The Mandate of the DCCRC
The Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle is an emerging, not-for-profit organization. It is an Indigenous-led community whose mandate is to create a safe space for the restoration and revival of traditional Indigenous Culture in the Dufferin County area. This is done through community building events, educational workshops and spiritual gatherings. We have the guidance of a traditional elder and cultural connectors to shine light along this important path.
The Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle (DCCRC) would like to acknowledge the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe including the Ojibway, Potawatomi and Odawa of the Three Fires Confederacy.
Hills of Headwaters Collaborative
Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle is a part of the new Hills of Headwaters Collaborative announced December 6, 2019. We are adding the knowledge, wisdom and experience of our Elders, Members and Indigenous Community to these discussions. Please go to our DCCRC News page and click on the link to read the full article published by the Orangeville Banner. There are also links to the Ministry of Health announcement and the Hills of Headwaters Collaborative website. Updates will follow.
Orangeville’s Medicine Wheel Garden
The DCCRC, with the help of generous donors, completed construction of a medicine wheel garden for Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members to enjoy. This has brought our traditional teachings of the Medicine Wheel and our medicines to our home of Orangeville and created a space of peace and reflection.
The Ceremony to Prepare the Ground was held in 2017. Construction started in August 2018 and was completed in November 2018. The Grand Opening and Naming Ceremony was held on June 8, 2019. The naming ceremony was performed by our Head Elder. The name given “Mino Kamik”, means “good earth one gets in the spring”. The Chief of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, Elders, Representatives of the Town of Orangeville, Orangeville Police Services, Shelburne Police Services and County of Dufferin and all sponsors were in attendance.
More information is available on our Medicine Wheel Garden page.
The DCCRC Flag
On December 7, 2018, the DCCRC Flag was raised at the Alder Street Recreation Centre. This is the first time the DCCRC flag has been flown permanently in our area. For more details, please go to our DCCRC News page.
Town of Orangeville Adopts Land Acknowledgement
On November 18, 2019, the Town of Orangeville Council adopted the Land Acknowledgement which is found at the bottom of each DCCRC webpage. This Land Acknowledgement will be used to open Council meetings, at Town facilities and formal events as appropriate. More details are available on our DCCRC News page. Please click on the link to view the DCCRC delegation at the Council meeting and witness this historic event.
DCCRC 5th Anniversary
On December 10, 2014, Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle was incorporated. Please read the anniversary message from the DCCRC Chair and further details on our DCCRC News page.
Orange Shirt Day
In 2019, Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle created their first Orange Shirts to educate and promote awareness regarding residential school systems. We thank Mark’s of Orangeville for sponsoring the shirts and enabling us to take the message into our Community.
In honour of Orange Shirt Day and the First Nations Public Library Week, Orangeville Public Library asked our Community Elder to speak on September 30. She shared the story of Shin-chi’s Canoe and answered questions from the public afterwards.
The Town of Orangeville recognized this day with an official proclamation.
A fundraiser on behalf of DCCRC was also held the weekend of September 28-29 at Deja Vu Diner. We appreciate the strong support from our County of Dufferin community and look forward to spreading the message in 2020.
There is more information on our DCCRC News page.
The Water Song
In 2003, a group of Anishinaabe women led by Grandmother Josephine Mandamin of the 3 Fires Lodge initiated the Mother Earth Water Walks (MEWWS) to raise awareness of water issues, both the sacred connection between people – especially women – and the waters, and how women take care of water. The first of these water walks took place in the spring of 2003, when the group walked around Lake Superior with a copper pail (due to its sacred and healing properties) of water to draw attention to the need for action regarding water issues. The next Mother Earth Water Walks will happen in June 2020.
Mino Bima Dizwin