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 Church of Canada Resolution Corporation (ACCRC) was incorporated on January 17, 2003 with the primary purpose to operate and manage the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Fund contributed to by The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, The Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada (MSCC), and all Anglican dioceses in Canada (Anglican Entities) pursuant to the Settlement Agreement (2003) and the Anglican Amending Agreement (2007). ACCRC is under the management and administration of three trustees appointed by General Synod.
Under the Anglican Amending Agreement the Anglican Entities were required to contribute towards Indian Residential Schools (IRS) Abuse Claims and healing and reconciliation. This payment was to be satisfied by compensation for IRS Abuse Claims and the establishment by ACCRC of a segregated fund, the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation (AFHR). These funds are made available for initiatives or programs designed to assist with healing and reconciliation with the approval of the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation Committee.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of corporate documents, minutes of meetings, audited financial statements and other financial records.
The Office of the General Secretary of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada originated as a volunteer position. The position of Honourary Clerical Secretary was an elected position for the Lower House (Clergy and Laity), 1893-1946. Its role was to keep the minutes for the Lower House and messages between the Upper House (House of Bishops) and Lower House during General Synod sessions and the Executive Council meetings and to make the arrangements for future meetings of the Executive Council and the General Synod. In 1946 the position of a permanent Secretary for the General Synod was approved but wasn’t filled until April 1950.
The position of General Secretary has evolved into being the chief operations officer for General Synod, and is responsible to the Primate. As chief operating officer, the General Secretary is responsible for the day to day operations of Church House and has oversight of the work of the General Synod, its committees, councils, boards and commissions, the planning for General Synod and the Council of General Synod. To ensure coordination of this work the General Secretary meets monthly with the Church House Management Team that is comprised of the Primate, and the Directors of Church House Departments.
The General Secretary also plays a key role in issues arising from native residential schools legacy and works closely with the Anglican Council of Indigenous People and the federal government. In addition to the General Secretary and the administrative staff, the department includes the General Synod Archivist, Human Resources Manager, and the Anglican Healing Fund Coordinator.
The following people held the position in the following roles:
Hiltz, Robert Arthur (1950-1953)
Hunt, Henry Robert (1954, Acting)
Hunt, Henry Robert (1954-1960)
Hatfield, Leonard Fraser (1960, Acting)
Maddocks, Edward Henry (1960-1964)
Latimer, Ralph Robertson (1964-1968)
Light, Edwin Stanley (1968-1979)
Hilchey, Harry St. Clair (1979-1987)
Woeller, David John (1987-1993)
Boyles, James Bruce (1993-2005)
Pollesel, Michael Frank (2006-2011)
Thompson, Michael James (2011-2020)
Perry, Alan Thomas (2020- )
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, meeting files, financial records, subject files, legal files, and personnel files.
The records are organized in the following record groups: Honourable Clerical Secretary (1894-1944); the General Secretary (1943-2018).
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.