Indigenous Ministries Office

Under the direction of Bishop Fred Colli, Rev. Father Gerry McDougall and a Council of Elders, we are presently working on a "Vision Statement" that will embrace all we are meant to be.

VISION: To impact First Nations, Inuit and Métis with the gospel and to see First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders empowered to coach and provide leadership to current and emerging leadership.

The greatest difficulties between Aboriginal People and those of other ethnicities is this: while others may eventually blend with mainstream Canadian society over the course of one or two generations, Aboriginals will always - and in fact are encouraged to retain their culture and values. Aboriginal values of family, land, community and tradition are often at opposite ends of the spectrum from the values of mainstream society. Without compromising truth, Aboriginal leadership in our fellowship embraces these values as a means to fulfill its vision statement.

I encourage all who have questions regarding the availability of resources, spiritual needs of their communities, or Native Spiritual Leadership Training call the Indigenous Ministries Office for more information. I would truly love to hear from you.

As this office grows, I pray it embraces the present and future needs of the Indigenous peoples. Please let us journey as one in Christ.

This office is staffed by Rev. Father Gerry McDougall and Penny Fitzpatrick. The office will help coordinate Indigenous Ministries throughout the Diocese of Thunder Bay, sharing and communicating diocesan resources and enhancing ministry to Indigenous parishes and people. Someone will be available in this office on Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday afternoons from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Please call for an appointment at (807) 343-9313 or email the office at

Mission Canada Quotes

Suicide, substance abuse, and hopelessness are only some of the obstacles holding generations of Aboriginal Canadians from finding and fulfilling a destiny directed by the Spirit of God. Aboriginal peoples across Canada urgently need to hear and know the message of love, hope and healing of Christ.

Aboriginal Canadians are a priority. Mission Canada and Thunder Bay Indigenous Ministries office are committed to working with Aboriginal leaders to discover new ways to train and equip called leaders. A new generation of equipped Aboriginal leaders will have greater influence in the lives of young people who are the hope of the future.

Across Canada, new opportunities are emerging to reach into the farthest areas of our country and into our urban areas where many Aboriginals live today. This office will be a resources to address that need.

There is a vast mission field right here in Canada. What part will you play in God's story of a people coming to know him?