NAIITS Journal Volume 15 Published! 15/05/20 22:51 NAIITS is pleased to announce the publication of volume 15 of the NAIITS Journal, a collection of papers from the 2017 symposium which took place at Portland Seminary.
In the 15th volume you will find conversations directly tied to and exploring the UNDRIP. These papers and the conversations that surrounded them were efforts to explore not just the content of the declaration, but what it might look like for it to be implemented and lived out in a day-to-day basis. You’ll also note in these pages that the signatories to the declaration were sometimes reluctant, even skeptical toward it. This too captures the ongoing challenge of Indigenous Peoples seeking to assert themselves as unique peoples, in unique lands, with unique histories. You can see the list of contents on the Table of Contents page.
A number of transitions have taken place in relation to the journal. Our community mourned the loss of Wendy Peterson, who shepherded the journal from its inception up to volume 14. NAIITS faculty members Danny Zacharias and Kimberlee Medicine Horn Jackson have taken up the work of co-editing.
NAIITS is happy to announce that the journal is now indexed in the Atla religion index. Atla is the premier academic index for religion and theology. The entire journal is indexed and housed through Atla, and is available through institutional subscriptions.
NAIITS is also excited to announce a new partnership with the Canadian Bible Society (CBS). CBS will now be the publisher and distributor of the NAIITS journal. Individuals can purchase hard copies or digital copies from the CBS store, and institutions can purchase their subscriptions through Ebsco subscription services or CBS.
Please visit the new Journal page on the NAIITS site, or browse the journals on the CBS store page The latest volume 15 is available in digital or print, and the previous volumes are available in digital format. In the forthcoming weeks, the print copies of previous volumes will also become available through the CBS store.
Kyle Taylor Passed from Life to Life - March 13, 2020 12/03/20 14:58
The NAIITS community is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend, our brother, and our colleague, Kyle Taylor. Kyle passed from this side of our common journey of life, to the one that awaits all who have faith, yesterday, March 13, 2020. He joins the one who made him, and commissioned his life, his Lord and Restorer, Jesus. Our Pawnee brother was a faithful travel companion for all on the trail of contextual ministry and learning. He was the Selfie King; the court jester; the man who spied out the land, and seeing that it held much promise, he entered in and was deeply satisfied with what he found. His humour was unique, his drive to teach and train the next generation inexhaustible. He served faithfully as a member of faculty at Bacone College and also with NAIITS.
Together with his beloved Marcia and their boys, his life bore much fruit.
He will be deeply missed by all. Please pray for Marcia and the family at this time of loss and grief.
The IP Community Grieves a Great Loss - Wendy Lynn Beauchemin Peterson 14/10/18 01:29
It is with the deepest sadness and an overwhelming sense of loss that the board of NAIITS, together with the rest of the Indigenous Learning Community who knew and loved her, announce the passing from this life into the next of our dear sister, friend, and colleague in Indigenous life and education, Wendy Lynn Beauchemin Peterson. Wendy left us September 28th while celebrating friendship and birthdays with a number of friends in Paris, France. Her death, while sudden to all of us, will have come as no surprise to the one who formed her at the beginning of the world, instilling in her all the raw materials that would become the person we all knew and loved. She has now been welcomed by her creator into the next steps of life's journey beyond this world.
While we are all devastated, and in our own ways, according to our own relationship with Wendy, will experience her loss in the days to come, the deepest loss will lie with Ed, Melanie, Chad, Cory, their spouses and Wendy’s many grandchildren. As we have already begun to do, and invite you to do also, we continue to pray for all of the immediate and extended family in this time of separation and loss.
Wendy was not only a founder of NAIITS’, but a continuous member of NAIITS board of directors up until her passing. She was so very central to NAIITS’ formation that she has been referred to on many occasions as NAIITS’ mother. From NAIITS’ inception, Wendy was also its journal editor, devoting her time to its continued improvement and ultimately overseeing its welcome into the indexed volumes of the American Theological Libraries Association (ATLA).
Wendy survived a bout with cancer, to finish writing her Ph.D. dissertation, and successfully defend A Gifting of Sweetgrass: The Reclamation of Culture Movement and NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community this past May. She was hooded as Dr. Wendy Lynn Beauchemin Peterson on June 7, 2018 in the company of the NAIITS community to which she had devoted so much energy and passion over the years.
Wendy’s heart for people was obvious to all who met her. She was a combination of deep compassion, boldness in speech (wrapped in her inimitable humour), accompanied by actions that consistently named discrimination wherever she saw it. She was passionate about justice for all people but especially for Indigenous peoples at home and around the globe. As a Red River Métis woman, she was a role model to all who met her and came to know her, but she was especially concerned for the nurture and development of Indigenous women, of all ages.
Journey well our dear sister, aunt, and friend into the life that lies beyond this one; into the place where he who made you has waited for your return and now welcomes you into his warm and strong embrace. We will deeply miss you!
The family has asked that in lieu of other gifts, donations be made to Indigenous Pathways. To Donate Click Here. More IP Connecting: Sioux Falls Seminary 14/11/17 00:30 After 15 years of ongoing partnership through an initial symposium and then 10 years of the Wiconi immersion program, Indigenous Pathways has taken another step in ministry partnership with Sioux Falls Seminary. September 13-15. Terry LeBlanc and Casey Church, together with Sioux Falls Seminary faculty Doug Anderson, Larry Caldwell, and Corky Alexander, delivered a mini-symposium on Indigenous mission and ministry to a receptive audience of about 35 practitioners. By all accounts, the event was a huge success!
According to one participant, “My commitment to seeing Indigenous peoples become whole followers of Jesus was ramped-up even more than ever! I fully support Indigenous Pathways’ efforts in ministry and training. You are a unique group of people! Count me in!”
Thank you to our readership and supporters for making this possible.
NAIITS “Down Under” and Whitley College 14/04/17 01:30 We are thrilled to announce our newest partnership with the Australian Indigenous community, and Whitley College at the University of Melbourne, to deliver a Masters In Theological Studies Indigenous and to begin to offer an Indigenous PhD program supervised in partnership with NAIITS.
The mission of Whitley College is to equip men and women for leadership and service in the church and society. We have adopted the tag line: ‘Equipping leaders for a different world’.
Our vision is for each person to make a contribution, within the College and in their life beyond university studies, towards a different world—and whilst on this journey, form lasting friendships and make the most of every opportunity.
The Baptist heritage of Whitley College stresses the integrity and freedom of each person, a respect for all and a challenge to all to contribute to a just, peaceful society. Baptist faith emphasizes a personal response to God, as we understand the expression of God in Jesus Christ and in the witness of the Bible. While Baptists hold to this personal faith, they also uphold the religious freedom of all and seek to a respectful relationship with people of all faiths and of none.
Face to Face with Terry LeBlanc 14/11/15 00:30 David Peck, founder of SoChange, a social enterprise that works with the corporate and NGO community in leadership development, innovation and entrepreneurship, interviewed Terry LeBlanc in his podcast called Face2Face. In this episode, Terry talks about “weaponized” religion, compound worldviews, about living in a “both/and” world, and unpacks notions of interdependence, integration and inter-relationship.
Director of NAIITS to be honored by Acadia Divinity College 14/04/15 01:31 The Board of Governors, Senate, and Faculty of Acadia University, Wolfville, NS conferred on Rev. Dr. Terry LeBlanc a Doctor of Divinity Honorary May 10, 2015.
Terry is Mi’kmaq and Acadian in his 43rd year of marriage to Bev. He is the father of twin daughters and one son. Jeanine (married to Dan) and Jennifer are actively involved in the Indigenous community through their educational studies, vocations and churches. From his residence in the Philippines, Matt directs a community development framed ministry to Indigenous youth and young adults that is active in various regions of the globe including through his colleagues and fellow staff in Canada.
The founding Chair and current Director of Indigenous Pathways, and Director of the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS). Terry also oversees iEmergence and My People, both of which are focused on building capacity with Indigenous people. In addition to 37 years of grassroots work in the Native North American and global Indigenous context, Terry has taught at various colleges, seminaries and universities. Reflecting his commitment to Christian education from an Indigenous perspective, Terry also serves as a sessional or adjunct faculty member at George Fox University and Evangelical Seminary, Acadia Divinity College and Tyndale University College and Seminary.
Author of numerous articles, theological papers and assorted book chapters, Terry has won several awards for his varied writings. In June 2010, for his work on the creation of NAIITS, Terry became the 28th recipient of the Dr. E.H. Johnson Memorial Award for Innovation in Mission.
Indigenous Peoples & Christian Higher Education: a Consultation 25/04/13 01:31 Over 25 people from nine institutions took part in a follow-up session to an initial symposium that took place at Booth Univ. College in Winnipeg, MB, in May 2013. This second event was sponsored by NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community, and CHEC (Christian Higher Education Canada). Its focus was on the development of cooperativeways of supporting Indigenous students in their pursuit of distinctive, Biblically sound, and academically rigorous programs of study, respectful of Indigenous worldviews.
Highlights from the symposium include a commitment to:
Develop a vision statement guiding efforts at greater Indigenization on CHEC campuses;
Create a web-based platform for sharing online courses and other resources with an Indigenous focus; and
Explore the creation of a Circle for Indigenous Studies to benefit joint programs being developed by NAIITS in cooperation with CHEC schools and other campuses.
Terry, LeBlanc, Executive Director of NAIITS, was encouraged by the emergence of concrete steps that would build on the work NAIITS is already doing in cooperation with CHEC members. CHEC’s Executive Director, Dr. Justin Cooper, expressed appreciation for the cooperative spirit present during the meetings as well as the commitment to move forward in cooperative efforts in Indigenous education.
NAIITS currently offers three graduate programs with an Indigenous focus In cooperation with existing Christian institutions: an MAIS with George Fox University and Seminary, an MTS (I) with Tyndale University College & Seminary, and a PhD with William Carey University. Also under development are two new programs in asset-based community development with an Indigenous focus: a BA program with Providence University College, and an MA program with Acadia University and Divinity College. CHEC includes 35 accredited Christian colleges, universities and seminaries across Canada, serving over 17,500 students.