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Yuuhadaax is a North Coast Indigenous term meaning “to drive or to steer.”

Yuuhadaax and the Centre for Indigenous Scholars are co-sponsors of the bi-annual Robert K. Thomas Memorial Symposium.

Yuuhadaax partners

Centre for Indigenous Scholars
Native Ministries Consortium
Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Institute
Vancouver School of Theology


Catalina Parra
Administrative Coordinator
(604) 822-9480


2009 Gathering: “Using Traditional Wisdom and Law for Today”

A gathering of 20 Elders from across North America who are members of the CIS Board and CIS Advisory Committee, to consider particular current problems facing First Nations communities.

One of the most important resolutions from this gathering was that another Indian Ecumenical Conference be held, inviting traditional and Christian spiritual leaders to discuss the current way of life of Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island and hopes for the future.

2007 Gathering: “God is Still Red”

This gathering gave consideration to the work of Vine Deloria Jr. and its importance for a new generation. In 1973, God is Red, a voice from Turtle Island, was published. Vine’s book influenced aboriginal theology globally. The symposium brought together several serious scholars of indigenous theology and indigenous traditions to present their reflections on God is Red and the work of Vine Deloria. Jr.. Presentations will be published by the Indigenous Theological Training Institute in the First Peoples Theology Journal.

Statement of Relationship

Statement of Relationship signed February 4, 2003 at Vancouver School of Theology.


Terms of Reference

Steering Committee of the Centre for Indian Scholars, the Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a, Vancouver School of Theology and the Native Ministries Consortium

Mission Statement

The most prominent feature of the First Indian Ecumenical Conference (1970) which emerged clearly to nearly everyone’s surprise and pleasure was the unanimity of purpose and thought of the delegates. Everyone agreed that modern Indian religious life must be a furthering of the historic continuity of time honoured Indian values and philosophical concern; that both modern Indian ceremonies and Indian Christianity must be part of that continuity; and that both native ceremonials and Indian Christianity can be mutually supportive or parallel and cooperative or integrated according to the desire of the particular tribe involved. Source: Report of the First Indian Ecumenical Conference (1970)

Assessment of Environment

North American tribal nations and societies have experienced colonization and Christian participation in that process. There is the need to work together to recover what has been lost and to establish an environment for discussion and dialogue between equals.


To foster dialogue, exchange and examination of spiritual and religious beliefs and practices for peace and harmony of all creation.


  • To establish a consortium of the partners.
  • To develop a centre and studies program in Native American Indigenous Religions, Spiritualities and Cultures.
  • To offer joint programs in Indigenous religions, spiritualities and cultures.
  • Sustain and develop an on-going inter-faith dialogue between Christians and traditionalists. (to promote understanding and broad ecumenical participation and cooperation.
  • To promote learning from within a particular faith or sacred tradition and practice.
  • To consult indigenous spiritual leadership.
  • To support research: oral, archival or social
  • To support the recognition for Indigenous religions and spiritualities.
  • To recognize the truth of oppression and to support the right of self-determination of Indigenous nations.
  • To study the history of Indigenous Peoples from the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples.
  • When appropriate offer degree programs.

Composition of Steering Committee

  • The Council shall consist of two representatives from each organization. Each organization may appoint alternates.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Steering Committee will fulfill the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Report on the objectives, work plan, implementation, issues or recommendations through common reports to respective organizations.
  • Agree on an information strategy for the preparation of information for distribution.
  • Plan functions or events for the implementation of objectives, work plan or other initiatives.
  • Share and coordinate fund-raising strategies with member organizations.

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