Preparing for Truth and Reconciliation Day and Week: The Rotary Orange Shirt Initiative
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John Vroljik, Gord Sheppard and Yvonne Ewanicke from the YEG Passsport Rotary Club distributing orange shirts.
Rotarians pick up their Orange Shirts in anticipation of September 30, The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
YEG Passport and the Rotary Club of Edmonton West worked together to print and sell orange t-shirts The initiative was Shelley Sabo’s idea when she discovered how difficult it was to find a local source for Orange Shirts.  She contacted the Orange Shirt Day Society and, with John Donner, developed a proposal to make orange shirts available to local Rotarians consistent with the society’s guidelines.  Yvonne Ewanicke, a new Rotarian with YEG Passport, took orders from both clubs and the public. Many people said they bought Rotary shirts because they could trust where the money was going. The net proceeds from the sales go to organizations committed to the goals of the society: the Saddle Lake Boys and Girls Club, Turtle Island Safer Spaces and the Orange Shirt Day Society.
September 30 – the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation -- is intended to focus attention, but Truth and Reconciliation is an everyday issue – with opportunities to learn, to build relationships and to act.  Orange shirts are not just for September 30; there are many other events and times when wearing orange shirts signals openness, caring and willingness to engage.  An orange shirt is a small step but an important one.  If you’re still looking for a shirt, or know someone who would like one, please contact John Donner below. 
Truth and Reconciliation Week
September 27-October 1, 2021
Truth and Reconciliation: Why and What Now?
When asked how Rotary Clubs could respond to the Truth and Reconciliation, Senator Patti LaBoucane-Benson suggested that Clubs could each review the 94 Calls to Action and select one on which to take action.  This comes from someone deeply involved in advancing Truth and Reconciliation who has a keen appreciation for Rotary.
The suggestion was made during the active question answer session at the Rotary Indigenous Speakers Series on September 21. 
In her very insightful presentation, Senator LaBoucane-Benson outlined the process that led to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and shared her observations and a video to give us a sense of the spirit and intensity of the TRC process.   The Senator briefly overviewed the Calls to Action she supported by championing legislation in the Senate. Please find the link below for consideration and taking action.
The talk was a great introduction to the Truth and Reconciliation Week (September 27-October 1) and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30) established by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.  September 30th is a federal statutory holiday, but not a provincial one.
Here are some links provided by Senator Patti LaBoucane-Benson in support of Truth and Reconciliation. 
Truth and Reconciliation Event Documentary
TRC Documents
Website: Delivering on The Calls to Action
Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
They Came For the Children
Welcome to District 5370 Presidents Elect
Welcome to your year as President Elect.  Your club has thought highly of you and has chosen you to lead their club next year.
Preparing for your year
There are tremendous resources on My Rotary, and the Learning Centre that have specifically been designed to help you and can be taken at any time.  If you are not already a member of My Rotary, I suggest you sign up now, you can do it yourself by going to   My Rotary is the gateway to a wide variety of Rotary training and information applications.  You can download any Rotary publication through My Rotary.  It’s the place to go for Rotary International Policies, Procedures and Bylaws.
To start your year, I suggest that you visit the online description of club roles (please see below). 
The schedule of the District training courses put on by the Learning and Development committee has been sent out to you via email.   These are fast paced and will allow you an opportunity to meet your fellow PEs online. 
COVID permitting we will also be holding an in-person training session with the 2021-22 District Conference May 26 to 28, 2022.  Mark your calendars now!
See you soon!
John Nicoll
District Governor Elect
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Walking Together in Treaty
On the Labour Day weekend, two Rotarians joined the Treaty Walk beginning in St. Paul, AB. The Treaty Walk brings together First Nations and non-First Nations recognizing we are all Treaty Peoples. This Treaty Walk acknowledges the signing of Treaty Six in 1896 with the final signing in Fort Pitt, Saskatchewan.
Walking the land that we share and talking about our experiences helps build understanding and strengthens relationships. Please see below the videos Treaty Talk and Treaty Walk to further explore the meaning of Treaty and the intent of the walks.
Neil Lang states “I chose to attend the first leg of the walk on September 5 which commenced in St. Paul, AB at 10 am and finished at 5:30 pm covering 22 km. Over 30 started the walk and another 15 joined us at mid-point. Participants were from Edmonton, Saddle Lake, and Onion Lake. Another 3 days of walking continued with the final destination being Fort Pitt, Saskatchewan. This was a peaceful walk with the integration of all people.”
John Donner states “I walked the second day, a shorter leg ending at Elk Point. We began with a smudge and talking circle addressing a real problem: a positive COIVD test. We continued on outdoors, masked, and followed proper social distance protocols respecting the choice of others to participate or not participate. At the end of the evening, after a panel discussion, it was decided to cancel the balance of the walk however a few members from Onion Lake continued and completed the entire journey to Fort Pitt.”
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Celebrate Reconnect Week, 4-10 October
Engaging Rotary’s past program participants in club and district projects and meetings can be the key to making them feel that they have a place in Rotary. Rotary Reconnect Week, 4-10 October, is a great opportunity to invite alumni to participate in a service project, have a party that celebrates alumni, or just encourage them to pursue membership. Many alumni crave a personal connection to Rotary after their programs. As we celebrate Reconnect Week, we invite former Rotaractors, Interactors, Rotary Peace Fellows, Rotary Scholars, Rotary Youth Exchange students, and other alumni to renew their relationship with Rotary.
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