Indigenous Right Relations

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

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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.

National Indigenous History Month Events 2021

Sunday, June 20 10:30 am. Indigenous Day Worship Service. Presider: Tony Snow. Indigenous Minister for Chinook Winds Region. All Communities of Faith in the Region are welcome to join in this online worship service which will go live on the Chinook Winds Region’s YouTube Channel at 10:30 am. Check it out HERE.

June 21. 12 noon to 1:30 PM. Indigenous Day 101, Hillhurst United Church

Join us via zoom to learn about the history of Indigenous Day, the meaning behind the celebration and the tie-in to the United Church. Everyone Welcome. Organized by the Hillhurst United Church Lunch and Learn Series. Register HERE

Past Events

June 3 at 5 pm. Remembering Our Sisters, Urban Indigenous Circle and Chinook Winds Region.

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.
Indigenous History Month 2021

June 1-4, 2021.  7:30-8:30 pm MST. Calls to the Church: Listening to the Wisdom of the Elders in National Indigenous History Month

Hosted by LeaderShift with Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister, Chinook Winds Region and Rev John Snow Jr, Indigenous Minister, Pacific Mountain Regional Council. It was a four-evening series

June 11. Clergy Information Session on Indigenous History Month. June 11 10 AM MDT. An opportunity for Clergy and Staff to learn, seek guidance and ask questions to discern their part in the TRC Calls to Action and the Calls to the Church. Chinook Winds Clergy will receive Zoom link via e-newsletter. Email Shelley Den Haan if you’re not on that list.

This in-person event was postponed and will take place at a future date. It will also be recorded. It is a free Q&A session on “Monument to a Mission” with Broadview Magazine journalist Gillian Steward and the McDougall Society, hosted by Tony Snow from the Urban Indigenous Circle and Chinook Winds Region. We will discuss the United Church’s journey from treaty to colonization, apology to truth, and the possibility of reconciliation. We are strictly following provincial health guidelines for in-person indoor gathering.

June 16 12:00 Noon to 1 PM – Lunch and Learn – Indigenous History Month Interfaith Dialogue: Living into Treaty Relations. Join Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister for Chinook Winds Region for a blanket exercise, discussion and discernment of reconciliation, right relations and treaty covenants with the First Peoples of Treaty 7.

Sunday, June 20 10:30 am. Indigenous Day Worship Service. Presider: Tony Snow. Indigenous Minister for Chinook Winds Region. All Communities of Faith in the Region are welcome to join in this online worship service which will go live on the Chinook Winds Region’s YouTube Channel.

June 21. 12 noon to 1:30 PM. Indigenous Day 101, Hillhurst United Church

Join us via zoom to learn about the history of Indigenous Day, the meaning behind the celebration and the tie-in to the United Church. Everyone Welcome. Organized by the Hillhurst United Church Lunch and Learn Series.