Indigenous - Autochtones

  • First Nations Catholics (S&L)

  • National Day of Prayer

    The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples is celebrated on December 12 every year, on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, who appeared to a humble native peasant, Juan Diego, in Mexico in 1531.  The Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council celebrates this day for prayer, solidarity and reconciliation, by issuing an annual message honouring Aboriginal people who were inspired by their Catholic faith.

  • Journée nationale de la prière

    La Journée nationale de prière en solidarité avec les peuples autochtones est célébrée le 12 décembre chaque année, le jour de la fête de Notre-Dame de Guadalupe, patronne des Amériques, qui est apparue à un humble paysan indigène, Juan Diego, au Mexique, en 1531.  Le Conseil autochtone catholique du Canada célèbre cette journée de prière, de solidarité et de réconciliation en publiant un message annuel honorant des Autochtones qui ont été inspirés par leur foi catholique.

  • Reflection on Christianity

  • The dawning of the twenty-first century has witnessed a more global philosophical outlook among North Americans. A healthy curiosity has motivated investigations into wider parameters of philosophical thought, including Aboriginal spirituality. This book not only offers an in-depth look at First Nations' theology, but parallels its key themes with Old Testament Hebraic thought, which comprises the roots of Christianity.

    The first chapters of the book outline the common tribal histories of North American Indians and Old Testament Jews. Key doctrines central to both Aboriginal and Biblical theology are then compared and contrasted in language readily understood by the layman. These include the doctrine of God, anthropology, epistemology, soteriolgoy, deontology and eschatologoy. Parallels in the way spiritual leadership is viewed by Aboriginal Peoples, Hebrews and Christians are drawn, and the final chapter features a special case study of the Stoney Nation.

    John W. Friesen is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary, where he conducts research in Aboriginal education and teacher training. An ordained clergyman with the All Native Circle Conference of the United Church of Canada

    Publication; 15 August 2003
    ISBN - 10:1550592092
    ISBN - 13:9781550592092