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Hello  HIP Allies, in this issue of our newsletter, we bring to you: 

  • Indigenous Heritage 
  • Recommended Education 
  • Updates on the organization: HIP Blog 
  • Message from the Chair 

Indigenous Heritage
The Untold Story of a Canadian Code Talker from World War II 

During World War II, Charles “Checker” Tomkins fought the enemy with a different kind of weapon. As a code talker in the Canadian military, he used his knowledge of the native Cree language to help develop a top-secret communication system to defeat the Germans.

Recommended Education:
Indigenous Canada

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. 
Click here to learn about Indigenous Canada

Most recent HIP Stories 

ORANGE SHIRT COMMEMORATION - The Rotary Club of Pickering and HIP are proud to team up to host this 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

Message from the Chair

Follow Chris’s journey on Facebook @70YearVolunteer & Twitter @70YearVolunteer

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.
To register click here!

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.
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