Aboriginal Service Committee - Annual Report 2014 - 2015
In our fourth year, the Aboriginal Service Committee continues to bring Rotarians, agencies and indigenous leaders together in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation.
We partnered with First Nations School accessing donations of backpacks and school supplies through Katy Perry’s “Let Roar Happen” campaign. We participated in the school’s Careers Day program to introduce Grade 8 aboriginal youth to a variety of potential career paths.
We partnered with One Laptop per Child on two projects providing tablet and laptop computers to schools in Nesktantaga ($4,000.00)following a cluster of youth suicide and to Wapekeka ($3,500.00 matched by TD Bank) after all technology was lost during a fire in the community’s school.
We followed up with Nesktantaga First Nation with a $5,000.00 donation to HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples) toward a new playground.
We provided $2,500.00 toward the purchase of a new bus for FEAT which helps connect children (mostly aboriginal) with their parents who are in the penal system.
The committee also provided in-kind donations of diapers, baseball hats, shirts and jackets to Native Child and Family Services. The committee was honoured by the agency for our work to establish the Scarborough GED Program.
Our Committee welcomes regular guests and experts to help guide us and to provide information and education to our members including presentations from the Chiefs of Ontario on water and education issues. We hosted activist Cindy Blackstock at a Friday luncheon in honour of National Aboriginal Day.
The committee is involved with HIP, the LG’s Aboriginal Forums, Princes Charities Canada, made presentation to the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business AGM, and held a forum bringing together indigenous educational leaders with the upper management of Carillion Canada. Member David Sharpe travelled to KI with Andree Cazabon on the 3rd Reconciliation Exchange.
The Aboriginal Service Committee has been nominated for the City of Toronto’s Hubbard Award for Race Relations.
This year, in addition to our regular activities, we will be hosting National Chief Perry Bellegarde on November 27th and we are organizing a Forum to bring together indigenous leaders, agencies and club members to identify a potential major project(s).
We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at Native Child and family Services, 40 College Street, beginning at 4:30PM. Any club member interested in Truth and Reconciliation and the unfinished business of Confederation should consider joining us.
John Andras, Chair