Indigenous Justice

Indigenous Justice

The Diocesan Indigenous Justice Ministries Coordinator Brander Raven Macdonald is currently on extended medical leave. The Reverend Laurel Dykstra will be undertaking the administration and communications aspects of the position and providing infrastructure for Indigenous-led programming. She can be reached at

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Check out the new video featuring Sechelt Councilor Garry Feschuk speaking about IRS Day Scholar issues and how that group has been missed when it comes to apologies and full participion in the process of reconciliation. Posted 6-19-2015. Here is the new website.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada - Call to Action: Read the 94 recommendations HERE. These include a number of recommendations (48, 58-61, 73-75) specific to the church

Response of the Churches to the 94 Recommendations

Diocesan Facebook Page Photo Essay Album of TRC Ecumenical Service at St. Andrew's-Wesley, May 31st, 2015.

#22days The Anglican Church of Canada marks the TRC events in Ottawa

Fascinating Article in the Globe and Mail, May 9th, 2015 - tracing the ties between BC's First Nations and Chinese workers.

Check out the Anglican Church of Canada's Indigenous Ministries Page


Indigenous Justice Ministry Diocese of New Westminster

Thank you for visiting the Indigenous Justice Ministry pages on the Diocese of New Westminster's website. I would be happy to answer any questions about this ministry and please also consider this page as a resource and as a place to list events.

Upcoming Events

Witness Blanket

September 13 - November 8, 2017

The Community is the Medicine

Friday, September 22, 2017

Walk for Reconciliation - Reconciliation Canada

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Basic Indigenous World View Training

Saturday, October 21, 2017


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Walk for Reconciliation - Update

Kyla Hackett, Outreach Manager for Reconciliation Canada has recently distributed an email to Ecumenical Advocates and others encouraging churches around the Lower Mainland and beyond to register for the September... Read More

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Witness Blanket

You may be familiar with the Witness Blanket - which was presented for the first time at the publication of the TRC 94 Calls to Action in 2014. "Inspired by a woven blanket, we have created a large scale art... Read More


Walk for Reconciliation Planning

Approximately two dozen members of the BC Ecumenical Reconciliation Advocates representing Roman Catholic, Anglican, United Church of Canada and BC Mennonite churches met in the Trendell Lounge at the Synod office... Read More


Two Events in the D of NW Honouring National Aboriginal Day

Although there have been other events earlier in June and there will be more to come, diocesan communications would like to send out the word one more time about 2 events slated to take place in our diocese, June 22... Read More

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Drawn Deeper into the Story

A Snuneymuxw (Naniamo) elder drummed and sang. Standing beside his grandson, a man offered a prayer in the Dene language for the first time in years. A white church member from Mission showed how she had embroidered... Read More

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Stó:lō Up-River Tour

by Justin Cheng On Saturday June 10th, a group of Mennonites and Anglicans were led by Sonny McHalsie, Stó:lō cultural historian on a nature tour of the Stó:lō territory encompassing parts of Hope and Chilliwack.... Read More


St Hilda’s Indigenous Justice Events Spring 2017

Many thanks to John Denham of St. Hilda-by-the-Sea for this report and these photos. As part of the St. Hilda’s Social Justice Umbrella, Indigenous Justice has been a recent focus at St Hilda’s. On April 2, after... Read More

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Waking Up the Real History of Canada

Children of God, a Review   Until June 3 at the York Theatre on Commercial, Indigenous Theatre Company Urban Ink is premiering Children of God, a new musical by Corey Payette. St. James Trustee and Residential... Read More


Walking in the Spirit of Reconciliation

“The sacred walk is a distinctly Canadian and Indigenously flavoured act of political, spiritual and social witness.”  - Bishop Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Bishop, Anglican Church of Canada  A group of... Read More


Indigenous/Aboriginal Homelessness - 2017 Count

Many thanks to Jerry Adams of St. James' for circulating these media releases about the 2017 Homeless Count. The Final Media Release regarding the 2017 Homeless Count and the Full backgrounder document are attached... Read More

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Raising the Reconciliation Pole

Indigenous and non-Indigenous Anglicans from all over the diocese were present at UBC on Saturday April 1 to witness the raising of a 17 metre reconciliation pole carved from a 800 year old cedar. by Kenny Pierce... Read More

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Stoking the Sacred Fire

Sometimes you have no other choice than to stand.     In a way, they seemed like such mundane words. No elaborate imagery. No eloquent vocabulary. Nothing that probably hadn’t been said by someone else, somewhere... Read More