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
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:
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 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)
Recent News from Indigenous Ministries
Friends, The following articles are coverage of Indigenous Minister Rev. John Snow Jr.’s Papal Apology Reflection. Calgary Herald, Michael Rodriguez, April 03, 2022 “Calgary Indigenous …Read More
Friends, On February 24th, Rev. John Snow Jr., our Indigenous Minister, participated in a lecture and discussion of the Doctrine of Discovery, hosted by Calgary’s …Read More
NEW TIME & DATE Friends, Castlegar United Church is pleased to present at workshop on Sinixt Culture and History with Lori Barkley, Staff Anthropologist for …Read More
Friends, The following video is from Grace Presbyterian Church’s February 20th Service, and includes within it a message from Tony Snow on reconciliation in different …Read More
On Feb 23 we observe Indigenous Pink Shirt Day. This is an opportunity to talk about community wellness, lateral violence and healing as we examine …Read More
Greetings Pacific Mountain Region, I share this message with you from Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister in our sibling-regional council, Chinook Winds. You can find the …Read More