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Atamiskākēwak National Gathering 2018 - "Shaking hands in greeting with each other"

Atamiskākēwak 2018 is the bringing together of all people in a week of experiences, education, understanding, and fun, bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples!  It is taking place in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan April 23rd - 28th, 2018 in Treaty 4 Territory; Nēwō Tipahātamin Askiy and the traditional territory of the Cree and Saulteaux, Assiniboine, and Métis. 

Check out the event website:

The week will consist of national and international attendance on “how” to build right relationships on the journey of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. It will be “how” do we apply and act on the ‘94 Calls to Action’ in today’s reality.

A schedule of the week's events is available on the website noted above.

Faith Community/Mission Relations - Tuesday April 24th

We are highlighting Tuesday April 24th of this event, in particular, as it featuring a day-long program devoted to focusing on reconciliation and moving forward in relationships between Indigenous and non-indigenous Faith Community/Mission Relations based on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action. This day will be looking at working on how to move forward together on the journey of Reconciliation?

For more information or if you have questions about this day’s program please contact Reverend Tim Ellis, Faith Relations / Mission Chair by email: zionuc [dot] ministeratsaktel [dot] net or by phone at 306-631-0082.

Proposed agenda for the day:

  • Opening prayer song and drum group followed by Introductions.

  • Break Out to Blanket Exercise, followed by a brief break.

  • Table group Conversations with facilitators to debrief from the Blanket Exercise.  

  • Morning session closes in prayer and song.

  • 12:00 to 1:30: LUNCH (all participants are on their own for lunch).

  • The Afternoon session will include:

  • Facilitated table groups focused on 3 key topics of discussion coming out of the 94 Calls to Action

  • Panel Discussion, with time for Q&A by participants.                                                                                      

  • Day ends in Closing Prayer/Honour Song.

  • Proposed Action at the end of the day: working on the possibility of discussing/forming a Reconciliation Group in Moose Jaw and other communities with those who wish to explore this subject in coordination with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner for Saskatchewan.

To register for this day:  There is no cost for this event.

Please check the website regularly as more details are added regularly.


Baptism and Confirmation

Rylan Bellegarde, Richelle Lee Asapace and Tyra Lee Bellegarde from Regina and Black Bear, wear their traditional dress
when they recieved the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation in June

File Hills Confirmation 2015

Archbishop celebrates Confirmation

Rev. John Meehan

File Hills Confirmation

Thank you to Sister Bernadette Feist for sending these pictures from Mary Immaculate Parish in File Hills. The second picture is Archbishop Daniel Bohan and Father Louis Kim with the 11 Confirmation and First Eucharist candidates taken April 12, 2015. The bottom picture was taken on Holy Saturday when Father John Meehan S.J. Baptised four and gave the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist to 5 more. The people were called together with a drum song by Jason Agecoutay and Robert Bellegarde performed a smudge ceremony of the altar. Bibles were given to the families but the best gift one Confirmand said was "We saw our church, many churches, deaneries, histories, past and now... we belong." 

Immaculate Mary in Cree

Mission Statement

File Hills

We, the people involved in Regina Archdiocesan Native Ministry, will work in a co-operative effort through the Circle of ministers and the Circle of Elders to:

  1. More effectively serve the First Nations people.
  2. Jointly explore and determine pastoral approaches of Native Ministry.
  3. Jointly take responsibility for adequate church building and gathering places for ministry.
  4. Assist Native peoples in becoming more responsible for ministering in their respective regions..
  5. Promote positive attitudes toward Native Ministry.

Honouring Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

On October 21. 2012, we celebrated the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. as SAINT Kateri. To commemorate this wonderful event and to be more closely connected to this happening in our Church, we have decided to  acknowledge others who have been a great part of ministering to First Nations people. To download the French text of the bilingual homily by Bishop Lionel Gendron at Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha click here

Bishop Bolen and Fr. Lacasse
One of those people is Fr. Jean-Marie Lacasse omi, who has served in the Perigord region for over four decades.  and became closely and personally connected to the Lestock and area Native Ministry, as well as the Valley Native Ministry Program. A Certificate of Special Recognition from the Regina Archdiocese was presented to Father Lacasse, by Dorothy Sentes from Lestock. (on behalf of Father Wojciech Wojtkowiak O.M.I. and Sister Bernadette Feist OSU on Sunday May 27, 2012 in Perigod Sask.
Sr. Staudt Sister Gemma Staudt O.S.U.  was also recognized. She served   as a Missionary with the Carry The Kettle First Nation and area for many years. Even though she is retired, her ministry hasn’t ended as she continues to visit, mentor, listen, and pray. 
Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time to plant - to sow - to reap, This is the time to be grateful for their dedicated and generous service to the First Nations people over the years.

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Regina Indian Industrial School Commemoration

Last updated on August 14, 2018

Story by Branden Harder Regina Leader Post

Janine Windolph, right, Gene Makowsky, Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, at centre, and land owner Nadeem Islam unveil a plaque marking the Regina Indian Industrial School Cemetery on Pinkie Road as provincial heritage property. 

After a two-year journey for advocates seeking heritage recognition, the Regina Indian Industrial School cemetery has a plaque commemorating the dozens of children who died and were buried near the residential school site.

The plaque was unveiled near the cemetery Tuesday morning to the delight of Janine Windolph, the advocate who began the push for the cemetery’s commemoration and past president of the Regina Indian Industrial School Commemorative Association.

“I look at my own kids and think about what it would be like if they weren’t acknowledged,” she said. “That brings great sadness and that’s why I continued the work here, so I feel that I don’t have to worry about them being...

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The Catholic community in Canada has a decentralized structure.  Each Diocesan Bishop is autonomous in his diocese and, although relating to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, is not responsible to it.

Approximately 16 out of 70 Catholic dioceses in Canada were associated with the former Indian Residential Schools, in addition to about three dozen religious communities.  Each diocese and religious community is legally responsible for its own actions. The Catholic Church as a whole was not associated with the Residential Schools, nor was the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

These are the reasons why an apology on Residential Schools has not been made by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops or in the name of the Catholic Church in Canada.

However, in a brief submitted to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in November 1993, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops did acknowledge that "various types of abuse experienced at some...

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Way of the Cross for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse

Way of the Cross for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse (French)

Schedule of Service for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse

April 26, 2018  - 6:00 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Parish
401 Southesk Street, Whitewood, SK  S0G 5C0



Treaty Four Flag Raising

Last updated on June 21, 2017

Treaty Four Flag Raising

June 26, 2017

By Frank Flegel

Flags are symbols that tell something to all who look at them; a country, a person, an idea and while they snap in the wind atop a pole, most didn’t get there by someone simply attaching them to a rope and running them up to the top. There is a protocol that is followed in getting them up there and a protocol in how they are arranged. If there is more than one flag, such was the case on June 26 when the Treaty Four flag was raised in front of the newly opened Sacred Heart Community School.

The ceremony began at 9:00 a.m. with a pipe ceremony followed by several guest speakers who described the symbolism of the flag and the meaning of the symbols contained in the flag’s design.

Elder Dennis Omeasoo, an Ambassador for Treaty Six which encompasses most of Alberta, said the old ways are gone but the philosophies of that time remain. “It was based on spirituality and it had a military society.”...

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Bringing Light to the Darkness

Last updated on April 13, 2017

On Sunday, March 19, the Archdiocese of Regina held its first annual prayer vigil to mark the Archdiocesan initiative to acknowledge the sorrow and pain endured by victims of clergy sexual abuse.  The service, held at St. Cecilia parish in Regina, was hosted by Archbishop Don Bolen and attended by about 75 people.  After warmly welcoming people at the door, Archbishop Bolen began the service with this introduction:

“This prayer vigil represents an Archdiocesan initiative to begin to acknowledge the sorrow and pain victims of clergy sexual abuse have endured at the hands of all facets of the Catholic Church including the bishops, priests and laypeople.  This is an opportunity to pause and take time to acknowledge how we as a church must change and begin to become a welcoming community for victims of clergy sexual abuse.  We need to support victims, learn from them and develop resources for healing.  We come together this evening in prayer, to sit in silence and to listen, to...

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Seven Canadian Catholic organizations have formed a coalition to strengthen and foster relations with Indigenous people. Meeting at the offices of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in Ottawa on 5 December 2016 for its first official meeting, the members of the coalition approved the following mission statement:


"Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle is a Catholic coalition of Indigenous people, bishops, clergy, lay movements and institutes of consecrated life, engaged in renewing and fostering relationships between the Catholic Church and Indigenous people in Canada."



Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Deacon René Laprise, Director of Media Relations

Telephone: (613) 241-9461, extension 225



SASKATOON…… Delegates to the Saskatchewan Catholic School Board Association’s (SCSBA) annual conference and AGM spent the November 4-6 weekend learning more about the impact of residential schools on First Nations people, their children and grandchildren.

The conference theme, Healing Through the Living Gospel: Truth and Reconciliation in Catholic Education featured speakers and a panel who spoke about hurt and the road to reconciliation.

Eugene Arcand was a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Residential School Survivor Committee. He spoke about the 94 TRC recommendations but spent more time describing his experience in Residential Schools. He said he learned animal instincts when he was in school. “I was a party animal; I loved to fight; I was a bad parent but I have a good wife. I tried to forget with drugs and alcohol,” all behaviours learned in school. Things have improved somewhat, said...

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Campion Controversies Lecture Series

Last updated on September 22, 2016

Indigenous people in the United States endured similar conditions as Indigenous people in Canada; residential schools, discrimination, etc. but in Canada we rarely hear about them. That changed a little for an audience who attended the September 13 eighth annual Campion Controversies Lecture series held in the Riffel Auditorium, Campion College University of Regina. Patrick Twohy S.J. and Christina Roberts, both working with Indigenous people of Washington State described their experiences; Twohy working and living with coastal tribes and Roberts raising awareness about Indigenous rights at Seattle University.

Twohy has been among coastal tribes for about 40 years. He has written two books on the life and spirituality of the coastal tribes; Finding a Way Home: Indian and Catholic Spiritual Paths of the Plateau Tribe and Beginnings: A Meditation on Coast Salish Lifeways. He described the difficulty as he began his ministry with the coastal. “I knew nothing and I knew I knew...

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He spoke for about an hour, without referring to notes. He was animated and passionate and easily quoted dates, listed treaties, the Indian Act, and milestones in parliament important to First Nations. Chief Perry Bellegarde, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) was the guest lecturer for the eighth annual Moving Forward Together Lecture sponsored by the University of Regina and its federated colleges; Luther College, Campion College and the First Nations University of Canada (FNuv). “It’s about bringing everyone together and working collaboratively,” he said of the lecture series. It was held September 12 in the FNuv Atrium.  He was also the last speaker in a three-day FNuv 40th anniversary celebration, formerly Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC).”

The celebrations included special speakers, workshops, an art project and an announcement of a capital fund raising project to construct a memorial for every student that attended a residential school.


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New president for Catholic Missions In Canada

Last updated on September 1, 2016


New president for Catholic Missions In Canada  

TORONTO –Father David Reilander, a priest from Hamilton diocese and recently from Whitehorse diocese, has been appointed president of Catholic Missions In Canada (CMIC), an organization serving the Canadian home missions, effective September 1, 2016.

Fr. Reilander succeeds Father Philip Kennedy, who has visited many of the missions in Canada during his decade-long presidency, and served previously in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto and in ministries of the Diocese of Thunder Bay. After a year’s sabbatical, Fr. Kennedy will serve as pastor at a parish in the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Fr. Reilander joins the organization after spending the past few years as rector at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Whitehorse, Yukon, as well as serving in several missions in the Diocese of Whitehorse—the same ones supported by Catholic...

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Sr. Re-Anne Letourneau
Sister Bernadette Feist
Native Ministry Circle Liaison