The Indigenous Solidarity Working Group, comprising parishioners and friends, is interested in the complex and myriad issues surrounding Indigenous People in Canada, and in particular relating to our urban Indigenous neighbours.
The group’s focus is both education and outreach. New members are welcome to assist with programming.
If you’re interested in Indigenous issues and our ministry, please use the form below to sign up for our newsletter, and let us know if you’d like more information on how to get involved.
If you’re interested in learning more about challenges and issues facing Indigenous Peoples, check out our Reading and Resources list below, as well as recent news in the sidebar.
Travel for Learning
Travel for Learning, an initiative of the Indigenous Solidarity Working Group, invites you to the following event in the coming months.
September 14: Wild Rice Harvesting at Curve Lake First Nation
Please note that the maximum number of participants have registered for this event and registration is closed. For those who have registered, complete details of this trip including the schedule of events are here.
September 21 (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM): Survivors’ Circle
Learning about the history of residential schools and the impact on Indigenous children, who by law had to attend the schools, is enriched by listening to and meeting with Survivors. The stories are challenging and at times painful but are told by Survivors with great courage and dignity. Join us on Saturday, September 21 for this session with survivors of residential schools. Lunch will be served.
September 28 (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM): Blanket Exercise
Whether our ancestors came as settlers to Canada or we are recent newcomers, we have learned about the relationship between Indigenous people and Canada through textbooks.
The Blanket Exercise is an opportunity to learn about the history of Indigenous people and Canada most of us never learned in school.
Being the Church God is Calling Us to Be
The ninth Indigenous Anglican Sacred Circle began on August 8, 2018 at the University of North British Columbia campus in Prince George, B.C. The report of the day’s proceedings on the Anglican Church website includes the assertion that “the dream of a self-determining Indigenous church within the Anglican Church of Canada is closer than ever to becoming a reality”.
In the late afternoon, Sacred Circle received a draft version of the document An Indigenous Spiritual Movement: Becoming What God Intends Us to Be, which laid out the goals of self-determination, its meaning and guiding principles.