Forging Right Relations

Strategic Objective: Deepen Indigenization and healing in The United Church of Canada towards self-determination and the possibility of reconciliation.

Self Governing

A fully self-governing Indigenous Church within the United Church will be created and developed, implementing the Calls to the Church.


Key Activities

Structure/Model: Indigenous Church

Funding model: Indigenous Church


Indigenous Testamur


Theologies/Spiritualities: Indigenous ways


Indigenous Youth Leadership


New Indigenous Ministries


In this quarter, voting for Remit 1: Establishing an Autonomous National Indigenous Organization concluded. The National Indigenous Council, 16 regional councils, and 80% of pastoral charges in The United Church of Canada participated in the vote.  Remit 1 passed, with detail on the vote results available here.

Even while the remit process was taking place across the church, focus has continued on structure and sustained funding for the Indigenous church. Youth initiatives, including support to Camp Gibimishkaadimi, are facilitating strengthened Indigenous Youth Leadership. For example, Camp Gibismishkaadimi is integrating graduates into the leadership of the Indigenous Church. 

Looking Forward

In response to the Remit results, the National Indigenous Council shared their vision statement with the whole church. They offered words of thanks for all who have brought the church to this moment and stated their commitment to moving forward together on the path of Right Relations.

Statement from the National Indigenous Council on the Results of Remit 1: Establishing an Autonomous National Indigenous Organization

We, the National Indigenous Council, are a diverse group of Indigenous Peoples, rooted in distinct innate values and wisdom. We:

  • carry a common vision and dream
  • respect everyone's story
  • care for one another
  • uphold community
  • build positive relationships.

We thank our Ancestors and All Our Relations who have brought us to this moment. 
We are all spirit first.
The work of Right Relations continues.
We commit to moving forward together in a good way.

** Note that Indigenous pathways is using another process other than key results methodology for their reporting. **

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