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.

Calls to the Church

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.

Support Indigenous Ministries

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

Rev. Teri Meyer, Acting Indigenous Minister

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Rev. Teri Meyer as our acting Indigenous Minister (.5 FTE), effective January 1st for a one year term. Teri will continue to serve in a half-time appointment in Kitimat with folks who are excited to explore ways to partner and support Indigenous Ministries throughout the Region.

Teri brings an extensive background in ministry, deeply rooted in ministry throughout our Region having served in Quesnel, Kamloops, Terrace and most recently Kitimat. Throughout her ministry Teri has been connected with Pacific Mountain Indigenous Ministries and has built meaningful connections.

Teri is a certified Restorative Community Justice Forum Facilitator (CJF) and Facilitator Trainer, with further Restorative Justice certification through Simon Fraser University and other RJ programs in BC (Victim-Offender Conferencing and the Peacemaking Circle models). Teri is also a certified Healing Pathway Practitioner, and trained in offering Indigenous tools for how to work and sit with complex trauma, through the "Indigenous Tools for Living" workshop.

Transformative justice and healing practices for individuals and communities are integral to Teri's practice of ministry. Teri's extensive experience, dedication to Indigenous communities, and unwavering commitment to healing and reconciliation make her well-qualified for this role.

 You can reach Teri by email TMeyer@united-church.ca

Rev. John Snow Jr., Indigenous Minister

Rev. John Snow is currently on leave.

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, 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

Squamish Indian Shaker Church Convention

August 16, 2022

The Squamish Indian Shaker Church is hosting its 22nd year convention, from September 2-4, 2022. This will take place in Squamish, B.C. located on the […]

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Upcoming Events

August 15, 2022

Friends, We have several upcoming events to share, drawn from the Reconciliation Matters newsletter. We encourage you to check out the newsletter here, particularly the […]

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Indigenous Ministry at the Pacific Mountain Annual Meeting

July 4, 2022

Friends, Please enjoy these photos of Rev. John Snow Jr., shown here with the Indigenous Ministries booth at the Pacific Mountain Annual General Meeting, held […]

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Upcoming Events

June 20, 2022

Friends, A variety of important events are happening this week! 1) Journey Towards Indigenous Allyship Session #3: Discernment, Self Reflection & Internalization This is part three […]

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Alberta Billy Memorial

June 15, 2022

It is with Great sorrow we acknowledge the passing of our precious Indigenous Elder Alberta Billy. She challenged the paradigms of the church and made […]

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Implementing Reconciliation ~ National Indigenous History Month

May 27, 2022

Dear Friends, All are invited to our regional gatherings and discussions of the Calls to the Church and implementing Reconciliation. Join Rev. John Snow Jr., […]

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Becoming an Anti-Racist Church: Theology and Faith

May 26, 2022

Friends, The United Church of Canada has committed to becoming an anti-racist church. More information can be found at the below video.

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Red Dress Service

May 6, 2022

Friends, Yesterday, May 5th, was Red Dress Day, and Rundle Memorial United, Chinook Winds Regional Council and the Urban Indigenous Circle, held an online commemorative […]

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VST Convocation 2022

May 2, 2022

Friends, We would like to congratulate Rev. John Snow Jr., Indigenous Minister for the Pacific Mountain Region and Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister for the Chinook […]

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