National Indigenous Peoples' Day: Reconciliation and Peace Building
Jun 21, 2021 12:00 PM
Lorelei Higgins
National Indigenous Peoples' Day: Reconciliation and Peace Building

Please join the Rotary Club of Edmonton West on Monday June 21st, Canada's National Indigenous Peoples Day, as Lorelei Higgins speaks to us on "Reconciliation and Peace Building". 

As a Métis Canadian, Lorelei Higgins comes by her peacebuilding roots naturally. Lorelei’s Métis heritage can be traced from the Red River in Winnipeg, Manitoba where her great-grandfather came across to Canada from Kent, England, and met her great-grandmother – a Cree and Ojibwe community leader. In this beautiful coming together of different worlds, Lorelei says that peacebuilding is literally in her DNA. Lorelei has often found herself weaving and mediating between these different worldviews, finding the beauty at the points where the worlds come together – that of her Indigenous ancestry and her European heritage. It is not always easy to be Indigenous, especially as a Métis person. But, as Lorelei has deepened her own cultural exploration over the years, she has learned to look at this duality of identity as a gift. She no longer sees herself as between worlds. Rather, she embraces the beauty of both worlds, inspired by Terry St. Amant’s words“We are not ‘half’ of anything, but doubled.”

Lorelei's work has taken her across the globe: she has been based in Asia, South Americam Europe, Africa and North America, working on various projects. When she was 17 Lorelei went on a Rotary youth exchange to South Africa in 1998-1999.

The ZOOM coordinates for the meeting are provided below. ZOOM will open at 11:45 AM and our Edmonton West weekly meeting will start promptly at 12 Noon. Please click on the link below to join our meeting.

For those who need it, the meeting ID is 830 0528 4964

Edmonton West Rotary Club weekly meetings typically finish by 1 PM

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