"Our hope as church, society and Aboriginal peoples rests in establishing new relationships of trust and promise and working together for a better future. Jubilee with its three themes -- release from bondage, redistribution of wealth, and renewal of earth -- is a vision that speaks with potential and hope to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people alike. It is a vision that we have been living in the church for some time." Includes highlights of the new relationship between the Anglican Church and Aboriginal peoples, since 1969, such as the Hendry Report, Native Convocations, Council of Native Ministries and Aboriginal Covenant.
"This article is adapted from a presentation Ms. Morrison made to the synod of the diocese of Cariboo."
N.B. The story mistakenly says that "Then in 1995 the church agreed to support a National Native Convocation" (p. 11). This should say "in 1985 the church agreed". The first Native Convocation took place in Fort Qu'Appelle in Saskatchewan in 1988.
This article was also reprinted `Open' vol. 47 no. 2, Summer 2001, pp. 9-10.
The Council (Native Ministries) was established by General Synod in 1975 and confirmed at the 1980 General Synod giving Council members the responsibility to carry the concerns of the native people directly to the National Executive Council (Council of General Synod) and General Synod.
In 1995 the Anglican Council of Indigenous People was established when The Anglican Church of Canada accepted and affirmed the Covenant adopted by the Council in 1994 pledging, “Under the guidance of God’s spirit we agree to do all we can to call our people into unity in a new self-determining community within The Anglican Church of Canada. To this end, we extend the hand of partnership to all those who will help us build a truly Anglican Indigenous Church in Canada. May God bless this new vision and give us grace to accomplish it.” The name of the council was changed to the Anglican Council of Indigenous People and Canon XXII - The National Indigenous Ministry was approved.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of terms of reference, minutes, meeting dockets, reports, and subject files.
That a Mission Coordination Group be established, as outlined on page 60 of The Strategic Plan. CARRIED
APPENDIX C [Page] 60
MISSION COORDINATION GROUP
One representative (the Chair or designate) from:
- Partners in Mission Committee
- Social Justice Committee
- PWRDF Committee
- Information Resources Committee
- Financial Management and Development Committee
- Faith, Worship, and Ministry Committee
- Council for Native Ministries
- Council of the North
Two members of Council of General Synod who will co-chair the group
Promote effective mission
Provide a forum for collaboration and coordination on:
- education programs in the dioceses and parishes
- networking across the country
- other areas of common interest
Support and assist the participating groups in developing priorities, strategies, and budgets
Consult and devise a common approach, including funding, with regard to the ecumenical coalitions
Report to the Council of General Synod on any unresolved issues
Rationale - This is developed as a result of the learning that there is an increased need for collaboration among the various committees of General Synod, particularly as they relate to parishes and dioceses. Building on the experience of the NEC's Coordinating Committee, it moves beyond information-sharing to strategic collaboration.
Comments - This group is designed to support and facilitate collaboration, not to enforce collaboration.
Moved by Bishop E. Bays, seconded by Bishop V. Matthews,
That this General Synod requests the Primate to establish a Theological Commission composed of ten Anglicans with appropriate expertise and representative of the diversity of theological opinion in the Church, with duties and terms of reference as set out in Recommendation 5 in the Final Report of the Book of Alternative Services Evaluation Commission.
Report of Expenditures Committee
Mr. Michael Clarke, Chair, advised that the estimated cost for this Commission would be $50,000 over a three year period.
Moved by Rev. J. Matheson, seconded by Mr. J. Vicars,
That the word "ten" in the second line be replaced with the word "fifteen." DEFEATED
Moved by Mrs. M.L. Workman, seconded by Archdeacon M. Caswell,
That the following words be added at the end of the resolution:
"...and that the establishment of this Commission be contingent upon funds being found outside the budget of the General Synod." DEFEATED
Motion to End Debate
Moved by Ms. P.A. McHaffie, seconded Bishop R. Townshend,
That the question now be put. DEFEATED
The mover and the seconder agreed to insert the words "including one member from the Council for Native Ministries" after the words "ten Anglicans" in the second line.
Motion to End Debate
That the question now be put. CARRIED
The amended motion was then put as follows:
That this General Synod requests the Primate to establish a Theological Commission composed of ten Anglicans, including one member of the Council for Native Ministries, with appropriate expertise and representative of the diversity of theological opinion in the Church, with duties and terms of reference as set out in Recommendation 5 in the Final Report of the Book of Alternative Services Evaluation Commission. CARRIED Act 65
Following passage of the above motion, the Primate made the following statement:
I recognize the overwhelming vote by which this motion passed. It asks me to do something I am not accustomed to doing; that is, to establish a body whose pattern of reporting is not through the Synodical system, but through my office. This is not the way in which I have previously worked.
So, of course, I will do precisely what the resolution states, but I will take very seriously the comment made about the way this connects with policy that General Synod has established. I would be very anxious if this were perceived as an attempt to circumvent the procedures which the whole Synod established around a committee whose name includes the word "faith."
I guarantee that "reporting" will involve the synodical life of the Church at every point.
Thank you for the strength of the vote. It will be very helpful to me in this task.
With the approval of Synod, the referred amendment (see page 98), was withdrawn and the original resolution was returned.
That in response to the church's commitment to the Native Covenant, the Council for Native Ministries be renamed "Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples" and that new terms of reference be established over the next triennium. CARRIED Act 99
That the following motion be referred to the NEC after General Synod for consideration:
That, to ensure sensitivity to cultural differences between native and non-native communities, NEC establish an Education and Training Task Force to function until May, 1996, the members of which shall be named by the committees and councils as follows:
one member from the Council for Native Ministries
one member from the Program Committee
one member (Chair) from the National Executive Council
one member from the Doctrine and Worship Committee
one member from the Committee on Ministry
one member to be named by Living Waters
to develop and recommend action plans for the implementation of the recommendations in 3 a-c of #030-03-93-11 and report to NEC. CARRIED #33-03-95
That this General Synod acknowledge the problems of communication as set out in the Native Convocation resolutions listed below and request the Program Committee and the Council for Native Ministries to continue to work on ways of improving communication at the national level and call upon dioceses to ensure that Native congregations have an opportunity for full participation in diocesan life. CARRIED Act 58
The concerns indicated are listed below, but do not form part of the motion:
1. That there be a better system or systems of communication between the General/Diocesan Synod and local parishes for dealing with local issues or national ones. Live information should be in local dioceses as soon as it comes out, not six months down the road.
2. The Native Convocation accepts the following concerns from the Diocese of Keewatin:
a) The Native delegates of the Diocese of Keewatin do not agree with church and government policies on divorce, remarriage, common-law. We uphold marriage.
b) We have grave concerns with the abortion issue and want input into the development of church positions.
c) The native delegates of the Diocese of Keewatin are demanding strong support and advocacy on aboriginal rights as defined by natives of the regions.
d) We are demanding resources to research these issues and to develop and explore the possible alternatives that will reflect our cultural values.
3. We need a voice within the Anglican Church regarding these fundamental issues.
4. All the native priests, deacons, catechists and members will go back to their communities to start working to the limits of their human potential on these and other concerns.
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
That action be taken on the correspondence as follows:
That the letter from the Synod of the Diocese of Rupert's Land should be referred to the Council on Native Ministries, with the request that information be collated regarding the hearing of grievances. CARRIED
That NEC approve the inclusion in the Appendices to the Handbook the PWRDF Mission Statement and the statement of the PWRDF's Committee's "Roles, Duties, Membership and Terms of Office." CARRIED #67-11-92
[See Appendix B attached to these minutes.]
PWRDF was requested to consider the merits of having an NEC member as a member of the Fund in order to overlap membership with the National Executive Council.
PRIMATE'S WORLD RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT FUND (PWRDF) COMMITTEE
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund is a response by Canadian Anglicans to the Gospel call to bear witness to God's healing love in a broken world.
Inspired by the vision of a spirit-filled community of hope, PWRDF walks together with partners in Canada and overseas to share in the creation of a more just and peaceful world.
In joy and struggle, the Primate's Fund engages in development work, responds to emergencies, works to protect refugees, and educates and advocates for change.
Roles and Duties
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) Committee shall:
1. Support programs and promote partnerships which engage in development work, respond to emergencies, work to protect refugees and educate and advocate for change;
2. Ensure the overall planning, administration and evaluation of PWRDF policies and programs (except personnel authority);
3. Be responsible for the financial management of the funds of the PWRDF including development of financial policies, allocation of funds, recommendation of budget to NEC for approval;
4. Be responsible in all matters, especially policy and finance, to the General Synod.
5. Account to the General Synod every three years and between General Synod sessions, to the National Executive Council twice yearly.
The PWRDF Committee shall consist of:
a) 1 Bishop (appointed by the House of Bishops);
b) 2 Native People (one to be nominated by the Council for Native Ministries, the other recommended to the Primate by the PWRDF Nominating Committee);
c) 14 members (proposed by a standing PWRDF Nominating Committee and recommended to the Primate for appointment);
d) 3 overseas partners (nominated by overseas organizations with which the PWRDF works closely; recommended to the Primate for appointment) [N.B. The organizations invited to nominate should be identified by the PWRDF Nominating Committee and may be secular, ecumenical and Anglican Church related.];
e) 1 Canadian ecumenical partner (nominated and appointed in the same manner as the 14 members).
The Primate is the honorary chairperson of the PWRDF Committee.
Terms of Office
1. The members of the PWRDF Committee shall serve a fixed term of three years, with all members appointed at the same time.
2. A minimum of one-third of the membership of the PWRDF Committee shall be reappointed to ensure continuity. Members shall serve a maximum of three consecutive terms.
That this General Synod asks the Council for Native Ministries to continue to facilitate the ongoing dialogue on Native Spirituality amongst Native people and "to share with and teach the whole church, as appropriate, those elements of Native spirituality which will strengthen us all in our common journey" and asks other Standing Committees, Councils and Boards, in consultation with the Council for Native Ministries, to implement NEC's resolution with regard to Native Spirituality within the Church as a whole.
Moved by: Mr. T. Maffin
Seconded by: Ms. L. Sibley
That the question be put. CARRIED Act 65
The motion was read to Synod in Inuktitut and Cree before being put and CARRIED Act 66.
That this General Synod refer the remaining 21 resolutions to the National Executive Council, without recommendation.
Resolution A-83 - Terms of Reference, Committee on Ministry
That Section 4f) of Appendix B of the Handbook be repealed, and replaced by:
f) recommend policy to the General Synod on human resources development, particularly in the areas of employment, appointment and support of lay or ordained persons engaged in ministry in the Church.
Resolution B-12 - Family
That, in light of the 1988 Lambeth Conference document "The Truth Shall Make You Free - Living Together in Families," this General Synod request the Program Committee of the Anglican Church of Canada to continue to facilitate and build a network that will enjoin dioceses and parish churches in Canada to develop and implement significant family ministry in the routine life and work of the Church.
Resolution B-13 - Sexual Molestation and Abuse
That General Synod recognize that sexual molestation and abuse of young persons by some church personnel while administering church programs has occurred and deeply regrets that the pastoral needs of some victims and their families have not been met; and furthermore
that General Synod direct the Program Committee to examine this issue and produce a comprehensive protocol for responding to reports of sexual molestation and abuse of young persons by some church personnel and that this protocol be circulated to all dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Resolution B-19A - Support of Theological Education
That this General Synod approve in principle that financial support of training for all forms of ministry is the responsibility of the national church (in partnership with other levels of the church); and ask the National Executive Council to seek ways and means of implementing this responsibility.
Resolution C-10 - Constitutional Accord
That this General Synod encourage the leaders of our Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments to continue working together in a spirit of consultation, openness and consensus towards a new society, expressed in a constitutional accord, that recognizes the aspirations of the Province of Quebec and of the aboriginal peoples.
Resolution C-12 - Inter-Anglican Information Network
That this General Synod direct the National Executive Council to request the Program Committee to make funds available for the next three years for the development of telecommunications within the Anglican Church of Canada to connect all National and Diocesan offices and provide support for (IAIN) the Inter-Anglican Information Network.
Resolution C-13 - Vancouver School of Theology/Native Ministries Consortium Funding
That this General Synod:
a) commend the initiative taken by the Native Ministries Consortium and the Vancouver School of Theology for providing a Master of Divinity degree by extension for persons engaged in native ministry; and
b) direct the National Executive Council to work with the Native Ministries Consortium and the Vancouver School of Theology to ensure that adequate long term funding for this program is established.
Resolution C-14 - Income Tax Deductions
1) petition the Federal Government to make appropriate changes to the Canadian Income Tax Act which would allow credit for Charitable Donations equal to credit for Political Party Donations, i.e. 50% of first $250 and 75% thereafter up to 20% of net income;
2) request dioceses to submit similar petitions to the Federal Government;
3) encourage parishes and individual members to write to their Members of Parliament concerning this resolution requesting their support.
Resolution C-18 - General Synod Elections
That this General Synod direct the National Executive Council to request the Organization Committee to consider:
i) scheduling elections at General Synod toward the end of the session; and
ii) methods by which photographs and information about candidates might be made available to the members of Synod prior to the elections.
Resolution C-20 - Search for Healing Video
That this General Synod commend to the church the video "Search for Healing" and accompanying study guide; and encourage dioceses to make copies available for use in parishes.
Resolution C-21 - Ministere Francophone
Ressolu que ce Synode General de L'Eglise Anglicane du Canada affirme son apui pour le ministre actuel des francophones dans l'eglise et dirige le conseil executif de l'eglise national de consulter les communautes et paroisses francophones de notre eglise au sujet de nom francais de notre eglise et des autres moyens d'encourager davantage leur travail et de presenter une rapport de cette consultation au Synode General de 1995.
Be it resolved that this General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada affirm its support for our French speaking congregations and parishes and direct the National Executive Council to consult them on the subject of the name of the church in French and other means of assisting their ministry and that a report of this consultation be presented to the 1995 General Synod.
Resolution C-22 - NEC Membership
That the following proposal be referred to the Organization Committee for consideration and recommendation to the next session of General Synod; namely:
to amend Section 35a) of the Constitution of General Synod by deleting the items numbered vi) and viii) [there being no number vii)] and replacing them by:
vi) one bishop (or bishop-elect), clerical member or lay member from each diocese, but no less than six in total from each ecclesiastical province, elected by the members of the Orders of Bishops, Clergy and Laity from each ecclesiastical province meeting together, provided that the members from each province shall select two bishops and, as nearly as possible, equal numbers of clerical and lay members.
vii) additional clerical and lay members elected at large by the General Synod so that the total number of clerical and lay members elected under subsections vi) and vii) shall be sixteen of each order.
Resolution C-23 - Abolition of the Long Range Planning Committee
That subsection 35b) of the Constitution of General Synod be amended by deleting from the list of committee chairpersons, the words "Long Range Planning Committee."
Resolution C-24 - Hunger and Poverty in Canada
That this General Synod commend to the Church at all levels the goal of committing a minimum of 10% of budgets to implement the mandate of our Lord to care for the least of our brothers and sisters.
Resolution C-25 - Hunger and Poverty in Canada
That this General Synod call upon the Government of Canada to:
a) remove the limitations on the Canada Assistance Plan in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario;
b) eliminate child hunger by the year 1996 and adopt the goal of eradicating child and family poverty by the year 2000; and
c) establish an all party committee dedicated to developing ways and means of eliminating hunger in Canada.
Resolution C-26 - Hunger and Poverty in Canada
That this General Synod direct the National Executive Council to request Program Committee to:
a) develop ways of monitoring the depth of poverty and hunger in each of the dioceses of Canada, so that people of commitment and faith can reflect on social injustice and plan ways by which injustices can be rectified;
b) develop programs designed to assist the Church at all levels in making an effective response toward eliminating poverty and hunger; and to
c) develop a parish partner system for the purpose of working toward a relationship of trust and reconciliation between suburban and inner city parishes, urban and rural parishes and parishes with different resources, so that each may learn of the other's realities.
Resolution C-27 - Use of Official and Other Languages
i) affirm and encourage the continued use of both English and French, as well as other represented languages as appropriate, in the worship and business of General Synod, with translation into English provided where English is not the language chosen for use; and
ii) direct the National Executive Council to ensure that, beginning with the 34th General Synod, printed forms of worship include English and French as well as other languages selected for use.
Resolution C-28 - Disposition of Frozen Human Embryos
1) Refer the Interim Report on the Disposition of Frozen Human Embryos, which was requested by Act 75 of General Synod 1989 and presented at the Doctrine and Worship Information Dialogue, to the Doctrine and Worship Committee for review and presentation to the National Executive Council, so that it might be made available to the church and the wider community; and
2) Direct the National Executive Council, in consultation with the Doctrine and Worship Committee, to appoint a working group to examine the recommendations of the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies.
Resolution C-29 - Standing Committee Terms
That section 41f) of the Constitution of the General Synod be amended by:
i) deleting the words "except in unusual circumstances", and
ii) changing the word "two" to "three."
Resolution C-30 - Video Coverage of General Synod
That this General Synod request the National Executive Council to undertake an evaluation of the effectiveness of the video and television coverage of this General Synod.
Resolution C-31 - Licencing of Clergy
That this General Synod request the Organization Committee to continue its study of licencing.
That this General Synod encourages NEC to build upon the NEC MOTION #53-05-91 REFERRED TO THE OFFICERS and requests all Standing Committees, Councils and Boards to follow the example of NEC and actively explore new ways of working using the consensual models of Aboriginal decision-making which would foster new life through new ways of meeting. CARRIED Act 60
The above motion was read to General Synod in both Cree and Inuktitut.
The Reverend Bryan Bjerring expressed the hope that, in order to assist Standing Committees in shaping this work over the next triennium, the Council for Native Ministries would initiate and provide materials.
Bishop Caleb Lawrence urged members to involve the native representatives on the Standing Committees and Mr. Andrew Wesley added that NEC members would also be willing to assist whenever possible.
The National Executive Council had referred motion #53-05-91 to the Officers of General Synod for consideration. This motion reads as follows:
That this NEC ask the Agenda Committee, in consultation with the Council for Native Ministries, to enable us to experience parts of our agenda in the style of a Native Council.