Welcome to the monthly newsletter from the Rotary Club of Halifax North West, where we share the club’s news with the community we serve. This issue highlights our efforts to honor indigenous peoples and reminds everyone of our Christmas Wish Project.
Our club has embraced HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples), a Canadian initiative whose vision is that “all Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples work together, interconnected and interdependent, for the benefit of future generations”. HIP is a grass roots approach to truth and reconciliation. It is based on fostering partnerships between non-indigenous and indigenous peoples through joint efforts at relationship building, creating a learning and sharing environment about indigenous cultures, and working together on projects of mutual interest and benefit. HIP is not about solving our history’s intractable problems, but rather it is about building an understanding of the past and fostering a more positive and constructive future. HIP strives to be a catalyst for societal change through Education, Awareness and Relationship Building. Our club has taken first steps by establishing a dialogue with Dr. Eleanor Bernard, a member of the Eskasoni reserve and a noted educator, champion of indigenous languages and lecturer at Cape Breton University. Dr. Bernard has kindly agreed to act as a mentor as we develop our HIP plans, which are aimed at engaging the indigenous community in cultural activities and shared projects. Conscious of the need to crawl before we can walk, we are taking a slow but deliberate approach, starting with the education phase with books and videos and a speakers’ forum. Anyone who is interested in sharing our HIP journey is encouraged to visit https://honouringindigenouspeoples.com/ resources which lists a number of books, videos, podcasts and other resources aimed at improving our knowledge and understanding of indigenous issues.
Readers are encouraged to join our Chrismas Wishes project, by going to the Joe Howe Avenue Atlantic Superstore and picking a “wish” tag from the Christmas tree located just inside the main entrance, near the Starbucks counter. Then simply find the item in the store and purchase it at the customer service desk. Rotary “elves”will pick up the purchased items and deliver them to communityminded organizations for distribution to disadvantaged individuals. The campaign runs until 17 December. Thanks for helping us spread the joy!
Our club welcomes everyone to explore community service with us! We pride ourselves on being diverse and inclusive. Corporate members from the business community are welcome as well. We meet every Tuesday from noon to 1 pm at Freeman’s on Dutch Village Road in Fairview. Join us for lunch to meet the members and share the camaraderie and networking.