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It’s Christmas time, that time of the year for us to celebrate the Season together. Circle Project held its 18th Annual Elder’s Christmas Party on Thursday, December 7, 2017. The party had a mix of fun, frolic, games and dance, and our guests were able to reconnect with those they had not seen throughout the year. The evening kicked off  with Elder Noel Starblanket offering a prayer to the Creator and with Jeff Cappo leading the Lone Creek Drum Group in an Honour Song.

The buffet supper was a sumptuous meal of turkey with all the fixings and was greatly appreciated by all. After supper, the elders enjoyed coffee, tea and a wide array of desert items. The musical entertainment kicked off with Brian Sklar and the Tex Pistols providing some good old fashioned toe tapping tunes for the gathering to enjoy. Many of the elders took a spin around the dance floor for a shot at winning one of many spot dance prizes. This was followed by an all-time favourite, the jigging competition. Many took to the floor in an effort to show off their fancy footwork and although there could only be one winner, everyone had a great time sharing laughter and good natured ribbing.

One of the highlights of the evening was our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway, were a draw was held to determine the winners. Those who were lucky enough to hear their names called were given a Christmas gift to take home. In addition to this, each elder received a box of special treats to take home and enjoy.

The night wrapped up with the Circle Project Staff and Council singing an enthusiastic, if not always in tune, version of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and a round dance with all in attendance who were able participating.

Once again, our friends at K+S Potash Canada assisted us in providing a special evening to celebrate our elders. With their continued sponsorship we were able to provide an extra special evening. Circle Project would like to take this opportunity to thank K+S Potash Canada for their generous contribution towards honouring our elders this holiday season!

At Christmas, we love to celebrate with the families that we had the privilege to work with throughout the year. We were able to do this and more on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the 22nd Annual Children’s Christmas Party. This year’s festivities were held at the new mâmawêyatitân centre.

Children and families were treated to a delicious brunch which was served by Regina Police Chief Evan Bray and 3 other senior officers, Heather Cote-Soop (U of S Nursing College) and staff from Circle Project. Children and families enjoyed face painting and a special show from magician Keegan Duck! Families in attendance were able to have their photo taken, printed on site and were able to take them home to remember the day. After a round of Christmas Carols, children sang “Here Comes Santa Claus” and who should appear but Jolly Old Saint Nick. Each child had a chance to meet Santa, received a goody bag and a wrapped gift! The event was wrapped up with a round dance with all who were able participating.

Thank you to the volunteers who came out to the event, Regina Police Service, U of S Nursing College, George Bird, Joni Adamcewicz and especially Santa Claus himself. Also, we can’t forget the cooks who also made this delicious meal possible. Thanks Dawn and the staff at the Infant Centre, Children’s Centre and the Big Circle. We would also like to thank the Elders from Circle Project’s Annual Elders’ Party who through their donations are able to share their holiday cheer with the children and their families.

Circle Project would like to express its sincere gratitude and appreciation to Unifor Local 1-S. Through the long term and continued support of your committee and its members, Circle Project has been able to spread Christmas cheer to numerous families year after year. We would also like to thank Farm Credit Canada who provided a generous donation which was collected from their staff during their dress down days which we applied to the expenses from the event. We also collected donations from the Elders who attended the 2017 Circle Project Elders Christmas Party. May the spirit of generosity continue to live in your hearts as we work together to make the community a better place for all.

 

Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember the more than 1,500,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Circle Project’s Staff and Council would like to take a moment to honour these men and women.

The Circle Project Staff and Council would like to take a moment to honour the contributions of the Indigenous men and women who have served and who continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. Indigenous people in Canada have reason to be proud of their wartime contributions. More than 7,000 First Nations members served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, and an unknown number of Inuit, Métis and other Indigenous people also participated. One Veterans group estimates that 12,000 Indigenous men and women served in the three wars.

 

For those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and for those who continue to serve with bravery, we would like to honour them and say thank you for their service.

We at the Circle Project wear our orange shirts as a step towards reconciliation. We wear an orange shirt to honour and bring awareness to the experiences of residential school students. #EveryChildMatters

 

Orange Shirt day (September 30) began in British Columbia in 2013 when a residential school survivor, Phyllis Webstad, shared her story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day at a residential school. Since then, Orange Shirt Day has become an opportunity for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation.

 

We are happy to share this short video by Phyllis Webstad, the woman who started orange shirt day. This is her story. https://youtu.be/E3vUqr01kAk

NAD2016-Grand-EntryCircle Project, IMCF and REACH would like to give a big thanks to everyone who participated in National Aboriginal Day. Whether it was as a sponsor, special guest, or community member, your collective contributions have made this year’s National Aboriginal Day Mamawinitowin Mocikihtawinihkewin, ‘Our Community Celebration’ a huge success!

Domestic Violence report cover

Violence affects us all…”

On June 1, 2016 Circle Project released its report on the economic impact of domestic violence.

Click on the link below to read the full report.

Economic Impact: The Cost of One Incident of Domestic Violence

Tyrah Morris Receiving her certificate of completion

Tyrah Morris receiving her certificate of completion

Big Congratulations to Tyrah Morris for completing the Leadership Development Program with the United Way Regina. Tyrah had the opportunity to learn the skills needed to be a great leader!

Circle Project continues in their commitment to provide opportunities for young Aboriginal people to develop their leadership skills in preparation for their roles as tomorrow’s leaders.

Congratulations Tyrah on your accomplishment!

Ann Perry, Executive Director accepting donation from Troy Hagen, Regina Chief of Police

Christmas is a season for giving and this holiday season Circle Project received some generous gifts that assisted us to ensure community elders, children and families were able to attend a special Christmas party just for them.

Community Elders celebrated Christmas together at Circle Project’s 16th annual Elders’ Christmas Dinner. We would like to take this opportunity to thank K+S Potash Canada for their contribution to this year’s event. Thank you K+S Potash Canada!

Our 20th Annual Children’s Christmas Party was an event to remember! A turkey dinner with all the fixings was made possible through a special donation from the Regina Police Service. Donations were also received from Unifor Local 1-S who have generously donated to this event year after year! Doug Bruch, Co-op Food Store, Sobey’s on Rochdale, Elders from Circle Project’s Annual Elders’ Party and Tom Kraemer.

May the spirit of Christmas continue to live in your hearts!

 

roundance-xmas2015Christmas came early this year as Circle Project celebrated the holiday season with families they had the privilege to work with throughout the year at its annual Children’s Christmas Party. This year was special because it marked the 20th Anniversary. Children and families were treated to a delightful turkey dinner with all the fixings. This delicious meal was supported through a generous monetary donation from the Regina Police Service who also helped serve up lunch. Regina Police Chief Troy Hagen and 3 other senior officers came out and assisted with serving a great meal with a side of Christmas cheer. We can’t forget the cooks who also made this delicious meal possible. Thanks Dawn and the staff at the Infant Centre and Children’s Centre and Brandy and the staff at the Big Circle. Children and families also enjoyed face painting and a special show from magician Keegan Duck!

There was also a special appearance from the big man in red himself. Each child had a chance to meet Santa and received a goody bag and a special present!

Circle Project would like to express its sincere appreciation to all the sponsors that supported this year’s event. May the spirit of generosity continue to live in your hearts as we work together to make the community a better place for all.

Thank you; Unifor Local 1-S, Regina Police Service, Doug Bruch, Co-op Food store and Sobey’s on Rochdale, Elders from Circle Project’s Annual Elders’ Party and Tom Kraemer.