First Nations Ministry

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.

What's New

File Hills

Last updated on June 26, 2012

Our Lady of Hope in File Hills held a celebration of the “Triduum” that did not take place during Holy Week due to inclement weather.  There were about 33 First Nations men and women, young and older, some who received all three Sacraments of Initiation, some were confirmed  and/or made First Communion.  It was, apparently one of the largest gatherings at a Sunday Liturgy there in a long time.  Father Ron Andree presided over the Liturgy, with two guest Jesuits concelebrating with him.  Sister Bernadette prepared the candidates to receive these sacraments and organized the beautiful liturgy we celebrated together.

Here are a selection of photos from File Hills