access to transportation while in the community.  The older model school van is the only means of transportation and is currently used to transport students to necessary doctor/dentist appointments, airport, sports practises and other venues.  Just recently the van is beginning to show signs of age and is becoming unreliable transportation.  By purchasing a new van, it will give them sustainability for many years and keep the students continuing to grow into healthy adults.


The Ask:  Funding to purchase a new school van that is reliable and safe to transport the children(approximate cost $50,000 for a 14-person van).   Maintenance and upkeep of the van will be funded by the community and monitoring of its usage will be closely tracked.  Rotary has been involved in other vehicle purchases in Malawi and elsewhere and logos of Rotary and HIP could be placed on the van and thereby increase the presence of Rotary in the north.

If you have questions on how to support this project, please contact Chris Snyder @ 416-364-0181 Ext. 2501 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • Rotary Club of Guelph - BHENY "Better Hearing in Education for Northern Youth"

Co-Ordinator:  Dr. Lynne McCurdy   519-766-HEAR(4327)

Update 2018

The project is pleased to report the successful implementation of Soundfield Systems in 13 schools in the Qikiqtani region of Nunavut. These include schools in the communities of Pond Inlet (Ulaajuk), Pangnirtung (Alookie), Igloolik (Ataguttaaluk), Iqualuit (Nakasuk and Joamie), Hall Beach (Arnaqjuaq), Resolute (Qarmartalik), Grise Fjord (Umimmak), Apex (Nanook), Clyde River (Quluaq), Arctic Bay (Innujaq) and Sanikiluaq (Nulyak). Two more schools in the communities of Kimmirut and Qikiqtarjuaq will be completed in March/April 2018.

Team members have worked with senior administrators, classroom teachers, principals, student support consultants, student support teachers, student support assistants, department of health audiologists and community members to implement 173 sound field amplification systems. In total, from the 13 schools, approximately 197 staff have been trained on the use of the Soundfield Systems in their classrooms. In addition Hearing Fairs were held for approximately 2,442 children to learn about hearing and hearing care, with many parents, and community members in attendance.

Important components of this project have included meeting with, and providing professional development for, school staff at all levels as well as meeting with local health providers and audiology staff to better understand the process of identification and intervention for childrenwith hearing loss.

We are also very pleased to report that the Nunavut Department of Education has recognized the importance of the Soundfield System technology that Bheny and Hear the World have contributed, and have already ordered 200 more systems to enable ALL Nunavut classrooms to have systems installed. Bheny is hopeful that the implementation process that has been used in Qikiqtani will serve as a model for territory-wide implementation, and Bheny has offered support for this initiative.


BHENY - Better Hearing in Education for Northern Youth

The impetus for the project came from three audiologists looking for a way to apply their skills and make a difference in the lives of northern youth.

We seek to improve the lives of Inuit youth in Qukiqtani(Baffin) region of northern Canada through a multi-pronged approach to provide better hearing for children in school. Our approach combines the implementation of classroom-based amplification technology, professional development, training and support for classroom teachers, school staff, parent education material and creation of a customized hearing support website. We seek to bring members of the educational community and audiology community together to effect positive and lasting change in their communities by addressing the issues and challenges faced by youth listening and learning in the classroom.

Hearing loss in indigenous populations has been shown to be anywhere from 32%-40% higher than rates reported for non-indigenous Canadians. Nunavut does not have a universal newborn hearing screening program so many children go unidentified. There is only one audiologist for the entire Qukiqtani region so many children are not identified or supported in a timely manner.

The inability to hear, whether it be caused by hearing loss or a poor acoustic environment, can interfere with a child's development of spoken language, reading and writing skills and academic performance.

Soundfield amplification is an educational tool that allows the acoustic energy in speech from teacher instruction to be accessible to all children in a classroom and produces a nearly uniform speech level throughout the classroom. Children can't fill the gaps when they don't hear exactly what was said.

The Ask - $240,000 over a two-year period for equipment and implementation of networks of support to ensure sustainability.


Neskantaga Update - August 2016

The playground has now been installed. We look forward to seeing photos of the children enjoying the equipment this summer.

Neskantaga Update - January 2016

Thank you to the many donors including several Rotary clubs, a family foundation, an anonymous donor, an artist and the Neskantaga community itself who have made it possible to purchase equipment for one playground in spring 2016. Children will now be able to learn necessary skills and enjoy recreation like the children in other communities. Fundraising is continuing through HIP if you would like to make a second playground for the community a possibility. Thank you for supporting this project and we wish them success!

  • Neskantaga Education Centre - Playground Replacement and Upgrades - "A Fun and Safe Environment"

Co-Ordinator:   Noverene Taylor, Principal            807-479-2565         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The principal, staff and board members of the Neskantaga Education Centre are seeking donations/funding for a new playground for the students.  There is a need to upgrade the current playground for the students. 

Statistics show that children who are afforded some time each day to go outside, get some fresh air, run off their excess energy and play with their friends tend to behave better during class time and focus better on their classroom instruction and learning.

 It has been 15 years since installation of the old equipment.  The swings are damaged, the woods are rotten, the paint is peeling and most of the bolts which  attach  the slide to the rest of the unit are missing.  The equipment poses a danger to the children of the community.

The community have sourced a playground system which can accommodate up to 75 students from ages 5-12 years of age. The new equipment will be built according to current (Canadian) Ontario standards.

The Ask - new playground equipment will be $32,000(excluding shipping).  Fundraising efforts are being undertaken by asking parents and local and private organizations to help support.  All money donated will go into a special account.  If you would like to financially support this project, please send cheques payable to Neskantaga Education Centre, PO Box 106, Lansdowne House, ON  P0T 1Z0.  Receipting is available.

PS - The Rotary Club of Toronto has supported this community to access laptop computers through one of our HIP partnerships, One Laptop Per Child.



  • Wawahte Education Project - Documentary of Indian Residential Schools - "Telling The Story"

Co-Ordinator:   Robert Wells, Author     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Update:  January 2016

Wawahte Documentary - Subject Indian Residential Schools - "Telling the Story" - Update

After this 50 minute educational documentary premiers at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival (February 27, 2016),it shall be YouTube available to elementary and high schools at no direct cost.  If you know of or can engage a school to particpate in screening the documentary, please contact Robert (Bob) Wells (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to arrange.  We join in shining a light on a dark chapter in Canadian history and look forward to hearing about students and others becoming aware and knowledgeable about the residential school system.  The goal is to produce French and indigenous language versions of this educational documentary. Wawahte, the book and soon to be released documentary, are stories of three Residential School survivors as told to Robert P. Wells(a non-indigenous who grew up with indigenous children as a boy).  See link for trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r99dDwAoQks

The full Documentary can now be found on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvpFeIAGUz8&feature=youtu.be



As a continuation of his book "Wawahte", the author is working to produce a forty-five minute educational documentary on the Indian Residental Schools story.  John Sanfilippo is a masterful artist who will integrate archival photographs into Wawahte's balanced account of Indian Residential Schools.  The documentary will be provided at no cost to every school/every teacher in Canada and allow free access to the residential school story using a method that will hold the students' attention.  It will also be made available to the world on YouTube. 

The Askspread the word about the documentary.  Let your educational and school board contacts know about the availability of the documentary.  It is an important story that needs to be told to our children.  A film screening in the Kingston area will happen in October.  If you would like to present a screening at a club or in your community, please contact the author to co-ordinate.