In 1971, the Anglican Church of Canada declared June 21 as a "National [Indigenous] Day of Prayer" (NIDP), requesting that all dioceses commend this day to parishes and congregations throughout Canada. In 2010, General Synod passed a resolution to add the NIDP as June 21 (or the nearest Sunday) to the church’s liturgical calendar.

The following resources are available here for parishes to use.

National Indigenous Day of Prayer Propers (ACC)

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Acknowledgement and Thanksgiving for the Land 

Creator, you made all people of every land. It is our responsibility to give thanks and respect to those who first occupied this land we are upon. We give thanks to ________________________________ (name of First Nation or Inuit), the first people of this land. We offer our respect to those ancestors who may be interred in this land. We are also thankful for the gifts of the People of the land. Creator let us be of Good Mind to reconcile the mistreatment of this land and to those who have been displaced. With thankful and respectful hearts we pray in Your name, Your son the Peacemaker and the Sacred Spirit. Amen.

Collect (National Indigenous Day of Prayer Propers - The Anglican Church of Canada)

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Creator God,
from you every family in heaven and earth takes its name.
You have rooted and grounded us
in your covenant love,
and empowered us by your Spirit
to speak the truth in love,
and to walk in your way towards justice and wholeness.
Mercifully grant that your people,
journeying together in partnership,
may be strengthened and guided
to help one another to grow into the full stature  of Christ,
who is our light and our life. Amen

Readings: Isaiah 40:25-31 Psalm 19 Philippians 4:4-9 John 1:1-18
[See Worship in the Vision of New Agape 2004.doc (anglican.ca) for possible alternatives]

Hymn suggestions for National Indigenous Day of Prayer from Common Praise

CP #407 Many and Great, O God, Are Your Works
CP #423 How Great Thou Art
CP #584 The Church of Christ in Every Age
CP #575 Let Streams of Living Justice
CP #410 Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
CP #465 Gather Us In
CP #572 Let there be Light
CP #593 O God of Every Nation
CP #578 O Healing River
CP #292 We Cannot Measure How You Heal
CP #307 When Long Before Time
CP #446 Word of God, Come Down on Earth
CP #429 For the Beauty of the Earth
CP #418 Draw the Circle Wide
CP #583 When God Restored Our Common Life
CP #412 O God, Beyond All Face and Form
CP #3 Morning Has Broken

Suggestions for Prayers of the People/Intercessory Prayers

a.       Litany-for-Healing-and-Restoration.pdf (anglican.ca)

b.      Honouring the Four Directions (anglican.ca)

c.       Anglican Healing Fund prayer

Merciful God, you call us to loving relationship with one another.
Be with us now as we seek to heal old wounds and find joy again in this relationship.
Replace our hearts of stone with hearts of flesh.
Give us the gifts of honesty and openness, and fill us with your healing power and grace.
We ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen.

d.      prayer.pdf (rememberingthechildren.ca) 

e.      THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

(Adapted from a liturgy prepared by All Saint’s Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA https://www.anglican.ca/wp-content/uploads/nidp-liturgy.pdf )

(please stand if able)

CELEBRANT: Creator and Redeemer, as we approach you in prayer, make us walk in beauty and balance,  make us open our hearts and minds, make us speak the truth. We pray first for your Community, the Church, The Body of Christ. We pray for all our relatives in the circle of life throughout all Creation; for those chosen to be our leaders and teachers.

READER: In peace, we pray to you, Lord God,

We call upon the earth, our Mother and home, with its beautiful depths, soaring heights and deep waters, its vitality and abundance of life, and together we ask that it 

People: Teach us and show us the way.

READER We call upon the mountains and tundra, the high green valleys and prairies filled with wild flowers,  the snows, the summits of intense silence, and we ask that they:

People: Teach us and show us the way.

READER We call upon upon the land which grows our food, the nurturing soil, the fertile fields, the abundant gardens and orchards, and we ask that they:

People: Teach us and show us the way.

READER We call upon the forests, the great trees reaching strongly to the sky with earth in their roots and the heavens in their branches, the fir and the pine, the cedar and the maple, we ask them to:

People: Teach us and show us the way.

READER We call upon the creatures of the fields and forests and the waters, our brothers and sisters the wolves and deer, the eagle and bear, the great whales and the fish. We ask them to:

People: Teach us and show us the way.

READER We call upon all those who have lived on this earth, our ancestors and our friends, who dreamed the best for future generations, and upon whose lives our lives are built, and with thanksgiving, we call upon them to:

People: Teach us and show us the way.

CELEBRANT: Creator, you made the world and declared it to be good: the beauty of the trees, the softness of the air, the fragrance of the grass speaks to us; the summit of the mountains, the thunder of the sky, the rhythm of the waters speak to us; the faintness of the stars, the freshness of the morning, the dewdrops on the flower speak to us. But above all, our heart soars, for you speak to us in Jesus the Christ, in whose name we offer these prayers. Amen.

f.        Thanksgiving Address (anglican.ca)

Links to additional resources:

A-Disciples-Prayer-Book.pdf (anglican.ca)

Worship in the Vision of New Agape 2004.doc (anglican.ca) – includes opening prayers, Four Directions prayers, prayers for Healing and Reconciliation, litanies, responsive prayers, alternate scripture readings blessings and lots more!

A Liturgy for The National Indigenous Day of Prayer (adapted from All Saint's Church Minn, MN)