On December 6th three of us, Bonnie, Jim and Sharon, flew out of balmy Kelowna for Yellowknife, the last capital of the provinces and territories to be prayed for in this 150th birthday year for Canada. Arriving at 7 pm we deplaned via an outdoor ramp in -20 C and shook our way to the terminal where we got the keys for our rental car. The car was incredibly cold but fortunately had fabric seats which are far warmer on the backside at that temperature. We toured the city of almost 20,000 people in the dark without a map of the city. For a night tour the high rises and modern stores pleasantly surprised us.
The Northwest Territories is a land area of approximately 442,000 mi2 (1,144,000 km2) and a 2016 estimated population of 44,291. It is the second largest and most populous of the three territories in Northern Canada.
We started prayer early the next morning as we had a busy day ahead of us. During our time of prayer we listened for clarity regarding what God wanted us to pray about and then spent a couple of hours in repentance for the specific actions of our forefather in this land.
The word ‘scoundrel’ and the scripture Isaiah 32: 1 – 5, prompted the first area for prayer. A scoundrel is a dishonest or unscrupulous person - a rogue. Furthermore a scoundrel is a person, especially a man, who treats other people very badly and has no moral principles.
1 See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. 2 Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. 3 Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. 4 The fearful heart will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear. 5 No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected. 6 For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the LORD; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water. 7 Scoundrels use wicked methods they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just. 8 But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.
We repented for the actions of the scoundrels involved in taking resources, greed and avarice, governmental control and lack of concern for the residents.
We prayed at the Legislative Assembly during the tour. The building is beautiful, made from zinc mined in NWT and well salted by Bonnie and Sharon. After the tour we found that Bonnie’s cell phone was missing with all her id and credit cards. It fortunately was recovered at the Legislature being found by security. The sense of panic and concern led to praying for loss of identity amongst the indigenous people who were forced to attend residential schools. We prayed, as near to what we thought might have been the site of the one in Yellowknife. We repented on behalf of the government and the churches for decimating their culture and leaving them separated from family and at a loss of personal identity. Children were taken from their parents and moved 1000s of kilometres to Yellowknife.
We then prayed for the missing indigenous women. One young woman had been taken from her home not three weeks before our trip. The RCMP are extremely frustrated by these disappearances as there is only one way in and out of Yellowknife by road. We felt this was linked to the residential school abuse and lack of identity.
We finished with praying blessing over the city and the territory from atop of the Rock upon which sits the Pilots’ Monument. It had an amazing 360 view of the lake and the city. We blessed the land, the city and the people with prosperity, a new sense of identity and purpose. We blessed the consensus government and the new beginnings that the territory felt when in 1999 Nunavut and Northwest Territories were re-formed to two new territories out of the one.