Posted by John Currie, Executive Director, Honouring Indigenous People

Here is the latest Honouring Indigenous People Rotary News and Events, projects, blogs, photos, films, and resources. There are many major initiatives and resources available to you and your Rotary club, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your Club can help.  Our District 7070 Action Committee's Areas of Focus Coordinator is John Currie from the Pickering Rotary Club. John is also the  Executive Director of H I P and President of the Rotary Club of Pickering. He can be reached at .   If you have a good news story, please send it to us. Click here to view their new website and check the Areas of Focus Action Committees Menu Bar in the District Newsletter under HIP.  This rapidly growing nation-wide movement, HIP,  is a partnership between Indigenous Peoples & Rotarians. The new website contains stories about supporters, just like you and your Club, who are making an impact across Canada by taking action to create lasting change! Here are some highlights .........

A Message from the Chair - Chris Snyder

HIP'S Growth 

Over the past few months, we have been very busy deepening and increasing our Rotary and Indigenous involvement. We have appointed a number of new HIP District Coordinators, who will be organizing and encouraging Rotary Club involvement. We hope that within several months, all Rotary districts in Canada will have a HIP District Coordinator. They will be key to advancing HIP'S mission. See details on our new website.
You may have noticed the new HIP website. You can access it the same way or
On the opening page, you will notice reference to joining HIP’s movement and register to become an “Ally”. Becoming an Ally is not new however, we have decided to remove the financial barrier. We appreciate the support from everyone who had previously registered and will now be honouring you as founding Allies. Instead of a fee, we are asking you to make a commitment to learning more about Indigenous Peoples and agreeing with our values. Being an Ally is open to everyone including Indigenous communities, Rotary Clubs, faith groups, organizations and Individuals. We hope you will join our movement. Together we can make a huge impact.

Till next time, Migwetch (Thank You)

Chris Snyder

HIP Chairperson

Rotary Club of Toronto

ABOUT CHRIS: Chris is the author of Creating Opportunities: A Volunteer’s Memoir and an active member of the Rotary Club of Toronto. Chris is currently Chair of HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples) and Past Chair of the Canadian Landmine Foundation . He has sat on a number of not-for-profit boards, including currently serving on the board of CUSO and the Trudeau Centre of Peace, Conflict and Justice at the Munk Centre (University of Toronto).  He is the recipient of many volunteer and community service awards.


What is your club doing to Honour Indigenous People? Please email Julie Dunaiskis ( with a brief summary so we can post on the HIP website and provide an update in upcoming newsletters. This will help other clubs and provide a sense of how we are involved. We do not know the precise number of clubs across Canada who are involved in educational and awareness activities, however, our guess is we are close to 175 and growing. Some clubs were involved well before HIP, many on their own and some because of our encouragement and leadership.


Julie Dunaiskis

Administrator, HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples)


Rotary District 7070 HIP Co-ordinator:

We are pleased to let everyone know that Nicole Patterson, Rotary Club of East York, is our Rotary District 7070 HIP Co-ordinator. If you are looking for a speaker or for a project, Nicole is definitely the person to contact. She can be reached at and by cell at 647-786-6465. 


Request a Speaker - Would your club like to have a Speaker at an upcoming meeting?


Most Recent Stories:

ORANGE SHIRT COMMEMORATION - The Rotary Club of Pickering and HIP were proud to team up and host the Orange Shirt Day event on September 30th....

INDIGENOUS 150+: TRANSCENDING THE PANDEMIC - Despite the disruption of the pandemic, Indigenous 150+ has seen many positive changes...

ISWO DELIVERS - Indigenous Sports & Wellness Ontario delivered COVID-19 relief clothing/sports equipment to remote northern Indigenous communities hardest hit by the pandemic...

MASTERS INDIGENOUS GAMES 2021 - The 2021 Masters Indigenous Games will take place Aug 5-8, 2021 on the traditional territory and homelands of the Algonquin Peoples, who have inhabited the Ottawa region and surrounding land...

SUZANNE KATSI'TSIARIHSHION BRANT APPOINTED TO PREMIER'S COUNCIL - HIP Board Member, Suzanne Katsi'tsiarihshion Brant has been appointed as a member of the Premier's Council on Equality of Opportunity....

BUILDING NEW ECONOMIES WITH KAREN MACKENZIE - HIP Board Member Karen MacKenzie explores the role Indigenous culture and practices play in contributing to building new economies in a podcast...

Click here to read the Stories


Recommended Education: 

Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions. 

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