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An Invitation to Unite in Prayer on the 20th Annual National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2016


Today marks the 20th annual National Aboriginal Day. Since 1996, this day has been observed as National Aboriginal Day throughout our country; and, since 1971, it’s been observed as the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer in the Anglican Church of Canada. I invite us to unite today with our First Nations’ brothers and sisters in offering the following prayers to our God of grace:

AIN_logo_web-2 (1)Creator God, from you every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. You have rooted and grounded us in your covenant love, and empowered us by your Spirit to speak the truth in love, and to walk in your way towards justice and wholeness. Mercifully grant that your people, journeying together in partnership, may be strengthened and guided to help one another to grow into the full stature of Christ, who is our light and our life. Amen.
(Covenant Collect, Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples)

Creator, we give you thanks for all you are and all you bring to us for our visit within your creation. In Jesus, you place the Gospel in the Centre of this Sacred Circle through which all of creation is related. Give us your strength to live together with respect and commitment as we grow in your spirit, for you are God, now and forever. Amen.
(Gathering Prayer, A Disciple’s Prayer Book, Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples)

The above logo for the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples was designed by the Rev’d Mervin Wolfleg from our Diocese. You can read his explanation of its symbolism by clicking here 



Embedded immediately below are 2 videos about National Aboriginal Day. 

More information on National Aboriginal Day is available in a document entitled “0010. National Aboriginal Day of Prayer Insert (2009).” You can access it by going to Google Documents; clicking on; typing in as your email address stpaulscalgary; and then typing in as your password God’s Grace.



Embedded immediately below are 4 videos of the Anglican Church of Canada’s National Indigenous Bishop, the Rt. Rev’d Mark MacDonald.


Embedded below is a video of 46 indigenous representatives presenting a short version of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  

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