MINO-MAAWANJI'ITIWAGComing Together in a Good Way

Hosted byLiving Hope Alliance Church

November 8-9, 2019

3900 Arcola Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan

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Rooted in Faith


To have 200 Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants come together and engage in the process of learning and listening to the perspectives of Christian leaders about how a person can be both Indigenous and a Christian in a way that  honours scripture.

Indigenous leaders from different nations speaking their truth and their personal testimonies, sharing so that participants can feel safe to ask questions to seek understanding and clarity in a respectful environment.

Each participant will understand how we all are responsible in addressing the 94 Calls of Action and for the non-Indigenous participants to learn what it means to be an ally and how they can advocate for the rights of Indigenous peoples.

Coming Together

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.
Matthew 18:20

Two Days of Powerful Talks

November 8-9, 2019

Registration Starts: 08:00 am

MINO-MAAWANJI'ITIWAG: Coming Together in a Good way - translated in Saulteaux by Robert Whitehead.

An opportunity to Come Together with Indigenous and non-Indigenous believers. Hearing from those who have journeyed before us, offering their perspective on walking the Jesus Way while being both Indigenous and Christian.

For Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who serve and minister to Indigenous peoples.
The Message: Reconciling the past and journeying towards Contexualized Ministry.
Objective: Learning to understand the Jesus Way in the context of Indigenous culture.


Excerpts taken from: One Church Many Tribes by Richard Twiss
God is calling the Church to step forward into the new millennium and welcome First Nations believers as valued and needed partners in the Body .... This is a time of transition in ministry among indigenous believers around the world - a time of exploration and sincere inquiring of the Lord for new perspectives and approaches to Native Ministry. Around the globe among indigenous Christians, cultural identity is surfacing as the key dynamic in this emerging new Native ministry paradigm and spiritual awakening .... open the eyes of God's people across America - and all other lands - providing them with insights and cultural footholds and teaching them to value and embrace those who are different, especially First Nations people.... awakened awareness will lead to healing reconciliation and wholeness for the entire Body of Christ ... we must recognize and embrace all the different parts of His Body as necessary and valuable ... Billy Graham once said, "The greatest moments of Native history may lie ahead of us if a great spiritual renewal and awakening should take place. The Native American has been a sleeping giant. He is awakening. The original Americans could become the evangelists who will help win America for Christ! Remember these forgotten people!"

The historical record of missions among the tribes of North America is a saga marked by enormous potential, great failures and profound sadness ... those engaged in eighteenth-century mission work disdained Native American culture and barred it from the churches. Early missionaries failed to recognize and embrace the intrinsic God-given value of the people to whom they were sent - a blindness that has prevailed in the American church to this day.

... the early missionaries to First Nations people brought with them the prevailing European attitudes of the day toward Native North Americans. The missionaries equated Christianity with Western culture and its apparent superiority over other cultural forms and expressions - a supposition not necessarily based on truth but on the 'progress' of industry, science and commerce. Clearly, they believed, the West was civilized and the rest of the world primitive ... One effect of this history of bigotry and cultural conquest has been that, to this day, Native North Americans have never experienced the rise of an Indigengous church movement or widespread revival.

... In the providence of almighty God ... it was His plan that the White man from across the great water would deliver the sacred message of Jesus to the First Nations of this continent.

.... a new day is upon us, as indigenous people of this land are revitalizing their languages, restoring familial kinship systems and rediscovering their music, dances and art forms in Jesus Christ - all for the glory of God!

Conference Elders

Elder May Desnomie

May Desnomie was born and raised on Wapaskokimaw in northern Saskatchewan. Also known as Sandy Bay First Nation. 

May has worked as an educator and in social work all her life. She taught at Red Earth First Nation in Saskatchewan, Grassy Narrows First Nation in northern Ontario. Now May is an Elder in the Regina Catholic School Board and works as substitute teacher with the Regina Public School Board. May also worked for ten years in a Women‘s Shelter as a Children’s Counselor.
May is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Audrey Eyahpaise

Audrey is Cree from the Beardy’s and Okemaysis First Nation. She is a residential school survivor of 8 years. She lost her culture during her time at the residential school. Today, she is relearning her rich heritage and embracing it all in. She turned her life around in the year 2003 and became a born again Christian. She is so in love with our Creator. Audrey has four daughters and her husband has been gone for about 21 years, he was her soulmate. She has fourteen grandchildren, which she is so proud of. Audrey currently works at All Nations Hope Network as the Cultural Navigator, which she truly enjoys.


FRIDAY, November 8, 2019
8:00am    Registration
9:00am    Emcee welcome
                Opening Prayer
9:30am    Plenary Session #1 – Ray Aldred
10:45am  Break
11:00am  Workshops #1
12:15pm  Lunch Catered
1:00pm    Vignette #1
1:15pm    Workshops #2
                 Blanket Exercise
3:15pm    Break
3:30pm    Plenary Session #2 – Ray Aldred
4:45pm    Closing Prayer

FRIDAY Night Event
6:00pm    Supper Gala
6:30pm    Storytelling/Concert
SATURDAY, November 9, 2019
9:00am     Opening Prayer
9:15am     Vignette #2
9:45am     Plenary Session #3 – Ray Aldred
10:45am   Break
11:00am   Workshops #3
12:15pm   Lunch Catered
1:15pm     Vignette #3
1:30pm     Workshops #4
2:45pm     Break
3:00pm     Panel Discussion
4:00pm     Closing Prayer
                  End of conference closing


Proud to bring inspirational speakers from across Canada

Dr. Ray Aldred
Keynote Speaker


Ray Aldred is status Cree from Treaty 8 land in Northern Alberta.  Born in Northern Alberta and raised in the country outside of Grande Prairie, Alberta, his First Pastorate was the First Nations Alliance Church of Regina, in Saskatchewan. While pastoring there Ray served as the Director of the First Nations Alliance Church of Canada from 1996-2004. There he and his wife, Elaine, worked to encourage Indigenous Churches and communities from Thunder Bay, Ontario to Cranbrook, British Columbia. Ray has also helped pastor the First Nations Community Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the same time he began working with My People International to help build capacity among Indigenous Leadership in North America. Currently Ray is the Director of the Indigenous Studies Program at the Vancouver School of Theology.

Shari Russell
Workshop Presenter

Shari is Anishinaabe/Saulteaux from the Yellow Quill First Nation in Saskatchewan.  She has been married to her Robert for 25 years and together, they have three children: Charles, Gavin, and Brannon.

Shari is part of the 60’s scoop and has reconnected with her biological family. This has prompted a journey of reclaiming her culture and traditions. After completing her Master’s degree at Providence Seminary, Shari connected with NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community and currently serves as the Chair of the Board for Indigenous Pathways.

As a Salvation Army Officer, Shari presently serves as the Territorial Indigenous Ministries Consultant for the Salvation Army in Canada & Bermuda.  Her desire is for the church to courageously engage in the Calls to Action set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and to live in right relationship with one another as participants in the work of God in the world.

Jodi Spargur
Workshop Presenter
Blanket Exercise


Jodi Spargur is a settler of Nordic/German heritage living and working on the unceeded territory of the Squamish, Musqueaum and Tslei-Watuth Peoples. Jodi is a farmer, furniture-mover, pastor and catalyzer for justice and healing between the church and indigenous peoples in Canada.

The pathway into her current work with Healing at the Wounding Place came largely out of her experiences with planting and pastoring God's House of Many Faces a church in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver that squatted in borrowed spaces, met outside whenever weather permitted and was formed around indigenous people who made up a large portion of the church.  Impacts of Residential Schools and the systemic racism that still marks Canada's relationship with indigenous people were evident in the day to day lives of church and community members.

Currently Jodi is leading the work of Healing at the Wounding Place based out of Grandview Calvary Baptist Church looking to engage people of faith and indigenous communities in walking into whole, healing and just relationships. Healing has begun in indigenous communities across Canada.  The question remains whether the church, one of the primary wounding places, can become a place of healing for indigenous and non-indigenous people alike.

James Thunder
Conference MC


James Thunder is a Treaty 9 Oji-Cree MBA graduate from Sachigo Lake Ontario. While completing his degree at the University of Manitoba he was part of a team of three Indigenous MBA students who produced videos to teach undergraduate students about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 92nd call to action relating to business.

Currently in the works is a research project on “Indigenizing the Cooperative Model,” a closer look at the synergies between Indigenous cultures in urban Winnipeg and the cooperative model of business enterprise. The goal of which is to explore ways this model can enhance urban Indigenous economic development.

He also taught an undergraduate course at Horizon College and Seminary teaching on the church’s role in colonization, the history and legacy of residential schools, and why apologies to residential school survivors were necessary. The course also introduced ways to pursue reconciliation between faith groups and Indigenous peoples.
He has made a number of public presentations on themes such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, the history of colonization in Canada, and ways to decolonize theology.

Jeff Cappo


Jeff Cappo is a known and active leader who has made many contributions both within and beyond the Indigenous communities. He began his passion for First Nations language and culture at a very young age. Since then, Jeff has performed and/or emceed powwows and events across Canada. Jeff was the founding member of the Lone Creek Dance troupe.  Jeff continues to be active in showcasing, sharing and creating cultural awareness for his people, among his many other community leadership endeavors. Jeff is an Indigenous Advocate/Cultural liaison for the Regina Public School Division.  

Dr. Casey Church
Workshop Presenter


Dr. Casey Church is the Director of Wiconi International, a contextual Indigenous ministry founded by the late Dr. Richard Twiss. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology, a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies, and a Doctor of Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

Casey is a Pokagon Band Potawatomi member from southwest Michigan.  His Potawatomi name is Ankwawango, which means “Hole in the Clouds.” He is of the Bear clan from his mother’s side (the late Mary Church-Pokagon, a Pokagon Band Potawatomi member), and the Crane clan from his father’s side (the late Leonard Church, Nottawasippi Huron Band). Lora is Navajo from Albuquerque New Mexico. Lora’s mother is from Kayenta Arizona and her Father is from Gallup New Mexico. Lora has a double master’s Degree in Public Administration and Health Education from the University of New Mexico. Recently, Lora has been accepted to the School of Law at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque New Mexico. Casey and Lora live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the past eighteen years.
Casey’s journey led him to study traditional spiritual teachings under his Anishinaabe elders. He investigated culturally-appropriate (contextual) approaches to Native evangelism and ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. Casey and Lora pastored a Native church plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1996 to 2000. Their church was one of the first Native American contextualized congregations in the country. Casey is a United Methodist member and has served as a consultant and interim staff member for the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church’s Office of Native American and Indigenous Ministries.  
Casey is a board member for NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community. He is a contributing writer for its academic journal, and workshop presenter at its symposiums.  Currently he is adjunct instructor at Portland Seminary in Newburg, Oregon teaching classes in “Native American Spirituality and Spiritual Formation”. He has recently had two books published, titled: “Holy Smoke: the contextual use of Native American ritual and ceremony” and Native American Contextual Ministry: Making the Transition”. His most recent book, “Rites of Passage: The Process of Change and Transition (2018)

Dr. Terry LeBlanc
Workshop Presenter


Terry is Mi’kmaq/Acadian. He and his wife Bev are in their 46thyear of marriage. Bev has spent most of her years training horses and hunting dogs for the family’s use, and for others interested having trail-ready, dependable horses. She continues that same work today, but at a slower pace. Bev also spends considerable time with beadwork and becoming proficient at traditional quillwork. Her work has been sold in Paris, France and many other places where quality traditional craftwork is valued.
Terry and Bev have three adult children – twin daughters and one son. Each of Bev and Terry’s children is active in the Indigenous community through churches, their vocations and by their substantial dedication to seeing change for Indigenous people in their generation. Terry and Bev are deeply committed to working for and promoting that same change.
In addition to being the Executive Director of Indigenous Pathways, Terry is also the founding Chair and current Director of NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community, one of the original members of the Indigenous Pathways family.
As part of his work with NAIITS’ partnerships for Indigenous education, Terry serves as adjunct professor at Portland Seminary in Oregon, Acadia University and Divinity College in Wolfville, NS; and Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, where he also serves as program elder for the University B.Ed program. Terry has accrued over 39 years of community work in Native North American and global Indigenous contexts including as an educator in theology, cultural anthropology, and community development practice.
Author of numerous articles, papers and assorted book chapters, Terry has won several awards for his varied writings. Additionally, for his work on the creation of NAIITS and other mission endeavours, Terry has received numerous academic and other awards.

Steve Heinrichs
Workshop Presenter


Steve is a Settler Christian from Winnipeg, Manitoba—Treaty 1 territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation. The director of Indigenous-Settler Relations for Mennonite Church Canada, Steve is a student of activism who loves to march with his partner, Ann, and their children, Izzy, Aiden, and Abby.
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Shawn Ross
Professional Red Seals Chef


Métis background, and a follower of Christ. Married 21 years and have three amazing sons.
Came to faith when he was 20 years old when entering the SIAST Apprenticeship Culinary Arts Program

Dallas Arcand Jr.

Dallas Arcand Jr

* Dallas Arcand Jr is a second generation Hoop dancer and Aboriginal entertainer from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He placed 12th at the World Hoop Dance Championships.

* He started performing early on doing the Grass Dance at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo in 2006, 2007 and in 2008.

* In 2012, Jr had his first international experience performing at the London Olympics.

* In 2018, he performed at the Winter Olympics in South Korea

* In 2019, Dallas performed for the World’s Fair committee in Dubai.

* He is an accomplished musician, playing flute, guitar, piano and drums. In 2016 he co-wrote a song that was selected by Flo Rider’s production team for inclusion on Flo Rider’s new 2017 album. Unfortunately, it was cut at the last minute but it was very close.

* Dallas is also an in-demand motivational speaker. In Dec 2017, he spoke in Lac La Biche about Family Violence Awareness & Prevention focusing on bulling. In February, the event was about Living Your Life in Balance in Revelstoke. In March 2018 at Niagara on the Lake, he spoke on Leadership skills. In June 2018, Dallas travelled to Seattle WA to the Muckleshoot Nation to speak about street drugs and Leadership Goals.

* Dallas has released his first traditional flute CD titled Moonshadows in 2018. The link to his CD: Moonshadows His second flute CD, Coyote & Raven was released in February 2019. This CD utilizes more contemporary backup instruments and cinematic sounds to expand the emotional story in his songs. The music brings the traditional Cedar flute into the modern family of viable instruments to explore the human emotional story.



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from the United Church of Canada

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