Rev. Rosalyn Kantlah^nta' Elm - The Longhouse and the Chapel: Reclaiming our Spiritual Birthright Between the Tension of History and Reality


In June 2015, Rev. Rosalyn Kantlah^nta’ Elm became the first Indigenous woman ordained in the Anglican church’s Diocese of Huron, which covers most of Southwestern Ontario. Ros is from the Oneida First Nation and has deep roots in both aboriginal and Anglican Christian life. After serving as the assistant curate at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, she became part-time chaplain at Renison University College. In November 2017, she was inducted as Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Six Nations and installed as Chaplain of Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks in Brantford. She is the first Indigenous woman to take charge of a Chapel Royal in Canada.

As a person both Anglican and Haudenosaunee, Ros feels a strong calling to connect and dialogue, to build bridges. In August 2018, she spoke to a world-wide gathering of Anglican bishops about the impact of European colonialism on Canada’s Indigenous population. She also shared wisdom from the Dish With One Spoon treaty, an agreement originally made between the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee that binds all to shared stewardship of the land, and to reconciliation with each other, with creation, and with the Creator.


In November 2018, she facilitated a workshop at Renison University College entitled “When Skywoman Fell: Cosmology and Theology in the Haudenosaunee Tradition.” speaking as both a theologically trained Christian and as a member of the bear clan. She lead a comparison of the Haudenosaunee creation story and the familiar Genesis creation account, showing ways to facilitate understanding and respect between differing worldviews. In Fall of 2019 She will be leading a class on Indigenous Theology with a focus on The Haudenosaunee theological landscape with an exploration on the Peacemakers message.