Mistawasis Memorial Presbyterian Church – Mistawasis First Nation, SK
Mistawasis Memorial Presbyterian Church was established at the Mistawasis Nehiyawak First Nation since shortly after the signing of Treaty Six in 1876. With weekly worship services, a girl’s program for adolescents, and a sewing initiative, the church meets the needs of the community in tangible ways. The local culture upholds Indigenous language and familial practices to this day.
Mistawasis Memorial Presbyterian Church seeks to honour these practices. Much of the ministry is based in an ongoing connection with the local Health Centre, which allows them to use their building when the roads are impassable, and coordinate programming based on the needs in the community.
Place of Hope Indigenous Presbyterian Church – Winnipeg, MB
Place of Hope Presbyterian Church offers hope and healing to Indigenous people dealing with multi-generational trauma and abject poverty. Pastoral care and healing initiatives are just a part of what the church does to work alongside individuals scarred by Residential Schools, loss of cultural identity, poverty, homelessness, and lack of education.
The congregation specifically ministers to Indigenous People in the inner city of Winnipeg, Manitoba by providing spiritual and tangible care. Working to improve relationships between Indigenous persons and the church is part of their work of reconciliation within the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Edmonton Urban Native Ministry – Edmonton, AB
Edmonton Urban Native Ministries (EUNM) operates under the call to “lift up your H.E.A.D.S.” The acronym points to the five pillars of their mission: healing, evangelism, awakening, development, and sending. With this mission in mind, the ministry offers a range of services to First Nation individuals through their drop-in centre, located at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
In addition to providing for physical needs with hot meals, a clothing bank, an emergency food bank, bus tickets, and haircuts; EUNM also caters to spiritual needs through morning devotionals, prayer, Bible sharing, and worship services. Additionally, they offer tae kwon do lessons, music lessons, vacation Bible school, and local camp scholarships for First Nation children and youth. Where complex issues of addiction, violence, sexual exploitation, homelessness, and poverty exist, EUNM attempts to meet affected individuals with the love of Jesus.