Webinar event date: 
Sep 30, 2019 1:00 pm EDT
Webinar Presenters: 


Clayton Sandy
Indigenous Ambassador
Circles for Reconciliation


Clayton Sandy is a respected knowledge keeper, cultural advisor and community activist committed to educating the next generation about Indigenous peoples and their beliefs. Clayton worked for the Government of Manitoba for over 33 years and maintains his dedication to his community in his retirement. Clayton has held many volunteer positions including Adult Ambassador for the Folklorama First Nations Pavilion, Knowledge Keeper and Cultural Advisor for MacDonald Youth Services and has served on several community Boards of Directors.


As a member of Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation, Clayton’s pride in his own Dakota heritage saved him from the negativity he still experiences as an Indigenous person. When he's not sharing his story and inspiring others to shape a brighter future rooted in cultural pride, he's traveling with his family to dance in pow wow competitions across North America.




Raymond Currie
Project Coordinator
Circles for Reconciliation


Raymond Currie, 2013 recipient of the Governor of Canada’s Sovereign’s Medal for volunteers, works to make life's journey better for others. Raymond is Dean Emeritus at the University of Manitoba where he worked for over 30 years as a professor of sociology, and Dean of Arts (1991-99). Subsequently he was Executive Director of the Canadian Research Centre Data Network (2002-2010). Throughout his busy academic career in teaching, research and university administration, he remained dedicated to community service. He has been a board member with several organizations, including RESOLVE and the Prairieaction Foundation, both dedicated to preventing violence and abuse; Villa Rosa, a home for single mothers; the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Manitoba; and the Winnipeg Community Foundation. He is currently the Project Coordinator for Circles for Reconciliation. He is the parent of two adopted Indigenous children and has a career long commitment to equality of Indigenous peoples.



Circles for Reconciliation is a non-profit, grassroots community project that seeks to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. The goal is to create new relationships that are based on “mutual recognition, mutual respect, sharing and mutual responsibility” (TRC).  This session will introduce participants to a meaningful way of addressing the challenge of reconciliation and moving forward on the path to healing through common dialogue to further understand the work arising from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

“The Commission defines reconciliation as an ongoing process of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships.” (TRC Final Report, p.16)


Webinar Key Objectives:


  • To highlight a meaningful and practical step to reconciliation for practitioners, organizations and communities
  • To promote mutually respectful relationships as the base of reconciliation
  • Circles for Reconciliation Project will be described, including how the project began and why it has been successful