Be it resolved that:
This Council of General Synod acknowledge receipt of the report “One Step on a Journey: The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and the Anglican Church of Canada – Lessons Learned” and its Executive Summary, commend it to General Synod, and encourage the Anglican Church of Canada at all levels to read them and take action on their recommendations for ongoing reconciliation work both within the Anglican Church and more broadly.
ADOPTED #CoGS 037-03-19
Ms. Melanie Delva, Reconciliation Animator, presented the report “One Step on a Journey: The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and the Anglican Church of Canada – Lessons Learned”, an exercise to reflect on the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA).
Data was gathered by surveying national staff members and other national church leaders, convening a Survivors’ Circle, and conducting one-on-one interviews. Participation was fairly evenly representative of urban and rural, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, clergy and laity. In total, 42 individuals participated.
Ms. Delva reflected that the process was hard, some of what she learned was hard – it has changed how she views her work and how she views people with whom she works as Reconciliation Animator in the Anglican Church of Canada. Although a lengthy report, she encouraged Council members to read it.
Ms. Delva noted that aside from being presented to CoGS, the report was also submitted to the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP), the Vision Keepers, and the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation, and Justice. The report will be submitted to the House of Bishops (HoB) and presented, with a resolution, to General Synod 2019 in July.
In closing, Ms. Delva remarked that the Settlement Agreement did not necessarily heal the break in the relationship with the indigenous community and the rest of the Anglican Church.
Be it resolved:
That the Council of General Synod in accordance with the Terms of Reference for the Canadian Companions of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, in the appointment of new Advisory Council Members, approve the appointment of The Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg.
ADOPTED #CoGS 10-18-11 [10-11-18]
Director of Global Relations, Dr. Andrea Mann, updated Council on the work of the Canadian Companions of Jerusalem Advisory Committee, a committee established by CoGS in a previous triennium. In the presentation, Council heard how the committee came to be, the work they have undertaken, and the work ahead. Highlights included the following:
The Canadian Companions of Jerusalem is a national, voluntary body of members of The Anglican Church of Canada drawn together in common concern and support for the well-being of the church in Jerusalem. In the presentation, Council heard how the committee came to be, the work they have undertaken, and the work ahead.
Since the Canadian Companions of Jerusalem launched in 2012, more than 150 individuals, parishes, dioceses, and church organizations have become members.
An Advisory Committee comprised of nine members oversees activities, and membership is endorsed by Council. The Primate is an ex-officio member. Copies of the terms of reference were circulated during the presentation.
Through annual Companions’ fees, donations, and Jerusalem Sunday offerings between the years 2014 and 2018, more than $96,000 has been raised to support several medical ministries of the diocese, including the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre for Children with Disabilities and the Ahli Arab Hospital, Gaza.
The next Jerusalem Sunday will take place on June 2, 2019.
The Advisory Committee has discerned that it is time to plan next steps for continued growth in interest and involvement among Canadian Anglicans for supporting their counterparts in Jerusalem. This will include deeper roots in local dioceses, parishes, and institutions such as cathedrals, colleges, youth programs, and pilgrimages. Expanding the membership of the Advisory Committee is another part and, in accordance with the terms of reference, that Council endorses appointment of members, a motion was included in the report from Global Relations. The motion was put before Council and discussion ensued on the individual they were being asked to endorse. After discussion, the motion was adopted by consensus.
At the end of the presentation, Council had the opportunity to respond to a series of questions about the Canadian Companions of Jerusalem. Discussion followed in table groups and responses turned in to Dr. Mann.
The Ven. Clara Plamondon, member of the Nominating Committee, guided Council through the election to fill the layperson position within the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario on the Officers of General Synod. Ms. Siobhan Bennett and Ms. Susan Little stood for election. A report back on the election results took place later in the day.
That the Council of General Synod empower the Nominating Committee to destroy the election ballots.
ADOPTED #CoGS 11-18-11 [11-11-18]
On behalf of the Nominating Committee, the Primate announced that Ms. Susan Little had been elected as the new Officer of General Synod. Archdeacon Clara Plamondon, member of the Nominating Committee, moved that the ballots be destroyed.