Commissions, Committees, Councils

Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council


The Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council is an advisory body of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). Since its beginnings in 1998, the role and responsibilities of the Indigenous Council have grown considerably. Today, the Council comprises a significant number of Bishops and Indigenous Catholics. Through research, writing and community engagement, the Council provides the CCCB with information and recommendations on understanding and appreciating Indigenous needs and furthering relationships and healing with Indigenous Peoples across the land.

Within its regular service to the CCCB, each year, the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council assists the CCCB in marking the National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (12 December ) by issuing a message which is distributed in dioceses and eparchies, as well as published on the CCCB website and in Living with Christ and Prions en Église.


The Most Rev. Jon Hansen, C.Ss.R., Co-Chair
The Most Rev. Thomas Dowd
The Most Rev. Richard Smith
The Most Rev. Pierre-Olivier Tremblay, O.M.I.
The Most Rev. Bart van Roijen

National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous People

Advisor, Research Assistant and Council Secretary

Tracy Blain

Indigenous Relations


2500 Don Reid Drive
Ottawa (ON) K1H 2J2

613-241-9461, ext. 219