the centre for indigenous Scholars
AN INDIGENOUS RELIGIOUS CENTRE
The need for a Centre for Indian Scholars can be traced to the concerns of native elders and religious leaders who made up the Steering Committee of the Indian Ecumenical Conference in 1971. These religious leaders, traditional First Nation/Native Americans, called for an institution which could facilitate the strengthening and sharing of native religious thought and theology among all the native peoples of North America. Since that date traditional elders have used the Centre to facilitate a variety of grassroots regional religious meetings in the Great Lakes area, the American Southwest, northern British Columbia and Vancouver.
Our long term goal continues to be "the creation of a permanent centre for Indian Scholars where Indian elders could come and live together for long periods of time as well as being able to meet their counterparts from other communities and from other tribes. In other words, we would like to facilitate what is already in the minds of North American Indians but which has not been able to come together because of structural difficulties."( R.K. Thomas, 1984 Report).
Since the death of our founding president, Robert K. Thomas, we have restructured the board and advisory committee. We committed ourselves to continue the work of the Centre by pursuing our original objectives:
1. TO CREATE A GENUINE INDIAN CULTURAL RELIGIOUS AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION.
2. TO PROVIDE A CENTRE FOR NATIVE RELIGIOUS FIGURES AND TRADITIONAL TRIBAL LEADERS TO PURSUE THE STUDY AND TEACHING OF THEIR OWN TRADITIONS AND TO FOSTER THE CULTURE OF TRIBAL PEOPLES.
3. TO PROVIDE FOR CLERGY AND SERVICE PROFESSIONALS SPECIAL TRAINING PROGRAMS ABOUT INDIAN CULTURE TRADITION AND INDIGENOUS RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS TO LESSEN CROSS CULTURAL CONFLICTS.
4. TO FOSTER THE EVOLUTION COORDINATION AND MODERN ADAPTION OF THE CULTURE OF THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN CIVILIZATIONS.
5. TO PROVIDE A SEAT OF LEARNING FOR THOSE OF THE COMMUNITY WHO SEEK TO FURTHER THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN CIVILIZATIONS.
SOME OF THESE GOALS HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED BY WORKING WITH AND THROUTUTIONS. IN THE PAST FEW YEARS WE HAVE BEGUN TO FOCUS ON THE URGENT NEED TO BRING TOGETHER EL
With support of a 1991 grant from the Fellowship of the Maple Leaf Fund, London, U.K., Board members have had an ongoing discussion with the Vancouver School of Theology to develop a program of First Nations Religious Studies. (cf the 1992 report to this fund). This vision is realized in 2010 with two degree initiatives in Indigenous and Inter-Religious Studies through Yuuhadaax.
The Board of the Centre has committed itself to the long-term goal of establishing an endowment fund in memory of Robert K. Thomas.
In December, 2014, our name was changed to Centre for Indigenous Scholars.
Centre has tax deductible status as a charitable institution in Canada.
Individuals or corporations who wish to make donations to the Centre
should send their contribution to: The Secretary Treasurer, Centre for
Indigenous Scholars, 575 Gran Street
AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA IN ORDER TO IDENTIFY THOSE INGREDIENTS WHICH WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR SOME
L SOCIETIES TO SURVIVE THE NEXT 500 YEARS.
Goals 1,3 & 5 are partially i
in cooperation with the Native Ministries Summer School and through the degree programs in aboriginal theology t
Goal 2 and 4 are expressed in the Robert K. Thomas symposiums.
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