Rev. Frederick Akah, MSP
Indigenous Peoples Ministry
Email: aboriginalministry@padiocese.ca 
Ph: 306-549-2443
(Ste. Solange, Hafford)

Deacon Ghislain Bellavance

Co-coordinator of Indigenous Ministry for the Battlefords and Area

grjbellavance@sasktel.net

Notre Dame de Lourdes, North Battleford

Ph: 306-445-3836 (office will contact Deacon)

Deacon Dan Lamoureux

Co-coordinator of Indigenous Ministry for the Battlefords and Area

cowboyup7391@hotmail.com

Ph: 306-445-3836 (office will contact Deacon)

Reconciliation as a Relationship

 “A reconciliation framework is one in which Canada’s political and legal systems, educational and religious institutions, corporate sector and civil society function in ways that are consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, which Canada has endorsed.”

“Together Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practice reconciliation in our daily lives, within ourselves and our families, and in our communities, governments, places of worship, schools, and workplaces.”

(Pp 15 – 17, TRC Final Report, Volume 6)

To this end and to initiate dialogue within our community of Prince Albert, the Rotary Club of Prince Albert is bringing Mr. Kevin Lamoreaux to speak to all 1000 Prince Albert and area teachers, both public and separate divisions on Friday Aug 30th. He will also address interested persons that day at a noon luncheon at the Art Hauser Centre.

Kevin Lamoureux is a Faculty member at the University of Winnipeg and a well-known public speaker. He has served as Associate Vice President for the University of Winnipeg, Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and as Scholar in Residence for several school divisions. Lamoureux is an award-winning scholar with an impressive publication and research grant record, and has consulted for governments, organizations and institutions across Canada. His most recent book contribution, For Ensouling Our Schools with Dr. Jennifer Katz, is being used by educators across Canada working to create inclusive spaces for all students. He has been seen on TV, in documentaries, in print, and in the media. More than anything, Lamoureux is committed to reconciliation and contributing to an even better Canada for all children to grow up in.

 

Rotary needs your assistance to make this possible.

This is not a fund-raising event. It is intended as a public service project for our community.

For luncheon tickets, please call Les Mewis, Rotary Club of Prince Albert at 306-961-7909.

Greetings of peace of the Lord to you all,

 The Indigenous Ministry Action-Plan Team of Prince albert diocese recognizes the disconnect with the Indigenous People and is finding its way to respond and provide a level of engagement for the Indigenous communities; to provide a framework from which develop a consultation process leading towards the development of a work plan to reach out to the Indigenous Peoples families (with special attention to the youth and young adult).

 The Team has scheduled the following inclusive Action-Plan meetings with First Nation Communities/parishes:Time is 10.00 am.

Saturday, February 9, 2019                  Sweetgrass and the surroundings;

Saturday, March 23, 2019                    One Arrow and the surroundings;

Saturday, June 1, 2019                         Meadow Lake and the surroundings;

Thursday, July 11, 2019                        Camping at Muskeg Lake Cultural camp;

Saturday, October 5, 2019                   Bigger River and the surroundings.

The Aim of these meetings include:

1. Establish contact with the deaneries and parishes and invite potential contact/resource persons or group from the communities;

2. Identification of the issues and challenges. The why and how of moving forward into a development of a plan of action

3. Brainstorm on the possible ways of reaching out and connecting with the First Nation families.

4. Plan for possible activities that may attract and bring the best out of the younger generation of the First Nation.

5. Gather the data that provides recommendations to develop long term plan of continued engagement with the youth of the communities within the diocese.

The gatherings must ensure the dialogue and collaboration with community elders.

 We hope to collaborate with the diocesan youth and Catechetical departments in setting up and executing the planned action.

 We encourage the Deans, the parish priests and administrators of these communities to help to organize and invite the Indigenous parishioners, the Chiefs and Councils (where it is possible) for the meeting.

 February 27 is the next Cree Language study at Muskeg Lake.

 

May you continue to be known by the Glory of God.

 

Fr Frederick Akah, MSP, For the Indigenous Ministry