Introducing the Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee

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Known affectionately as “cam-c”, we’re a CRC and RCA committee that cares passionately about the relationships between Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians. You may have seen the art tour that we organized, reForming Relationships, or experienced the Blanket Exercise, one of our favourite tools for reconciliation. We provide lay leadership to the CRC on Indigenous issues. We’re also on Facebook at facebook.com/CanadianAboriginalMinistry and on the CRCNA website at crcna.org/aboriginal.

Meet the members of CAMC! We're here to support you and your church as you work for reconciliation. To get in contact with the CAMC member in your area, email camc@crcna.org.

Lori Ransom (Toronto) is an ordained elder of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) and member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation in eastern Ontario who has worked in support of Canada’s Indigenous peoples throughout her career. She is presently a Senior Advisor responsible for relations with churches and other faith communities for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Lori resides in downtown Toronto and in her private life is a passionate supporter of the arts.

Michele Visser-Wikkerink (Winnipeg) grew up in Southern Ontario but fell in love with the prairies when she came to Winnipeg for a visit. She is married with three children and has been the director of Indigenous Family Centre since 2009. Her work interests have always included food security and social justice issues, and her home life finds her cooking, walking, biking, and hanging out with her family.

Christina DeVries (Hamilton) is currently residing in Hamilton, Ontario and working as an elementary school teacher on the Six Nations reserve in Ohsweken, Ontario. She also serves on the Canadian Aboriginal Ministries Committee (CAMC) of the Christian Reformed Church.

Bert Adema (Regina) is the Executive Director of Indian Metis Christian Fellowship (IMCF), in Regina, Saskatchewan. Since 1993, he has encouraged Aboriginal people to claim, develop, use, and celebrate their individual and cultural gifts from the Creator. He collaborates with Aboriginal staff and community members in developing and delivering activities serving the spiritual and social needs of First Nations and Metis people in Regina. Now that their four daughters have moved out of their family home, he and his wife Ruth have started to wonder about what to do with the rest of their lives.

Yvonne Schenk (Thunder Bay) and her husband Brian live in Thunder Bay. Yvonne has been the executive director of The Gathering Place, a community centre founded and supported by the three Christian Reformed Churches of Thunder Bay, since 2003. Yvonne and Brian have two adult children and one adorable grand-puppy. Yvonne is passionate about finding ways to encourage others to do justice and mercy in Jesus’ name, whether that is at The Gathering Place or on the Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee.

Harold Roscher (Edmonton) is the chaplain and director of the Edmonton Native Healing Centre. Harold started full-time work in 2002 after the Creator challenged him to go back to school and prepare his heart to work with aboriginal people. At age thirty-five he became a registered Indian with the government — talk about a transition from being a little dark-haired Dutch boy! In recognizing himself as a Cree man, God launched him on this fantastic journey of discovery about self, culture, and the Gospel.

Shannon Perez (Winnipeg) is Canadian Ministries’ Justice and Reconciliation Mobilizer. She provides staff support to the Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee and fosters leadership among congregations for reconciliation and right relationships with our Indigenous neighbours. Shannon is a member of the community at Indian Family Centre (a CRC ministry with Aboriginal people in Winnipeg), and currently serves as Chair of the IFC Board. Shannon is a member of the Sayisi Dene First Nation, and lives in Winnipeg with her husband and children.

Danielle Steenwyk-Rowaan (Hamilton) is the Justice Communications Team Leader for the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) and provides communications support to CAMC. Danielle dreams of a CRC where people of all ethnicities belong, a CRC which is continuously learning how to engage in justice work, especially Indigenous justice in our own backyards. Danielle’s perspective is shaped by time spent and relationships maintained in Mali, West Africa, and on an Indigenous reserve in northern B.C.

Darren Roorda is the Canadian Ministries Director of the Christian Reformed Church and provides oversight to the Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee. He is proud of the work that the CAMC and all of their partners, as the CRC in Canada has gained much respect for our years of faithful ministry in this area. Darren was given the pleasure to represent the CRC at the TRC event during the ‘Actions for Reconciliation’ which was by invitation only. It spoke well to the work of this fine group on CAMC currently and years of work of others connected to the CRC.

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