Celebrating Indigenous Peoples across the land

June 20, 2023

On June 21st, the National Indigenous Day of Prayer, we join in recognition and celebration of the history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across Canada. We acknowledge the painful history of which churches shared in the colonization and destruction of Indigenous spirituality and culture; and we are committed to the long road toward reconciliation.

In advance of this day, we invite our churches to:

  • Celebrate with the Indigenous people in and around your communities
  • Share in Indigenous events to learn more about the gifts within their distinct cultures
  • Read Indigenous authors – fiction and non-fiction – who through their stories and wisdom help us all see our history in its fullness
  • Celebrate with the Sacred Circle Church in the Anglican Church of Canada at the signing of their Covenant and Our Way of Life documents, which found a self-governing Indigenous Church
  • Receive with open hearts the invitation to walk together as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, as offered in the 2023 National Indigenous Day of Prayer sermon delivered by the Most. Rev. Christopher Harper, National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop and Presiding Elder for Sacred Circle

Additionally, we encourage non-Indigenous individuals in our churches to:

  • Deepen your knowledge of Indigenous histories and heritage
  • Acknowledge the pain caused by the actions of recent predecessors in governance and in faith, through the residential and day schools, unmarked burial sites and generations of racism – and repent for our part in that pain today

Together, let’s give thanks for the courage and resilience of Indigenous peoples in the face of continuing inequities in Canada – and work to end them.

Join with the Sacred Circle in this prayer…

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 all of which all creation is related.
You show us the way to live a generous and compassionate life.
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.


[signed] +Christopher Harper
The Most Rev. Chris Harper
National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop, Anglican Church of Canada

[signed] +Susan C Johnson
The Rev. Susan Johnson
National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

[signed] +Linda Nicholls
The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church of Canada

Matthew 10:40-42


40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous, 42 and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

John 15:12-17

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing, but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

John 21:15-19

Jesus and Peter

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Luke 11:33-36

The Light of the Body

33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a bushel basket; rather, one puts it on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but if it is unhealthy, your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. 36 But if your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.”

Matthew 8:1-4

Jesus Cleanses a Man

8 When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him, and there was a man with a skin disease who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be made clean!” Immediately his skin disease was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”