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Town Hall Info Session and Regional Meeting to Vote on Remit

September 19, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Town Hall Info Session

Join us on Tuesday, September 19 starting at 6 p.m. for our town hall information session, when we will gather on Zoom with our friends from Canadian Shield Regional Council to review and discuss the remit to remove structural barriers to developing and sustaining an autonomous Indigenous Church. Special guest the Rev. Michael Blair, General Secretary, will be with us to join in the discussion.

This information session is open to all those interested in learning more about the remit vote, both for your own community of faith’s vote or our regional response. Please register below to attend.


Regional Meeting to Vote on Remit

Following the information session, Shining Waters regional members will stay online and vote on our regional response to the remit. We anticipate ending by 8 p.m.

This is a Category 3 Remit, and so requires a vote by every regional council and each pastoral charge’s governing body. If a regional council or a pastoral charge does not register a vote, that is considered a vote against the proposal.

There is one question to be voted on, as follows:

Does the regional council agree to amend the Basis of Union to reflect:

  1. That The United Church of Canada will be organized as follows (1) a three-council structure, consisting of communities of faith, regional councils and a Denominational Council*; and (2) an autonomous National Indigenous Organization; and
  2. That once the new autonomous National Indigenous Organization is established within The United Church of Canada, it will have its own mechanisms to make any future changes to its structure and processes, and, therefore will not be subject to the remit process under section 7.4.1 of the Basis of Union**; and
  3. The changes required for the establishment of the autonomous National Indigenous Organization.


Once the regional vote has been completed we will submit the regional response form to the General Council Office.


For more information and to register please see our website here.


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