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.



  • Treaties Recognition Week

    November 6th to November 12th is Treaties Recognition Week!

    We encourage everyone to take some time this week to learn about Treaties. Further understand their importance, what they mean, and more from the Treaties Recognition Week Poster attached in this post.

    A beige colored poster, with three columns resembling a brochure format. In the first column it reads "Treaties Recognition Week: November 6th-12th, 2022". In the second column it reads at the top, In 2016, Ontario became the first province in Canada to declare the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week. We encourage you to review at least one resource below this week to learn about the importance of Treaties. In the paragraph below it reads, What are treaties? Treaties are nation-to-nation agreements. In the context of the lands now known as Canada, Treaties are between the Government of Canada (also known as the Crown) and Indigenous Peoples. In the last paragraph it reads, Why is treaties recognition week important? By learning more about our collective Treaty rights and obligations, we can create greater understanding and nurture relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples. Treaties Recognition Week also represents one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. This week was launched in 2016 in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. In the third and final coloumn, there are resources to learn more about treaties and agreements, McKee Purchase Treaty, The Grandfather of all Treaties, Treaties in Ontario, Indigenous Voices on Treaties, and Anishinabek Nation Resources. The final column reads, Treaties Beyond Text as the title. In the body, it writes, Why is treaties recognition week important? By learning more about our collective Treaty rights and obligations, we can create greater understanding and nurture relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples. Treaties Recognition Week also represents one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. This week was launched in 2016 in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

    The resources listed in the infographic can be found below:

    Treaties and Agreements on The Government of Canada Website

    Mckee Purchase Treaty on The Canadian Encyclopedia

    The Grandfather of all Treaties on Briar Patch

    Treaties in Ontario from Ontario's Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

    Indigenous Voices on Treaties from Ontario's Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

    Anishinabek Nation Resources from Anishinabek Nation

    Learn more about local Indigenous Cultures from the CK Road To Understanding

    Please reach out to Amrit Khaira or Rebecca Haskell-Thomas at DEIJ@chatham-kent.ca or 226.312.2023 x 3610 if you have any questions or comments.

    Thank you,

    The DEIJ Team

  • Test Your Knowledge- DEIJ Quiz for November Days of Observance


    Black and white QR Code that will lead to the Quiz platform for november days of observance

    The DEIJ team has created a monthly quiz to raise awareness as to what is going on this month. Test your knowledge on various religious holidays and days of observance taking place in November by participating in the DEIJ Quiz or scanning the QR Code above.

    Let us know how you did in the comments and share this quiz with others!

  • Open House Event at Chatham Islamic Centre

    As part of Islamic Heritage Month celebrations, Chatham Islamic Centre (CIC) is hosting an open house. Chatham-Kent public are invited to tour the center and Mosque and ask any questions they may have, and enjoy light refreshments provided by CIC.

    The open house will take place on October 22nd, 22 (Saturday) from 11:00am-2:00pm at 310 McNaughton Avenue West, Chatham.

    We hope to see you there!

  • CK Launching 2023 Online Budget Survey

    Chatham-Kent officials have launched this year’s online survey designed to gather public input on where and how their property tax dollars are spent.

    At Let's Talk Chatham-Kent(External link) residents can have their say on the 2023 Chatham-Kent budget through a survey that allows them to express their thoughts on what services they deem important and whether spending should be increased or decreased.

    The survey is comprised of a number of wide-ranging questions. Throughout the survey, participants are asked to provide as much information as they like.

    This year’s budget process is entitled Budget 2023: Inspiring Chatham-Kent.

    The survey concludes with opportunity for residents to provide general comments. The survey results and public comments will be used by administration in the development of the budget and will be provided to Chatham-Kent Council prior to deliberations.

    Steve Brown, Chatham-Kent’s Director of Budget & Performance Services, said the online survey gives residents the opportunity to provide input at their convenience.

    Brown said completing the survey doesn’t preclude residents from voicing their opinions later as well. “The more information we have and the earlier we have it, the better we can understand the needs of the community,” he said.

    The online survey will be open until October 31st.

    Citizens are also encouraged to bring budget concerns to their Councillors at any time through email or by phone.

    On Wednesday January 11, 2022, Council will host its Budget Committee Opening Night Meeting beginning at 6 pm.

    Community Consultation Meetings will be held as follows:

    Wednesday, January 18 at noon.

    Thursday, January 19 at 7 p.m.

    Details on how the public will access the meetings will be provided once the format is finalized.

    Budget Committee Deliberations will be held at 6 p.m. on January 25, 26 and 31 with contingency dates on February 1 and 2 if needed.

    For more information, contact:

    Steve Brown
    Director of Budget & Performance Services
    Municipality of Chatham-Kent
    519-360-1998 x 3100
    steven.brown@chatham-kent.ca

  • Local Boards and Committees of Council Call for Applications 2022 to 2026 Term

    The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is currently recruiting volunteer citizen appointments to various Local Boards and Committees of Council.

    The application can be completed online by visiting www.letstalkchatham-kent.ca. Paper copies can also be picked up and returned at any Municipal Centre.

    Applications must be completed by Friday, October 28, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.

    The following Chatham-Kent Local Boards and Committees of Council are recruiting citizen members for the 2022 – 2026 term:

    • Accessibility Advisory Committee
    • Age Friendly Committee
    • Blenheim Landfill Liaison Committee
    • By-law Appeal & Property Standards Committee
    • Chatham-Kent Board of Health (indigenous representative only)
    • Chatham-Kent Municipal Museums Advisory Committee
    • Chatham-Kent Police Services Board
    • Chatham-Kent Public Library Board
    • Committee of Adjustment
    • Court of Revision for Local Improvements
    • Drainage Board
    • Infrastructure, Bridge, Culverts and Roads Innovation Committee
    • Municipal Heritage Committee
    • Ridge Landfill Liaison Committee

    As per the direction of Council, the CK Plan 2035 Committee and the Community Development Advisory Committee will not be recruiting members until after the new term of Council has set its strategic directions.

    Information about each of these committees can be found at www.chatham-kent.ca.

    For more information, contact:

    Meredith Cadotte, Council Coordinator
    Municipal Governance / Clerk’s Office
    Email: meredithc@chatham-kent.ca
    Phone: 360-1998 ext. 3805

  • DEIJ Quiz- October Days of Observance

    Test your knowledge!

    The DEIJ team has created a monthly quiz to raise awareness about some of the days of observance happening this month. Test your knowledge and learn about some of the important days in October or scan the QR Code below.

    Let us know how you did in the comments, and share this quiz with others!


  • Truth and Reconciliation Crosswalk, Wallaceburg


    The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is partnering with Whyte’s Pickles and a local Indigenous artist for the installation of a Truth and Reconciliation crosswalk in downtown Wallaceburg.

    The crosswalk will be painted orange in recognition of the tragic history and ongoing legacy of Residential and Day Schools in Canada, it also includes feathers that were custom designed to represent the Seven Sacred Teachings, with the insignia “Every Child Matters”.

    The Seven Sacred Teachings – also known as the Seven Grandfather Teachings – are guiding principles on living a good life based on First Nation lessons. They include wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility, and truth.

    Similar crosswalks have been approved or completed in Timmins, Burnaby, Oakville, Kamloops, Edmonton and several other Canadian towns and cities.

    The local artist is Nicholas Riley from Bkejwanong First Nation. He studied graphic design at Fanshawe college and is a graduate from Lambton College Business Marketing program. He designed the logo for the Sarnia Lambton Native Friendship Centre and has since designed logos for the Walpole community, Employment and Training, and Elder Abuse Awareness.

    Nicholas’s latest work is featured on the cover of Bkejwanong Dbaajmowinaan, Stories of Where the Water Divides.

    The Whyte’s management team stated that “we are honored to partner in this initiative with the Municipality of Chatham -Kent. We aim to uphold the values of the Seven Sacred Teachings and are deeply appreciative of our team and community members who are First Nation. It is with great pride that we participate in this commemoration and support the work of local artist Nicholas Riley.”

    Rebecca Haskell-Thomas, Coordinator, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) for the Municipality says, “The orange crosswalk symbolizes our recognition of the harms that have been done. Incorporating the Seven Grandfather Teachings shows us a pathway for moving forward. True Reconciliation requires efforts from everyone in our community and the Municipality’s DEIJ team are proud to work with community members to learn and take action together’

    For more information contact:

    Amy Wilcox

    Manager, Corporate Initiatives & Communications

    Municipality of Chatham-Kent

    519-360-1998 x 3055

    amyw@chatham-kent.ca

  • 7 Pledges of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

    In honour of The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, the Municipal Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice team has partnered with Economic Development/CK Small Business Centre, local Indigenous-led Organizations and Peoples to share the Seven Pledges of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, based on Bob Joseph and Cynthia Joseph's book, Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips, and Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality.


    Watch the video to learn more. Miigwech, thank you to everyone who came together to make this video.

    Seven Pledges of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. by Bob Joseph and Cynthia F. Joseph.


    There are many resources available to explore the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and stories of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. Tomorrow, September 30th, please consider attending the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation event at 25 Eight Street in Chatham (beside the Ska:na Family Learning Centre) and take the Pledge of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Visit the DEIJ website to learn about other local events and resources to deepen your learning and understanding of Truth and Reconciliation.


    Thank you!

    Rebecca and Amrit

  • September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

    An orange circle with a white pathway in it overlaps an orange narwhal, eagle, and beaded flower. In the background is orange smoke. To the right of the image are icons with an eagle, narwhal, and flower. The circle at the centre represents being together in spirit of reconciliation. The orange colour represents truth-telling and healing. The pathway represents the road to reconciliation. First Nations, The eagle represents First Nations The narwhal represents Inuit The beaded flower represents Métis


    September 30th, 2022 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, a day to reflect, lean in, and learn. Below, you'll find information to further your understanding and participate in a meaningful way. We’ve included some local events, municipal initiatives, learning opportunities and resources.


    Please contact Rebecca-Haskell Thomas or Amrit Khaira with any questions, comments, or concerns.





    National Truth and Reconciliation image of orange circle, pathway, eagle, narwhal, orange beaded flower. What is the
    National Day for Truth and Reconciliation?

    In 2021, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was officially recognized by the Government of Canada. This is a day to lean in, listen to, and learn about the ongoing impacts of the colonization of Turtle Island (known as North America today), including learning about and acknowledging the impacts of residential schools. It's also a day to learn about how we can create pathways towards reconciliation in our personal and professional lives. The process of reconciliation is one that has no end - it requires ongoing learning and action to understand the truths of what has happened, what continues to happen today, and to do better. Learn more about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation from the Government of Canada.


    Orange shirt that says Every Child Matters.What is Orange Shirt Day?

    The creator of Orange Shirt Day, Phyllis Webstad, was given an orange shirt on her first day of St. Joseph's Mission residential school in British Columbia. But upon arriving to school, she was were forced to remove her shirt and she never saw it again. For Phyllis, the shirt represented her experiences at residential schools and the neglect and harm children faced there. Today, Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day. This day is to reflect, learn, raise awareness on the inter-generational impacts residential schools have on individuals, families, and communities, and promote "Every Child Matters". On September 30, we encourage you to wear orange to honour the thousands of Survivors of residential schools and the many children who never made it home. Learn more about Orange Shirt Day from the Orange Shirt Society.




    Attend Local Events & Education Opportunities


    Over the coming weeks, attend local events to honour and learn. We will update this page as additional information becomes available. Check back often.




    Before Sept 30: Orange Shirt Pin Making Kits at CK Libraries (Municipal partnership event)

    Led by Indigenous Peer Navigator and Come Together CK Community Shoppe. Support their efforts to ensure everyone in CK has an orange shirt pin. Pick up an orange shirt pin package from any CK Public Library location.

    Visit CKPL’s website for Branch Information and Hours of Operation




    Sept 26: Truth and Reconciliation Week Flag Raising (Municipal Event)

    12noon

    Civic Centre, Chatham

    To honour and kick-off Truth and Reconciliation Week. Learn more about the Survivors' flag from the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    Free, everyone is welcome.

    The survivors' flag from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.



    Sept 29: Healing Walk & Gathering (Municipal partnership event)

    10:30am-12:00pm

    Begins outside Wallaceburg Library, ends at Civic Square Park

    Partnership with Giyakiishchigewin, Walpole Island First Nation. Begins outside Wallaceburg Library at 10:30. Gathering at Civic Square Park. Wear orange in support of reconciliation efforts.

    Free, everyone is welcome.

    Volunteers needed. Contact Rebecca Haskell-Thomas.

    Healing walk and gathering. September 29th, 2022. Join us for a healing walk and gathering to wear orange and show your support for reconciliation efforts. Meet at Chatham-Kent Public Library - Wallaceburg branch at 10:30AM. Gathering will take place at Civic Square Park. Presented by Walpole Employment and training in partnership with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice team.


    A Day To Listen 2022: Amplifying Indigenous Lives

    94.3 CKSY and 99.1 FM will be participating in a Day to Listen Radio Event on September 30th for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR). Tune in on September 30th to learn and honour NDTR. You can also visit A Day to Listen for more information.



    Sept 30: CK National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Event

    10:00am-2:00pm

    25th Eighth Street, Chatham

    Free, everyone is welcome!

    Learn about what you can do as an individual and as a professional towards reconciliation.

    #CKCalls2Action

    Friday, September 30th, 10AM-2PM at 25 Eighth Street in Chatham. Beside the SFLC Child Care Centre. Arts and craft vendors. Information booths. Reconciliation table and pledges. Indigenous drum and dance demonstrations. Everyone is welcome.



    Sept & Sept 30th: Chatham-Kent Public Library Events (Municipal Events)

    1. Children's Display Promoting Indigenous Reads at Chatham-Kent Branch

    Ages 0-12 years old.

    Entire month of September.

    2. Linda Lou from Bkejwanong First Nation Public Library, Orange Shirt Day Storytime

    10:00am

    Recommended for early readers

    3. Read and learn about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    Flyers, books, and reads by Indigenous authors and illustrators, and available story kits called Indigenous Reflections I and II.

    Chatham-Kent Public Library Storytime with Linda Lou. On Orange Shirt Day, please join us for a visit and storytime with Linda Lou, Librarian from Bkejwanong First Nation Public Library. September 30th, 10AM, Chatham Branch. Registration required. 519-354-2940.



    Sept 30 & Oct 1: Town of Amherstburg: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Events

    September 30th, 6:00pm-9:00pm and October 1st, 10:00am-6:00pm

    Downtown Amherstburg, ON.

    Free, everyone is welcome!

    In downtown Amherstburg on September 30th from 6-9PM and October 1st 10AM-6PM. Indigenous market with vendors, information booths, drumming, dancing, story telling. Guest speakers Sylvia Maracle, Elder, Advocate, Consultant, Author. Rudy Indigenous, Indigenous DJ, and Chance Rush, Motivational Speaker, MC, Life Coach and Actor.



    Oct 12: Live Performance: The Mush Hole (Municipal partnership event)

    6:00pm

    Capitol Theatre

    $10 + handling fee, recommended for ages 13+

    The story of Canada’s first Indian Residential school, the Mohawk Institute powerful portrayal of a family impacted by the Mohawk Institute Residential School (aka “The Mush Hole”), honours the resilience, courage and strength of residential-school survivors.

    Partnership with Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Arts & Culture and St. Clair Catholic School Board.

    Image of actors on stage and the show date. October 12th, 6PM.



    Support Local Indigenous Youth



    The Bkejwanong Youth Council are looking for support to create a youth facility. Learn more and support the Youth Council at the Bkejwanong Youth Centre Go Fund Me page.

    The Bkejwanong Youth Council is from Walpole Island First Nation, located in Southwestern Ontario. The Council is youth-driven, youth-focused, and youth-led. They are a mentorship, leadership, and role model group for other Indigenous youth. They strive to be a voice for Indigenous youth and to advocate for their needs.

    The Bkejwanong Youth Council meet weekly to plan community events, cultural workshops and outreach to youth. They listen to the concerns regarding community youth and suggestions on how they can help the community. One primary concern identified in the community is the need for a larger youth facility that can be used for recreational activities, cultural workshops and meeting space for the Youth Council. It would also serve as a safe, welcoming, inclusive space for high-risk Indigenous youth to call their own.

    Buildings and resources are scarce on the First Nation, and the community has numerous needs. The current youth facility is barely large enough to accommodate programming for 20 youth. The Youth Council are asking for your support to help raise money to build a new and larger facility for their community youth and youth council.


    Learn About Indigenous Peoples, Worldviews, Truth and Reconciliation



    September 30th is an opportunity to develop your personal learning plan to work towards Truth and Reconciliation. Some self-guided learning resources are below.


    Read CK Road to Understanding Indigenous Cultures

    Learn about local First Nations, local Treaties, appropriate terminology and regional and cultural differences.

    Hard copies available. Contact Rebecca Haskell-Thomas


    Review Residential School Timeline

    Learn about the progression of Residential Schools through time from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.


    Watch What is Orange Shirt Day?

    Hear Phyllis Webstad's story and why Orange Shirt Day started. Video hosted by the Orange Shirt Society.


    Learn Which Treaty Territory You Are In

    Understand whose traditional territory you are in and why acknowledging the land and territory is important. From Whose Land. An app is also available.


    Participate in 4 Seasons of Reconciliation Education

    Self-paced online learning. Cost associated. Takes about 3 hours to complete. Designed to meet the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action 92. Offered through First Nations University of Canada.

    General courses should be complimented by learning about and from local First Nations and Indigenous Peoples.


    Participate in Indigenous Canada Online Course

    Free through University of Alberta. 12-lesson course explores the histories and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples. 12 weeks of study, 2-3 hours per week.

    General courses should be complimented by learning about and from local First Nations and Indigenous Peoples.


    Download Reconciliation: A Starting Point Mobile App

    A reference tool for learning about First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, including key historical events and examples of reconciliation initiatives. Users will learn why reconciliation matters and what public servants need to know and do to advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Created by the Canada School of Public Service.


    Read Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: 94 Calls to Action

    While many Calls to Action are directed towards the Federal government and specific systems, there are also several that apply to everyone and to local government. From the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation


    Supports


    Hope for Wellness Help Line

    Offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at www.hopeforwellness.ca.


    National Residential School Crisis Line

    Provides 24-hour crisis support to former Residential School students and their families toll-free at 1-866-925-4419.



    Have other events or resources to add? Please contact Rebecca Haskell-Thomas or Amrit Khaira.



  • Pick up Orange Shirt aka Takwíhleew (Come Together) Pins!

    Orange Shirt Pin Kits initially created by Lana Parenteau and the central distributor Come Together CK are now available at CK libraries!

    About the pins:

    Orange Shirt – For Orange Shirt Day (External link)originated by Phyllis Webstad.

    Leather – For Moose Hide campaign(External link), an Indigenous-led grassroots movement of men, boys and all Canadians - standing up to end violence against women and children.

    Feather – Represents Indigenous folk and communities, and feathers they have in their regalia.

    Tip: You can also draw on a heart and number of mass graves that have been found. #everychildmatters

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