Star of the North Retreat Centre continues to work out its commitment to reconciliation by providing space for listening, learning, & healing. We will continue to learn from Indigenous elders, artists, & healers. Our Aurora Living program will work through the Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action, the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Report, & the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Reconciliation Through Justice: Housing is a continuation of the well-received Together We Heal series, moving us toward action. We welcome elder Fred Gloade and Carola Cunningham on Thursday evening, September 29 at 7:00 pm MT to speak to us on the issues surrounding housing. Register to join us in-person at Star of the North Retreat Centre or online. Donations are welcome.
Fred Gloade is the current co-chair for the Saint Vincent dePaul housing initiative exploring Indigenous housing in the Ottawa area. Previously has served on several boards including The Mentorship Aftercare Program, a non-profit aftercare community program that provides a supportive presence for people leaving both the provincial and federal criminal justice systems in the Ottawa area; and as Vice President of Gignul and Madawan Non-Profit Housing Corporations, both committed to a holistic and comprehensive approach to housing. During his long tenure as a civil servant, Fred served as Chair of the National Council of Aboriginal Federal Employees (NCAFE), representing more than 6,000 Aboriginal federal employees.
Carola Cunningham has over forty years of experience in Education, Justice, Community Wellness and Addictions Recovery. She has designed, developed and delivered programming specifically tailored to the needs of the Indigenous Community; and in particular; those that have high risk lifestyles. Throughout her career, Carola has demonstrated a strong dedication towards bridging cultural differences and creating understanding. This work continues in her role as CEO of Niginan Housing Ventures that builds, designed and develops housing Initiatives primarily for Indigenous people, such as Ambrose Place; a harm reduction, permanent supportive housing program that is guided from Indigenous world view.