Summer is on its way, and so is Aboriginal Ministry Sunday (June 18). May 1st is the deadline to order your inserts. Here's a litany prepared by CRC volunteers working with the Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee. 

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We've categorized the resources in this Canadian Aboriginal Ministries Committee toolkit by head, heart, and hands: the three parts of you that all need to be engaged for real learning to take place. 

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Aboriginal Sunday (celebrated on June 19) is an opportunity for Canadians to learn about Aboriginal peoples and celebrate their gifts! Free bulletin covers and inserts available upon request.

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Brave survivors of racism and inequality have shared the stories of their experiences. Their bravery has given us a chance to repent, a chance to live together in a better way.

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November is Native American Heritage Month. Interested in celebrating it at your church? We've put together free worship materials for you to use!

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How has the DoD shaped our relationships with Indigenous Peoples? In this webinar we discuss: What is the DoD? Why is it important? And what does it have to do with ministry today?

February 4, 2015 0 4 comments

What keeps me from sitting down in other people’s circles? What stops me from listening to the voices of people different from myself?

December 16, 2014 0 1 comments
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It began as a notion a few months ago: having Canadian Christian business leaders connect with Christian aboriginal leaders in Canada's north. I wear a hat as executive director of the Canadian Christian Business Federation. It dawned on me a few months ago that we tend to think about leadership...

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One of the buzz phrases I have heard in many social justice circles regarding the issue of immigration reform is “Comprehensive and Just Immigration Reform”.  But I have taken a slight twist on that idea and have used it to advocate for our Native American communities by pointing out that “...

September 2, 2010 0 1 comments
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Growing up as an adopted son in a Dutch family, Roscher had no idea that he was a Cree Indian.

Check out this story just posted to the CRC Newsroom: CRCNA Ministry Leader Tells Story

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The gathering in Grand Rapids this week has given Native American / First Nation issues real visibility. It has also sparked some useful and important discussion. The news release by Chris Meehan gives a flavor. While I wrote a lengthy comment, the other comments are also worth attending to,...
June 23, 2010 0 1 comments
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I am Henk DeBruyn. I have been the pastor and director of Indian Family Centre in Winnipeg for 26 years. It has now been ten years since I retired. I still attend the weekly worship circle at the Centre. You can find the Centre on Facebook as Indian Family Centre, or on its webpage http://www....
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The Native American community is no more or less "intentionally invite[d]" to discuss the politics of immigration than any other American group.

When you say "both voices" are needed to get immigration reform right, you imply that there are two voices, when in fact there are dozens, maybe hundreds, of sub-communities in the US population, not to mention the individuals (with diverse views) of all of those sub-communities.

If a Native American wants to participate in this discussion, he/she is obliged to take the initiative to participate in the discussion, just like any other American.

Just listened today - thank you Mark and Mike for sharing your insights with us in this webinar.

Thank you for your response. The change to Manifest Destiny (to my thinking) was economic greed driven primarily.  i.e. Seemingly endless resources 'just laying around' not valued by Indigenous People. The drive to industrialize the eastern states created land grabs, violence and immigrant populations moving west.

Manifest Destiny (God's Will) assuaged the Conciouses of people seeking better lives away from resource poor Europe.



That is a great question. The short answer is yes. And the longer answer is that the link between the Doctrine of Discovery and Manifest Destiny is a progression.  I attempted to address this question a few months ago on my blog. Following is a paragraph from that post that most directly addresses your question.  Below I will post a link to the blog post the paragraph comes from as well as a link to another more in-depth article I wrote regarding the Doctrine of Discovery.

"Over the years the centuries, the Protestant church also adopted the Doctrine of Discovery and began to use it for its own benefit.  In 1630, in the colony of Boston, John Winthrop preached a sermon in which he referred to the colony as a “City on a Hill” and reminded them that they must be obedient to God so that "the Lord our God may blesse us in the land whether wee goe to possesse it."  Through the lens of the Doctrine of Discovery, the colonies beginning to see their presence in North America as a God-blessed, even a God-ordained, event out of which comparisons to Old Testament Israel and their journey to a "Promised Land" could be drawn. Over the next hundred years or so this thinking matured into an understanding that not only was this new nation a "City on a Hill" but it also had a “Manifest Destiny” to discover, occupy, and rule this continent from "sea to shining sea."

Here is a link to the article - "2015 New Year's Reflection: American Exceptionalism and an Invitation to Lament"​ 

And here is a link to another more in-depth article I wrote regarding the Doctrine of Discovery:
"The Doctrine of Discovery- A Buried Apology and an Empty Chair"

Mark Charles


Is there a direct link between Doctrine of Discovery and Manifest Destiny. 


Thanks Rachel for a very good article about where in the circle we sit or stand.  Certainly standing on the outside looking in can give the impression of aloofness to those on the inside of the circle.  And as you suggest, there is so much to gain by moving to the inside.  I would imagine if you had not moved to the inside of the circle, there could be irreparable damage.  But isn’t that what Christian communities and individuals do in regard to the many who are not Christian?  We all to often stand on the outside, judgmentally, looking in, with no attempt to understand who they are, or what makes them tick. We don't "share experiences, perspectives, a meal, worship, laughter, coffee and a donut," as you suggest.  At times we may make an attempt to integrate, but only with ulterior motives.  I like your article a lot, but you could broaden the circle to include many others who may be different from us.  I think that could be why Christianity often gets a bad rep.  Thanks for making us think.

Thanks for this hopeful piece Keith.  I too have had the privilege of working with Bishop MacDonald - a gracious and wise leader in the church.  CCBF's ideas for linking with leaders in Indigenous communities are an exciting contribution to reconciliation - which is fundamentally about build relationships between people.

Mr. Bossenkool:  Thanks for your comments here and on the CRC News article about the efforts for reconciliation in Indigenous Education.  I certainly understand the concern you raise about the churches and Indigenous Education - after all the Church was part of an education system that abused children and tore families apart for 7 generations in the residential schools.  But in this harsh reality, there is incredible grace too.  For instance, as far back as the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal People, Indigenous People themselves have been saying that Churches must play a role in healing and reconciliation.  This has been echoed many times in the proceedings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools.  In turning away from the evils of our past, the church can model repentance by seeking reconciled relationships with our neighbors.

Indigenous education reform is also something where that repentance and reconciliation can be modeled. This is not at all to say that the churches should return to running education in Indigenous communities. It is rather, a chance for us to affirm the truth of our broken history and the need for Indigenous communities to take their rightful leadership in educating and protecting their children.  I've heard from Indigenous leaders many times that there is excellent knowledge about how to rebuild education in their communities.  The problem is the lack of political will and the indifference of the Canadian public.  So, in this purported 'era of reconciliation' its important for us to bear witness to the need for reconciliation in education - indeed its critical  when we consider the fact that there are huge disparities in the funding of Indigenous kids (on reserve) when compared with non-Indigenous kids in Provincial systems. 

In a news release by the CRCNA press office advises that churches (CrCNA) want to start an aboriginal educational reconciliation discussion in the church. I have trouble seeing a role for the church in this area. History is not exactly in accord here. This type of discussion belongs somewhere else and the CCBF might be a much better place.

The Feds were already well under way when the process was stopped because Chief Atleo could not get the support he needed to carry on.



I was just wondering why syncretism is only a North American/Northern European concern. Isn't it a Korean concern, or an African concern? I don't get the sense that Korean missionaries are "unconcerned" about ANY culture assuming a re-interpretive authority over the Gospel.

I believe that Church history teaches us that a Christian Native American culture will not (and should not) look exactly like a Christian Northern European culture - just like a Christian Northern European culture does not mimic a Byzantine, Coptic, or 1st century Jewish convert culture. However, Church history does teach us that if there is problem with a "Christian" culture unable to confess the Apostle's Creed, then there may very well be a problem calling that culture "Christian."