Suicide in our Land

The Rev. Canon Ginny Doctor (Mohawk, Turtle Clan),

            We are pleased to offer this resource on providing pastoral care at time of suicide.  At the 2013 International Urban Ministry Gathering in Phoenix, The Rt. Rev. Steve Charleston told the gathering that suicide is prevalent in many Indigenous communities of North America within the imposed political borders of the United States and Canada. He encouraged us to work together to see what we could do to prevent suicide. As clergy and lay leaders we are often looked upon as the spiritual leaders for the community. Many of our ministers are not paid and depend on other employment to make ends meet. And, sadly, many don’t have the time or money to receive continuing education on such matters as suicide. We wanted to create a free, easy to use resource that would help all of our ministers – lay and ordained.
            In June of 2014 a consultation on providing pastoral care at time of suicide was held at Six Nations, Ohsweken, Ontario. The Office of the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, Church of Canada and the Indigenous Theological Training Institute of North America co-sponsored the consultation attended by nine Indigenous people from Canada and four from the United States. We sat in a circle of love and prayer for two days discussing and sharing our concerns for suicide prevention. There were many tears but there was also much laughter. We realized that suicide has touched all of our lives and that the need for healing is great in ourselves, our families and communities. One of the topics brought forth was the need for ceremonies to help with healing. I offer the following little ceremony that was much appreciated by my family.
Editor’s note: ITTI and Cook Native American Ministry collaborated in 2013 to present a Winter Workshop – the Spirituality of Suicide.  The presenters and participants also called for the development of a resource for suicide. This resource is partially funded by Cook Native American Ministry Foundation, ITTI and Indigenous Ministry in the Anglican Church in Canada in response to the need.
Contact The Rev. Canon Debbie Royals, ITTI Consultant, droyals@indigenoustheologicaltraininginstitute.org to arrange for copies and training.
Suicide In Our Land

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