Blog Category: General

How to Be an Indigenous Ally

It is very likely that you have heard the word “ally” used in a variety of contexts in recent years. An ally is someone who advocates for and actively works against the oppression or harm of a specific group of people.

But, being an ally also means looking out for, advocating for, and lifting up marginalized groups of people and communities, even if you do not belong to those communities. Most importantly, being an ally means that you are willing to accept and act upon the moral responsibility of defending and uplifting people who do not always have the ability to defend themselves or who have been historically overlooked or underrepresented.

It’s a big responsibility, but one that has a powerful place in our current world and society. While being an ally begins with something as simple as leading with love, kindness, and empathy toward all people, there are also specific things you can do to be a better ally and to take concrete actions that work toward the common interests of these groups of people.

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Hop Around The Kawarthas

Business After Hours – June Hop

June 9, 2021 the Kawartha Chamber hosted our second Virtual Hop! Although we are not able to visit businesses in-person, we wanted to make the most of our virtual format and ‘visit’ businesses we wouldn’t usually get to! The Zoom platform allowed us to ‘visit’ more locations and let us to see behind the scenes of some great businesses. Participants also got the opportunity to network and connect with businesses in our community. Our 2021/22 Networking events, including this event are sponsored by Herod Financial Services. Read more to learn about this exciting event!

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National Indigenous History Month

June 2021

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada.

Indigenous History Month honours the  heritage, history, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada, and recognizes the strength of present-day Indigenous communities. It also acknowledges the vast contributions of Indigenous Peoples, both past and present, and how they have shaped and continue to shape Canada. This month is a time for all Canadians to learn about, acknowledge and appreciate these immense contributions.

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President’s Notes – Summer 2021

With the sun shining and the weather warming up, we are all getting excited for the summer season. Although the year started on a wave of uncertainty, with the increase in vaccine availability and the province highlighting their new framework, it looks like there is hope for those family and friend BBQs by the lake this season.

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EAP’s – Combatting Isolation & Uncertainty

Benefit Facts Article by Brian Bulger – May 21, 2021

We are living in a time of change and uncertainty and the results can cause significant stress for many people. Quite a number of people, myself included have not been able to keep in personal contact with family members, friends and colleagues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to causing feelings of isolation, it has affected productivity at many workplaces and has lead to countless people experiencing depression.

New school policies, a spouse’s lost income and concern for the health of loved ones all pile onto the shoulders of you and employees. Personal and work challenges blur into one mass and can result in increased absences, less productivity and reduced quality of life.

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