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Indigenous Pastoral & Lay Leader Ministry Education

September 22

(Icon of the Sacred Heart 2017 in collaboration with Romeo Crow Chief of Siksika Nation written by Andre J. Prevost)

* Indigenous Pastoral & Lay Leader Ministry Education is a continuing education program for Catholic Indigenous and non-Indigenous clergy and lay ministers, led by teams of Indigenous and non-Indigenous instructors, modelling respectful and reconciling relationships. The program is jointly sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, St. Thomas More College and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools.



The Indigenous Ministry Education courses reflect the following:

  • An overview of the features of Indigenous peoples in western Canada, with specific recurrence to the Saskatchewan context.
  • An overview of the history and features of contact and relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples with specific reference to the Roman Catholic Church experience.
  • Creation of a dialogue between Indigenous and Christian world views.
  • Insight into the history that has shaped the complex nature of the relationships in the present day.
  • Provide mutual sharing and hope for a respectful and harmonious future as children of God, who together seek beauty and good of all.

Why take the program?

  • To participate in a concerted effort to answer the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action.
  • To learn about the history of the interaction between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples including the impact of Roman Catholic missionaries on Indigenous communities.
  • To discuss areas of culture convergence/divergence.
  • To further Catholic social and moral teachings.
  • ​To support the building of right relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Catholics in Western Canada.

Who should take this program?

Clergy / Lay ecclesial ministers / Catechists / Catholic school teachers / Youth / Family ministry leaders

Schedule and Registration:

  • Course 1 (Introduction to First Nations Studies) – 22 to Nov. 17, 2020 – one meeting a week is held on Tuesdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. NOTE: Courses will all be offered online via Zoom. Participants will receive log-in information before the first session.
  • Course 2 (Indigenous-Settler Relationship) – Jan. 11 to March 12, 2021
  • Course 3 (Introduction to Contemporary Effects of Colonization) – March 29 to May 28, 2021
  • Course 4 (Introduction to Reconciliation: The Church and Indigenous Peoples) – Sept. 20 to Nov. 19, 2021

COST: $200 per course.

REGISTRATION:  Register online at rcdos.ca/indigenous-ministry-education or contact: programs@rcdos.ca or telephone 306-659- 5831.  The deadline to register for Course #1 is Sept. 18, 2020.


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