Native Assembly 2014, July 28 - 31, 2014

Between July 28-31, Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous Relations and the Partnership Circle of Mennonite Church Manitoba hosted Native Assembly 2014 in Winnipeg. It was a powerful time of exploring what it might look like for settler and Indigenous peoples to live into Treaty relationship – a covenant commitment with one another, the land, and the Creator. The conversations were at once passionate, gentle, and deeply unsettling. They called us to radical respect of traditional Indigenous pathways and to a rediscovery of transformative biblical memories. They invited us to stillness and risky action, to simplicity and mutual generosity. It wasn’t perfect. But it was joyous, challenging and really good.

Without the support of the Mennonite Church Canada constituency, we couldn’t do gatherings like this – gatherings that are truly animating significant steps towards right relations and peacemaking. One of our guest teachers said to me, “I used to hate the church. But this [dialogue] is amazing. I’m doing a 180.” I am so grateful to you all for making this possible. I lift my hands with thanks. We can make a difference, and we are.       

Steve Heinrichs
Director, Indigenous Relations

Assembly Materials

UPDATE: There's been some confusion that Native Assembly is for Indigenous folks only. In fact, it's for non-Native folks too! Please help us pass on the word that EVERYONE is invited! -Thanks.

On behalf of Mennonite Church Canada and the Partnership Circle of Mennonite Church Manitoba, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Winnipeg – Treaty 1 Territory - for Native Assembly 2014! Please join us for a life-giving and memorable experience as we gather together on the campus of Canadian Mennonite University.

See the left menu for more information.

Assembly Schedule

(Updated July 23, 2014)

View Winnipeg2014 in a larger map

Invitation Video