HIGHLIGHT / Our Strategic Plan
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people uniting with Jesus for a brighter future
The KAC Indigenous Connections Team is thrilled to host our second Us Together Conference.
This conference exhibits the heart of our team and our church: that Indigenous and non-Indigenous would come together, to listen, learn, and grow together in love, unity, and reconciliation. Our hope is that through working together, aligning with Jesus, and learning from one another we will see a better and brighter future.
This year’s conference features speakers from across Western Canada. We look forward to hearing from Annette Maurice, Norman McCallum, Howard Jolly, and Billy Rowluck. All of our featured speakers love Jesus and desire to use their lives to see their people, and our nation heal.
We are also bringing back Dave Wright from Ethnos Canada. Dave has over 30 years of working with and loving Indigenous people.
New to our conference this year will be breakout sessions on Saturday. These breakouts will be hosted by our featured speakers. The topics will be: Elders Circle, Truth and Reconciliation, and Establish (a new program offered September-June 2023-2024).
After 17 years of addiction and running from Jesus, my life changed when a neighbour introduced me to Jesus. Since the early 80’s, I have strived to make Jesus known amongst my people. I have served Indigenous people in the Arctic and all-over Western Canada: on Police Commissions, as Band Manager, as Addictions Recovery Counselor, and much more. Currently an Elder with the Woodland Cree Nation, I work with Kamloops Alliance Church leading the KAC Indigenous Connections Team as we journey towards truth and reconciliation.
I am a mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. I was born and raised in northern Saskatchewan to Metis parents. I was raised within the Catholic church and am a product of the residential school system. Initially, I found the Lord as an 18-year-old while living in Edmonton, Alberta. After many early life lessons and challenges, I found myself relocating to British Columbia in 1969. After some years of not walking with the Lord, I re-dedicated my life in 1981. The Lord has been gracious, merciful, and most loving. I am honored to share my love of Jesus and most importantly share of his miraculous navigation of my life.
My wife, Judy, and I serve with Ethnos Canada as missionaries of Osler Mission Chapel. Our first twenty years were as church planters in Papua New Guinea, and the last five years have been with the Establish ministry in Canada. We both came to faith at early ages. While I became en-thralled with tribal missions as a teenager through the stories of furloughing missionaries, it was while at Millar College of the Bible that God matured my passion for missions and led Judy as well. In Papua New Guinea, we had the privilege of being part of a team of church planters amongst an unreached people. We reduced the oral language to writing in order to teach and translate God’s Word. The goal was true biblical transforma-tion that would shine through that distinct culture. Praise the Lord, today there are three churches with 100+ believers who are well on their way to maturity.Having worked ourselves out of a job, the Lord transitioned us in 2015 to the Establish ministry in Canada. We are engaging the Canadian Church with Ethnos foundational discipling tools to establish her believers in Christ and empower them to begin a disciple-making movement throughout Canada and beyond.
I am a husband, father of three, schoolteacher, graduate student at the University of British Columbia, and member of the Nlaka’Pamux Nation. I have been asked to speak on the topic of truth and reconciliation and offer my view from the context of being raised by an Indigenous Father and non-Indigenous mother in Canada. I currently work at Stein Valley Nlaka”Pamux School at Lytton First Nation.
I look forward to sharing with you with the goal of understanding the issues surrounding First Nation and non-Indigenous relations in Canada.
Howard, a Cree from Waskaganish, Quebec presently lives in Niverville, Manitoba with his wife Karen (Metis). He was pastor of the Winnipeg First Nations Community Church since 2006 and is now the Executive Director of the First Nations Alliance Churches of Canada.
6:30pm – Doors & Registration
7:00-9pm -Session 1 featuring: Life Story from Billy Rowluck
Musical Worship by Howard Jolly
Keynote speaker: Howard Jolly
8:15am – Doors open and light breakfast served
8:45am – Welcome & Musical Worship
9:15am – Session 2: Breakout sessions
10:30am – Break
10:45am – Session 3: Keynote from Annette Maurice
11:15am – Table Discussion
12:00pm – Lunch (by donation)
12:30pm – Session 4: Panel Q&A
1:30pm – Conference Wrap Up