Honouring Indigenous Peoples Working in Partnership with Rotary

Our speaker on September 29th was Linda Mross from the Nlka’pamux Nation and a member of the Oregon Jack Creek Band.  Linda is a District Co-ordinator with Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP), a southern Ontario start-up that has grown into a nationwide movement that is receiving international attention for inspiring Indigenous and Non-Indigenous relationship building.  Linda is also a member of the Rotary Club of Langley Central and served as their Club President in 2016-2017.
Linda was joined by John Currie, the Executive Director for HIP.  John helped establish HIP’s Board of Directors, proudly composed of 50% Indigenous, 50% Non-Indigenous, 50% Female, 50% Male and geographically dispersed across Canada.  John is currently serving as President of the Rotary Club of Pickering in Ontario.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from York University with studies in Indigenous and Canadian history.
HIP’s vision is that all Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples work together, interconnected and interdependent, for the benefit of future generations.  Its mission is to catalyze societal change by inspiring Indigenous and Non-Indigenous relationship building, strengthening community well-being and advancing the next generation of leaders.  We learned from Linda and John's presentation that HIP and Rotary represent the “Ultimate Super Alliance” due to their shared passion and values with complementing strengths.  Thank you to both of them for providing us with this practical and inspiring avenue to engage our Rotarian service with reconciliation efforts for the benefit of future generations.
For more inspiration and information, or to get involved, check out HIP's resources, including videos, blogs, podcasts and advice on terminology here: https://honouringindigenouspeoples.com