Thought Leadership

Melissa Hardy-Giles, President and CEO of ORIGIN, shares her Indigenous perspective on everything related to economic reconciliation, career exploration and Indigenous cultural education for youth and adults alike.

Learn more about what inspires Melissa every day and how the team at ORIGIN works towards our mission of advancing economic reconciliation.

November 9, 2023 The Sharing Circle

Fostering Reconciliation through Treaty Relationships

In 2016, Ontario passed the first legislation of its kind in Canada declaring the first full week of November as Treaties Recognition Week. This annual event honours the importance of treaties and supports our reconciliation journey that is aided by learning more about treaty rights and relationships. By learning more about our collective treaty rights […]

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September 30, 2023 The Sharing Circle

Reflecting on National Truth and Reconciliation Day

This story is new for some, new for far too many. Yet, familiar, for some. Familiar, for far too many. In June of 2021, September 30th was marked as a federal statutory holiday from Parliament and deemed as the “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation”. This day is commonly known as Orange Shirt Day. Orange […]

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August 30, 2023 The Sharing Circle

Cultural Preservation and Powwows

When I think about my favourite memory regarding Powwows, I’d have to say that the first thing that comes to mind is when my one of my children was sad one day because “only the Aboriginal students can wear their regalia to school tomorrow” as the next day was National Aboriginal Day. I smiled as […]

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June 1, 2023 The Sharing Circle

Indigenous History Month

Today marks the start of Indigenous History Month in Canada. June was declared National Indigenous History Month in 2009. This month is a time to reflect on the deep-rooted history of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Learning more about this history and Indigenous culture is so important when it comes to working towards reconciliation. The Significance […]

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January 17, 2023 The Sharing Circle

Transforming Career & Cultural Exploration

Entering the world of work is a completely different experience for everyone depending on many factors including their background, education, and interests. For example, someone who grew up with access to educational resources and the opportunity for career exploration would have a leg up from those who didn’t have that available to them. Not only […]

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