Jun 21 2023
National Indigenous Peoples Day – Andrew Thunder
Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, a day to recognize and commemorate the First Nations and Indigenous Peoples who make up this country and who have come long before us. In light of this, we have reposted an important message to our community from Mr. Andrew Thunder (his bio is below). The title of his reflection is “A Christian Response to Reconciliation”.Andrew, an Oji-Cree Canadian and proud member of Sachigo Lake First Nation in Treaty 9 Territory, is an advocate for reconciliation for the ministries, non-profits, and businesses within the private sector. He holds a BA from Horizon College and Seminary in Saskatchewan and an MBA from the University of Manitoba. Andrew has served as an executive pastor and provided leadership to Indigenous Missions initiatives for the PAOC within Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. He currently works in the private sector as the Director of Corporate Responsibility at The North West Company - the largest employer of Indigenous peoples in Canada. His role is to lead a corporate response and initiatives related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. For ministry, Andrew works with pastors and ministry leaders to assist them with their approach to reconciliation and ministry to Indigenous Peoples.