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 June 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 June 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: National Indigenous Peoples Day 2024 Events

    June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.

    We encourage you to participate in local events to honour the day, and National Indigenous History Month (June), as well.


    Wednesday, June 19, 6:00 - 9:00PM

    Indigenous Arts & Craft Market & Strawberry Social

    Deshkan Ziibi, 495 King Street West, Chatham


    Join us for strawberries and ice cream, browse, shop, network, and visit. Free event. All welcome.

    Learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Day, this and other local upcoming events on the 7 Generations Indigenous Cultural Friendship Centre website.

    Indigenous vendors looking to participate (free registration) can contact Naomi naomi@skanaflc.com

    Co-sponsored by Ska:na Family Learning Centre, the Bleak House, Women's Equity Business, 7 Generations Indigenous Cultural Friendship Centre, United Way of Chatham-Kent, Municipality of Chatham-Kent, St. Clair Catholic District School Board, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.


    Thursday, June 20, 2024, 6:30PM

    The Spirit Horse Returns

    Chatham Capitol Theatre (238 King Street West)


    Introducing "The Spirit Horse Returns," a captivating orchestral concert production that seamlessly blends diverse North American Indigenous perspectives, stunning visual art, and a rich orchestral score to tell the powerful stories of the Ojibwe Horses.

    The production is a collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous co-creators, including Anishinaabe artist and Ojibwe Horse breed expert Rhonda Snow, songwriter Jodi Contin (Wasauksing First Nation, composers Kevin Lau (a first-generation Canadian), and Andrew Balfour (of Cree descent), writer and performer Ken MacDonald (an eleventh-generation settler), and featuring musicians from London Symphonia.

    Pre-show art experience with Rhonda Snow one hour prior to each performance in the Rotary Lounge (Lower Level).

    Get evening (open to public) tickets on CKTickets.com

    For more information contact cortnee.goure@sccdsb.net



    Friday, June 21, 2024

    Bkejwanong Summer Solstice Celebration

    High Banks Park, Walpole Island




    Bkejwanong Summer Solstice Celebration this June 21st (National Indigenous Peoples Day) at High Banks Park!

    6:00AM - Sunrise Ceremony at High Banks Lodge (Community Members welcome to bring food)

    12:15PM- Opening Prayer

    12:30PM - Until Full

    - Sign up booth for Pontoon ride (Reminder- No food or drinks on ride)

    - Free BBQ (Hotdogs and Hamburgers)

    1:00PM

    - Inflatables and Dunk Tank

    - Music in the park

    1:30PM - T-shirt Giveaway (1 per person and must be present)

    10PM - FIREWORKS!


    Everyone welcome!


    Bring your own lawn chair.


  • Event: May 18-19 2024 Walpole Island First Nation Spring Pow Wow


    Flyer promoting the event. text below. Image shows the Walpole Islan First Nation logo.


    On May 18th and 19th, Walpole Island First Nation will host their 30th Spring Pow Wow in Bkejwanong Territory.

    Free to attend. All are welcome.

    Learn more about the Pow Wow on their Facebook Page.


    Learn more about Pow Wows and etiquette:

    A primer on Indigenous Pow Wows from Indigenous Corporate Training.

    Indigenous Pow Wow Protocols from Indigenous Corporate Training

    Indigenous Pow Wow Dances from Indigenous Corporate Training



    Tips for Attending:

    Listen to the Master of Ceremonies – they’ll explain what’s happening to help visitors.

    Ask permission before taking pictures.

    Want to get in on the dancing? Listen for the Intertribal dances - these are for all people present to partake in the dance.

    Don’t touch people’s regalia without permission. They are not costumes and hold special meaning to dancers.

    Support the vendors. Some vendors may have interact or etransfer options, but please make sure you have cash on hand as well.

    Outdoor settings are sometimes uneven so watch your footing.

    Sometimes bleachers are available for people, but it never hurts to bring a chair with you.

    Seats closest to the dancing circle are reserved for singers, dancers, and drummers.

    Respect that some sections set aside for those with mobility issues to sit with mobile chairs or walkers.

    Leave pets at home as animals are not necessary at cultural gatherings and ceremonial functions.

    Sometimes specials can include placing a blanket on the ground for generous donations by visitors.

    Security is provided for parking lot areas.

    Ambulance and police are present.

    Don’t bring alcohol or drugs.

    Have fun!

  • Event: CK Newcomer Network Monthly Events

    Flyer promoting the event. All text below. Image shows coffee beans and a cup of coffee.


    What's Brewing Chatham-Kent? Newcomer Network

    New to Chatham-Kent? Look no further! There are numerous organizations and individuals ready to help newcomers adjust to the community. Whether you are a newcomer to Chatham-Kent, Ontario, or Canada, we are here to welcome you!

    Come join us at our monthly events to connect, make new acquaintances, and discover all that Chatham-Kent has in store for you!

    One free non-alcoholic beverage included. Sponsored by United Way. Opportunities to win fun prizes!

    At Turns & Tales, 213 King Street, Chatham.

    Wednesday, May 22nd from 6:00PM - 8:00PM. Sponsored by United Way of Chatham-Kent, Ska:Na Family Learning Centre, Thamesview Family Health Team, Living CK, and CK Public Health.

    Contact info@uwock.ca for more information.

  • Event: April 28 Khalsa Sajna Diwas

    A flyer advertising the event. An image depicts 5 men, 1 kneeling infront of the others and washing with an aura of light around his head.

    The Sikh Community of Chatham-Kent invites the community to the celebration of the 325th Khalsa Sajna Diwas and the first Nagar Kirtan (Sikh Religious Parade) in CK.

    The event is April 28, 2024, from 10 am – 2 pm.

    The parade starts at Gurdwara Sikh Lehar International (210 King St. E. Chatham) at 10 am. The Sangat will travel along King Street, turning right on William Street and into Tecumseh Park for more celebrations until 2 pm.


    Learn about Nagar Kirtan (Sikh Religious Parades)
    Etiquette tips from Learn Religion (article). The root of the parades from Basics of Sikhi on YouTube (video).


    Learn about Khalsa Sajna Diwas and Vaisakhi

    World Sikh Organization (article) or Basics of Sihki on YouTube (video).

  • Events: May 3-5 2024 - Events in Honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQI+

    Flyer advertising events in honour of National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. All text is below. Images show the MMIWG flag flying - a black flag with red handprints. And, red dressed hung from a tree.


    In honour of National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people (M.M.I.W.G. and 2S+), several events will be held March 3-5 in Chatham-Kent.

    All events are open to everyone. Attend when you are able.

    Wear red to show your support (i.e. shirt, coat, pin - not a red dress).

    For more information check out www.7GICFC.org


    Schedule of Activities

    Friday May 3, 2024

    11:45AM: Gather, Civic Centre, 315 King Street West, Chatham

    12:00PM M.M.I.W.G. and 2S+ flag raising, Civic Centre, 325 King Street West, Chatham

    12:20PM Walk from Civic Centre to Deshkan Ziibi, 495 King Street West, Chatham

    12:30PM Opening and displaying Red Dresses, Deshkan Ziibi, 495 King Street West, Chatham

    1:00PM Lunch Deshkan Ziibi, 495 King Street West, Chatham (soup and oven bread)

    1:30PM Lighting of Sacred Fire and Teachings, Deshkan Ziibi, 495 King Street West, Chatham


    Saturday, May 4, 2024

    Bannock and tea at Deshkan Ziibi, 495 King Street West, Chatham.

    10:00AM - 12:00PM and 1:00PM - 3:00PM

    Drop-in and visit. Open conversation and Teachings with an Indigenous Grandmother.


    Sunday, May 5, 2024

    Vigil

    Deshkan Ziibi, 495 King Street West, Chatham.

    6:00PM Vigil Opening

    6:10PM Giving of tobacco

    6:20PM Sharing circle (Open sharing)

    7:00PM Closing and taking down of Red Dresses


    Co-sponsored by: Ska:Na Family Learning Centre; The Bleak House; Women's Equity Business; 7 Generations Indigenous Cultural Friendship Centre; United Way of Chatham-Kent; Municipality of Chatham-Kent; OLG; St. Clair Catholic District School Board; Peer-2-Peer Network.


    About The National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQI+ People

    Also called Red Dress Day, the day honours and brings awareness to the disproportionate violence that Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ people face in Canada.

    The red dress was inspired by Métis artist Jaime Black’s REDress Project, in which she hung empty, red dresses to represent the missing and murdered women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ people.

    The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people found that, in Canada:

    • Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit people are 12x more likely to go missing or be murdered than all other women, and 16x more likely than Caucasian women.
    • In the last 30 years, more than 4000 Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit people have gone missing or been murdered. That’s about 133 a year or 3 a week.
    • Because of persistent forms of oppression (racism, colonialism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism), complaints about missing Indigenous Women, Girls, and Women, are less likely to be taken seriously or followed up.

    The National Inquiry led to 231 Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries, and all Canadians.


    Supports

    This day may be triggering for some people. Help is available.

    National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people toll-free support phone line (24/7) 1-844-413-6649

    Hope for Wellness Help Line (24/7) 1-855-242-3310


    Learn More

    Read the final report and Calls for Justice from the MMIWG2S+ National Inquiry on the National Inquiry website

    Visit the National Family and Survivors Circle website

    Visit the Amnesty International No More Stolen Sisters website

    Find book, video and podcast recommendations on Simon Fraser University’s website

  • Event: March 21 and 27 - Info FB Live for Local Tenants

    Chatham-Kent Employment and Social Services is hosting two live Facebook events to offer some solutions for those that may need help participating in Landlord and Tennant Board (LTB) hearings, which are only held online.

    When:

    • March 21st, 12:00pm
    • March 27th, 7:00pm

    Where:

    Livestreamed on the Municipality’s Facebook & YouTube channels

    Local tenants, especially those with lower incomes, are facing challenges with attending Landlord and Tenant Board hearings that are being conducted on Zoom. There are Chatham-Kent residents that do not have the technology or the technological skills to attend these Zoom hearings. When a tenant does not attend an LTB hearing, the judgement is made in favour of the landlord, resulting in unnecessary evictions. These remote hearings have created a “digital divide” for many tenants since being implemented in 2020.

    Phillip Mock, Executive Director of Vision Us will be moderating a discussion with Douglas Kwan, director of advocacy and legal services for the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and Jeff Wilkins, Paralegal/Housing Stability Worker with the Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic.

  • Event: March 24 - MapMission Day 2024

    On March 24, 2024, communities across Canada will come together for a common goal: to make our neighbourhoods more accessible and inclusive.

    With the power of the AccessNow app, you can be a part of this movement. Join us in mapping the accessibility of places in your city, and let’s transform Canada into an inclusive place for all.

    The Chatham-Kent event is hosted by the Accessibility Advisory Commitee of Council for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.


    Learn more about Map Mission Day 2024 from AccessNow.

    Learn more about the Accessibility Advisory Committee of Council on the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's website.

    For more information contact Councillor Alysson Store Alysson.Storey@chatham-kent.ca or 519.350-5689.

  • Book Club: April 9th GINDAASDAA Reading Circle


    The Gindaasdaa Circle is a book club focusing on Indigenous authors who’ve written about Indigenous Knowledge, Reconciliation and Worldviews. One book is chosen for everyone to read, review and to discuss at the bi-monthly Gindaasdaa Circle meetings.

    GINDAASDAA (Ghin-daahs-daah) Means ‘Looking at something together & learning from it’ in the Ojibwe language. (As we didn’t have books)

    This time, the book is A Pipe for Ceremony by Charles H. Red Corn. This book is an Indigenous telling of the experience of the Osage Nation, which has been in the media because of the recent movie Killers of the Flower Moon.

    Attend in-person or online.

    Contact Naomi naomi@skanaflc.com to RSVP

    This circle is open to anyone.

  • Support Colleagues & Customers Honouring Ramadan



    Ramadan begins next week, and people in Chatham-Kent and all over the world who are Muslim renew their spiritual commitment. For about 30 days, Ramadan will be honoured in many ways, including fasting, acts of charity, reflections, and prayer.

    This video, a partnership between the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and the Chatham Islamic Centre, covers ways that your business or organization can support colleagues or customers that are honouring Ramadan.

    Note: Eid ul-Fitr, a significant holiday marking the end of Ramadan, is expected to happen on or about April 9th. Please be considerate of this important date for Muslim communities who may take time off or gather in honour of the holiday.


    To share this video, copy and paste the link to this page or share the video from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Facebook page.


    Learn more:
    Learn more about Ramadan through the Chatham Islamic Centre at www.thecic.ca
    Learn more about ways the Municipality can support your business at www.InvestCK.ca
    Learn more about the many faith communities in Chatham-Kent at www.LivingCK.ca
    Learn more about significant holidays through the Municipal Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice team at www.letstalkchatham-kent.ca/deij


    Ramadan Mubarak!


  • New Resource: The Cost of Eating in CK 2023 Infographic


    March is Nutrition Month and we can't talk about that without also talking about Food Insecurity.

    1 in 5 households in Chatham-Kent do not have enough money to buy food. That's 20% of the community who must decide between paying their bills or buying food.

    The 2023 Cost of Eating Infographic shows the monthly cost of eating in CK and the numbers show that current social assistance programs are not enough.

    View the entire infographic at: www.ckpublichealth.com/foodinsecurity

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