about us

Acknowledgement of Traditional Land

Although we serve communities across various regions, we would like to acknowledge this sacred land on which Ollin primarily operates. It has been a site of human  activity for over 15,000 years. When the first Europeans began to arrive in Southern Ontario in the early 1600’s, the north shore of Lake Ontario and the area originally known as Katarokwi (Kingston) had continued to be a shifting home between the Huron-Wendat Peoples and the Five Nations/St. Lawrence Iroquois. In the Mohawk language, the name Katarokwi means a place where there is clay or where the limestone is, and is defined by two rivers, the Cataraqui River and the St. Lawrence River, while Lake Ontario ecologically marks the region. The French translation of the Algonquin use of the term Cataracoui, means great meeting place.

Today, the meeting place of Kingston is still the home to many  Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have  the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.


Credit :  Kingston First Peoples: Purposeful Dialogues. Relationship Building: Phase 1. Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan (2015)

AODA Statement

 Ollin is committed to  treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity  and independence. We believe in integration and equal opportunity. We  are committed to meeting the needs of people with varying abilities in a  timely manner, and will do so by striving to prevent and remove any barriers to  accessibility and meeting accessibility requirements under the  Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). 

Diversity Statement

Commitment to an inclusive environment: Ollin adheres to the philosophy that all community members should enjoy an environment free of any form of harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, or violence.  


Ollin embraces a notion of an enriched and enhanced community is one with diversity along a number of dimensions, including race, ethnicity and national origins, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class, spirituality, and religion. 


It is our intent to present materials, activities, and events that are respectful of diversity: gender, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, and culture. 


Your suggestions are encouraged and appreciated. Please let us know ways to improve the effectiveness of our services from personal or group experiences. 

creative direction

Festivals

Dia de los Muertos Kingston Festival

Earth Day Kingston Celebration

Internatonal Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples

Monthly Events

Death Cafe Kingston

Circle of Wellness

Rhythm Momentum

Ollin Soundscapes

Cacao Ceremonies

Weekly Events

Kingston Drum Circle

Workshops

Performances

Other

recognition

Kingston Mayor's Arts Award Winner

Sustainable Kingston Champion Nomination

Certificate of Recognition for Standing Against Stigma of Mental Health

Sri Chinmoy Oneness : Torch-Bearer Award

Torch-Bearer Award is a special award given to people of inspiration.
It is by a global torch relay that symbolizes humanity’s universal aspiration for a more peaceful world.  

COLLABORATIONS IN COMMUNITY

CMHA

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) hosts Ollin events and activities that are open to the public at  (400 Elliott Ave, Kington, Ontario).  It is an open and welcoming place with wonderful resources about mental health and wellness. These events feature Yessica as group facilitator and performer. 

KCHC

Ollin sits on the committee of the Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) Special Events and together collaborate and support each other on various events across the community.

KNIPD

 Ollin sits on the committee of the Kingston National Indigenous Peoples Day Committee and together collaborate and support each other on various events across the community. 

KIDW

Ollin sits on the committee of the Katarokwi Indigenous Day of Wellness Committee and together collaborate and support each other on various events across the community.  

Kingston Latino Association

 Ollin sits on the executive of the Kingston Latino Association  and together collaborate and support each other on various events across the community.   

KFIH

Ollin is one of the Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour and together collaborate and support each other on various events across the community.