Project North was initiated by national Christian churches in Canada in September 1975 in response to the mega-development projects taking place in northern Canada. The Aboriginal Rights Coalition (ARC) was established as the result of a year long review by the Canadian churches of their aboriginal justice witness after Project North, ARC's predecessor, ended its twelve years (1975-1987) of service.
Objectives: ARC works towards the transformation of the relationship between Canadian society and Aboriginal peoples. Through education, research, advocacy and action, this coalition of national churches, faith bodies, and regional groups, works in solidarity with Aboriginal peoples. ARC seeks to embody true partnership by building authentic alliances in the global struggle for Aboriginal justice.
Activities: ARC has created and implemented innovative public education and political action campaigns towards: the recognition of Aboriginal land and treaty rights in Canada; realizing the historic rights of Aboriginal peoples as they are recognized in the Canadian constitution and upheld in the courts, including the right to self-determination; reversing the erosion of social rights, including rights to adequate housing, education, health care and appropriate legal systems; seeking reconciliation between Aboriginal peoples, the Christian community and Canadian society; clarifying the moral and spiritual basis for action towards Aboriginal and social justice in Canada; opposing development and military projects that threaten Aboriginal communities and the environment; and promoting Aboriginal justice within Jubilee.
A national assembly is held every two years and regional assemblies in the intervening years. A national office is located in Ottawa with regional offices, staffed by dedicated volunteers, in various parts of Canada.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the records of the Project North and then the Aboriginal Rights Coalition. Records include minutes, correspondence, published resources, newsletters, articles, papers, press releases, administrative records, financial records, subject files, program files. Includes one audio recording of Ernie Willie.
Project North records are also held at Vancouver School of Theology Archives
Primate's World Relief and Development (PWRDF) fonds
The Anglican Book Centre / ABC Publishing started as the Department of Literature and Supplies (Anglican Book Centre) (1954-1969). Under Canon XVI, it became the central official publisher and distributor of the literature and supplies of General Synod and its departments. It also sold books, furnishings, visual aids, and church music.
In 1954, the operations of three Anglican book rooms were amalgamated into the Anglican Book Centre. It operated as a ministry of and to the church by providing resources for worship, parish life, theological training, and spiritual nurture. It sought to operate at a profit with powers to publish, purchase, market, sell and distribute books & other media. In January 2013 the Book Centre was deemed no longer profitable and closed its doors. The business was sold to Augsburg Fortress, its Lutheran counterpart. The ABC Publishing continues to publish Anglican liturgical products, the Anglican Directory, and the Canadian Church Calendar, which it distributes through an online eStore.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of ABC products, minutes of meetings, correspondence, administration files, mailings, plans, papers, original SPCK agreement 1932.
4 m of textual records, graphic material, and audio-visual material.
In March 2019, the Communications Coordinating Committee was created by the Council of General Synod by the amalgamation of the Communications and Information Resources Coordinating Committee and the Anglican Journal Coordinating Committee. The Communications Coordinating Committee has strategic and advisory responsibility for the entire communications portfolio of the Anglican Church of Canada, including the oversight of the content and distribution of the Anglican Journal; oversight of all other communications products of the Anglican Church of Canada (including corporate communications, branding, archives, data management, web site, social media, resource production and distribution, graphics, Anglican Video and ABC Publishing); and the oversight of the functions of the Communications and Information Resources Department.
The following areas of work come under the Communications and Information Resources Department: Anglican Journal, data management and circulation, corporate communications, website management, social media, Anglican Video, ABC Publishing, and graphic design.
Preeceded by the Communications Committee (1968-1995); the Information Resources Committee (1995-2001), and the Communications and Information Resources Committee (2001-2018).
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of minutes of meetings, correspondence, administrative files, printed material, interviews, subject files, resource kits, programme files, photographs, and audio-visual materials.
Fonds contains the records of the Communications and Information Resources Committee (1995-2018), the Communications and Information Resources Department, Anglican Video, Church House Library (1958-2011), Production Unit, and Web management.
39.19 m. of textual records, graphic materials, and audio-visual materials
In 1959, The Primate’s World Relief Fund was established by the General Synod, following an emergency response to a mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia in 1958, recognizing the need for an efficient process to channel assistance quickly in situations of emergency. In 1969, the name of the organization was officially changed to The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund which reflected the agency’s maturing program focus and philosophy. PWRDF came to see that much deeper, long-term development needs were strongly connected to most of the suffering caused by natural or human-provoked disasters. Even more significantly, PWRDF realized that people who experienced these problems first-hand were in the best position to develop long-term solutions.
The newly renamed Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund moved in the 1970s with a commitment to addressing long-term development needs and to working in partnership with local communities and organizations. During this decade, PWRDF also became more active in public engagement. The Fund recognized the need to engage Canadians in the issues of tackling injustice. The General Synod gave PWRDF the responsibility of coordinating a development education program for the whole Church in order to close the gap between donors and recipients.
In 2001, the PWRDF was separately incorporated from the General Synod and operates under the direction of a Board of Directors. PWRDF remains the Anglican Church of Canada’s agency for sustainable development and relief with the Primate as its patron. With the support of Anglicans across Canada, PWRDF partners with organizations working to increase healthy pregnancies and births, reduce gender inequality, relieve hunger and break the cycle of poverty in the world’s most vulnerable communities. Against a backdrop of climate change, PWRDF strives to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of corporate documents, minutes and meeting files, project files, program files, promotional resources, and financial records.