The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, St. Thomas More College and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools present:

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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 four courses reflect the following:

  • An overview of the features of Indigenous peoples in western Canada, with specific reference 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:

NOTE:  Participants completing all four courses will earn an Indigenous Pastoral & Lay Leader Ministry Certificate. (Registration priority will go to those pursuing a certificate, rather than taking individual courses.) The program sessions for all four courses will be offered online only. Participants will receive log-in information before the first session.

Each course is 18 hours including out-of-class time commitment to additional reading and course work.

Course 1 (Introduction to First Nations Studies)  – Sept. 22 to Nov. 17, 2020  – one meeting a week is held on Tuesdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., with the program presented via Zoom. Deadline to register for Course 1 is Sept. 18, 2020.

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 (NOTE: A bursary is available for qualified participants).

For further information, please contact or telephone 306-659-5831.

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  • For more information contact or call the Catholic Pastoral Centre at (306) 242-1500