Native Assembly 2014 - Speakers

Stan McKay


  • Take off your shoes: Listening to All My Relations
  • Living the Covenants of Peace

Stan McKay was born at Fisher River First Nation Reserve, a Cree community in northern Manitoba. As a youth, Stan attended the Fisher River Indian Day School and the Birtle Indian Residential School. In 1971 he graduated from the University of Winnipeg, was ordained by the United Church of Canada, and became a pastor. A former moderator of the United Church and director of the Dr. Jessie Saulteaux Centre, Stan presently focuses his energies on building cross-cultural relations, participating in dialogues that address injustices resulting from colonial history. Stan and his wife, Dorothy, live in Gladstone, Manitoba and have three children and three grandchildren.

Adrian Jacobs

Message: A Treaty Experience of Christian Spirituality

Ganosono, of the Turtle Clan, Cayuga Nation, Six Nations Haudenosaunee Confederacy, is also known by his GST name, Adrian Jacobs. Adrian is a father of five and grandfather of two. He is the Keeper of the Circle at Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre (SSSC) in Beausejour, Manitoba. SSSC is a ministry training school that combines respect for and training in Christian and Aboriginal traditional teachings. As a guest in the lands of the Cree-Anishinaabe (Treaty 1), Adrian seeks to live out, honour, advocate for, and actively support Indigenous values and issues.

Melanie Kampen & Deanna Zantingh

Message: Beyond Metaphor - Hearing God in Creation

Melanie Kampen recently graduated with a Masters of Theological Studies from Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Her current passion is exploring how Native theologians can help us re-read western understandings of original sin. Melanie has been involved in Mennonite Church Manitoba's Partnership Circles since 2006 with Matheson Island and since 2012 with Pauingassi First Nation, Manitoba. She is a member of Springfield Heights Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, MB.

Deanna is originally from a settler community that live in the lands of the Six Nations in Southern Ontario. During winter months, she currently is a guest in Treaty 1 as a master’s student at Canadian Mennonite University. During summer months, you’ll find her working for iEmergence as a camp director in the First Nation of Mishkeegogamang. Deanna is grateful for the stories of people and places that have taught her to listen and expand her peace-building imagination.

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe and originally from St. Peter’s (Little Peguis) Indian Settlement near Selkirk, Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues for CTV, CBC, and APTN and his critical and creative work can be found in books such as The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, and newspapers like The Guardian. He is also the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of the Water (Highwater Press, 2011) and is a member of the Kino-nda-niimi Collective that produced The Winter We Danced, a fascinating collection of exploring the past, present and future of Idle No More. Currently at the University of Manitoba, Niigaan teachers courses in Indigenous literatures, cultures, and histories.

Peter Haresnape

Peter has worked fulltime with Christian Peacemaker Teams since 2010 on their Aboriginal Justice project, which seeks to provide and promote solidarity with nonviolent grassroots indigenous justice and peacemaking movements, and work towards undoing colonialism in Turtle Island/North America. He is excited about following Jesus in a way that provokes liberation, creativity, and resists oppression and injustice. He is from the UK originally, and attends Toronto United Mennonite Church.