The purpose of the National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering is to be a forum for: listening and discerning the Creator’s plan; visioning; spiritual nurture; mutual accountability; inspiration; education; youth development; and expressing the voice of the Indigenous community on spirituality and ministry.

The Gathering, held every three years, is responsible to be the voice of the Indigenous community on spirituality and ministry; to provide direction to the National Indigenous Council, General Council and the Executive of the General Council in response to the Creator’s plan; to be the voice of inspiration; the collective voice; leadership training.

The National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering is hosted by the National Indigenous Council, supported by Indigenous Ministries and Justice staff, and is comprised of representatives from each of the congregations named as Indigenous communities of faith including:

  • British Columbia Native Ministries
  • Ontario and Quebec Aboriginal congregations
  • Urban Indigenous participants
  • Honoured Elders
  • The National Indigenous Council
  • Healers and teachers
  • Youth and young adults
  • Children
  • Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre students, candidates, and staff
  • The Moderator and General Secretary
  • The Indigenous Candidacy Board members and Indigenous appointees to the Board of Vocation
  • Other General Council Office staff

Past Spiritual Gatherings hosted by the National Indigenous Council

  • 2011 Prince Rupert, BC
  • 2014 Oneida of the Thames First Nation, ON
  • 2017 Pinawa, MB
  • 2019 Rama, ON