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The word Nisidotam is the slogan for our projects regarding persons with disabilities.  Nisidotam is an Algonquin word that means I understand.  To understand what it means to live with a disability is an important step in the path toward inclusion.  To reach this understanding, we must take the time to stop and listen, listen to the person living with a disability, listen to their families, to support workers, employers, etc. to learn from each other.

Through understanding, we will grow towards positive change. We need to remember that understanding is a path that continues. As we find answers, we will encounter new questions, that will challenge us while leading us to a deeper understanding. 

Nisidotam, I understand is something I can say trusting that my understanding will continue to guide me towards the other with whom I will grow towards a greater inclusion.

Nisidotam (Algonquin); Hewendahronyend (Wendat); Tewataterihonién:nis (Kanien’Kéha) We teach each other; Nisitotam (Attikamek); Nistodan (Naskapi); N’wawtam (Abenaquis); Ninistuten (Innu); Ni nisitohten, (Cree) Nisitohtamowin (understanding) (Cree)

The turtle in our logo is inspired by the traditional story of ”Turtle Island,” shared by many First Nations. 

The thirteen people represent the thirteen moons of the medicine wheel teachings.  They are holding hands to represent the importance of the shared understanding and community essential to well-being.

Like all people, people with disabilities need to be able to live in balance to experience wellness including the need to contribute and be included in their communities.

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