Local Indigenous Learning Series March 2021


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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: $40 members, $50 non-members (for both days)
We are charging a minimal 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

PLEASE NOTE THE DATES: This is a 2-part series taking place over the following days. Both sessions run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm:
March 1 and March 9
*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 is an Anishinaabe Kwe from Timiskaming First Nations who is passionate about Indigenous rights/issues, politics, wellness, social justice and youth.  Drawing on her legal background from Georgian College, 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 the Family Centre Manager at the Nshwaasnangong Child Care & Family Centre as the Family Centre Manager which is opening in Spring 2021 and also works with the London Catholic School Board as an educator.  Previous to this Frances Elizabeth worked with We Matter which is Indigenous youth-led and nationally registered non-profit and charity dedicated to Indigenous youth support, hope and life promotion as the Director, Operations & Outreach (previous to that Operations & Outreach Manager) and at the Anishnabek Educational Institute on Munsee Delaware First Nation where she taught Oral Communications to the first-year students in the Native Community Worker Program.  Above all else Frances Elizabeth’s favourite role is Mother and Auntie.

Living in London for the past 15 years Frances Elizabeth is very active within the urban Indigenous community.  In addition to this, she is a dedicated community volunteer has given her time to a number of amazing organizations in the city such as LIFE*SPIN, the City of London, NokeeKwe, Pillar NonProfit Network; the Juno’s; Museum London; Kings College University & Brescia College and various others.  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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