Local Indigenous Learning Series February 2022

The conversation and commitment to Indigenous anti-racism action starts here. The social impact sector has an important role to play in working towards reconciliation and anti-racism. This is an opportunity to learn and build your knowledge and understanding of Canada’s shared history, with a local emphasis. 

The Local Indigenous Learning Series provides access to learning opportunities, sharing circles, and resources that explore the history, heritage, cultures, rights and perspectives of Indigenous peoples in the three nations surrounding London - Chippewa of the Thames, Munsee-Delaware and Oneida, as well as the urban Indigenous population within the city. 

The series is designed to serve as a tool for gaining awareness and understanding of the original peoples of this land and explores the themes of recognition, respect, relationships and reconciliation.We do this by examining both historical and current day events, location, law, legislation and policies that have contributed to being separated, isolated, segregated and marginalized from mainstream society. The building of trusting and respectful relationships will occur through awareness, comfort, confidence and much improved communications. Participants will be expected to develop a community call to action towards reconciliation.


  • To provide some of the truth of Indigenous people living in Canada in order to inform our nonprofit community to do things differently
  • To explore what non-Indigenous participants and organizations need to know to work more respectfully across the nations
  • For the non-Indigenous community to commit to real change and move towards genuine reconciliation including steps we need to take personally and professionally to commit to action
  • To build bridges, relationships and a way forward with Indigenous neighbours
  • To learn about Indigenous racism from a local context  

The 2-part series was designed and is led by local Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom Keepers.

TARGET AUDIENCE: London & Area Nonprofit Executive Directors, CEOs, senior leaders and management, board members - individuals who are committed to action and willing to do the hard work needed.

INVESTMENT: $65 members, $80 non-members (for both days)
We are charging a fee to help us to sustain this journey of equity and inclusion that we are committed to continuing in our community. If the fee is a barrier to you attending please email sgergich@pillarnonprofit.ca


This is a 2-part series taking place over the following days: 
February 7 & 14
Both sessions run from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

*It is important that you attend both days of the training together as your learning is informed from the first session. If you cannot attend the first session we would ask that you do not attend the 2nd part (please see our registration policy regarding cancellations)

Are you a nonprofit member organization with an operating budget of under $100,000? You may be able to save an additional 50% off the registration fee. 
Learn if you are eligible for the NONPROFIT MEMBER DISCOUNT RATE.

Thank you to the following individuals who made up our Indigenous Advisory Committee and provided the Indigenous guidance and support to help design this series.

Joe Antone

Mary Alikakos

Amanda Kennedy

Frances Elizabeth Moore

Leslee Whiteye

And a special thank you to Frances Elizabeth Moore for her role in helping us coordinate and facilitate the series.

Frances Elizabeth Moore (King) is an Anishinaabe Kwe from Timiskaming First Nations who has been living in London for 15 years.  Frances Elizabeth is passionate about Indigenous rights, issues, politics, and general social justice. Drawing on her legal background from Georgian College; certificates in Indigegogy from Wilfred Laurier University and Building Abundance in Indigenous Communities (BAIC) from COADY Institute at St. Francis Xavier University Frances Elizabeth has over 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion through relationship building, and program management. 

Frances Elizabeth is currently the Family Centre Manager at Nshwaasnangong Child Care and Family Centre which is an Indigenous led child care and family centre in London.  She also teaches with the London District Catholic School Board as well as doing independent workshops and consulting. In addition to this, she is a dedicated community volunteer working with various organizations across the city (LIFE*SPIN, Pillar, NokeeKwe, King’s College University, Brescia, City of London etc.) In addition to the above, Frances Elizabeth is a member of London’s Indigenous Leadership Circle Member and Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada. 

Thank you to TD for supporting this series and making it available to our nonprofit community.

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