"A series of reports on the planned self-determining Canadian Indigenous Anglican church presented to Council of General Synod (CoGS) June 24  met with a mixture of approval and concern. While some CoGS member said they were happy to see concrete steps being taken toward a self-determining Indigenous Anglican body, others expressed curiosity about how it would relate with the Anglican Church of Canada and concern about how much it would cost. Canon Ginny Doctor, the Anglican Church of Canada's Indigenous ministries co-ordinator had presented two reports to CoGS, including a 2018 budget that asks for $1.2 million in funding for Indigenous ministry out of the national office, plus another $2.9 million to fund four regional offices it envisages. Among the budget's largest items are $450,000 for Sacred Circle and $1.2 million in salaries for staff at the four regional offices".
"The diocese of Ontario is using the $115,000 returned to it under the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement to support the First Nations-related projects, including ministry in the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, near Belleville, Ont. Since 2015, when the national church started returning settlement agreement funds to the dioceses, many have announced plans to use the money for Indigenous ministry. The diocese of Ontario, decided the funds must go entirely toward work related to First Nations communities and reconciliation, Bishop Michael Oulton said. Some on the money now supports ministry in Tyendinaga, the only Indigenous parish in the diocese. In 2015, the parish found it could no longer afford full-time ministry, but with the diocese's help, last fall  the parish was able to hire a married couple: Canon Rod BrantFrancis became the new incumbent, and his wife, the Rev. Lisa BrantFrancis, priest associate. Between 15 and 20% of the returned funds will be paid to the parish every year for the next several years, with the hope that Tyendinaga will once again be a financially self-sufficient parish, as it had been for hundreds of years previously, says Rod BrantFrancis".
The diocese of Quebec, like the civil province, includes large numbers of First Nations. "[H]undreds of kilometres north of Quebec City lies the Naskapi community of Kawawachikamach, on the Quebec-Labrador border. It is one of the diocese's largest parishes, with membership of over 100". "The minister currently in charge of the parish and its church, St. John's, is the Rev. Silas Nabinicaboo, a locally trained deacon. Nabinicaboo is the ecclesiastical leader, with many of the same duties as a priest, but elders also play a huge role in providing leadership in the church". "With the help of elders like [Joe] Guanish, Nabinicaboo has played an outsize role in linking preservation of the Naskapi language to the ministry of the church. For nearly 20 years, he has been part of a group working on a translation of the Bible into Naskapi. The New Testament in Naskapi was published in 2007, and translators are currently working their way through the Old Testament".
"The focus of 'Giving with Grace', the Anglican Church of Canada's annual fundraising campaign, in 2017 will be to replenish the church's fund for Indigenous healing, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has announced" (p. 1). "[T]he Anglican Church of Canada expects to appoint, in a few weeks, a full-time staff person who will be entirely dedicated to fostering reconciliation work between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. [Archbishop Fred] Hiltz also notes that both Giving with Grace (formerly known as the Anglican Appeal) and the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation -- established to fund programs that promote healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Anglicans -- will be 25 years old in 2017" (p. 11). "This year Hiltz continues, will also mark the 10th anniversary of the installation of Mark MacDonald as National Indigenous Anglican Bishop" (p. 11). "Turning to the national church's office of global relations, Hiltz mentioned that 2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of a resolution by General Synod to strengthen its ties with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, a member of the Anglican Communion, with parishes in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. He notes that Suheil Dawani, archbishop of the diocese, and his wife will be making an extended visit through Canada this fall" (p. 11). "An anniversary of significance in many countries, Hiltz says, will be the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation -- an event, he adds, that Lutherans around the world have been careful to say they will be commemorating rather than celebrating, on account of the divisiveness the Reformation gave rise to" (p. 11).
"On November 18 , Indigenous ministries and the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) laid out concrete steps for how they will continue to pursue self-determination within the national church over the coming years. The plan is to start small, with Indigenous Anglicans from three or four regions that want to pursue self-determination, Archdeacon Sid Black, ACIP co-chair told the fall  meeting of Council of General Synod (CoGS) ... A focus group, co-chaired by former Indigenous ministries co-ordinator Donna Bomberry and Archdeacon Larry Beardy will oversee the details, and the initial goal will be to select leadership in a way that is in line with Indigenous practice" (p. 1, 6). "Advice on incorporation will come from former General Synod prolocutor Harry Huskins" (p. 6). "According to [Indigenous CoGS member Lay Canon Grace] Delaney, of the approximately 150 Indigenous clergy serving in the Anglican Church of Canada, most are unpaid" (p. 6). "Quebec Co-adjutor Bishop Bruce Myers, whose diocese includes the isolated Naskapi nation of Kawawachikamach, wanted to know whether this leadership model could be used there" (p. 6). "In response, Canon Virginia 'Ginny' Doctor, Indigenous ministries co-ordinator, said Indigenous ministries has already explored options, such as a 'moveable seminary' that would bring teachers to communities for intensive education, or doing the reverse and bringing Indigenous leaders in-training to a local centre for intensive, short-term education. She suggested either of these models might work in Quebec" (p. 6).
"Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, says he hopes a prayerful spirit will prevail at General Synod this July , despite the tensions likely to be stirred by discussions of, and voting on, same-sex marriage" (p. 1). In an interview, Hiltz said that although much attention has been focused on the marriage canon resolution, General Synod will deal with other important matters. Among the topics he's most excited about, Hiltz says, is Indigenous ministries, to which an entire day -- Sunday, July 10 -- will be dedicated. It will begin with Indigenous spiritual leaders leading delegates in morning worship, followed by an afternoon discussion of the Mission Statement for an Indigenous Anglican Spiritual Ministry within the Anglican Church of Canada. A document presented by Indigenous bishops to Council of General Synod this March outlines the objectives of future Indigenous ministry in the church" (p. 10). "Hiltz said he also eagerly looks forward to seeing Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio, of the Episcopal Church of Cuba, and Archbishop Francisco de Assis da Silva, primate of Brazil, partly because the Canadian church stands at an interesting time in its relationship with both these partners in the Anglican Communion" (p. 10).
"One hopes this will not be the reaction when the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) presents a new draft of its statement calling for greater self-determination within the church. ... ACIP has suggested setting in motion a consultation process that would develop a plan for an Indigenous ministry in the whole church -- one that reflects 'Indigenous ways of thinking about leadership and power' and allows Indigenous Anglicans to plan, use and account for their own resources". "The need for Indigenous ministry is urgent, and not just in reserves: in Canada's urban areas, a growing population of Aboriginal people lack access to pastoral care. Some dioceses have responded by establishing urban native ministries, but others have not filled the gaping hole". "But, in order for this dialogue to bear fruit, both sides must have a willingness and commitment to trust, respect and listen to one another, and -- when the going gets tough -- to remain at the table".
"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).
"(Ret.) Bishop Thomas William Ralph Collings, who was known for having devoted much of his ministry to Canada's native people, died after a long battle with cancer on July 8  in Winnipeg. He was 75. He was consecrated the seventh bishop of the Anglican diocese of Keewatin in 1991, at the age of 52. He was bishop of the diocese, located in Kenora, Ont., for five years, until he resigned in 1996. "Before he was elected bishop, Collings had been dean of theology, co-ordinator of native studies and director of the lay education program at St. John's College, University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, since 1983. In 1987, he was also a non-stipendiary priest-in-charge of St. Helen's Anglican Ayamihewkamik Church in Winnipeg. From 1982 to 1985, Collings was rector of Peguis/Hodgson, a six-point parish, and also had a ministry with native people. He was assistant priest at St. John's Cathedral, Winnipeg, from 1980 to 1982".
Colour photo with caption. "From left to right: Archdeacon Sidney Black, Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Bishop Mark MacDonald and the Rev. Norman Wesley led the Council of General Synod in prayers for indigenous ministries, particularly the new diocese of Mishamikoweesh, the creation of which will be celebrated from June 1 to 4  at Kingfisher Lake First Nation in northern Ontario". [Text of entire article.]
"The Council of General Synod (CoGS) has thrown its support behind the proposal to create a new indigenous diocese of the northern Ontario region. The proposal will require the concurrence of General Synod when it meets in July . Archbishop David Ashdown, diocesan bishop and metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Rupert's Land, said the vision for the new diocese was articulated more than half a century ago. The new diocese would cover 16 First Nations communities belonging to Treaty 9 around Kingfisher Lake, north of Sioux :Lookout. The northern Ontario area mission currently has a bishop, Lydia Mamma, who was elected in 2010, and several local clergy. Mamakwa told CoGS that the northern Ontario area mission has grown over the years to include training for native clergy and a catechism and Bible camp. If the plan is approved, the diocese of Keewatin will cease to function on Dec. 31, 2014, but will continue as a legal entity until Sept. 30, 2015". [Text of entire article.]
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".
"Bishop [Mark] MacDonald and Norm Casey, co-chair of ACIP [Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples], presented the Mississauga Declaration to CoGS [Council of General Synod]. The declaration states that indigenous Anglicans must 'act now to reaffirm our sovereign identity as the people of the Land and to revive, renew and reclaim the ministries in our communities'." Bishop MacDonald "also noted that there are indigenous communities across Canada with lower rates of suicide than the general population, and studies have suggested 'protective factors' such as revival of culture and values, self-determination, self-governance, and successful adjudication of land claims. Self-determination,therefore, 'is not just a politically correct thing to do, but a matter of life', said Bishop MacDonald".
"A team of students at the University of Calgary has designed a solar-powered home that produces as much energy as it consumes. The Technological Residence, Traditional Living, or TRTL, is pronounced 'turtle' and, in fact, resembles a tortoise shell. More important, it offers an alternative to the poorly constructed homes found in the indigenous communities of the North -- housing that not only falls short of modern building standards but also fails to accommodate the traditional lifestyles and values of aboriginal peoples". The Ven. Sid Black, archdeacon for Native ministries in the diocese of Calgary said: "This project offers a durable, fire-resistant and mould-resistant [housing] alternative". "The $300,000, 1,000-square-foot structure was designed in collaboration with the Treaty 7 First Nations of Southern Alberta and had been blessed by Reg Crowshoe, former chief of the Piikani Nation".
"On April 18 , bishops, clergy and staff from the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada gathered at St. Mark's Anglican Church in London, Ont., to celebrate [Laverne] Jacobs' 35-year ministry as a priest, a member of General Synod staff, and as an elder." "Canon Jacobs, 68, served at the Anglican church's national office for nine years (1987 to 1996), and staff person for the Council on Native Ministries (precursor to the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples) and later, as native ministries co-ordinator. He left to go back as priest in his home community at Walpole Island, an Indian reserve situated between the province of Ontario and the U.S. state of Michigan. Six years later, he joined the United Church's national office, becoming its first native ministries co-ordinator". Jacobs was baptized and raised in the United Church of Canada but later became an Anglican priest. "Canon Jacobs has written a lot about his struggles as a native youth who grew up in the 1950s and 60s ashamed of his culture, and as a native priest whose spiritual formation was shaped by Western theology. Fresh out of Huron Theological College, he embraced the Christian traditions and dismissed native traditions and spirituality as 'inherently evil and pagan'. But after 'a long and painful journey' and with the help of other priests and elders, Canon Jacobs realized that the native spirituality that he feared, in fact, helped to sustain him". "He recalls as one of the highlights of his time with the Anglican church, the first Sacred Circle gathering in 1989." "He acknowledges that while much has changed in terms of native and non-native relations, 'there's still work to be done in right relation'. For native people, 'there's still the issue of trust', he says. 'The dominant society probably doesn't feel that it needs to [do more], that everything's fine'."
The Dr. William Winter School for Ministry "draws faculty from the Saskatoon-based College of Emmanuel and St. Chad and from other colleges in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. More than 70 people have participated in the program since its inception in 2003, including clergy". The school offers a Diploma in Indigenous Anglican Theology. "Students attend eight 14-day residential summer and winter sessions at the Mission House built for the purpose by the people of Kingfisher Lake, Ont. In the summer, students and their families go to the Big Beaver Bible Camp. Students complete a total of 900 hours of contact time, and between sessions do practicum work in their home and neighbouring communities".
"The whole church will need to address the issue of non-stipendiary (unpaid) priests, according to Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and bishops from the Council of the North. 'It's clear to me that this is a matter of justice,' Archbishop Hiltz told more that 200 First Nations, Metis and Inuit delegates to the 6th Indigenous Sacred Circle gathered here [Port Elgin, Ont.] last August 9 to 15 . He was responding to concerns raised repeatedly at the gathering about the non-payment of clergy, many of whom are aboriginal". "The national church has no overall statistics of how many of 3,861 clergy are non-stipendiary. About 47 per cent (168 out of 358) of clergy from Council of the North dioceses are non-stipendiary".
"Bishop Mark MacDonald attended the  Sacred Circle as national indigenous bishop for the first time since his appointment in 2007. 'It was as if all the other Sacred Circles had been building up to this moment, where people recognized that. "We have begun to be what we've hoped to be", ' he said in an interview". "Archbishop [David] Ashdown said that 'a new relationship is dawning' between the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) and the Council of the North, which represents 11 dioceses funded by the church. Eight of the 11 diocesan bishops from Council of the North dioceses were at the gathering along with the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz. Plans are progressing for an indigenous area mission in northern Manitoba, which will mean changes for both the dioceses of Keewatin and Brandon, said Archbishop Ashdown. Plans are also moving forward for the creation of an indigenous diocese in northern Ontario. Both plans require the election of new bishops who were invited to be part of the Council of the North, he said".
The Governance Working Group made a presentation on ways to enhance the Anglican Church of Canada's national ministry on indigenous peoples to the 6th Sacred Circle held in Port Elgin 9-15 August 2009. "While some Sacred Circle delegates gave all-out support for the proposal, which includes the possibility of creating a fifth ecclesiastical province for indigenous Anglican dioceses, others found it confusing and asked for more consultations to take place".