Indigenous Ministry

A Living Faith With All Relations

The Indigenous Ministry of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council promotes and initiates traditional ancestral principles to be an integral part of living faith, and trust in God and the Gospel of Christ in all relationships including conflict resolution, rites of passage, purification, and affirmation.

Support Indigenous Ministries

You are welcome to make financial donations to Indigenous Ministry opportunities in the Pacific Mountain Regional Council.

Calls to the Church

“’The Calls to the Church’ emerged from a process of discernment by the Indigenous church.

The ‘Calls to the Church’ document articulates the Indigenous Church’s vision for the ongoing development of Indigenous Peoples’ mission and ministry and communities of faith within The United Church of Canada. It outlines pathways for the whole church to continue to walk in the Spirit of Christ toward justice, healing, and reconciliation.”

- From The United Church of Canada’s Indigenous Ministries website

The PMRC Indigenous Ministries hopes for all Indigenous and Non-Indigenous United Church people to read and practice the Calls to the Church and build meaningful relationship with Indigenous-church communities in the Pacific Mountain Regional Council.

Rev. John Snow Jr., Indigenous Minister

John is a direct descendant of Treaty 7 signatories and a member of the Stoney Tribe. He is a sun-dancer and pipe-holder in the Nakoda Tradition, and holds an M.A. in Political Science in Public Policy, Law and Administration from the University of Calgary. John is a seasoned speaker, instructor and negotiator for technical oil and gas who has worked with provincial and federal governments to advise on policy, guided by the Treaties, the TRC, and UNDRIP. John has provided insight on Indigenous ways and history by giving presentations and instructing Indigenous courses for Youth to post-graduates, and for the United Church and the Morley Ecumenical Conference.  John has served the United Church of Canada as a student minister in Maskwacis, as a member of the Permanent Committee on Finance, Chinook Winds Regional Executive, and the National Indigenous Council. Read more about Rev John Snow Jr here.

Video, Teachings and Resources

Indigenous Pink Shirt Day 2022 Reflection Video Resources

Rev. John Snow, Indigenous Minister of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council, offers his reflections on Indigenous Pink Shirt Day.

These videos are offered for United Church people to engage with. Communities of faith, ministries and groups are welcome to use these videos for discussion and reflection.

More information about Indigenous Pink Shirt Day can be found here.

All are welcome to attend the Feb 23, 2022 online gathering "Indigenous Pink Shirt Day 2022 – Traditional Teachings of Community Wellbeing". Details are here.

Bring the Children Home

The United Church of Canada is responding to the issue of unmarked burial sites with an initiative called Bringing the Children Home. It is rooted in our demonimation's commitment to TRC Calls to Action 73–76; to reparation; and to our Duty of Care. The details of the initiative are the national church website.

Child-Friendly Calls to Action Resource

There is a child-friendly Calls to Action resource available through First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada:

Download Spirit Bear's Guide to the TRC Calls to Action PDF

Leaders Sharing About Orange Shirt Day

Three Indigenous Leaders offer personal experiences, insights, calls to action and inspiration on the topic of Orange Shirt Day. Click view their videos.

Indigenous Ministry Introduction Project

This video project aims to introduce the different Indigenous Churches around the Pacific Mountain Regional Council. Click the image below to view the videos.

Indigenous Ecumenical Panel for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

View this historic Indigenous dialogue and hear a recording of discussions with Rev. Dr. Danny Zacarias, Fr. Cristino Bouvette, Reverend Beryl St. Germain, Archbishop Mark Macdonald, and Reverend John Snow Jr., hosted by Tony Snow. (Oct 5, 2021)

Indigenous Lenten Series 2021

A look at the Season of Lent (Feb 17 - Mar 31 2021) through an Indigenous Lens. Click to view the 7 sessions.

Recent News from Indigenous Ministries

Financial Donations to Lax Kw’alaams Grace United Church

February 9, 2021

Friends, On January 30. 2021, I shared the news (click) that the community of Grace United Church, in Lax Kw’alaams, BC lost their building to …

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Indigenous Pink Shirt Day ~ A Zoom Lenten Study on February 24

February 3, 2021

Indigenous Pink Shirt Day (Feb 24) is an anti-bullying awareness day. One of the key factors behind bullying behavior can be linked to familial and community interrelations. Everyone is invited to join us in a joint Chinook Winds & Pacific Mountain regions online session to discuss intergenerational trauma and lateral violence in community and in the urban environment.

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Prayers for the Lax Kw’alaams community, Grace United Church lost to fire

January 30, 2021

Friends, I am sad to report that the community of Lax Kw’alaams lost their Grace United Church building to a fire last night. The photo …

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Meeting Cape Mudge/ Quadra Island United Church

January 29, 2021

As we begin the New Year 2021, sharing community and communication has been on the minds of all people.  To that end, we are hopeful …

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Now hiring! Animator: Rural & Indigenous Communities, PMRC

January 18, 2021

The Pacific Mountain Regional Council is seeking an individual to fill the role of Animator Rural and Indigenous Communities on a permanent part-time basis, 21 …

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Indigenous Epiphany Reflection 2021

January 11, 2021

Matthew Chapter 2, verses 1-12 tells us of the Epiphany – a sacred moment in the everyday – when guided by a star, wise men …

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Announcing Indigenous Minister, John Snow Jr

July 30, 2020

We are thrilled that John Snow Jr is joining the PMRC team as Indigenous Minister! John expresses a strong commitment to education and reconciliation, with deep lifelong connections to the church. John served on the Chinook Winds Regional Council Executive, was on the National Indigenous Council, and has been serving in ministry in Sampson Pastoral Charge. John  begins in his work with the PMRC on August 1st, 2020.

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Written Worship for Easter Sunday April 12, 2020 ~ BC Native Ministries and PMRC

April 10, 2020

Good day, Everyone

I hope that you are well, taking care yourself and your loved ones. Here you’ll find the Easter Sunday Reflection for you to read, share and make your own. As I type this note to you I look out the window and I see an eagle soaring in the sky, a reminder of the great world God has created for us all. A reminder that the dance of life still lives, and I am humbled. Happy Easter my relations! May the hope of a new day always live in your heart and is shared with all of creation. Unify in spirit and prayer. You are loved.

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Written Worship for Good Friday April 10, 2020 ~ BC Native Ministries and PMRC

April 8, 2020

Hello Everyone,

I pray that everyone, your families and communities are well and calm.  Here is the written worship that I’ve created for you, for this Good Friday. Here also is a prayer for during the COVID-19 pandemic, provided by Rev. Barry Morris- thank you for this message Barry.

Please take the time to read and reflect and send it to those that need to hear the message of Good Friday. The write up is long but meaningful.  It includes the Passion story as told by John, with prayers through the story to give support and spiritual reflection to the time of Good Friday. And prayer is a humble gift that is always needed, is always free, is always heard by our Creator. This Good Friday, reflect with the Passion story of Christ Jesus, and share with those around you the gift of prayer. And always remember Jesus’ last commandment to us, love one another.

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