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Office of Indigenous Relations

The Office of Indigenous Relations provides the Archbishop with a link to the large Indigenous community in the Archdiocese. It was established in November 2016, with Gary Gagnon appointed as coordinator.

Part of the coordinator’s role is to act as an ambassador and representative of the Archbishop, particularly in the parishes of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in Maskwacis, Our Lady of Mercy in Enoch, and Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton.

Among the events that are promoted through the office are the feast days of St. Kateri Tekakwitha and Our Lady of Guadalupe, the annual Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage, and Indigenous cursillos.

Education and creating awareness about traditional teachings are also part of this ministry. Gary, who grew up in a Métis family in St. Albert, has worked for several years as a cultural facilitator at Edmonton Catholic Schools, where he teaches about First Nations and Métis culture, spirituality, Catholic teachings, and the blending of the two.

Gary sees himself as a listener and helper, and says the direction of the Indigenous Relations Office will often be determined by the needs of the community. He welcomes your calls!

Gary can be reached Monday through Wednesday at Gary.Gagnon(at) or 780-469-1010.