Reflective Walk along Pelmewash on Monday August 2nd
Rotarians from Lake Country and Kelowna Sunrise Clubs joined together on the civic holiday to reflect on and honour our local traditional indigenous history and culture. The group came together at the south end of the Pelmewash at the Four Foods Chief indigenous sculpture, one of three sculptures erected in late 2020 along this popular local pathway. These pieces, which were designed by Clint George of the Penticton Indian Band and Les Louis of the Similkameen Indian Band, tell traditional stories of the Okanagan people.  Here's a link to a local article with more details on the sculptures.
The Rotarians took turns reading all 94 Calls To Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Engaging, meaningful conversation was shared at each location. Many of the Sunrise Rotary members are members of HIP – Honouring Indigenous People – a Rotary initiative started by fellow Rotarians from Ontario. Many Rotary clubs have joined HIP to better educate their members on Indigenous traditions, history and culture. On Thursday Oct. 21st our club will enjoy a presentation on HIP so be sure to attend!
Here is a link to Rotary International’s DIVERSITY EQUITY INCLUSION statement which our club stands by.
The event was organized by Lake Country Rotarian Sarah de Leeuw and her committee. Thank you Sarah, for bringing us together to honour and reflect at a time when there is much division, pain and confusion in our vast country.