HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples ) Charitable Corporation

Registered Name: HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples) Charitable Corporation

Business Number: 885709212RR0001

Understanding the past, moving forward together.

HIP envisions a Canada where every Indigenous person has the same educational opportunities as other Canadians, every Rotarian is involved in advancing the understanding of Indigenous knowledge systems and challenges, and every Canadian is engaged in building positive Indigenous relationships.

Our Mission

HIP’s mission is to support Indigenous Peoples education vision and promote understanding and awareness of Indigenous knowledge systems and challenges amongst all Canadians.

Our Goals

  • To empower Indigenous People in reaching their education goals.
  • To promote awareness & understanding about Indigenous knowledge systems and challenges.
  • To inspire indigenous/non-indigenous relationship building.

Operating Principles    

HIP's Board is comprised of 50% Indigenous People and 50% Rotarians. We operate as is the Indigenous custom by consensus. Our wish is to assist, not dictate. While we operate as partners, our projects must be initiated and owned by the Indigenous people we serve. It is imperative that Indigenous people participate at all levels.

1. We are sensitive in all our words and actions to the damage done by the residential school system. We respect that the healing process for many is still ongoing and there is still much reconciliation to be done. We aim to be part of this process.

2. We acknowledge skepticism and hesitation around our motives as part of the bridge building process. Trust needs to be established, will take time and is best done through developing strong relationships.

3. We value the spirituality and respect for the Earth our Indigenous partners represent.

4. We stay out of politics.

5. We understand, recognize and support the desire by the youth to learn of their indigenous roots, history and culture.

6. We recognize culture at each talking circle and where possible open with a reading story or mediation.

7. We continually increase our indigenous knowledge about the culture, customs, history and issues of indigenous peoples. We also understand the respect held for elders, and that each community may have separate elected and hereditary chiefs.

8. We do not promise more than we can deliver.

9. We understand indigenous issues are prevalent both in rural and urban areas and not every indigenous community is the same.

We follow the core values in the Rotary 4-way test and 7 Sacred Grandfather Teachings (outlined separately).

About HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples ) Charitable Corporation

HIP was created by Rotarians in Southern Ontario in partnership and consultation with a number of indigenous people. We are honouring indigenous people by supporting their educational efforts and encouraging all Canadians to be aware of indigenous issues, history and culture.

In our work we are guided by the initial treaties that are represented by the wampum belts that were historically exchanged by indigenous and non-indigenous people in North America. There are many wampum belts.

The Two Row Wampum belt is a treaty representing friendship, peace and respect. This belt has two purple lines symbolizing a canoe and a European ship travelling down the river of life together. The canoe carries the laws, spirituality and way of life for the First Nations or indigenous people and the ship carries the laws, religion and way of life of the Europeans, the North American settlers. It is understood that each should travel side by side, co-existing in mutual respect and harmony.

The Two Row Wampum belt is an original agreement to honour friendship, peace and respect. We hope the actions coming from our combined initiative will help to reconcile the past and create harmony in the future. We are hopeful every Rotary Club and Rotarian in Canada will join us and help to lead the way for all Canadians, and that, in turn, all Canadians will join with us.

What People Are Saying

"Thanks for the tremendous support received by our community over the last two years from the HIP Program. We have been deeply engaged with HIP in programming initiatives to help the youth of Kashechewan."

— Chief Leo Friday ~ Kashechewan First Nation

"The drives that are supported by HIP and their organized supply lines, foster a great many conversations, education in schools, volunteerism, and most importantly, the development of lasting relationships between people in isolated First Nation communities and people in the south."

— Laurie Siblock ~ Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Support Group

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