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Remit 1 has Passed – April 9, 2024

The votes have now been counted! Remit 1: Establishing an Autonomous National Indigenous Organization HAS PASSED.

What happens now? As is the case with all Category 3 Remits, if a remit has been approved by a majority of all the regional councils, the General Council must decide to enact it. The decision on enacting the remit will take place at the Annual Meeting of General Council, on October 19, 2024. When the remit has been enacted, the change will be included in the next edition of The Manual. (The process for remits is outlined in the United Church Manual, in section F, on pages 108-111.)

Find out more detailed information about the remit result: https://generalcouncil44.ca/news/results-vote-remit-1
The National Indigenous Council has also shared a statement: https://generalcouncil44.ca/…/national-indigenous…

Statement from the National Indigenous Council on the Results of Remit 1: Establishing an Autonomous National Indigenous Organization

We, the National Indigenous Council, are a diverse group of Indigenous Peoples, rooted in distinct innate values and wisdom. We:

  • Carry a common vision and dream
  • Respect everyone’s story
  • Care for one another
  • Uphold community
  • Build positive relationships.

We thank our Ancestors and All Our Relations who have brought us to this moment.

We are all Spirit first.

The work of Right Relations continues.

We commit to moving forward together in a good way.

Thank you

Update on the Vote on Remit 1 – April 2, 2024

Thank you to all of the pastoral charges who voted!  Vote results are currently still being tabulated. For votes that were mailed in by Canada Post, they will be counted as long as they were post-marked by March 31. Those mail-in ballots are still coming into the General Council Office at the moment. As such, the preliminary results of the Remit 1 vote will be communicated next week in various ways, including through the E-ssentials newsletter.


Remit 1: Click here for more background documents

NEW! Frequently Asked Questions:



Looking for Remit Voting Card? (also called Response Form)

Get it here https://generalcouncil44.ca/news/get-your-remit-1-voting-card-here

Looking for Remit 1 wording? 

See page 1 of the Remit 1 Study Guide. And proposed changes to the Basis of Union on pages 4-5. https://generalcouncil44.ca/sites/default/files/2023-03/gc44-remit-1-study-guide-march-2023.pdf

Looking for your M&S # or COF ID# to fill out your form?

Find those in your church’s annual Statistical Report Form.Or email Thérèse Samuel tsamuel@united-church.ca or John Egger jegger@united-church.ca

When sending in your remit vote, if you send it in by email, please watch for a confirmation email that it has been received. If you do not receive a confirmation email, you should follow up.

Confirmation is only possible by email and not by Canada Post, so we recommend that the ballot be sent by email whenever possible.



Indigenous Voices Speak

 Remit Foundations Video 31 minutes


This video has three parts.

Part 1: An Indigenous-Non-Indigenous conversation with Rev. Maggie Dieter and Rev. Cathy Hird.

Part 2: A PowerPoint Presentation with background information to the remit (11 minutes)

Part 3: Martha Pedoniquotte, the CCDC for Indigenous Ministries and Justice with an introduction of her role, a few words about what the remit means for many Indigenous people in the church, and closing words (3 minutes) Also provided are links to the remit and additional background information.

If you have any questions, please contact Thérèse Samuel at tsamuel@united-church.ca


For links to more background on documents mentioned in the video, CLICK HERE​


United Church Video about the Remit:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/d5KbFs8BRMw

approx. time = 6 minutes


Thérèse Samuel

Thérèse Samuel

Minister, Right Relations and Social Justice for Antler River Watershed, Western Ontario Waterways and Horseshoe Falls Regional Councils

Phone: 905-659-3343 | 1-833-236-0280
Extension: 9
Email: TSamuel@united-church.ca

Thérèse shares the Social Justice position with the Minister, Social Justice, serving the Mission and Discipleship Commissions and social justice ministries in the region. She also supports Indigenous and Non-Indigenous churches in the region in the work of building right relations.

John Egger

John Egger


Phone: 905-659-3343 | 1-833-236-0280
Extension: 2068
Email: JEgger@United-Church.ca

John was raised in Calgary. He has a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. His dissertation was on Paul’s use of the Hagar/Sarah motif in his letter to the Galatians and how it has been spun in the history of interpretation. This was a kind of case study into how biblical texts have been (i.e., can be) misread in the history of the church and the dangers thereof.

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