The National Consultation on Indigenous Anglican Self-Determination

By invitation of the Primate and the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, members of the Anglican Church of Canada gathered for The Road to Warm Springs from Sept. 15-17, 2017 in Pinawa, Manitoba.

Sixty-eight Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the Anglican Church of Canada who had demonstrated a commitment to reconciliation and Indigenous self-determination, including bishops, clergy, and laity, gathered for what Archbishop and Primate Fred Hiltz called “a holy time and a very hopeful time”. The consultation affirmed the continually emerging of a truly Indigenous church, and called on all the baptized to stand in solidarity with Indigenous people in their quest for self-determination.

Currently, a report is being written by the consultation planning team to be sent to both the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples and the Council of General Synod to receive and consider in Fall 2017.

Below are foundational documents circulated to participants prior to or during the consultation, and videos of plenary sessions. This webpage will be continually updated as videos are edited and become available.



The Primate, Fred Hiltz and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, Mark MacDonald welcome and address the participants.



Plenary Panel on ReconciliationA Non-Indigenous View Point

Four non-Indigenous speakers discuss what reconciliation means to them in this plenary panel discussion on Friday, September 15, 2017. (transcript)

Hopes and Dreams Youth Panel.
Keynote Presentation by Dr. Martin Brokenleg (biography)

Self-Determination — Who We Are as a Spiritual People and the Importance of Traditional and Christian Teachings in Self-Determination

A multiplicity of spiritualities has shaped Indigenous cultures. In this presentation. Dr. Martin Brokenleg explores the intersections of Christian teachings and traditional spiritual practices and beliefs. Presented on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

Ministry Moments

Throughout the consultation, indigenous members shared what ministry in their local contexts looked like and has evolved. Watch now.

Consultation Documents

  • A Call from Warm Springs

    A Call to the Church from The National Consultation on Indigenous Self-Determination (Signed Sunday, September 17, 2017)As brothers and sisters in The Lord gathered in Pinawa, MB for The National Consultation on Indigenous Self-Determination, we have grounded our work in the story of The Road to Emmaus. In an Indigenous version of the New Testament it is known as The Road to Warm Springs. Like the disciples on that road we have experienced the presence of Creator Sets Free (Jesus) among us.

    Read the full statement…

  • Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples’ Focus Group Document

    This focus group document presents the meaning of reconciliation and Indigenous self-determination within the Church. This document was circulated and presented by some members of the focus group on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

    Notes towards a Framework for Self-Determination

Agenda and background documents

A series of documents distributed to participants at the consultation outlined the agenda and provided helpful background information. These documents included: