That General Synod support Native people in their opposition to the recommendations of the Nielsen Task Force: "Improved Program Delivery-Indians and Natives: A Study Team Report to the Task Force on Program Review"; and
That General Synod inform the Prime Minister of Canada and the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development of its continued support for Native self-determination. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 32
That this National Executive Council express its appreciation to the Anglican Book Centre for the gift of $100,000.00 and directs that the money be allocated according to the following priorities:
a) financial enablement towards the Native Convocation planning authorized by this National Executive Council;
b) to address current program priorities for which funding was not available in the 1986 Program Budget Proposal;
c) new programme initiatives which may arise out of the General Synod meeting in June 1986.
Later in the meeting it was
Moved by: Ven. G.R. Huggill
Seconded by: Ven. A.R. Reed
That the motion regarding the allotment of the $100,000.00 be removed from the table. CARRIED
That the words `and other program priorities as emphasized at this meeting as recommended by staff and approved by the Officers' be inserted at the end of (a); and that (b) and (c) be deleted. CARRIED
The motion now reads: That this National Executive Council express its appreciation to the Anglican Book Centre for the gift of $100,000.00 and directs that the money be allocated to the financial enablement towards the Native Convocation planning authorized by this National Executive Council, and other program priorities as emphasized at this meeting as recommended by staff and approved by the Officers. The motion as amended was put and CARRIED
That total national costs, including those in Resolution #4, but excluding campaign follow-up costs, be set at 8% of the National Financial Goal of $20,000,000 plus campaign follow-up costs of not more than $500,000 with the specific budget to be approved by National Executive Council. CARRIED
That the National Executive Council request the General Secretary to explore the implications of Bill C-10 (An Act respecting non-profit corporations) particularly as to its possible effects on the Churches' right to speak out on moral issues: and in co-operation with representatives of other Churches to express our concerns to the Federal Government. CARRIED
Dean Fowler reported that the Committee on Ministry has forwarded two Canons to the Handbook Task Force:
1) Canon X - The Society of Professional Lay Ministers
2) Canon XII - Continuing Education Plan
Canon X is being edited and will be presented to General Synod. Canon XII needed revising as it was orginally written in 1967. It too is being worked on.
Mr. Hodgkinson, Administrator of the Plan, explained the reasons for the change in the Canon and presented three proposals.
That the National Executive Council approve Proposal I and the Administration Unit be empowered to use it for a trial period of two years. CARRIED
Proposal I reads:
`To establish a "bonus for use" system.
In this system, a member requesting the use of his or her accumulated benefits would automatically be entitled to a bonus benefit which would be a percentage of the amount credited to the member. For example, let us say that the computed bonus figure for 1993 would be 33 1/3%. A member with $600 accumulated upon applying to use his or her benefits would automatically be entitled to draw up to an additional $200 (ie. 1/3 of $600) bonus. The use of a portion of accumulated credit would work on a percentage basis. For example, the same member using $300 of a $600 credit would draw $200 from his or her credit and $100 from the bonus system, leaving $400 credit for future use (plus of course, a further bonus). This proposal could be financed (using 1982 figures) from income from investments and would not affect the existing surplus. For example, in 1982 the Plan after paying special grants and administrative costs made $47,000 from investment income. In 1982 it paid out some $91,000 in member benefits. A 33 1/3% bonus system would have used up only $30,000 of the surplus income leaving $17,000 to be added to the accumulated surplus.'