Native Ministries

Updates, events and other offerings from Native Ministries of BC Conference.

Ancestral Principles for All People

Painting, "Pulling Together"

We promote and initiate traditional ancestral principles to be an integral part of living faith and trust in God and the Gospel of Christ in all relationships including conflict resolution, rites of passage, purification and affirmation.

Native Ministries Council Executive Members
niisnoolh [at] gmail [dot] com (Ray Jones)
jameswhite [at] shaw [dot] ca (James White)

The Alvin Dixon Memorial Bursary Fund

Alvin Dixon

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.


Conference Minister of Native Ministries, Patricia Vickers, will be visiting the communities of Prince Rupert Presbytery starting January 2015: Lax Kwalaams: January 4th-6th; Hartley Bay: Cancelled due to the loss of leader and community member, Bob Hill.  Services will be in Prince Rupert at First United Church on January 24th, 2015; Skidegate: January 12th & 13th;Prince Rupert: 8th-14th; Terrace: January 15th-18th; Kitimaat Village: January 19th; Gitsegukla: January 20th & 21st; Kispiox: January 22nd & 23rd.

Native Ministries Summary Report

Patricia Vickers

Patricia Vickers, Ph.D.
BC Conference  Minister, Native Ministries

September 4, 2014

Summary Report

In him we live and move and have our being  (Acts 17:28)

Alvin Dixon

Alvin DixonJune 10th, 1937 – July 20th, 2014

With sadness, we announce the passing of a true pioneer and respected gentleman. He will be missed by his children: Ian, Lisa, Maria and Bill, and his grandchildren: Curtis & Wilson, Zoe & Anya, Adam & Zephrenn, and his surviving siblings: Grace, Marion & Fred. Also, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Alvin will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Memorial service was held 7:00 pm Thursday, July 24th at Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre at 1607 East Hastings St., Vancouver. Funeral service was held, Friday, July 25 at 11:00 am at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson St., Vancouver.

Native Ministries Archived Articles

These are articles and newsletters that have historical significance.

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