A moving record of the historic1988 Native Convocation, when 180 native Canadian Anglicans gathered in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, to share their experience and their dreams as native people and as members of the Anglican Church of Canada. The resulting convocation turned out to be more historic, moving and empowering experience than anyone anticipated.
"Produced in 1995 by The Council for Native Ministries" -- back cover.
"Written and prepared by John Bird" -- back cover.
This resource "is designed for use with the video `The Seventh Fire'. It contains two options for a two-session study of the Aboriginal Anglican statement, `Our Journey of Spiritual Renewal'. One option is suggested for use with Aboriginal groups; the other is suggested for non-Aboriginal groups." "We recommend that you precede this study with a study of the Residential Schools issue, using the video, `The Healing Circle' (see page 35)" -- inside front cover.
Contents include: Two workshops for study with a non-Aboriginal group -- Two workshops for study with an Aboriginal group -- An excerpt from the apology for photocopying -- A copy of the statement, 'Our Journey of Spiritual Renewal' and 'The Covenant' -- A copy of the interactive exercise 'Jumping Off the Cradleboard' -- A page of background statements, 'Pieces of the Puzzle' -- A checklist for workshop planning -- Sample prayers for opening and closing -- A brief, annotated resource list.
Colour photo with caption: "The Rev. Andrew Wesley and Sandra Campbell at the Truth and Reconciliation gathering in June  in Toronto". The Catholic Apostolic Universal Trust Fund [of the Anglican Foundation] supports the Toronto Urban Native Ministry, a FaithWorks Ministry partner. Founded in 1995 as an ecumenical ministry to more than 70,000 First Nations people living in the Greater Toronto area, it provides opportunities for Native worship and encourages healing through Christian and traditional beliefs".
The College of Emmanuel and St. Chad has established a community-based theological education program to improve accessibility to training programs throughout the ecclesiastical province of Rupert's Land.
That this General Synod adopt and implement the Restructuring and Membership Proposal for the Council for Native Ministries and that it ensure appropriate revisions to Appendix E of the Handbook of the General Synod. CARRIED Act 59
Mr. George Axon, Expenditures Committee, indicated that the Committee had a difficult time determining the source of the funds required by this motion. Since there is no Program Budget for 1990, the funds would have to be found by re-allocating work presently being done, or from extra-budetary sources. The allocation of funds would be written into the Program or Assessment Budgets for the first time in 1991.
That this General Synod affirm Resolution Nos. 31 and 58 of the 1988 Lambeth Conference, as listed below, and refer them to the Program Committee for appropriate action.
conscious of the work in many dioceses with deprived minorities in developed, affluent countries, such as native Americans and Canadians, Australian aborigines and Islanders, ethnic Koreans in Japan, and black urban communities in Britain, asks the relevant Anglican provinces to support work among such minorities who have difficulty in making their plight known in national and world forums.
supports all efforts being made for the procuring of land and civic rights for native indigenous people of the Americas specially in the light of the forthcoming celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Columbus in the New World in 1992. CARRIED Act 60
"Indigenous Anglican leaders stated at a recent meeting of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) that they hope their most recent call for greater self-determination will be the last one needed". "The statement, titled 'Where Are We Today: Twenty Years after the Covenant, an Indigenous Call to Church Leadership', was presented to Council of General Synod (CoGS) in November and has already led to some discussion among the council and at the House of Bishops. Feedback from those discussions has led to a second draft, which ACIP presented to Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, during ACIP's annual meeting in March 20  at the Six Nations territory in Ohsweken, Ont" (p. 1). "Changes have been made in the language and tenor of the text, said National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald. 'We know that some things we said got people's backs up'. The revised statement notes that ACIP has experienced 'a significant level of co-operation and partnership' with the House of Bishops and CoGS' (p. 11). "One of the key barriers, many ACIP members suggested, was the bishops. Freda Lepine, of the diocese of Brandon, noted that bishops were not consistently accommodating of Indigenous needs or co-operative with Indigenous leadership across the church. 'Some are co-operative, others aren't', she said. 'I don't know whether it's the fact that racism still exists or that they still don't understand what we're trying to do. We need to evaluate that, and where we stand relative to that'" (p. 11).
That NEC receive and review the first five paragraphs of the statement "Move Beyond Words" in light of the past policies of General Synod and report to the next meeting of NEC with a view to determining the way in which the Anglican Church of Canada can respond to the WCC [World Council of Churches] request that member Churches act on the statement "Move Beyond Words"; and, that the Primate be asked to name a task force for this purpose, made up of Native and non-Native persons. CARRIED #12-05-91
The Primate introduced representatives from the Council and brief addresses were given by Mr. S. Beardy, Mr. Norman Wesley and Mr. Dale Ahenakew. Grave concern was expressed regarding proposed damming of the Severn River system by Ontario Hydro.
That this NEC of the Anglican Church of Canada reaffirm its support to Canada's Aboriginal People where resource development is proposed that infringes and threatens the existence of Aboriginal People; and
That this NEC of the Anglican Church of Canada support the position of: 1. The Coalition of Severn River Chiefs in their struggle to have the Severn River system designated as a dam-free zone.
2. The Moose Factory First Nation on hydroelectric development, proposed by Ontario Hydro's development plan contained in their document "Providing the Balance of Power" in the Moose River drainage basin; and
furthermore, that this NEC communicate this resolution to Ontario Hydro and authorize the Council for Native Ministries and the Public Social Responsibility Unit to work with the Dioceses of Keewatin and Moosonee in implementing this policy. CARRIED #05-05-90