THE INDIAN ECUMENICAL CONFERENCE     

 

 

Indian Day of Prayer

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THE 1971 STEERING COMMITTEE

This photo was taken at Morley, Alberta.  Brother John Hascall was absent when it was recorded.  This committee gave R.K. Thomas and Ian Mackenzie the authority to incorporate the Centre for Indian Scholars. In December of 2014 the name was change to Centre for Indigenous Scholars.

A detailed account of the history and accomplishments of the Indian Ecumenical Conference may be found in a book written by James Treat. Around the Sacred Fire: Native Religious Activism in the Red Power Era, James Treat, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.  We include here links to some of the early reports submitted to the donors which made the conferences possible, some of the resolutions passed by the conference, and some papers about the conference. The following quotes from the jacket of the book convey the significance of the Conference. 

"Treat has rescued an important area of Indian activism that has gone virtually unnoticed-the Indian Ecumenical Conference. Gathering scattered documents and conducting personal interviews, he presents an exciting history of efforts by traditional people to offer their own solution to modern social problems. Incisive and precise, this book opens additional vistas for the reader." - Vine Deloria, Jr.

" In these times of culminating wars and spiritual devastation, this book provides a useful map of efforts to organize across intertribal and interreligious borders.  The sacred fire was at the centre then, and now. The fire cooks our food, warms us, gives us light and movement.  We need to be reminded...and the appearance of this book assures us we will be."-Joy Harjo, Mvskoke.

The Centre for Indigenous Scholars continues the work of the Conference. It is apparent that there is an urgent need to convene traditional elders in conference to guide us in this time of destruction of the earth and the spiritual crisis in all of our communities.

 


 


 

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