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Dr. Cheryl Bear of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation is a CBM Strategic Associate. Cheryl serves as the Indigenous Relations Specialist with a focus on providing leadership and education to Canadian Baptist churches seeking to be more engaged with First Nations communities. She is an award-winning singer/songwriter and educator. As part of her role with CBM, she will seek to inspire and educate through music and dialogue.
Prior to her appointment, Cheryl served as the spokesperson for CBM’s She Matters campaign, helping to raise awareness around global gender inequity, with a particular focus on gender-based violence in Indigenous communities. She has performed several She Matters concerts throughout Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick and Manitoba. Cheryl’s appointment marked an important step forward for Canadian Baptists in the road to reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada. CBM Executive Director Terry Smith feels that “The appointment of Cheryl Bear is vital to having Indigenous voices shape and guide how Canadian Baptists can journey on with First Nations people in this country. Cheryl understands the challenges and has years of experience walking alongside individuals and congregations wherever they are at in the conversation. This appointment is a natural follow-up to the apology we offered in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. We know that Cheryl will be a great resource to our churches who wish to learn how best to build authentic relationships with Indigenous people in their own communities.”
Cheryl has travelled to over 600 Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States sharing her songs and stories. She is also one of the founding board members of the North American Indigenous Institute of Theological Studies (NAIITS). Cheryl has a Doctorate from The King’s University in Los Angeles, and Master of Divinity degree from Regent College. Her doctoral work presented an approach to First Nations ministry from the foundations of Indigenous worldview and values. Cheryl is based in Vancouver and has three adult children.
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Please pray for the newest member of CBM, Dr. Cheryl Bear of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation. Cheryl joins CBM as Indigenous Relations Specialist. For the past year she has been the spokesperson for CBM's ongoing She Matters Campaign. In story and song Cheryl has been a great resource to our churches who wish to learn how best to build authentic relationships with Indigenous people in their own communities. Please pray for Dr. Bear as she builds on the responsive hearts of our churches and provides leadership in this new role. She Matters
Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) is excited to announce the appointment of award-winning singer, songwriter and educator Dr. Cheryl Bear of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, as a Strategic Associate, effective April 1.
Following the continued success of CBM's She Matters 4 Canada events, this spring, award-winning performer Cheryl Bear embarks on another round of concerts. During her time on stage Cheryl shares stories of Indigenous life — the joy, sorrow, faith and journey. Check out the listings below to find a She Matters 4 Canada concert near you. Visit the She Matters Microsite Saturday, March 3 at 7pm Altadore Baptist Church 4304 16 Street SW Calgary, AB T2T 4H9 Contact Host Church Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. First Baptist Church
Maria has a history and close connection to the Casa. As a teenager, she was a “Casa kid”, one of the 140 children who receive emotional, physical, educational and spiritual support while living in prison with their parent.
Cheryl Bear an award winning musician, author and theologian has partnered with CBM this year to bring focus to the issues of indigenous women in Northern BC Canada. Cheryl is a band councillor of the Nadleh Whut’en community in Northern BC. In June, Cheryl’s Ontario tour visited Ottawa, Lakefield, Mississauga and Toronto. Cheryl also embarked on an artist tour in Bolivia to see CBM’s work and hear more about the issues facing indigenous women in their own communities. About Brenda Halk Brenda Halk is a Strategic Associate serving in the role