"On Friday, 7 March 2003, the day before the conference on Anglican history and archives, a group of Anglican archivists met in Saint John's College to renew the archives information network in the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land. .... The archivists discussed matters of common concern such as professional training for Anglican archivists, the implications of privacy legislation for access to archives, the need to strengthen the Anglican Archives Network, the progress of their own archives and their relationship with local genealogical societies. In the afternoon, the Rev. Brian Pearson of the Diocese of Calgary gave a presentation 'Archives and the Art of Lying' and read from two of his books".
"The Spring 2002 Number of the 'Journal' is devoted to papers from the '(Re)Making Anglican Tradition(s) in North America' conference celebrating the tercentenary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts that was held at Trinity College, Toronto, Ontario, from 23 June to 27 June 2002. .... The papers [in this issue] represent most of the topics of the conference and range from the fully developed research papers, to dissertation outlines, to portions of books in preparation to brief surveys of the historical discussion" (p. 5).
"The position paper on the future of the Anglican Archives Network 'You Are My Witnesses: The Future of the Anglican Archives Network' written by the Archivist of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada [Richard Virr] and the Archivist of General Synod [Terry Thompson] with the assistance of the other three Provincial Archivists is published in this number of the 'Journal'. Both Dr. [Christopher] Trott's letter and the position paper are indicative of how the historical and archival communities are trying to deal with the on-going financial crisis in the Anglican Church of Canada due to the unresolved Residential School legation [sic]" (p. 6).
"The diocesan archivists from the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Ontario and Canada met in Montreal on 25 and 26 October 2002. .... This meeting was so successful that the [archivists of the ecclesiastical provinces] of Canada and Ontario have decided to meet together in the future. The next joint session is planned for October 2003 in Ottawa (p. 91)".
"The Anglican Archives Network has been developed over the past twenty-five years to provide a means of communication, training and support for the diocesan and provincial archivists of the Anglican Church of Canada. This development has been largely the result of the work of the Archivist and archives staff of General Synod resulting in a 'from the top down' model. However, the General Synod support staff that has been available in the past is no longer available to the same degree that it has been due to the financial crisis overtaking General Synod. Therefore, oven both the present stage in the development of the Anglican Archives Network and the situation at General Synod, this would seem to be an opportune time to consider the future direction of the Anglican Archives Network. This position paper provides some historical background on archives, some current information and proposes a model for the future development of the Network" (p. -164). The Anglican Archives Network began in 1975 and "includes all the dioceses of the Canadian Church. The activities of the Network fall under five headings: 1. Training of diocesan archivists; 2. Records management instruction; 3. Information exchange on policies and developments; 4. Support to archivists and dioceses; 5. Coordination of activities" (p. 168).
Paper divided into sections: The Present Situation -- Archives and the Church -- History: Anglican Archives in Canada -- Canadian Church Historical Society -- Anglican Archives Network -- Who We Are -- General Synod -- General Synod and the Anglican Archives Network -- The Future -- Conclusion.
Position paper written by the Archivist of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada (Richard Virr) and the Archivist of General Synod (Terry Thompson). In addition, the paper "has been commented on and endorsed by: Trevor Powell, Archivist, Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land; Mary-Anne Nicholls, Archivist, Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario; Doreen Stephens, Archivist, Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon and James Sweeny, Chair, Information Services Subcommittee" (p. 177).