Indigenous Ministry

Any questions on the information below, please contact Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister, Chinook Winds Region.

Up-Coming Indigenous Ministry Events in Chinook Winds Region

Indigenous Advent Series 2021

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.

SESSIONS:

  • 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

Tony Snow on World Indigenous Day, August 9, 2021
All My Relations Day was held on June 1, 2021 to remember the history and stewardship of Indigenous People in the Banff Parks area. Known to the Stoney people as Minhrpa, Banff is a sacred healing area of sacred waters, vision quest areas and medicinal plants. It is a place of origin for the Stoney Assiniboine peoples. Through its history, Banff became the first National Park in Canada at the exclusion of the Stoney people in order to capitalize on its rich history of healing waters at Cave and Basin and the Banff Hot Springs. This area was known to the Stoney people as a place of healing waters with a naturally occurring sweatlodge.
Under the weight of the 215 Children found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School and the 751 Children at the Marieval Indian Residential School near Cowesses First Nation, the town council of Banff decided to forego their annual observance of Canada Day in favour of an Indigenous Conversation on All My Relations Day. Elders, Community Leaders and Youth were invited to come speak to the townspeople and visitors about the history and importance of the valley to the original peoples.
The talk by Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister for the Chinook Winds Region and member of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation was recorded to share with those who could not be in attendance on this historic day.

On June 20, 2021, Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister for Chinook Winds Region, invited Traditional Knowledge Keepers and practitioners of traditional Indigenous prayers and hymns to commemorate the origin of Indigenous People’s Day, the National Indian Day of Prayer. Throughout Turtle Island, many were invited to reflect upon the journey of the First Peoples of this land through colonization, assimilation, activism and the restoration of connections to traditional wisdom. You are invited to share this space and the goodwill of the voices who call the church into relationship. We were joined by Elder Glenda Crawler, Trudy Wesley, Bruce Wesley-Beaver, Gloria Snow, Rev. John Snow and Kyle Snow. Sponsored by the Chinook Winds Region and the Urban Indigenous Circle.

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.

We took the time on the second anniversary of the release of the MMIWG and 2SGLTBQQIA+ inquiry final report “Reclaiming Power and Place.” Our panel discuss their responses to the MMIWG national action plan released alson on the second anniversary and the issues that continue to plague Indigenous communities, including the finding of the mass grave at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Greater action is need, and community support. We continue to support this work in anyway we can.
Hosted by Heather Lucier, with guest speakers Deb Green, Staci Duchene and Rachel Snow. Sponsored by the Urban Indigenous Circle and the Chinook Winds Region of the United Church.