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
Arthur Reading Kelley (1882-1961), graduate of Trinity College, Toronto and ordained deacon, 1906 and priest, 1907. Served his ministerial career in the Diocese of Quebec and a founding member of the Canadian Church Historical Society and the General Synod Archives Committee.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of papers on parish and diocesan histories, biographical sketches of members of the Anglican church. Chapters for a book on the history of the Anglican church. Correspondence, reports from the Anglican Advance Appeal and miscellaneous papers on subjects of interest to Kelley.
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.
Thomas Reagh Millman (1905-1996) was born in Kensington, Prince Edward Island. In 1927, after several years as a banker, he came to the University of Toronto to prepare for ordained ministry at Wycliffe College. He received a B.A. in 1931, an M.A. and L.Th. in 1933, and B.D. in 1938. In 1943, Millman received a Ph.D.from McGill University and in 1953 a D.D. from the University of Western Ontario. He was ordained deacon in 1933 and priest in 1934 in the Diocese of Toronto and served parishes in the dioceses of Toronto and Montreal, as curate of Grafton and Centreton (1933-1935), rector of Dunham and St. Armand (1941-1949), incumbent of Alviston and Inwood (1949-1951), hon. curate of St. Timothy's, Toronto (1957-1974). Dr. Millman served as tutor and dean at Montreal Diocesan Theological College (1936-1941), Dean and Professor of Church History, Huron College (1951-1954), Professor of Church History, Wycliffe College (1954-1974) and General Synod Archivist, Anglican Church of Canada (1954-1975).
Dr. Millman's vision and diligence were responsible for the inuguration of the historical library and archives of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada. He was also a leading historian for the Anglican Church and authored numerous publications and articles on church history. His publications included articles in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography and books on Bishop Charles James Stewart, Bishop Jacob Mountain and Anglicanism in Canada. Dr. Millman finished the research and writing of the history of the Anglican Church in Atlantic Canada started by A.R. Kelley and published it under the title, Atlantic Canada to 1900 : A history of the Anglican Church of Canada. Dr. Millman was a founder of the Canadian Church Historical Society and a regular contributor to its Journal.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of genealogical records, correspondence files, research files, manuscripts, printed materials, a bust of T.R. Millman, and photographs.
Fonds is arranged in the following series:
Series 1. T.R. Millman personal papers, 1935-1996
Series 2. T.R. Millman professional files, 1937-1995
Series 3. T.R. Millman research and publication files, 1940-1995
Series 4. A.R. Kelley research and manuscript files
Series 5. Printed Materials, 1912-1978