Newman Theological College
Aboriginal Studies

Increasingly Newman College graduates are finding themselves in ministry situations in Western and Northern Canada where they are being asked to minister with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.  This may be in Aboriginal communities or in urban settings in parishes, schools and chaplaincies in health care or corrections institutions.

Newman College is developing new credit course and non-credit seminar initiatives related to ministry with Aboriginal peoples.   Newman is continuing its sponsorship of the Directions in Aboriginal Ministry summer program in partnership with the Building Bridges program of the Western Bishops.  New initiatives include a noon-hour seminar series “Medicine Wheel Teachings - Stories and Journeys from Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Communities”, and credit courses on interculturation and ministry in Aboriginal community settings.

For the Winter 2014 Semester, there will be a special credit course option associated with participation in the Edmonton Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Hearings, March 27-30, 2014.


Medicine Wheel Teachings

Stories & Journeys from Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Communities

This seminar series is designed to explore how Canada’s Catholic Aboriginal communities are engaged in a healing process that will bridge a difficult past with a far brighter future, how they define that process, how they draw on ancient traditions and their modern Catholic faith to make it happen and how this combination can end up enriching the Church in North America.

These seminars are open to everyone.  
No prior knowledge necessary!  
Attendance is free!
Register anytime!

Place: NTC

Dates (Tuesday, 12:10-1:00pm) beginning January 14:

  • January 14th 2014 – Medicine Wheel Healing: How It Starts & Medicine Wheel and Christian Faith
  • January 21st 2014 – Medicine Wheel Spirituality: A Gift to the Church & Medicine Wheel: A Way of Life
  • January 28th 2014 – Medicine Wheel Healing: How We Teach & Medicine Wheel: Healing and Reconciliation as Social Justice
  • February 4th 2014 – Medicine Wheel as Pastoral Ministry & Medicine Wheel: Reconciliation
  • March 4th 2014 – Medicine Wheel: Community Healing & Medicine Wheel: Healing of Addictions
  • March 11th 2014 – Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: A Healer’s Saint & Truth and Reconciliation

Instructor: Fr. Andrzej (Andrew) Szablewski & Bob McKeon Ph.D. (And Invited Aboriginal Educators)


MPS 245/STP 558 (3 Credits) (January- April 2014) Path of Healing: A Journey with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission - Independent Study Course

Course description:  Independent study course with attendance and participation in the National Alberta Truth and Reconciliation event to be held in Edmonton March 27-30, 2014.  Course will include pre and post conference readings, reflection papers and a research paper. Course content can include theologies of reconciliation, understanding the international and Canadian context of the TRC, engaging the public church and government apologies to aboriginal peoples, listening to the different voices within the TRC process, and looking to paths of reconciliation and healing extending past the TRC mandate.  The TRC Conference is free to attend.

Place: NTC and TRC site (TBA)

Instructor: Bob McKeon Ph.D.

What is the TRC?

The TRC is a component of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools (IRS). The Commission will document the truth of survivors, families, communities and anyone personally affected by the IRS experience. This includes First Nations, Inuit and Métis former Indian Residential School students, their families, communities, the Churches, former school employees, Government and other Canadians.