Chatham-Kent's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Strategy

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent

This Website shares information about the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Strategy.

DEIJ Calendar

Click on the image below to view an electronic calendar of important days in July 2024. Click on the text to open a link to learn more.

If you are printing the calendar, please use Legal size paper.

Use this calendar to learn about days that are important to communities in Chatham-Kent.

Outside of the days listed on the calendar, people may have regular prayer or reflection practices. People may fast in various ways and engage in more intense reflection or prayer to commemorate days or periods of time.

Information about community events honouring upcoming days of significance can be found in the DEIJ News section of this website.

Please contact us if there are errors or days missing.



Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent

This Website shares information about the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Strategy.

DEIJ Calendar

Click on the image below to view an electronic calendar of important days in July 2024. Click on the text to open a link to learn more.

If you are printing the calendar, please use Legal size paper.

Use this calendar to learn about days that are important to communities in Chatham-Kent.

Outside of the days listed on the calendar, people may have regular prayer or reflection practices. People may fast in various ways and engage in more intense reflection or prayer to commemorate days or periods of time.

Information about community events honouring upcoming days of significance can be found in the DEIJ News section of this website.

Please contact us if there are errors or days missing.



  • Event: September 23 Field of Honour

    Poster with information about the Field of Honour. Text below.Saturday, September 23rd starting at 10:30AM at Fergie Jenkins Field in Chatham.

    What began in 2021 as an idea to help further the recognition of the Chatham Coloured All-Stars and early Black baseball in Canada, has now grown into an annual event to celebrate and honour the legacies players left behind.


    Each year, community celebrate and honour the legacy of the Chatham Coloured All-Stars and Black baseball in Canada with a charity baseball game, “The Field of Honour”. Descendants of early Black baseball players in Chatham-Kent compete against one another in a friendly day of fun and softball at Fergie Jenkins Field at Rotary Park in Chatham, Ontario.


    The Field of Honour Charity Baseball Game is also a fundraising event for the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum. A non-profit, charitable organization who through their museum and archives share the story of Chatham's Black community with visitors and researchers from around the globe.


    Tickets: No tickets, entrane is by donation. Suggested donation is $10-$20/person, but no one will be turned away. If paying by cheque, please make it out to CK Black Historical Society.

    Games: Games happen immediately following one another. The Golden Agers game is first, followed by youth, then New Generation.

    Entrance: There will be signs directing people to the entrance and mechandise tent. Programs and merchandise will be available for purchase. Pre-game announcements will star at 10:30.

    Seating: Seating is first-come first-serve. Pakc lawn chairs in case they grandstand seating fills up. Dugouts are for players only.

    Parking: Parking is first-come, first-serve. Angle-parking is available in-front of the field. Parking in memorial arena and neigbouring streets, as well. Do not park in business parking lots, you will be towed at your own expense.

    Merchandise: The All-Star Merchandise tent will have credit/debit. Bring cash in case technology doesn't cooperate. Hats, t-shirts, jerseys will be for sale. Items range from $30-$100. All leftover merchandise and additional items will be available for purchase at CK Black Historical Society & Black Mecca Museum during their open hours (Mon-Fri 9-2).

    Canteen: The canteen will be open. Come hungry. Canteen is cash only.


    Email ckblackhistoricalsociety@gmail.com with any additional questions.


  • Event: Sept 29 & 30 Walapolooza

    Walapolooza 2023 flyer. Colourful art with text that says September 29th and 30th. 2 das of live music. Free event. Artists include Derek Miller, Drives the Common Man, Fawn Wood, Brothers Wilde, Native Poolbo, and More. Local performers. Honouring residential school survivors special. Walpole Island Highbanks Park. Drug and alcohol free event. All are welcome to come and listen to some good medicine. Check out the Facebook Event Page for more updates.


    Happening on Walpole Island First Nation at Highbanks Park on September 29th and 30th.


    Open to everyone. Two days of live music, with Indigenous artists and performers.

    Brought to you by Bkejwanong Youth Council, Bkejwanong Biiweziimag Kinomaagziwad, Bkejwanong Family Well-Being program, Walpole Island Heritage Centre and others.


    Free event.

    Drugs and alcohol-free.


    Schedule:
    Schedule of the days. Text noted below.

    Day 1 (September 29th)

    3:00: Opening - Emcee Drives the Common Man & Kelly Kiyoshk & Residential School Survivors Special

    3:15 Fawn Wood

    4:00 Native Pool Boy

    5:15 Natash Fisher

    6:30 Drives the Common Man

    8:00 Karaoke w/ Drives

    8:45 Derek Miller

    10:30 Closing


    Day 2 (September 30th)

    3:00 Opening - Emcee Eagle Blackbird & Romaine Peters

    3:05 Jade Soney & Hunter Shipman

    3:15 Alaina Sonefish

    3:30 Wicked Sonz

    4:30 Vance Brigham

    5:00 Crystal Shawanda

    7:15 Lager Jayne

    8:00 Brother's Wilde

    10:00 Closing


  • Events: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation September 30

    September 30th is Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Read on to learn about these days, how the Municipality of Chatham-Kent is honouring them, community events, and where to learn more.

    Contact the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Coordinator for more details or to add additional events DEIJ@chatham-kent.ca or 226.312.2023 x. 2447.


    About September 30th

    AboutImage of an orange t-shirt with the words Every Child Matters on it. Orange Shirt Day

    The Orange Shirt Day movement was started by Phyllis Jack Webstad, a member of Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation and residential school Survivor. As she prepared to go to residential school at six years old, Phyllis's grandmother bought her a new orange shirt. When she arrived at the school, the shirt was taken from her. For Phyllis, the shirt represented her experience at residential school, and the neglect and harm children faced. Today, Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led, commemorative day to reflect, learn, and raise awareness about the inter-generational impacts of residential schools. September 30th was chosen because it's the time of year children would be taken from their home to residential schools.

    Learn more about Orange Shirt Day from the Orange Shirt Society or read the book Phyllis's Orange Shirt.



    The National Truth and Reconciliation logo.

    About National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was officially recognized by the Government of Canada in 2021 as a result of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. This is a day to lean in, listen, and learn about the ongoing impacts of colonization, including residential schools. It's a day to learn the 'truth' of our shared history, but also about how we can create pathways towards reconciliation and healing in our personal and professional lives.

    Learn more about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Day on the Government of Canada website.




    Events

    Below is a list of some of the events happening in Chatham-Kent. Events are open to everyone. We hope you will wear orange and participate as able, to show support for Truth and Reconciliation in Chatham-Kent.

    Feel free to save and share the poster below. Contact DEIJ@chatham-kent.ca for a PDF version. More details about each event are listed below.



    Faith Hale and Mayor Canniff hold the Surivor's flag.

    Tuesday, September 26, 11:30 AM Flag Walk & Raising

    Starts: Deshkan Ziibi Indigenous Hub, 495 King St W., Chatham

    Ends: Civic Centre, 315 King St W., Chatham

    Walk with and raise the Truth & Reconciliation Survivor's flag. Partnership with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Maawnjidimi Indigenous Network, Ska:Na Family Learning Centre, 7 Generations Indigenous Cultural Friendship Centre. Police escort will be present.



    Thursday, September 28 Sunrise & Moon Gatherings

    7:00AM Sunrise Gathering; 8:00AM Networking Breakfast; 9:00-11:00AM Sharing Circle

    7:00-9:00PM Full Moon Gathering

    All events at Deshkan Ziibi Indigenous Hub, 495 King St. W. Chatham. Bring a lawn chair and warm clothing.

    Offered through the 7 Generations Indigenous Cultural Friendship Centre, Ska:Na Family Learning Centre, and Women's Equity Business.


    Friday, September 29, 10:00 AM Orange Shirt Day Storytime

    120 Queen Street, Chatham

    Join the CK Public Library, Chatham Branch, for storytime to recognize and support Orange Shirt Day with Linda Lou, guest Librarian from Bkejwanong Territory, Walpole Island First Nation Public Library.



    Friday, September 29, 10:30 AM Healing Walk and Gathering

    Starts: Wallaceburg Library, 209 James St., Wallaceburg

    Ends: Civic Square Park, Wallaceburg

    Walk together and listen to guest speakers share their experiences and ideas about how we can heal. Partnership with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and Bkejwanong Territory Giyakiishchigewin program.



    Flyer for the Turns and Tales event. Text beside image.

    Saturday, September 30th, 7-11PM. Turns and Tales

    By Punk Rock Flea Market. All ages and communities friendly event. Punk Nite Honours Truth & Reconciliation. Indigenous vendors. Donation to local charity. DJ Sisyphus playing Indigenous artists.





    Learn

    September 30th is a great time to commit to learning. Resources to support learning are included below. This list is not comprehensive but is meant as a starting place.


    Listen:

    A Day to Listen (September 30th)

    Tune in to your favourite local radio station to learn about Mino Bimaadiziwin (the Good Life in Anishinabemowin). Learn more from the Downie & Wenjack Fund website.


    Watch:

    Orange Shirt Day

    Learn about the origins of Orange Shirt Day through this Youtube video by the Orange Shirt Society.

    Truth and Reconciliation Commission Lunch and Learns (September 25-29, 1:30-2:20 each day)

    Open to anyone, five different webinars are offered throughout the week covering everything from the history and impacts of residential school, unconscious bias, to frameworks for how to move towards reconciliation. Learn more from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission website.


    Read:

    Residential Schools Timeline

    A visual timeline of residential schools in Canada. Find it on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission website.

    The Witness Blank

    Explore items reclaimed from residential schools, churches, government buildings accompanied by the voices of Survivors. Visit The Witness Blanket website.

    The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action

    Drafted from consultations with residential schools survivors and family members across the Canada. Recommendations are directed at individuals, organizations, and all levels of government. Read the Calls to Action on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission website.

    CK Road to Understanding Indigenous Cultures

    Learn about local First Nations, relationships with government, and Treaties. Find the resource on the Living CK website. Hard copies of this resource are available by contacting the DEIJ Coordinator.


    Supports

    You are not alone. Reach out if you need support.

    Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help 24/7 to all Indigenous Peoples in Canada. 1-855-242-3310 (toll free) or online chat www.hopeforwellness.ca

    National Residential School Crisis Line provides 24/7 crisis support to former Residential School students and their families. 1-866-925-4419 (toll free)

  • Event: Sept 8-17 CK Welcome Week


    Building Culture, Community, and Connections event flyer. Join us September 8th from 3-6PM at the Chatham Civic Centre. Full details available at the Living CK website, linked below.

    Chatham-Kent Welcome Week is happening September 8th - 17th. The week is an opportunity to connect newcomers to services in Chatham-Kent, celebrate the contributions of newcomers to Chatham-Kent, and to promote diversity in our community.

    Events are happening all week, but the week starts on September 8th with a flag raising at Chatham-Kent Civic Centre at 3:30PM followed by networking and speakers. More details on the flyer above.

    A full list of events is available on the Living CK website.

    Hope to see you there!

  • Event: Sept 1-4 Buxton's 100th Homecoming

    The 100th Buxton homecoming logo, featuring a large apple tree.Buxton's 100th Homecoming is happening on Labour Day weekend, September 1-4!

    Explore the history and heritage of the community, learn and celebrate together.

    Everyone welcome.

    More information and full schedule is available on the Buxton 100th Homecoming website.

    We hope to see you there!

  • Event: Eelūnaapèewii Lahkèewiit Pow Wow

    Promotional poster for the Eelunaapeewi Lahkeewit or Delaware Nation Pow Wow.


    Eelūnaapèewii Lahkèewiit is hosting their annual Pow Wow on Saturday, September 2nd and Sunday, September 3rd. Everyone is welcome.

    Location: Behind the Community Centre at 14811 Schools Line in Bothwell.

    Admission: General $8. Seniors $5. Children under 10 are free.

    Grand entry: 12PM and 7PM on Saturday and 12PM on Sunday. Host drum is Naahii Singers.

    No pets allowed, except service animals with appropriate documentation.

    Learn more about Pow Wows from St. Clair Catholic District School Board website.

  • Event: August 31 International Overdose Awareness Day

    Flyer for events for International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31st. Purple background with white text. Text says Chatham-Kent Drug Overdose Awareness Council invites you to join us at ROCK Mission locations for International Overdose Awareness Day. August 31st. Chatham Drop-In 29 Richmond Street. Wallaceburg Drop-In 719 James Street. Both 4-7PM

    Chatham-Kent Drug Overdose Awareness Council invites you to join us at ROCK Missions locations for International Overdose Awareness Day.

    Learn more about International Overdose Awareness Day on the official website or learn from the post we created on the Employee DEIJ Portal last year (note the events will have changed for this year).

  • Together CK Grants 2024 Now Open!

    The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is now accepting applications for Together CK grants!

    These grants support community groups to carry out projects or events that contribute to the community. Applications are due before October 5, 2023.

    Learn more about the grants on the Municipality's website. Click on the 'Apply Now' button to get more detailed information.

  • 2SLGBTQIA+ Ally Posters and Brochures

    A heart with the progressive pride flag inside of it. Text says our door is open to everyone. Logos of the Ck Pride Assoication and Municipality of Chatham-Kent appear on the sign.

    The Municipality has partnered with CK Pride and community member Joel Emery to distribute free 2SLGBTQIA+ ally signs for local businesses, organizations, and residents. A brochure that goes with the sign has resources and information about how to support 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. Signs are meant to be displayed in visible places to show support during CK Pride week (Aug 11-19) and all year long.

    Signs are available at all Municipal Service Centres, at Bill’s Place for pick up on Aug 10th or 16th 3:30-6:30PM, August 26th 1:00-300PM or by emailing info@ckpride.com

    More information is available at the CK Pride Facebook page.

  • Resource: Free Online English Classes for People who are Migrant Workers

    Collège Boréal is providing free, online English classes with a live instructor for people who are Migrant Workers in Chatham-Kent. Reach out to Azuani Cano, 519-384-9393, acano@dol.ca or Jiohanka Perez, 519-397-1677, jiohanka.perez@collegeboreal.ca for more information and to register.


    Poster advertising the English classes. Text above.


    Don't forget to subscribe to the CK Local Immigration Partnership newsletter for more updates like these!

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