Indigenous Day of Prayer

Indigenous Day of Prayer, the Sunday before National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), is an opportunity to celebrate First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples’ values, customs, languages, and culture.

Worship Ideas
File 2020 Indigenous Day of Prayer | The Covenant of Reconciliation
A worship service for the Indigenous Day of Prayer created to honour the meaning of National Indigenous Peoples Day and intended for use by non-Indigenous communities of faith. Written by Rev. Carolyn Wilson Wynne.
File 2020 Indigenous Day of Prayer | The Seven Grandfather Teachings
A worship service for the Indigenous Day of Prayer that reflects on the Seven Grandfather Teachings (or laws for living a good life): Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility, and Truth. Written by Deb Anderson-Pratt.
File A Narrow, Rough Path to Reconciliation | Indigenous Day of Prayer
A worship service for the 2019 Indigenous Day of Prayer created to honour the meaning of National Indigenous Peoples Day and intended for use by non-Indigenous communities of faith. Written by SunDo Hyun and Hoeun Lee.
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.
File Nîpin, Summer Is Here | Indigenous Day of Prayer
A worship service for the 2019 Indigenous Day of Prayer that celebrates the summer as a time when we give thanks to our Mother Earth for her gifts of the season and for the precious and sacred gifts of the land. Written by Murray Pruden.
Prayers

A prayer from The Dancing Sun for Aboriginal Sunday.

A prayer for Indigenous Day of Prayer

Minute for Mission
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Related Material
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.
Our gifts for Mission & Service support ecumenical partners like KAIROS.
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 Reconciliation Journey to Australia video
March 2018 delegation of First Nations and non-Indigenous people from The United Church of Canada in Australia as part of the Canada-Australia Reconciliation Dialogue between our church and the Uniting Church in Australia.
Our gifts for Mission & Service support Indigenous ministries in downtown Toronto.
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Indigenous Day of Prayer reminds us that if we are to heal broken relationships, we must talk with one another. Let us begin today and never stop.

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September 5, 2019

In 1971, the observance of June 21 as a National Indian Day of Prayer was formally recognized by The United Church of Canada, at the 24th General Council. In 1982 the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of a National Aboriginal Solidary Day....