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".
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
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.
"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 this National Executive Council endorses the annual inclusion of native theological students and other appropriate native Church leaders in Canadian Theological Students' Conferences. CARRIED #27-03-89
A proposed motion regarding the Restructuring and Membership Proposal for the Council was received for information. It will be presented to the General Synod in June 1989.
That this National Executive Council endorses in principle the designation of one or more Sundays per year to emphasize and raise awareness and support for the second National Native Convocation and requests the Council for Native Ministries to bring forward specific recommendations to a subsequent meeting of the National Executive Council. CARRIED #28-03-89
That the Agenda Task Force for General Synod arrange an observance of one minute silence at the opening of the 1989 General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada in honour of the Beothuks, the aboriginal people of Newfoundland who were completely exterminated.
The following amendment to the motion was put:
Moved by: Rt. Rev. M. Genge
Seconded by: Rev. O.W. Coffin
That the wording "in honour of the Beothuks, the aboriginal people of Newfoundland who were completely exterminated" be changed to "in honour of the aboriginal people of Canada who were extinguished".
Following lengthy discussion, it was -
Moved by: Most Rev. J.C. Bothwell
Seconded by: Ven. J.R. Clarke
That this motion and amendment be referred to a Task Force, appointed by the Primate, for discussion, revision and return on Thursday, March 9, 1989. CARRIED #29-03-89
On Thursday, March 9, 1989, the following motion was presented:
That this National Executive Council request the Primate to examine ways of addressing the concerns of Native people in the opening eucharist at General Synod 1989. We suggest that intercessions include the opportunity for Native people to recognize the original inhabitants of Newfoundland, especially the Beothuks, and the contributions and agonies of the Native people of Canada. CARRIED #30-03-89
At the October 1989 meeting of the National Executive Council , a motion was passed with a correction to the above resolutions as follows:
Moved by: Most Rev. D.W. Hambidge
Seconded by: Rt. Rev. G.F. Woolsey
Corrections to minutes:
- Page 19, line 1 of motion Bothwell/Clarke, add the word "and" between the words "motion amendment" (i.e. motion and amendment).
That the minutes of March 1989, as amended be adopted. CARRIED #01-10-89