Any questions on the information below, please contact Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister, Chinook Winds Region.
Up-Coming Indigenous Ministry Events in Chinook Winds Region
For Advent 2021, we explore the intersection of Indigenous faith and Christian Advent through the work of Bishop Steven Charleston (Choctaw Nation), The Four Vision Quests of Jesus. Join us in this journey of Indigenous Spirituality to explore the faith and values of Indigenous Nations and people as they move within a Christian context to find balance, inclusion and sovereignty. All are welcome to join this four-part online study.
Facilitator: Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister, Chinook Winds Region.
- Vision Quest #1: Wednesday, December 8 7 PM MST
- Vision Quest #2: Sunday, December 12 2 PM MST
- Vision Quest #3: Wednesday, December 15 7 PM MST
- Vision Quest #4: Sunday, December 19 2 PM MST
To Register, please click HERE.
You will receive the Zoom link after registering.
Past Indigenous Ministry Events in Chinook Winds Region
Indigenous Veterans Day on November 8 is a time to remember the stories of our warriors as we reflect on the brave Indigenous men, women and families who sacrificed to serve this nation. Many warriors did not return home from foreign lands, those that returned faced disenfranchisement from their communities and lost their rights to return to their homes, to their families and to the lands of their people.
On Indigenous Veterans Day we remember the sacrifice of those brave warriors and the legacy they left to proud tribes of people as they joined the ancestors.
Indigenous Ministry Video Minute from Tony Snow: During this Fall time of thanksgiving and beyond, it is a good reminder that while we are enjoying our bounty and blessings, we can offer some help and support to Indigenous families and Elders in need. If you feel called to support, please offer your donation to the Indigenous Ministries Fund to help families and Elders this Thanksgiving. You can donate at: https://chinookwindsregion.ca/donate/ ahead.
On September 30, Indigenous Clergy experts from across Canada discussed reconciliation within their various churches and looked at ways of understanding the role of Indigenous ministry today. We welcomed Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald from the Anglican Church of Canada, Rev. John Snow Jr., from the United Church of Canada, Rev. Beryl St. Germain from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Rev. Fr. Cristino Bouvette from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary and Rev. Dr. Danny Zacharias from the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada and Acadia Divinity College. Each ministry representiative brought a unique perspective and experience in the work toward reconciliation. We thank each of them for their witness and their advocacy within their denominations.
Other Video Resources for Truth and Reconciliation Day
• Rev. John Snow on Orange Shirt Day: https://youtu.be/PMvfJuV2I_o
• Truth and Reconciliation Acknowledgement video by Tony Snow: https://youtu.be/lQ8Os0IaRyw
Other Ways to Mark Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30th
• Individuals and Communities of Faith may want to spend time reading again The United Church of Canada’s 1986 Apology to Indigenous People, the 1988 response and the 1998 Apology to students of United Church Indian Residential Schools and their families and communities. Download the Apologies and Response HERE
• On Sunday, September 26 and 30, communities of faith and individuals are encouraged to wear Orange Shirts and post their photos. Details from the United Church’s Indigenous Ministries and Justice HERE
Treaty 7 Day on September 22, 2021
On the 144 Anniversary of the signing of Treaty 7, Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister for Chinook Winds provided leadership at the Regional Online Hall. We discussed the history of Treaty 7 and the perspectives of Indigenous peoples on the treaty signing. We were also introduced to the Ally Toolkit being developed for the Region by grassroots volunteers. The Ally Toolkit will be available in the weeks ahead. Keep an eye on this page as well as Chinook Winds newsletters.
You can access the recording of the Treaty 7 Day Conversation HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRKUwk1J-I4&t=3327s
Prayer for the 215 Kamloops Children
Let us mourn the loss of 215 Children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, as we remember those who never came home. The legacy of Residential Schools affects all Indigenous people. We see the grief of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation and those families whose children were taken to this school from other lands. It is a recurring story. It is an intentional story, a story of bias and assimilation and intolerance. There is grief at losing a whole generation for the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc people. A deep stain of injustice. A gaping wound that this community bears (like so many across this country) because of intolerance and ignorance and hate. Our call to be an Anti-Racist Denomination, our agreement to live out the TRC Calls to Action, the Articles of UNDRIP and the Calls To The Church necessitate action to aid this community, to be the good neighbour we espouse from our pulpits every Sunday.