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Talking Circles to Enable Reconciliation: Giving Voice – Having Voice

March 23, 2018

Native Peoples and Canada

Using talking circles to bridge generations, peoples and cultures…

Pat Green (a recognized Native Elder) and Gary Direnfeld (a recognized Social Worker) bring their worlds together in the service of reconciliation.


Recognizing that the trials and tribulations of Native Peoples is the outcome of colonization, stripping Native Peoples of their voice, Pat and Gary seek to provide a forum, enabling voices to be heard. Owning one’s experience validates lives, facilitates healing and helps others learn to speak peacefully such that others may hear and learn.

The objective is to use talking circles as a medium to enable conversation about the Native experience to enable understanding, trust, and respectful relationships on behalf of the individual, and between people and cultures.

gary-2015-headThese Talking Circles are available to First Nations Peoples, non-aboriginal peoples and meetings of both

Through conversation comes understanding. Through understanding comes reconciliation.

If you would like to book time for Pat and Gary to provide a Talking Circle for your group (First Nation, school, college/university, workplace, organization), please contact us through

Talking Circles can be scheduled for a half day or evening or full day experience.

Pat and Gary enable discussion on the Aboriginal experience in Canada and impact of colonialism on Aboriginal communities and families as well as on the collective Canadian views of indigenous people. The goal is to foster personal and mutual understanding and acceptance.

Meeting areas are to be set up in a circle to encourage mutuality and a respectful dialogue among equals.


Pat Green is a Mohawk, wolf clan, from Six Nations Ontario.  He is a father, grandfather, brother, partner and uncle. He has always put his family first.  Pat is a pipe carrier, sweat lodge keeper, drummer (lead singer 40+yrs), traditional dancer and speaker. Pat has spent his career helping aboriginal people in various capacities. Pat has a unique way of blending contemporary therapies with traditional ceremonies having worked in setting such as: Secretary of State, Employment & Immigration, Corrections Canada, Native Child and Family Services, Addiction Counselling and other various Native centers.

Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Dundas and Georgina Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America. He consults to mental health professionals as well as to mediators and collaborative law professionals about good practice as well as building their practice.

To arrange service, please contact us through;


I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker. Check out all my services and then call me if you need help with a personal issue, mental health concern, child behavior or relationship, divorce or separation issue or even help growing your practice. I am available in person and by Skype.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW for counseling and support – to build your successful practice










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