Reconciliation Circle

Next meeting – TBD

Everyone is welcome.

What  can you/we contribute at a local and personal level to support reconciliation with indigenous peoples? How can we learn more about the truth of Canada’s relationship with First Nations? We are convening a circle of interested people to discuss ideas, thoughts, and actions towards reconciliation in Fairfield Gonzales.  We welcome members of indigenous and non-indigenous communities to participate in this important dialogue, which we intend to be the beginning of the journey together. We know there is much collective wisdom in this community, which we want to tap into.

Get in touch with Vanya McDonell for more info or to get involved.

Upcoming event

Understanding and Acceptance: Presented by Rebecca Atleo Taataasupaxa (to speak straight forward)

Date:  February 18, 2018

Time:  7pm

Location:  Garry Oak Room, 1335 Thurlow Rd., Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

Please register at Eventbrite  – seating is limited.

Sponsored by the FGCA Reconciliation Circle

Please join us for an evening of learning more about our neighbours on Vancouver Island. There will be a presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

Rebecca Atleo’s presentation on Understanding and Acceptance will touch on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations, but she will speak from personal experience of how being from Ahousaht is an honour but challenging sometimes, when not in a First Nations community.

Rebecca Atleo is from Ahousaht and comes from the Atleo family, who are Nuu-chah-nulth. Her people reside in Ahousaht Territory which part of the Nuu-chah-nulth, comprised of 14 Nations.

Rebecca is currently the Director of Education for the Ahousaht Membership overseeing Daycare through to Post Secondary. Her home is in Ahousaht, but she travels the Island and Lower Mainland meeting with families and students about the importance of education and supports students who are at places of higher education. Rebecca also advocates for equity in the education system that is funded through DIA. Rebecca has a Master of Education from UVic, a Bachelor of Education from UBC. She is semi-fluent in her language of Nuu-chah-nulth.  Her nephew, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, was the national chief for the Assembly of First Nations. Her guidance was important for him while he was chief.

Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments provided.

This is a free event.


Members of the circle are currently working on three streams of action:

Build More Awareness of Indigenous Ways….we have  a city-funded neighbourhood grant for our “Celebrating Indigenous Stories” project. We will ‘seed’ little free libraries with books by Indigenous authors and host readings with Indigenous authors in order to celebrate the stories and perspectives of First Nations writers. We will use the reading list below as a source of ideas.

Map and connect to the land –  before settlement- with mapping initiative, walks with indigenous guides.

 Be an active resource for learning and outreach – enhance website, use social media, and broaden the dialogue. Group members are also exploring what we can enact locally from the TRC recommendations.

Get in touch if you’d like to help with any of these projects!

Reading list

Members of the Fairfield Gonzales Reconciliation Circle have put together an extensive reading list. The list contains both fiction and non-fiction on many different subjects. If you are interested in learning more about indigenous peoples and struggles, this is a great place to start!