The website of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton – our Archdiocese – is filled with information for living the Catholic faith daily. For example you can read about the Pastoral Priorities of our Archbishop Richard W. Smith, namely, Communion with Christ, Authentic Witness, and Growth in Holiness.
Because of the importance of the relationship between First Nations and Métis peoples and the Catholic church, Archbishop Smith established the 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.