Apr 27 2023


Creating healthy relationships, one conversation at a time.

  • Caritas Award Recipients

Janelle Delorme


Janelle Delorme (elle/she/her) is a francophone Red River Métis activist and drum carrier. As a KAIROS Blanket Exercise facilitator since 2015, she educates people about the impact of colonization on Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. In June 2021, she organized the placing of 215 ribbons on the walkway at the St. Boniface Cathedral after the first announcements of unmarked graves in Kamloops at a residential school site. Janelle is a popular education specialist and believes that mindsets change through education.

​Janelle is a sought-out speaker and workshop facilitator on "reconciliation", has written many articles, and is the host of the French podcast "Chronique RéconciliACTION" on Envol 91.1FM. She was recently recognized for her work as one of 4 recipients of the 2022 Champion of Indigenous Education award.


Sister Norma is a long-time educator who is known for her quality of leadership that inspires youth to engage in faith-related activities, social justice and reconciliation in Canada and abroad. She started the reconciliACTION project at Université de Saint-Boniface in 2011. Norma has been on a mission to increase people's awareness about the socio-cultural and political issues, past and present, resulting from the Indian Act, particularly the repercussions of the Residential School System. Her greatest wish is to forge relationships between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals to promote healing and reconciliation. Sr. Norma, although retired from the University, is still deeply involved with Returning to Spirit and the path to reconciliation.​

  • Service Award and Guest Speaker


​​Murray Chatlain is The Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas since 2012. He has been a member of the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops for the past 6 years and for several years co-chaired the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, a Catholic coalition of Indigenous people, bishops, clergy, lay movements and institutes of consecrated life, engaged in renewing and fostering relationships between the Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Bishop Murray who speaks Dene fluently is committed to the truth and reconciliation journey and has been involved on many panels and has been a keynote speaker on several occasions on the subject of Truth and Reconciliation.

  • Charity of Choice

​The Catholic Foundation of Manitoba chooses a charitable organization annually as the Charity of Choice to create awareness to the important work they perform. This year Returning to Spirit will be the recipient of a grant during the Caritas Award Dinner.


Located in the center of Canada on Treaty 1 territory, Returning to Spirit is an Indigenous-led non-profit organization governed by a Board that has an equal number of Indigenous and non-Indigenous members. Together, with a valued team of experienced trainers and passionate partners, they have been delivering experiential reconciliation workshops since 2001.

  • Key note Speaker

Lisa Raven 3LISA RAVEN

Lisa Raven is from Hollow Water First Nation. Lisa, her parents and others in her family have experienced the intergenerational trauma as a result of the Residential Schools.

She first took the Returning to Spirit workshops in 2005 and found it to be a life-altering experience. It broke through in a way that years of therapy and counselling had not. She became a Returning to Spirit trainer in 2007 to make a difference with others, in the same way that the trainers had made a difference for her. She is deeply honoured and inspired by the courage and grace of people willing to move forward from what has been keeping them stuck in life.

  • Performer


An engaging storyteller, singer-songwriter and performer, three-time JUNO Award nominee Don Amero has been tirelessly touring, performing and speaking across Canada for the last decade, earning the respect and attention of the Canadian Music industry and fans alike. With the rare ability to effortlessly and genuinely connect with his audience, Amero, who is of Cree and Métis heritage, has taken the skills he utilizes on stage and applied them to his advocacy work within Indigenous communities and beyond, including his participation as a youth mentor for the Winnipeg Jets and True North Youth Foundation's 'Project 11'. An avid public speaker, Amero created the 'Music Is Medicine' workshop, presenting the impact and power music has mentally and physically, and he now serves as the first ever advisor and Chair of the CCMA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.


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