For the healing of Indigenous people to be effective, complete and lasting there needs to be a shift in consciousness. In an effort to achieve this, Kateri has made training one of the two central pillars of our organization.

Our training activities draw from both Indigenous traditions and Christian teachings to achieve several aims. They reconnect Indigenous people with their identities and provide them a sense of wholeness. They build up leaders in our community who can carry our vision of healing into the future. They also bring awareness of reconciliation as non-Indigenous Christians learn more about our cultures and traditions.

Training is conducted by experienced Indigenous Elders and a growing list of partners thanks to strengthened relationships with the Archdiocese of Ottawa, St. Paul University, and key groups such as the Jesuits of English Canada.

Indigenous Pastoral Leadership Formation: We train Indigenous participants to become pastoral leaders and ministers in their home communities.

Kendasawin: We reconnect Indigenous participants with their rich heritages, and show non-Indigenous participants the value of our traditional knowledge.

Workshops: We offer a wide variety of workshops throughout the year to help our communities and their members to grow and heal.

Contemplative Dialogue and Ignatian Retreats: Kateri participates in spiritual exercises in conjunction with the Society of Jesus to help connect with the core of our beings.

Indigenous Christian Prayer Book: We are beginning a project that will record, document and preserve the Christian and Indigenous teachings of our Elders.

Land-Based Learning

For over 10,000 years the land on Turtle Island has been our classroom. Kateri’s training programs bring learners to the land so they can see the love of God manifested all around them. When we stop, watch, and listen we realize how lucky we are to be part of this magnificent Creation.

Land-based learning is a transformative experience that promotes life in an incredible way. It calls us to ask “Am I good for Creation?” and guides us to live a more balanced, more harmonized life. Nature reminds us that life is not stagnant, and encourages to grow in our spiritual lives through the love of God.