Indigenous

Indigenous leadership is vital to the life of the United Church, and this is a crucial time of journeying together toward reconciliation.

Worship Ideas
PDF icon Aboriginal Sunday: Celebration and Thanksgiving
With gratitude we gather to praise God, to seek transformation, and to celebrate the power of the Spirit who is always moving.
PDF icon Apology 30th Anniversary: Litany
This litany and story are based on the memories of The Very Rev. Stanley McKay and others who took part in the earliest national Aboriginal ministries consultations in the 1980s.
PDF icon Apology 30th Anniversary: Worship Service
In this year of the 30th anniversary of the apology, as the United Church turns 91, you are invited to consider how the apology has led to renewed life in the United Church.
PDF icon Caring for Creation: A Service for Children’s Sunday
This service for Children's Sunday invites all of us to care for creation as a Christian community...
PDF icon Healing Waters: Churches Working to End Violence Against Women
Worship excerpts from Healing Waters: Churches Working to End Violence Against Women
File Lenten Lament: Seeking Right Relations
For the 150th year of Confederation, an invitation to acknowledge the damage done to the First Peoples of this land and seek reconciliation in worship and through next steps. From Gathering, Lent/Easter 2017.
PDF icon Living on the Path of Respect
A worship service on the repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery.
PDF icon Living with Respect for Children
This worship service on "Living in Right Relationship" invites all ages to live in respectful relationship with all people and nature...
File Reconciliation in the Watershed: A Creation Time Resource
Weekly reflections on the themes of "All My Relations" and "watershed discipleship."...
File Sacrament of Communion for Seeking Right Relations
In response to the suffering inflicted upon children and families by the Indian residential school system. From Gathering, Lent/Easter 2017.
File Sermon: The Gift in Apology
This sermon marks the 20th anniversary of The United Church of Canada's 1986 Apology to First Nations Peoples...
File The Pursuit of Right Relations
A worship service outline marking the 20 years since the United Church gave its apology to First Nations peoples.
PDF icon Truth and Reconciliation: Three Services
Created to mark the TRC closing, worship on the themes of Turning and Lamentation, Seeking the Spirit, and Celebration and Thanksgiving.
File Who Are We? Resources for Canadian Multiculturalism Day
Worship resources to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day. ...
File Worship for 150 Years since the Confederation of Canada, 1867-2017
This is a service of celebration and lament marking 150 years since the Confederation of Canada.
Prayers
File After the Apology of June 11, 2008: A Prayer
A prayer to mark Canada’s apology to survivors of residential schools and their families and communities.
File For the Beauty of Those Lost, for Healing Founded on Justice
A prayer for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited people, their families, and the public inquiry into what happened to them.

A Prayer for Accountability, Justice, and Hope. Please join the Aboriginal Ministries Circle in prayer as we try to address the systemic racism that continues to be upheld in systems that are meant to protect us. We honour our relatives who have journeyed on, those yet to be born, and those who remain committed to the Seven Grandfather Teachings.

A prayer from The Dancing Sun for Aboriginal Sunday.

File Prayer for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women
A prayer for missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and their family and friends.
File Prayers for Indigenous People and Communities
In times of violence or racist incidents, prayer can be a positive action of support for healing and reconciliation.
File We Dare to Hope
A prayer for committing to the genuine inclusion of Indigenous peoples in decision making on all matters that affect them
Minute for Mission
Our gifts for Mission & Service support the work of The Healing Fund.
Our gifts for Mission & Service support the work of relationship building with Indigenous brothers and sisters.
Extras
Our gifts for Mission & Service support healing and reconciliation.
PDF icon Acknowledging the Territory in Worship
A brief guide to help congregations and bodies of the church incorporate an Acknowledgement of Territory into their gatherings.
PDF icon Apology 30th Anniversary: Hymn
"This Path We Walk" by Rev. S. Curtis Tufts, sung to the tune "O WALY WALY"...
PDF icon Bulletin Insert: A Time of Celebration for Aboriginal Sunday
You can download and print this insert to distribute with your bulletin on Aboriginal Sunday.
File Moving Forward, Together
A video marking the 30th anniversary of the United Church Apology to First Nations Peoples. A conversation with Alberta Billy, the Very. Rev Bob Smith, Pam Hart, and Lawrence Sankey about how the Apology came to be, and what is needed to make it real.
Our gifts for Mission & Service support the work of healing and reconciliation.
Worship Blog
Like the Powwow dancers, each of us come equipped with unique expressions to contribute to a common purpose under "the big top."