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WCC member churches based in Canada

WCC member churches present in Canada

Note: The list of churches present in countries is still in development.

Immigration has brought people from many parts of the world to Canada, and multiculturalism and interculturalism are defining characteristics ofCanadiansociety. The Indigenous Peoples of Canada - First Nations, Métis and Inuit - have successfully lobbied for increased autonomy and the settlement of their claims to traditional lands. They have also obtained reparation for abuses suffered in the "Indian Residential Schools", which were operated by the Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian and United churches as official agents of the government's policy of assimilation. This has been a test, also financially, for the churches, which have acknowledged and lamented their past with a remarkable sense of responsibility.

Ecumenism has been a strong dimension of  Canadian churches. The United Church of Canada is one of the oldest organic unions in the ecumenical movement. In the 1980s the so-called "coalition model" marked the cooperation between the Canadian churches and ecumenical groups dealing with issues such as social justice, peace, etc.

The Canadian Council of Churches, which includes Anglican, Eastern and Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Free Church, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, and Historic Protestant traditions, has evolved into a "forum", that is a full consensus model of working together. Working relationships with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, an affiliated body of the World Evangelical Alliance, are good.