Circle Connections for Reconciliation Society creates space for learning, to empower anyone and everyone on the road to truth and reconciliation, one connection at a time.
Circle Connections for Reconciliation Society contributes to the progress of Truth and Reconciliation in peace, respect and friendship.
In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation we commit to connecting, empowering, learning, listening,
reciprocating, respecting and sharing.
We uphold the values of the Seven Sacred Teachings: Love, Trust, Courage, Respect, Wisdom, Honesty, and Humility.
Circle Connections for Reconciliation Society is a grass-roots community driven initiative organized by a team of dedicated volunteers and supported by the City of Airdrie. We are honoured to work with Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Leaders from across Treaty 7 Territory and the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3.
Bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together in peace and friendship, to build relationships, learn the truth, increase awareness and work towards genuine reconciliation in our area. We come together to engage in meaningful conversations, to work together organizing events and activities as well as initiating changes that ensure a safe, supportive and inclusive community. We welcome all people to join us in this journey.
Get to know us a little better. Read our Board Members bios.
HOW IT BEGAN
The spark began in the summer of 2020 when conversations were held between interested community members and the City of Airdrie. Word spread on social media and our first official gathering was held in March 2021. Our group has evolved and grown since then including a name change from Circle for Indigenous Relations, Airdrie & Area to Circle Connections for Reconciliation in January 2022. We became an incorporated non-profit organization in May 2022. We are grateful for all who helped us get started and for those who continue to support us today!
Read more about our beginnings in the Fall 2021 issue of airdrielife magazine (page 70-71).
OUR NAME AND LOGO
Our name reflects who we are as an organization. The CIRCLE is a symbol of gathering together as equals, CONNECTIONS speaks to bringing people together and our goal is to contribute towards genuine RECONCILIATION.
Our LOGO was designed by Métis Graphic Designer Victoria Scattergood of VS I+D. As Victoria explains, “The turtle has seven sections representing the seven teachings of the traditional medicine wheel. The medicine wheel colours, compass directions and ripple effect portrays that everyone is welcome and changes are widespread.”
If there is to be reconciliation,
first there must be truth
Timothy B. Tyson