Resolved, That whereas it has been stated by a medical authority on carefully prepared statistics that for every one white person who dies of tuberculosis, twenty Indians (in proportion to population) die;
And, whereas, there is no sufficient accommodation in the Sanatoria of Canada for Indian patients; and whereas, Tuberculosis is the greatest enemy and peril to the life of the Indians; be it resolved that, the Upper House concurring, the deputation which is to wait on the Premier to bring before him the matter of Indian education, be asked to bring before him also the matter of fighting Tuberculosis among the Indians. MESSAGE PP.
That the most urgent need of the work amongst the Indians in Canada at the present time is more Missionary Priests who can speak the language of the people to whom they minister, and that every effort be made to hold the Missions opened by the early pioneers and minister to the Indians therein. CARRIED in both Houses.
This report was presented by the Archbishop of Kootenay. Considerable discussion arose out of the report which was, on motion of the Archbishop of Kootenay, seconded by Mr. R.W. Allin, carried in both Houses.
Your Committee regrets that it cannot submit any report either on the "state" of the Church or on statistical returns. The information supplied is insufficient in both cases. Only nine bishops have replied to a request for a Church report of conditions in their areas; for the year 1944 statistical returns were not received until this year, and the figures of two important dioceses are still unavailable; less than half the returns for 1945 have been received.
Your Committee requests that it be relieved of its duties unless fuller cooperation is forthcoming and needful information supplied. It would however stress the great loss which the Church would suffer, if information as to the ebb and flow of Church life in various parts of the Dominion is not available. It may point out that the proportion of active to missing Anglicans would never have been known if statistics had not been collected and synthesized.
That this Synod requests the Committee on Statistics and State of the Church to continue its labours and calls upon all Dioceses to extend to the Committee the fullest co-operation so that all needful information may be supplied. CARRIED in both Houses.
That the thanks of the General Synod of the Church of England in Canada be extended to the various Railway and other Transportation Companies for the very generous assistance in moving carloads of fruit and vegetables, also bales of clothing, toys, etc, to the relief areas of the West, free of charge. CARRIED in both Houses.