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Thank you for joining us!

Our theme this year was ‘The Stones Will Shout!’ and was held online only, on Saturday, November 25, 2023! If you were unable to join us, not to worry. Below you will find the recording of the regional meeting along with pertinent meeting documents. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon!



Meeting Recording




Meeting Resources and Materials




Remit Vote


Town Hall Info Session

A town hall information session was held on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 where we gathered on Zoom with our friends from Shining Waters Regional Council. A recording was made of the town hall meeting, where we reviewed and discussed the remit to remove structural barriers to developing and sustaining an autonomous Indigenous Church (also known as Remit One). Special guest speaker was the Rev. Michael Blair, General Secretary.


Decision of Vote

The following motion was considered and voted on at the meeting with the following results:

Motion by  Kathie Smith / Nancy Ferguson
that Canadian Shield Regional Council agrees to amend the Basis of Union to reflect: 

  1. That The United Church of Canada will be organized as follows (1) a three-council structure, consisting of communities of faith, regional councils and a Denominational Council*; and (2) an autonomous National Indigenous Organization; and
  2. That once the new autonomous National Indigenous Organization is established within The United Church of Canada, it will have its own mechanisms to make any future changes to its structure and processes, and, therefore will not be subject to the remit process under section 7.4.1 of the Basis of Union**; and
  3. The changes required for the establishment of the autonomous National Indigenous Organization.

Motion – Carried

The Regional Council office will submit their response to the General Council office as per instructions.

For more information about this remit, including the history and links to other resources, please see our Remit to Remove Structural Barriers to Developing and Sustaining an Autonomous Indigenous Church webpage.




headshot of Barb Nott

Chair of Executive’s Welcome Message

It is Regional Council Meeting (RCM) time again! This year, the Canadian Shield Regional Council is hosting an online meeting on November 25, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. via Zoom. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our meeting.

Our theme for this meeting is The Stones That Shout. For those of you who kept your 2019 Regional Council Meeting covenanting stones, it would be a great idea if you could bring it to the online meeting and set it down beside you.

In June at our first Festival of Faith event, we renewed friendships, made new friends and connections, and had time to start to develop clusters and networks. I hope that this is continuing. At this online meeting, we will hear what has been keeping us busy over the last year.

Also, we will be voting on Remit #1: Establishing an Autonomous National Indigenous Organization within The United Church of Canada. It was great that so many of you attended the Town Hall with Michael Blair to help us understand the remit. The video recording of the Town Hall can be found on this webpage, a little further down.

Looking forward to see you at the online RCM!

Barbara Nott
Chair of CSRC Executive

Chair’s Welcome Letter (PDF | 1 page)


Staff Support

Peter Hartmans

Peter Hartmans

Executive Minister

Phone: 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 2
Email: phartmans@united-church.ca

Serves in: Canadian Shield Regional Council and Shining Waters Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and spends time in each region.

Role: Peter provides leadership, counsel, and support for the governance and administration in the Regional Councils.

Contact Peter about: Budget and Policy; Media and Public Statements; Regional Joys and Concerns; Workplace Discrimination, Harassment, and Violence.

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Diane Matheson-Jimenez

Diane Matheson-Jimenez

Minister, Community of Faith Support

Phone: 1-833-236-0281
Extension: 6
Email: dmatheson@united-church.ca

Serves in: Canadian Shield Regional Council

Location: Teleworks from home

Role: Diane provides support for the region by encouraging and connecting communities of faith as they adapt and experiment in changing times.

Contact Diane about: Conflict Resolution, Community Ministries, Congregational Finance, Covenants, Grants, Property, and Transitions - amalgamations, collaboration, closures.

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Susan Whitehead

Susan Whitehead

Executive Assistant and Administrative Support

Phone: 705-474-3350 | 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 1
Email: swhitehead@united-church.ca

Serves in: Canadian Shield Regional Council and Shining Waters Regional Council

Location: Works from the North Bay Main Office.

Role: Susan provides administrative support to the Executive Minister, Regional Council Executive, and related Commissions.

Contact Susan about: General Inquiries; Bedrock Newsletter; Family News; Minutes and Policies; Regional Meeting.

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