The City of Pembroke today sits on the unceded and traditional land and territory of the Algonquin people. In acknowledging that Pembroke has benefitted and continues to benefit from access to this territory in a manner which continues to displace and disadvantage Indigenous peoples, the municipality will strive to take further steps to restore justice for the original inhabitants of the area. Pembroke is continuing to expand its knowledge on Indigenous issues and learn about the action that is necessary within the community.
The City of Pembroke's actions with regards to Indigenous affairs are informed and advised in part by the Diversity Advisory Committee.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
All residents (on- or off-reserve) who are over 12 years old are currently able to book a vaccine appointment through the Renfrew County and District Health Unit or their local pharmacy.
Community Needs Analysis
To better understand the needs of the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Population of Renfrew County and to listen to the voices of those who live, raise their families, and work in our local communities, a community needs analysis is being hosted on October 21 by the Robbie Dean Centre in partnership with the City of Pembroke, Circle of Turtle Lodge,
Algonquins of Bonnechere, County of Renfrew, Algonquins of Whitney and Area, United Way Eastern Ontario and Algonquin College.
The goal of this analysis will be to enhance existing services and develop new initiatives so that all First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people in Renfrew County feel connected, supported, and understood.
Get full details including registration for the two session through the attached information package.
National Indigenous Peoples Day
National Indigenous Peoples Day is held annually on June 21 to recognize, celebrate, and learn about the cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We look forward to returning to in-person celebrations in 2022.
On the third weekend of August each year, Pikwakanagan welcomes numerous drum groups, hundreds of dancers, and thousands of viewers to celebrate the culture of the Alqonquin people through their traditional pow wow.
In addition to the songs, dancing, and drumming, there are many vendors at the event selling unique items including jewelry, crafts, art, clothing, beadwork, leather purses, regalia, drums, CDs, dreamcatchers, moccasins, and food.
Learn more about the ceremony and the cultural tradition here.
The Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation website features resources in a variety of fields, including:
The Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office includes representatives from Pikwakanagan and nine other Algonquin communities, including non-status Algonquins in Algonquin territory. All matters of consultation should be directed to their office.
The Métis Nation of Ontario website features resources in a variety of fields, including:
Tungasuvvingat Inuit is an Inuit-specific urban services provider based in Ottawa that offers community supports for Inuit of all ages. They provide social support, cultural activities, employment and education assistance, youth programs, counselling, crisis intervention, and more.
The Indigenous Services Canada website features resources in a variety of fields, including:
Further Indigenous funding and grant programs can be found here from the federal government to cover a variety of fields, including:
Several more grants and programs from the provincial government can be found here, with new funding opportunities in a diversity of categories regularly opened.
The Learning Portal toolkit from College Libraries Ontario features a compilation of educational resources to learn and teach Indigenous history, perspectives and culture.
Use the following resources to gain information about ongoing Indigenous issues:
CBC has curated a playlist of music from Indigenous artists, which can be found here.
The National Film Board has a collection of short films and feature-length films focused on Indigenous culture, history, or stories which can be viewed for free here.
Other Groups and Organizations to Consider:
The Circle of Turtle Lodge is an off-reserve registered charity established in 1999 to restore, preserve, and protect Indigenous culture and traditions. On their website, you can learn more about their objectives, join their community, or purchase literature to help fund programming.
The Ottawa Valley Against Racial Discrimination Facebook group is available for individuals to learn and discuss with others and form new connections within the community who seek to help BIPOC residents live here free from racial discrimination.
Hope For Wellness
The Hope for Wellness helpline offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer counselling and crisis intervention.
Call the toll-free helpline at 1-855-242-3310 or utilize the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca.
Experienced and culturally competent helpline counsellors can help if you wish to talk, are distressed, have strong emotional reactions, or may be triggered by painful memories. If asked, counsellors can work with you to find other wellness supports that are accessible nearby.
Telephone and online counselling are available in English and French. On request, telephone counselling is also available in Ojibway, Cree, and Inuktitut.
Residential School Crisis Line
A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former residential school students. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line at 1-866-925-4419.