Archdeacon for Indigenous Ministry
The Ven. Travis Enright
The Ven. Travis Enright is involved in the diocesan liaison work with the Indigenous community of Edmonton and within the Anglican Church of Canada. He is rector of St. Faith's, Edmonton and helped develop the Standing Stones liturgy for sacred gatherings. An eloquent and provocative voice advocating for reconciliation and a living faith, Archdeacon Enright co-chaired the Regional Advisory Committee for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada 7th National Event held in Edmonton, March 27-30, 2014.
Aboriginal and Rural Communities Liaison
Fiona Brownlee has spent most of her life in rural Canada, is deeply connected to the life of the church, and has seen first hand the struggle that rural churches have to connect with their neighbouring Indigenous communities. During her years working for the Council of the North in northwestern Ontario, she learned much from the Indigenous leadership of those dioceses and from her Indigenous friends, who shared many hard and true stories about life as an Indigenous person in this country. Her hope and dream is that we can explore together what neighbourly reconciliation might look like in rural communities, remembering that Jesus calls us to love our neighbours as ourselves.
Indigenous Birth Support Ministry
The Rev. Lori Calkins
The Rev. Lori Calkins is an Anglican priest and Métis doula walking alongside Indigenous women and their families during pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period and beyond, with the continued support of donors within the Anglican Church and the community at-large. Through her ministry in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton), Calkins, who is both a member of the Indigenous Ministries Team of the Edmonton diocese and a practicing doula with Indigenous Birth of Alberta (IBA), fosters healing, cultural resurgence, resiliency, strength and wellness within Indigenous families. She views this work as an act of reconciliation for the church and a tangible way for the church to offer amends and restitution for the harm that was done to families and communities.
Lay Reader-in-Charge of Church of the Nativity, Frog Lake
Fred Matthews is currently the Lay Reader-in-Charge for the Church of the Nativity in Frog Lake First Nation, where he walks with the community in their healing journey. He also serves as a worship leader during Standing Stones services at St. Faith’s in Edmonton. Fred is also a member of the Board of Directors of Inner City Pastoral Ministry and sits on the steering committee for Our Common Ground. He is presently a part-time student at the Montreal Diocesan Theological College.
Over the past 20 years, Fred has worked with several Indigenous communities throughout Alberta as a consultant helping Indigenous-owned businesses build the capacity to meet some of the challenges in the resource industry. He also works with Indigenous youth as an archery coach, coaching Team Alberta at the North American Indigenous Games.
Fred is not only a follower of Jesus in the Anglican tradition but routinely includes Indigenous ceremony as part of his spiritual practice and takes the opportunity to pass on the teachings with which he has been gifted whenever the occasion presents itself.