A committee of native people associated with the Henry Budd College for Ministry in The Pas, Man., in the diocese of Brandon, is planning a conference on native spiritual traditions in May . The conference, titled `Listening to one another in the Creator Spirit', will be attended by Brandon Bishop Malcolm Harding and Archbishop Walter Jones, metropolitan of Rupert's Land. The conference will enable native people to compare their spiritual traditions and discuss topics such as the use of sweetgrass in prayers". Text of entire article.
"In the early 20th century, the native lay catechists Blind Moses and Blind Paul brought the gospel to indigenous peoples living near the Arctic Circle. Now the Anglican Church of Canada is launching an initiative to train contemporary catechists who will likewise school their indigenous brothers and sisters in the basics of the Christian faith. 'Historically, most of the growth and much of the creativity in indigenous churches has been from catechists', says Bishop Mark MacDonald, the church's national indigenous bishop. 'Easily deployable, close to the people, the catechists were able to apply the gospel to the needs of the people in a way that stressed its compatibility with the values of traditional indigenous life'. Spearheading the current project, which was presented at the February  meeting of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) in Calgary, is the Rev. Canon Ginny Doctor, indigenous ministries co-ordinator and a Mohawk from the Six Nations in New York state. 'Jesus sent people out two by two to preach and teach', says Doctor, who spent many years helping restore spirituality to aboriginal people living in urban settings. 'We're following an old model'."
Eight page insert (1-8) with May 2013 issue of Anglican Journal. Anglican Church of Canada Ministry Report. Insert produced by Resources for Mission Dept.
"During the first weekend of April  on Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN), Anglicans and others from across the country gathered to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Devon Mission. A colourful procession of Cree dancers, led by a crucifer and a pole covered with eagle feathers, marked the importance of the area as a gathering place for Cree and settler people alike. In many ways, the land -- now divided between the town of The Pas and OCN -- exemplifies the breadth of Indigenous-settler relations in Canada". Henry Budd, a young Cree convert, returned to his home in the north in 1840 "to open the mission, where he spent his life teaching the gospel to his people in their native Cree. In 1853, the first bishop of Rupert's Land, David Anderson, ordained Henry Budd, making him the first Indigenous cleric in what is now Canada. The Henry Budd College for Ministry, opened in his honour in 1980, trains Indigenous catechists and spiritual leaders to this day". "For some, the celebration of Indigenous expressions of Christianity marked a return to the days of their ancestors, when the gospel was expressed through Cree culture and language". "National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald affirmed a sense of hope for the future. 'We do not have two cultures', he said. 'We are Indigenous Christians'".
Author is "chaplain at St. John's College, Winnipeg, and editor of 'Rupert's Land News'".
An Anglican Video production that tells the dramatic story of a residential school survivor will premiere at the IMAX Theatre in Winnipeg on April 5 .
"Topahdewin: The Gladys Cook Story" is a multi-faceted production by Anglican Video senior producer Lisa Barry that relates the story of a remarkable woman's life in the context of residential schools and how they affected the lives of children sent there. Gladys Cook not only survived the school, where she was raped at the age of 9, but went on to rediscover a profound faith that acknowledges both Christian and native spirituality, and to carve a distinguished career as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor.
Her contributions to society have earned her a Governor General's Award and a Canada 125 medal, among many other accolades.
The video is the culmination of a relationship between Ms. Cook and Ms. Barry that dates back to 1989. Ms. Barry notes that the video is the product of many encounters over the years and that it also makes use of extensive archival footage.
The premiere of "Topahdewin: The Gladys Cook Story" at 7:30 p.m., April 5 , is sponsored by Anglican Video, the Anglican diocese of Rupert's Land and the local Indigenous Council.
Bishop Donald Phillips of Rupert's Land will open the evening and the screening of the video will be followed by remarks from Archbishop Terry Finlay, special representative on residential schools for Anglican Primate Archbishop Andrew Hutchison.
The program was produced by the Anglican Church of Canada as part of an initiative to memorialize the experiences of residential schools survivors, as the church agreed to do in an agreement with the federal government ending litigation over its role in running the schools.
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"Around the Sacred Fire is a compelling cultural history of intertribal activism centered on the Indian Ecumenical Conference, an influential movement among native people in Canada and the U.S. during the Red Power era. Founded in 1969, the Conference began as an attempt at organizing grassroots spiritual leaders who were concerned about the conflict between tribal and Christian traditions throughout Indian country. ... The Indian Ecumenical Conference played a central role in stimulating cultural revival among native people, partly because Conference leaders strategized for social change in ways that differed from the militant groups. Drawing on archival records, published accounts, oral histories, and field research, James Treat has written the first comprehensive study of this important but overlooked effort at postcolonial interreligious dialogue."
The stories of five Native women, weaving together their spiritual traditions with Christian ones. Sarah Simon, Dr. Jessie Saulteaux and Gladys McCue Taylor are elders of the United Church of Canada and Gladys Taylor Cook and Vi Smith are elders of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Contents: Women [Poem] / Gladys Taylor Cook -- Foreword / Stan McKay -- Acknowledgements / Joyce Clouston Carlson and Alf Dumont -- Introduction / Joyce Carlson -- Elders / Alf Dumont -- Sarah Simon / Recorded and edited by Joyce Carlson -- Dr. Jessie Prettyshield Saulteaux / Recorded and edited by Joyce Carlson -- Gladys McCue Taylor / Edited by Alf Dumont -- Gladys Taylor Cook / Recorded and edited by Joyce Carlson -- Vi Smith / Edited by Joyce Carlson -- Appendix One: Apologies to Native People -- Appendix Two: The Impact of Residential Schools -- Notes -- Resources -- Understanding Native Spirituality.
"We are pleased to present the stories of five Elders to provide readers with a glimpse of their leadership and wisdom. These Elders are well loved; many have been involved in their communities as well as in their local and national churches". Foreword, p. 7.
Contents: Foreword / Joyce Clouston Carlson -- Elders / Alf Dumont -- Acknowledgements / Joyce and Alf -- Soliloquy : Who Am I ? / Burton Jacobs -- Andrew Atagotaaluk / with Laverne Jacobs and Robert Maclennan -- Murray Whetung / with Alf Dumont -- Arthur Ayoungman / Vivian Ayoungman and Elaine Clifton -- Burton Jacobs / with Laverne Jacobs -- Stanley McKay / with Joyce Clouston Carlson.
Andrew Atagotaaluk is an Inuk and the Anglican Bishop of the Arctic. Murray Whetung is an Ojibwa and lay pastor in the United Church of Canada. Arthur Ayoungman is a member of the Siksika nation and an Anglican priest. Burton Jacobs is a member of the Ojibwa nation and father of the Rev. Laverne Jacobs, an Anglican priest. Stanley McKay was born in the Cree community of Fisher River and is the father of the Most Rev. Stan McKay, a minister and former Moderator of the United Church of Canada.
In New Aiyansh, British Columbia, 70 miles by logging road from Terrace, an event will take place this spring which is both unique and significant. This is the first time in Canada that an Anglican Diocesan Synod will be held in an Indian village. The synod will be held from April 14 through April 16. This is also the first time that Indian dances, which at one time were forbidden by missionaries, will form an integral part of the synod celebrations, the first time church vestments worn during the synod services will be made from Indian blankets.
One of the clergy attending, an Indian deacon without seminary training, was selected by his people to be their natural religious leader.
The native people represent three distinct groups...the Haida...the Skeena River people and the Nishga. In 1916 these peoples were persuaded to destroy their totem poles and many of their native customs were outlawed. However, one village has recently erected a new totem pole in the churchyard. A group of 70 children and adults, many of whom are dancers, drummers and singers will perform the almost forgotten dances.
The menu for the synod includes baked salmon heads, seaweed cooked either as a vegetable or as a main course, berries, sea lion and moose meat.
The Nishga tribal council was the first in Canada to make a legal case for aboriginal rights, claiming that they owned the land before the white man arrived and had never agreed to sell or vacate them. In the meantime the issue is before the supreme court. This is bound to have an effect on all such claims by native peoples in Canada.