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Mapping the Ground We Stand On

In 2019, PWRDF launched a new five-year strategic plan. The fifth goal is “Mutual Reconciliation: We will accompany and support First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, guided by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the priorities of Indigenous communities and organizations in Canada.”

In seeking to advance that goal, PWRDF invested in training nine facilitators from the four ecclesiastical provinces for “Mapping the Ground We Stand On” exercise. The facilitators are:


  • Nancy and John Denham (Diocese of New Westminster)
  • Michael Shapcott (Diocese of Kootenay)

Rupert’s Land:

  • Elizabeth Bonnett (Diocese of Rupert’s Land)
  • Jennifer Marlor (Diocese of B.C.)


  • Greg Smith (Diocese of Huron)
  • Cheryl Marek (Diocese of Toronto)


  • Gillian Power (Diocese of Nova Scotia/PEI)
  • Mike McKenzie (Diocese of Nova Scotia/PEI)

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Each ecclesiastical province group has been equipped with a large floor map of Canada and is ready to bring this education for reconciliation resource to you. It is ideal for a synod, clergy retreat day, youth gathering, PWRDF parish representative day, or Indigenous awareness event.

“This resource can be helpful,” wrote National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop Mark MacDonald in his introduction to the Mapping Exercise. “It is another layer, another lens, of the story of colonialism. It allows some personal application and consideration. In this exercise you will uncover the truth and the falseness of many of the maps that are part of our individual and collective lives.”

If you would like to host a Mapping Exercise, PWRDF will cover any travels for our volunteer facilitators. Local hosts are asked to cover any costs associated with the venue or refreshments and provide tech support. We will bring the map!

To inquire about hosting a Mapping Exercise, please email Suzanne Rumsey. Our facilitators will provide further details on how to organize a workshop.

Print resources:

Mapping the Ground We Stand On (Facilitator’s Guide), 3rd edition

Indigenous Names (revised) – This multi-page document includes 71 pages of Indigenous Peoples’ names to lay out on the map, referred to on page 7 of the Facilitator’s Guide.

Indigenous Names (half page) – This version of Indigenous Names is ideal for use with smaller map.

Canada with Indigenous names – map

Canadian Indigenous Program projects – This document includes descriptions of PWRDF’s work in Indigenous communities, referred to on page 22 of the Facilitator’s Guide.

PowerPoint resources:

Mapping the Ground We Stand On
Locating PWRDF’s Indigenous Programs