On July 28, the diocese of Saskatchewan will convene a general assembly to elect a diocesan indigenous bishop as well as members of a new indigenous council.
The election will take place following changes to the diocese’s constitution and canons that provide indigenous members with greater self-determination.
The three candidates nominated for the position are: The Ven. Adam Halkett, archdeacon of the diocese; the Rev. Beryl Whitecap, incumbent at Little Red River Reserve; and The Rev. Canon Park Buck, priest-in-charge at the Church of the Good Shepherd, in Cumberland House.
The diocese is being called “to a greater unity and generosity in response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Bishop Michael Hawkins in a statement.
The diocese of Saskatchewan has about 23,000 members, 60 per cent of whom are Cree First Nations.