Our 2017 Strategic Plan is a summary of the ideas collected from our membership a few years back.  Our strongest desires are ‘Cultural’; this includes ‘healing, sweats, & medicine’ and teachings; the second strongest desire was to have our events include all ages.

By using the talent of our members, we want to move towards the following goals:

  • To create a positive brand of promotion for our organization & its mission
  • To host an annual Cultural Gathering
  • To produce & market relevant Cultural Resources as a means of fundraising
  • To host regular Ceremonies* throughout the year

Our first steps will be

  • To continue to recruit members
  • To communicate more frequently with our members
    – Aimee by email/internet; Annie by phone
  • To host General Membership meetings only as needed
  • To encourage members to become Spokespersons for our Circle within their own communities
  • To encourage members to participate in a Working Committee especially for developing our next big event, a Cultural Gathering in 2019
  • To encourage members to become Trustees of our Board

By Spring 2018 (6 months) we can

  • Design a new website & brochure; members send ideas to Aimee
  • Have designated Spokespersons in place from each of our communities
  • Have formed a committee to work on Cultural Gathering
  • Implement our schedule of regular ceremonies
  • [+ install Indigenous History exhibit at Algonquin College]

By Summer of 2018 (1 year)

  • Have completed the first draft of our songbook
  • Have completed initial plan of our Cultural Gathering for 2019
  • Have published our new website and brochures
  • Have signed up 4 Fire Keepers from our membership for training
  • Have signed up 4 Water Carriers from our membership for training
  • Received feedback from our active community Spokespersons

By Spring 2019

  • 1st Annual Cultural Gathering

So who could help us progress?

  • You, our members
  • New male members for Fire Keepers
  • Algonquin College
  • Funding agencies

What would make us stronger?

  • Active members using their particular expertise to volunteer as Trustees, on committees, and to promote our Indigenous Culture and programming within their own communities/circles
  • A coordinator for our volunteers, with a clear job description
  • Positive Promotion
  • Financial Support for supplies; consultants/teachers/Elders;
    training for Board & for members

*Regular Ceremonies

  • 4 Change of Season Ceremonies, including a Talking Circle
  • 4 Travelling Talking Circles, various communities/circles
  • 2 Sweats – Madoodiswan (Spirit Lodge) — /year
  • 1 Annual Cultural Conference

We welcome your feedback on this plan. Please feel free to Contact us.