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Dr. Margo Greenwood of UNBC, an expert on Aboriginal health - Introduction by Sarah de Leeuw (re-scheduled presentation)


Friends refer to Dr. Officer Margo Greenwood as “OMG” because of her recent appointment to the Order of Canada.  She is a highly-credentialed, full professor with UNBC Department of First Nations studies.  She grew up in Pinoca, AB, and is also the owner of a ‘crushing and paving’ company.  Margo is a Cree Person from Treaty 6 territory (Alberta); in Colonial terms she is non-status according to the Indian Act even though she is closely related to many Cree relatives.  She considers herself to be an Indigenous person.

Margo related her talk to how she related to the land on which she grew up; she spoke about her ‘Wishing Tree’, discovered near the river, while she was roaming on the land.  The tree was important because of its uniqueness in looks and size – she felt encouraged to dream of what could be different. 

She developed the idea “Dream it into being”.  She never had an opportunity to graduate high-school (3 credits short) and university seemed out of reach.  Years later, she has accomplished so much, and recently received the Order of Canada.  Her dreams had unfolded.

While following her dreams, she accomplished many academic standards including her Doctorate, while being driven to work for the ‘good of all’.  She ‘walked in multiple worlds’:  there are multiple systems of knowledge in the world, different ways that people think.  She is able to walk in these different worlds.

“Can a non-indigenous person come to understand Indigenous knowledge?” This is a huge question; she does not know the answer.  While she was at UBC (which she referred to as a bastion of Colonial structures) she asked a colleague this question, and she responded that it was a ‘grey space’ question; the inference being that it needed to be let alone.  Margo did so for years, but kept coming back to this question and has provided much thought-leadership towards developing pieces of its answer.

Margo focused on getting the best information to health-care decision makers so that Public Health for Indigenous People could be improved.

She shared “A Grand Notion”:  Canada is a test case for a grand notion – the notion that dissimilar peoples can share lands, resources, power and dreams while respecting and sustaining their differences.  The story of Canada is the story of many such peoples trying and failing, and trying again, to live in peace and harmony. 

There can no peace without justice.(Words from the commissioners in Highlights of the Royal Commission on aboriginal Peoples, 1996)

Margo introduced Mary Thomas, one of her teachers, who is an Elder.  They taught together for Okanagan College for many years, with students from grade 3-12.  They had an old log house, which they shared with some mousey rodents.  A cat made short work of them, though.  Each person brought something from home to help support the school, including toilet paper! 

Mary shared many of her own stories with Margo.  Margo feels blessed to have had Mary and other Indigenous teachers in her life, and to have received their gifts of their stories.  She quoted Michelangelo at age 87, when he said: “I’m still learning”. She says she is not ‘done yet’, and still has much to do.  And we are so glad she does!

More on Dr. Margo Greenwood:

A book co-written by Dr. Greenwood: The elders speak, of the past, of children and families

Here is a link to a book co-edited by our club member Sarah de Leeuw and Dr. Greenwood which is being used by students in both undergraduate and graduate studies.

In her presentation, Dr. Greenwood shared some colourful, meaningful images by Lisa Boivin More information on Lisa’s work can be found at these links:

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Happy & Sads 
Question – rogue calls from Vernon Sheriff all using different numbers – you need to block each number; good skiing days, happy about snow disappearing, ‘free’ money from Compushare, ‘aftercrawl’ ‘tail-gate’ party the day after the crawl (Feb 25) to have dinner for club somewhere together with Travis making appetizers – send an email to Judy if interested; PETS Seattle training now virtual; grand-kids snow-shovelling, golf draft 217 participants for $2170 for Rotary Club
Gary Baird currently in 1st place!
Sunshine: Jim T – Nathan with an upcoming b-day, no anniversaries for a while – no sunshine outside! 
Sheriff:  Nancy Adams – Theme is Saskatchewan:  Official flag adopted in 1969; colours = gold  for grain, and green for forests; most popular game bird is a grouse, 2001 – official grass grows 4’ with leaves that are 12” long;  Official sport – curling; 3 canadian womens’ championship winner – Sandra Schmirler; most popular food = Saskatoon berry pie followed by Regina-style pizza (try Houston’s pizza); the coin born in Church Bridge, Saskatchewan; longest bridge over smallest body of water – Wascana Lake which is man-made; 12-18 tornados each year.  More Tim Hortins per capita than any other province.
Club Committee Reports:
  • Past President Sandy
    • Wine gift-certificate raffle in the Spring – get ready to sell tickets!
    • March 31st Club Social coming up at OK Hall
  • Secretary: Kathryn has been busy attending PrePETS courses on line. Seattle PETS will now be virtual
  • PR: Monika – Lobster Crawl Castanet advertising will run for rest of January; just over 1/3 sold. Please share the event on social media and email your contacts the links to our booking page which Monika emailed to members
  • Membership: Maria – showed pics of families we support for Christmas; has some prospective members in pipeline; urged us to keep inviting guests to meetings
  • Margaret – still looking at a club event for Foundation giving
  • Save On Cards:  Ken – things picking up again after post-Christmas slowdown.
Jan 20 – Norm Letnick – intro by Monika
Jan 27 – Gary Baird Classification talk
Feb 3 – Club Runner 101
Feb 10 – Isobel MacKenzie - Seniors’ Advocacy Office Part 1
Feb 17 – Isobel MacKenzie - Seniors’ Advocacy Office Part 2
Feb 25:  LOBSTER CRAWL!!!!
Mar 3 – Nancy Adams classification talk
Mar 10 – Rae Stewart Regional Waste Reduction Office, RDCO Part 1:  BC’s Model, and ‘What Happens to all that stuff?”
Mar 17 –
Mar 24 – Donna Bourget Classification talk
Mar 31 – 5th Thursday of the month - No morning meeting – CLUB EVENING SOCIAL at OK HALL
ROTARY FOUNDATION MOMENT - from Foundation Chair Margaret Brown
What Makes a Successful Global Grant Application?
Consult with local experts early in the planning process to build a strong program plan and global grant application. The district resource network (see below) can help.
To be approved, your application must clearly describe how your project, scholarship, or vocational training team:
  • Is sustainable — include plans for long-term success after the global grant funds have been spent
  • Includes measurable goals
  • Aligns with one or more of Rotary's areas of focus
  • Responds to real community needs
  • Actively involves Rotarians and community members
  • Meets the eligibility requirements in the grant application terms and conditions
The Rotary Foundation’s grant model empowers Rotarians to continue advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the implement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
President Kayla and Incoming President Kathryn welcomed our club members and their guests to 2022 at Lake Country Rotary!
Our Guest Speaker: Lorne Ternes on ‘Indigenous Land Claims’ (Part 1 of 2)
Lorne Ternes is a visionary leader providing counsel to industry, diverse senior elected and appointed government and Aboriginal leaders. He has a reputation for delivering successful outcomes to complicated conflict situations through collaboration and innovation.
Working as a land agent gave Lorne insight regarding the necessity for effective management of the changing resource industry and community expectations. He appreciates his early work experience for providing a solid foundation of understanding regarding the intricacies of resource development in Canada. Lorne served as an Alberta cabinet appointed Part-time Hearing Commissioner for the Alberta Energy Regulator from 2013 to 2018. He continues to be actively engaged in natural resource development and Indigenous matters.
Lorne, who is now building a home in Okanagan Centre, spoke about The Origin and Constitutionalization of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canadian Law covering the following areas in great detail and the scribe apologizes for any incorrect notes. 
  • Aboriginal rights as historical rights
  • Treaty rights flowing from royal proclamation
  • Metis scrip as historic rights
  • Aboriginal and treaty rights as recognized at common law and recognized as affirmed constitutional rights
  • 1523 Sublimis Dei – the theme that ‘aboriginal people have rights that are recognized and enforced by the state’ was adopted by the British Crown and applied in the Royal Proclamation of 1763
  • The objective of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 was to have peaceful relations with the “several Nations or Tribes of Indians with whom we are connected” – this proclamation is the reason Indigenous peoples see their relationship as being with The Crown, as opposed to with the government of Canada
  • Aboriginal rights can be modified into Treaty rights – Aboriginal rights are those that some Aboriginal peoples hold as a result of their ancestors’ long-standing use and occupancy of the land.  Treaty Rights are special rights to lands and entitlements that Indian people legally have as a result of treaties; ‘definition of Undefined rights’ is through litigation and negotiation.
  • Metis Rights as Historic rights – concept is that the Crown acknowledged that Metis had rights, but were not considered to be Indians, (they were ‘mixed race) but they had ‘scrip’ documents with coupons.  The concept was that these would be issued to Metis people, who had the option to trade them for land.  Unfortunately, most of the scrip docs were bought up by speculators at a discounted rate, and many Metis lost the land entitlement represented by the scrip document. These speculators then sold this land to settlers moving into the area. The change of Aboriginal and Treaty rights into legally recognized rights was a long journey.
  • What have been drivers of change?

    1982 – constitutional talks led to Constitution Act

    S35 recognized existing aboriginal and treaty rights and defined A people to include Indian, Inuit and Metis

    S52 said that the constitution of Canada is the supreme law, and no other law has force or effect against it; this is the ‘sword’ to protect existing Aboriginal treaty rights against any laws or practices which are inconsistent with the Constitution Act EXCEPT there is no definition of Aboriginal or Treaty rights – which are therefore litigated, negotiated and then legislated

    There have been over 70 Supreme Court of Canada decisions on S35 since 1982

    There has been development of Justification and Calibration tests, definition of Metis Aboriginal Rights; duty to consult in treaty areas, taking up land, aboriginal title and more.

Our club welcomed Lorne back for PART 2 - there is so much to know and learn. And welcome to Lake Country Lorne! 
Rotary Bursary Program
Rotary is committed to serving youth and helping to develop future community leaders.  Each year, the Rotary Club of Lake Country provides bursaries to graduating high school students from Lake Country to help continue their post-secondary education. 
Bursary decisions are based on the students' academic achievement, record of community service, and financial need.
A bursary was awarded in July, 2020 to Erin Courtney, who graduated from the Okanagan College Residential Construction Program.  Erin will be using the funds 'to purchase some tools and clothing required for work and to help offset the cost of child care for two young children.'
The 2020 recipients of Rotary Bursaries from George Elliot High School are Madeline Muir, Ben Bannister and Leonie Steigenberger.
Congratulations to all our Bursary recipients.
What is Rotary?
It's a leadership organization!
We're made up of individuals from all walks of life who come together to serve our local and international community. 
We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships, and through that, we're able to get things done in the community!
Our Vision:
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Welcome to our Club

Make Friends Through Rotary

Have you got enough friends already?  If not, consider joining Rotary. 
Rotary members are friendly, co-operative and committed to making a difference.  Weekly breakfast meetings provide opportunities for members to socialize and discuss actions to put our principles of "service above self" into practice in the community.   Social events are also scheduled throughout the year to enable members to relax and have fun!
Rotarians are the kind of people you want to have as friends!

Rotary Gets Things Done through Community Service! 

Lake Country Rotary Club’s latest mini library installed this past week at Cadence makes three local Rotary mini libraries.  There are similar Rotary libraries at Oyama Hall and at the Lake Country Museum in Okanagan Centre.  Two of Rotary’s eight global goals are to increase literacy and to help the environment.  Mini book recycling neighbourhood libraries are a way to make progress toward those goals.        
Rotarians Shaun Lesowski, Urs Bruhin, Leah MacKenzie-Brown, Brett McClelland, Jim Robertson, Brenda Dewonck, Wendy Caban, Sandy Wightman, and our newest member Don Kawano dug the hole and concreted the post on day and installed the library the following day.
 The libraries are made in Rotarian Sandy Wightman’s home shop.
Lake Country Rotary is an active local club of women and men who believe in “Service above self”. We do multiple projects in lake Country and Internationally. If you are interested in Community Service and fun check out our website or our Facebook page. Lake Country is looking for more neighbourhoods that would like their own mini library.
In 2016, the Rotary Club of Lake Country handed over a new building as a permanent home for the Lake Country Food Bank.  It was a five-year, million dollar project, with three-quarters of the total value achieved through donations of skills, land and money.
Our Club continues to help the Food Bank provide food assistance to vulnerable people in our community.  We've helped fund the construction of a new regional food recovery centre in the newly renovated basement and have partnered with other local Rotary Clubs to purchase a pallet stacker to improve the processing of food donations.
We've also collaborated with Save-On Foods to introduce a new shopping card sales program to benefit the Food Bank.  When people purchase a Rotary/Save-On Foods shopping card, 8 percent of the value of each gift card currently goes to our local food bank with no cost to you!   The 8 percent sponsorship, provided by Save-On Foods, is currently being matched by a private donor for a limited time.
Results Achieved - October 2021
To date, the value of Save-On Shopping Cards purchased has reached $440 thousand, and $61 thousand has been raised to support people in our community who need food assistance!
We would like to continue the benefit from Save-On Foods gift card sales at current levels, and invite local businesses and individuals to become a 1 percent sponsor.  Sponsors will be recognized in the program ads and be eligible for a charitable tax receipt.
Purchase your Rotary Save-On Foods Card at any of the approved vendors listed below or Email: or contact your favourite Rotarian 🥰 
The cards can be used at any Save-On Foods Store.
Our newest project is focused on raising funds to construct a new fishing pier and accessible kayak launch on the Pelmawash Parkway, in partnership with the District of Lake Country.
The Club is also helping to build hiking trails locally, and internationally helping to wipe out polio, to educate street kids in Honduras, and to supply pure water to villages in Ethiopia.
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Please consider joining the Rotary Club of Lake Country today. Together with your fellow members, you’ll be an integral part of building a stronger community. Your impact will be visible to all, and will provide a feeling of gratification that can’t be matched.
To obtain further information about Rotary membership or attending one of our upcoming meetings or social events, please  email
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