Indigenous Ministries

Territorial Acknowledgment

The East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) of the United Church of Canada acknowledges that its buildings and ministries are on traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples.

CONTACTReverend Rodney Smith-Merkley - Minister for Respectful Relationship and Indigenous Justice

Reverend Rodney Smith-Merkley is the Regional Council’s Minister for Respectful Relations and Indigenous Justice. 

Phone: 1-800-268-3781 Ext. 6164
Email: RSMerkley@united-church.ca

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Respectful Relations

Anyone in the Regional Council with a particular interest in respectful relations can give their contact info to staff member Reverend Rodney Smith-Merkley. He will keep in touch and also direct you to events and articles that come up too quickly for the regular regional council e-news.

Indigenous Learning Resources


Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

In this atlas, you will find outstanding reference maps of Indigenous Canada, as well as a section devoted to Truth and Reconciliation, including detailed pages on many aspects of the topic with contemporary and historical photography, maps and more. There’s also a glossary of common Indigenous terms. This atlas was created by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in conjunction with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis Nation, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Indspire.

For more info, visit: Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada


21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act

…the essential guide to understanding the [Indian Act] and its repercussions on generations of Indigenous Peoples, written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer.

For more info, visit: 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act


Indigenous Relations – Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality

Practical tools that will help you respectfully avoid missteps in your business interactions and personal relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

For more info, visit: Indigenous Relations – Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality

Calls to the Church

Calls to the Church articulates the Indigenous Church’s vision for the ongoing development of Indigenous Peoples’ mission and ministry and communities of faith within The United Church of Canada.

It outlines pathways for the whole church to continue to walk in the Spirit of Christ toward justice, healing, and reconciliation.

For more info, visit: United Church of Canada – Calls to the Church