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Indigenous Ministries Consortium

(Formerly known as the Native Ministries Consortium)

The Indigenous Ministries Consortium was formed in 1985 in response to a challenge put forward by Indigenous Christians.

The Indigenous Ministries Consortium called upon the churches to create new and effective ways of developing and equipping Indigenous leaders for both lay and ordained ministry in Indigenous congregations, and has had a very significant role in the establishment of the Master of Divinity Degree offered by extension through Vancouver School of Theology.



  • To develop community-based training programs for Indigenous Christians, lay and ordained; the Indigenous Ministries Consortium Summer School is a major aspect of this work.
  • To develop an appropriate curriculum for Indigenous people entering ordained ministry, with particular emphasis on the establishment of an extension or community-based degree program.
  • To establish appropriate cross-cultural courses to assist the church as a whole in its ministry with Indigenous peoples, with particular attention to the infusion of Indigenous theology into the Christian theological world; this mandate includes the establishment of opportunities for dialogue and discussion between Indigenous Christians in Canada, and with Indigenous peoples in other parts of the Pacific Rim.
  • To commend to its founding institutions ways in which Indigenous Christians might gain permanent and significant involvement in the educational decision-making at all levels of the Church and seminary.

IMC Mission

To empower and facilitate leadership, spiritual expression and justice to enable Indigenous people to exercise self determination with the Christian Church and in society. Under IMC initiation and active participation, the Indigenous Studies Program at Vancouver School of Theology offers a Master of Divinity degree by extension for people in Native Ministries.

Members of the Indigenous Ministries Consortium

IMC Executive
Mary Fontaine, Chair
Ray Jones, Past Chair
Cecil Corbett, Vice-Chair
Dawn Allen-Herron, Treasurer
Lily Bell
National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
Episcopal Diocese of Alaska
Henry Budd College for Ministry (The Pas, MB)
Hummingbird Ministries (BC Presbytery of Westminster)
Native Ministries Council, BC, Conference (United Church of Canada)
Sandy-Saulteaux Centre (MB)
Vancouver School of Theology

Native Ministries Consortium Covenant, July 2007

This covenant is among the following partners:

  • The Indigenous Theological Training Institute of North America, Inc.
  • The Episcopal Church in Navajoland
  • The Episcopal Diocese of Alaska
  • Cook School for Christian Leadership
  • The Native Ministry Council, B. C. Conference
  • The Anglican First Nations Council of Caledonia
  • Vancouver School of Theology
  • Henry Budd College for Ministry

Declaration of Principles

We affirm our openness to the experience of First Nations and indigenous peoples in North America and around the Pacific Rim. We include diverse philosophies, spiritual values and patterns of life. In all our efforts, we honor these diverse communities and give priority to First Nations cultural practices as our norm. We commit ourselves to become an anti-racist organization. We commit ourselves to work together in ways in which we are mutually accountable.

We affirm the expression of our common goals and experiences described in:

  • The Native Ministries Consortium mission statement
  • The Native Ministries Consortium Commitment signed on 12 July, 2006


  • The Vancouver School of Theology shares its authority to develop programs with and for First Nations communities with partners in the Native Ministries Consortium.
  • The partners relate to each other with integrity and accountability.
  • Vancouver School of Theology encourages a strong voice from First Nations people in all levels of decision-making at the school.
  • The other partners in the Native Ministries Consortium engage in ongoing and consistent dialogue with the Vancouver School of Theology.

The People of the Land experience North America as a place of abundance with enough for those who approach the earth relationally. This experience of abundance is a hallmark of this partnership.

Members of the Native Ministries Consortium commit to work together to provide the financial means to sustain this mutual commitment through:

  • Joint fund raising efforts and consistent record keeping.
  • Institutional contributions to this shared work.

Members of the Consortium are held in this covenant and accountable to details and specific agreements and responsibilities within the current and attached Memorandum of Understanding to be revisited and re-evaluated every two years.


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