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The Alvin Dixon Memorial Bursary Fund
Alvin William Dixon was well known up and down the west coast as a leader on many levels within and outside the United Church. Throughout his life, Alvin quietly worked behind the scenes to improve the lives of First Nations people in many areas including fishery and youth. He also worked to raise awareness with Canadians about the experiences of First Nation children in residential schools.
He was a strong activist, holding roles with the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia, as a member of the General Council Executive of the United Church, and as the second Native Ministries staff person for BC Conference. He was also a founder of the Native Ministries Consortium and the native ministries program at the Vancouver School of Theology.
Alvin died of cancer on July 20, 2014 in Vancouver. In honour of his life and his dedication to the United Church and to education, an endowed fund at The United Church of Canada Foundation has been established. The Alvin Dixon Memorial Bursary Fund will support initiatives that focus on education for Aboriginal students.
To contribute to this fund, please contact darmour [at] united-church [dot] ca (subject: The%20Alvin%20Dixon%20Memorial%20Bursary%20Fund) (David Armour) at the General Council office.
BC Conference is proud to call Alvin one of our own, a friend and colleague in Christ. View Alvin in interview on Pressure Point during his time as BC Conference staff.
- 1986, “This Land is Not Our Land” Part 1 and Part 2 - George Searcy, Neil Sterritt, Alvin Dixon and panelists re Native land claims.
- 1986, “Native Spirituality” Part 1 and Part 2 - Alvin Dixon’s interview with Marie Wilson and Vi Smith, elders from Hazelton.
- 1985, “A Native Brother’s Story” - Ray Jones tells the story of his life journey to Alvin Dixon.