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
Anglican Council of Indigenous People, following the terms of Canon XXII - The National Indigenous Ministry, guides the work of Indigenous Ministries. The purpose of this Canon is to provide canonical recognition of structures through which the National Indigenous Ministry may be a self determining community within the Anglican Church of Canada. The leadership includes the National Indigenous Bishop, the Indigenous House of Bishops, and Sacred Circle.
In 1969, the Anglican Church of Canada ended a century of running residential schools. It also committed to a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, heeding Charles Hendry’s call (Beyond Traplines), for a partnership based on solidarity, equality and mutual respect. Since then, there has been Indigenous staff working at the national office. The Council of Native Ministries was established by General Synod in 1975 and confirmed at the 1980 General Synod giving Council members the responsibility to carry the concerns of the native people directly to the National Executive Council (Council of General Synod) and General Synod.
In 1995 the Anglican Council of Indigenous People was established when The Anglican Church of Canada accepted and affirmed the Covenant adopted by the Council of Native Ministries in 1994 pledging, “Under the guidance of God’s spirit we agree to do all we can to call our people into unity in a new self-determining community within The Anglican Church of Canada. To this end, we extend the hand of partnership to all those who will help us build a truly Anglican Indigenous Church in Canada." This vision was realized as the number of Indigenous Bishops increased, and as Canon XXII was amended at General Synod 2019 to confer the title of Archbishop on the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop and to make the National Indigenous Ministry more self-governing.
Preceeded by the Council of Native Affairs (1975-1984) and the Council of Native Ministries (1984-1995).
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of terms of reference, minutes, meeting dockets, reports, correspondence, subject files, and graphic materials.
The fonds includes the records of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (1995- ), Sacred Circles, as well as the records of the department of Indigenous Ministries.
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.