“We walk together to forge a new path”
Cree-Métis & HIP Board Member
In 2014, a dedicated group of individuals from various Southern Ontario communities gathered in the basement of an Oshawa building to discuss the creation of a nationwide organization that would collaborate with Indigenous Peoples. From those initial discussions and rough sketches on paper, HIP’s multi-year plan was born.
While we remain attentive to the voices and wisdom of Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners, we also engage in reflection, adaptation, and the amplification of our achievements. A significant stride forward has been the expansion of our board to encompass 20 members hailing from communities across the country. This collaboration has united some of Canada’s most brilliant minds and compassionate hearts, resulting in an updated vision and mission.
As Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies, our commitment to collaboration remains steadfast. While we have refined our focus, placing a strong emphasis on relationship building, we remain dedicated to our educational and awareness initiatives, including the support of the next generation of leaders and the transformation of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.
HIP’s growth entails an increase in participation from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals. We actively promote and facilitate relationship building between communities and organizations, seeking common ground, shared values, and improved support systems. Together, we work towards building a stronger and more inclusive nation.
Our logo was designed by Jennifer Wemigwans, Anishnaabekwe (Ojibwe/ Potawatomi) from Wikwemikong First Nation. The four colours of the medicine wheel represent many things. In this specific design we are using the symbolic image of people and the four colours to represent the four races of human kind. They are intertwined and inter-related to symbolize that we are all dependent upon one another and that only together do we represent the strength of the circle – a complete unity. The outer circle that envelops the four races is done in purple and white to pay homage to and acknowledge the importance of wampum belts and their historical bond for bringing together people in this land. Traditional wampum beads are a blend of white and purple. The waves emitting out from the circle symbolize the ripple effect and strength that comes from being united as people.
Our Mission & Vision
Our mission is to catalyze societal change by inspiring Indigenous & Non-Indigenous
relationship building, strengthening community well-being and advancing the next generation of leaders.
Our vision is that all Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples work together,
interconnected and interdependent, for the benefit of future generations.
While HIP remains focused on education, awareness and relationship building, we place emphasis on building of meaningful, equitable and long-lasting relationships. By creating bonds and supporting one another, we employ key elements needed to walk the path together.
MEET OUR BOARD
Chair, HIP, Former Founder & CEO, ECC Group and Financial Advisor
Elder/Senior Manager Strategic Initiatives, CAMH & Educator
Communications Manager, ONWA
Former Executive Director, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
Executive Director, REACH Edmonton
Tim Karihwake Thompson
Former Education Co-Ordinator (Chiefs of Ontario), Parliammentary Liaison (AFN), Policy Director (OFIFC)
Sr. VP, Director and Portfolio Manager, Research Capital
Retired – Former Sales Director, CHEP, VP Sales & Marketing Canada Steamship Lines
Consultant, & Former Indigenous Education Programs Director Elephant
CEO, Kekekoziibii Development Corporation
Professor Emeritus of Biology, Retired Former VP Academic Acadia University
Executive Director, Nokiiwin Tribal Council
Retired Police Officer
Retired – President & CEO, Welcome Wagon
Assistant Professor, Cape Breton University
President, JVL Global Corp., Retired Executive Scotiabank
Board Director, VCH & Member Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council
MEET Our Team
So, without further ado, meet our awesome team of professionals! They’re the ones who empower, facilitate, and support our incredible members.
Partnerships & Special Projects
Chief Technical Officer