Striving to learn, engage and make connections with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

As part of the United Church’s commitment to building just and respectful relationships with Canada’s First Peoples, Southminster United wants to share on this page information about ways we can connect with our Aboriginal neighbours and learn more about their experiences of life in Canada today and in the past. 

United Church of Canada - Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice

The United Church of Canada continues its thirty year journey with Indigenous peoples towards mutuality, respect and equity. Under many of the topics on this page you will find videos describing the United Church’s past relations with our Indigenous neighbours and the commitment to work towards reconciliation.

Southminster's Banner for Right Relationship

Southminster's Banner for Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples, displayed in our chancel and pictured here, was created in recognition of the United Church of Canada’s commitment to reconciliation and right relations. For more information about the meaning behind the banner and its design please refer to this document.

Helpful Links

  • Opportunities for Deepening Learning about and Connecting with Indigenous People


  • Noon Teachings, Visits,Tours & Volunteering

  • Kiche Anishnabeg Kumik, Indigenous Northern Affairs Canada

Noon Teachings. Contact: Patrick Beaudoin 819-997-9703

  • Iskotew Lodge, Health Canada.

Contact: Christine Chapman at 613-957-3216


  • Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

Culture Night every Monday, 5:30-8:00 pm


Volunteer opportunities at Shawenjeagamik house drop-in centre for at-risk, street involved, homeless population (510 Rideau St). Contact: Joyce Hardman at

  • Readings and Video Links: Click here for pdf

  • Ecumenical list serve on local activity

To join contact: Manuela at

  • First Nations Child and Family Caring Society 

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal announced on January 26, 2016 its decision in a case brought against the Federal government by the Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations. In a landmark ruling, the Tribunal finds the Canadian government is racially discriminating against 163,000 First Nations children. Read the ruling, information sheets that describe the case and its implications, and the press release hereHowever, the CHRT needed to issue a third non-compliance order against the federal government on May 26, 2017 finding that little has changed since its January 2016 ruling.  More information here.


  • KAIROS Canada – faithful action for justice 

KAIROS Canada, with offices in Ottawa, provides ongoing information and support in the area of Indigenous rights in Canada and abroad. On their website is both background and current information about initiatives relevant to the pursuit of right relations with the  First Peoples of Canada.

  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

After six years of study and hearings the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presented its complete six volume report on December 15, 2015. The full report can be found on the TRC website.

The Moderator of the United Church, the Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell, attended the event in Ottawa to mark the release of the final report. Her presentation at this event can be read here.