Indigenous Peoples Partnership of Rotary Clubs

(A Bird’s Eye View of Services and Projects)
Rotary Club of Palgrave joined the Indigenous Peoples Partnership Committee (IPPC) in 2019 which included Rotary clubs of Belleville, Trenton, and Wellington. Several other clubs have shown interest in joining this cluster of clubs. Even the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mills in UK has made a donation for service to indigenous people. IPPC has been working with several communities of indigenous people located in Tyendinaga, Kingston, and the remote northern Ontario community of Nibinamik located in Summer Beaver. Rotary Club of Palgrave as well as others in the cluster have made donations to the funds being raised by the Nibinamik Education Centre for a tour by their students to institutions of higher learning and educations sites in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) while staying at the University of Toronto. IPPC also received a wish list from the Nibinamik Education Centre consisting of requests such as LEGO toys for student creative activities, and learning materials such as books in Oji-Cree language. Toys have been shipped. List of books to be purchased is being developed in collaboration with GoodMinds publisher and supplier of Indigenous books in Brantford, Ontario. Some other items were sent to other indigenous communities based on the requests IPPC received from them. Examples are aids for art, Christmas gift packs, and mylar blankets.


IPPC has also been offering bursaries open to students in all Indigenous Peoples communities in Canada. Rotary Club of Palgrave has completed the processing applications it received this year. One student has been selected for award to study at a university and one at a community college. Other clubs in the IPPC cluster are also engaged in making similar awards.
Imtiaz Ahmad
Palgrave Rotary Active Member.