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Aboriginal group condemns DFO violence, calls for `nation-to-nation' negotiations

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Date
2000 October 6
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2000 October 6
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
TORONTO, October 6, 2000 -- The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples has condemned "the violence, threats of violence, and intimidation tactics used by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans" in the Burnt Church lobster fishery dispute, in a statement released here today.
"Such control tactics disrespect the human rights and endanger the lives of the people of Burnt Church, while undermining the very possibility of establishing an atmosphere conducive to dialogue and resolution of the dispute," the statement reads. "In this day and age, such antiquated `Cowboys and Indians' approaches ... cannot be tolerated."
The Rt. Reverend Gordon Beardy, bishop of the Diocese of Keewatin, visited the Burnt Church community at the end of September [2000]. The statement was prepared after members of the Council had heard his eyewitness account, which they say confirms that Burnt Church is "a community under siege." Although the immediate crisis seems to have passed, the statement notes "the deep tensions and injustices underlying the dispute at Burnt Church are far from over".
"Bishop Beardy witnessed firsthand children being traumatized by the continual presence of helicopters circling overhead," the statement reads. "He heard stories of women who watched in horror as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans rammed native boats, threatening the lives of native fishers, and confiscating their traps. He spoke with young men who were nightly harassed and intimidated by the RCMP, and with community members who lived in mounting fear of violent reprisals from non-native fishers".
The Council says the government "should fully inform Canadians concerning the historical and legal facts related to the dispute at Burnt Church." The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a treaty gives the Mi'kmaq people the right to fish, but the government has continued to act as if no such right exists.
It says the government must move immediately to conduct nation-to-nation negotiations "to ensure an equitable sharing of resources between First Nations and the larger Canadian society."
The 19-member Council represents Indigenous Anglicans in 17 dioceses (regions) of Canada. It works to renew Indigenous spiritual and cultural traditions and support self-determination for Indigenous peoples.
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A copy of the complete statement is attached.
For further information contact: Larry Beardy, Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples 204-677-3846 or 204-677-4652 or Chris Hiller, Indigenous Justice Coordinator 416-924-9199 ext 239
Contact: Doug Tindal, Director of Information Resources, 416-924-9199 ext. 286; 905-335-8349 (residence); www.anglican.ca
Notes
Statement of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples Regarding Burnt Church
October 4, 2000
As followers of our Creator-God who calls us to justice and love, we, the members of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, stand in solidarity with the Mi'kmaq people of Esgenoopetitj/Burnt Church as they continue their struggle for the recognition of their treaty rights and their dignity as a People.
Over the past few months, we have been deeply distressed by reports in the media and from ecumenical observers stationed in Burnt Church. A recent visit to the community by the Right Reverend Gordon Beardy, bishop of the Diocese of Keewatin, has confirmed what we have heard: that Burnt Church has been, and continues to be, a community under siege.
Bishop Beardy witnessed firsthand children being traumatized by the continual presence of helicopters circling overhead. He heard stories of women who watched in horror as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans rammed native boats, threatening the lives of native fishers, and confiscating their traps. He spoke with young men who were nightly harassed and intimidated by the RCMP, and with community members who lived in mounting fear of violent reprisals from non-native fishers.
In the stories of our Mi'kmaq brothers and sisters, we hear echoes of our own bitter struggles and those of our Peoples over hundreds of years, and we are deeply pained and angered.
We recognize and affirm that the people of Esgenoopetitj have ended their fishing season on their own terms, on their traditional Treaty Day. We commend them for demonstrating incredible courage and restraint in refusing to be drawn into confrontation with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans or with non-native fishers. Their ancestors have shown similar patience and restraint for hundreds of years.
While the immediate crisis on the waters of Miramichi Bay may have dissipated, we know as indigenous people that the deep tensions and injustices underlying the dispute at Burnt Church are far from over.
As members of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples,
- We condemn the violence, threats of violence, and intimidation tactics used by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Such control tactics disrespect the human rights and endanger the lives of the people of Burnt Church, while undermining the very possibility of establishing an atmosphere conducive to dialogue and resolution of the dispute. In this day and age such antiquated `Cowboys and Indians' approaches, which have the effect of controlling the lives of indigenous peoples, cannot be tolerated.
- We call on the federal government and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to show patience and restraint commensurate with that shown by the people of Esgenoopetitj/Burnt Church for decades. The government and its agencies must refrain from fast and heavy-handed responses in order to create space for calm and thoughtful dialogue to prevail.
- We demand that the federal government exercise its responsibility to fully inform Canadians concerning the historical and legal facts related to the dispute at Burnt Church, rather than promoting one-sided versions that demonize indigenous peoples as `lawbreakers'. All parties, and all people living in Canada, require clear, unbiased, and complete information concerning this dispute.
- In keeping with the recommendations of Canada's `Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples' we call on the federal government to enter without delay into peaceful nation-to-nation negotiations with the people of Esgenoopetitj/Burnt Church to ensure an equitable sharing of resources between First Nations and the larger Canadian society. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the federal government can no longer assume an unrestricted and unilateral right to regulate the fishery. Instead, negotiations must be based upon the recognition of the treaty rights of the people of Esgenoopetitj to establish and manage their own fishery.
We speak in response to the cries of the people of Burnt Church and the call of our Creator, in the hope that one day justice might prevail and that all of us -- both indigenous and non-indigenous -- might one day live together in peace.
[CAC names to be added]
Subjects
Fisheries - Canada - Law and legislation
Fisheries - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Government relations
Indigenous peoples - New Brunswick
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
Beardy, Gordon (Gordon Walter), 1950-
Mi'kmaq - New Brunswick
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
Canada. Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans
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ACIP member attended signing `in my own right'

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Author
Beardy, Elizabeth
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2003 May
Author
Beardy, Elizabeth
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2003 May
Volume
129
Issue
5
Page
4
Notes
Letter to the editor from Elizabeth Beardy in which she corrects an error in the article "Schools agreement signed" (April 2003). "I attended the signing in my own right. I attended because I wanted to show the primate that I supported him. From my time at ACIP [Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples] I understood that it was the intention of ACIP that, after having expressed our concerns to the primate, that we should attend the signing to show him our support. I wanted to show my support for my bishop because I knew he was attending. I wanted to show my support for the synod of my diocese, which signed the agreement. I wanted to show my support for the whole negotiating team, including my husband."
Subjects
Beardy, Elizabeth
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
Anglican Church of Canada - Residential schools
Settlement Agreement
Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA)
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ACIP Participation (012-05-00-05)

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Date
2000 May 4-7
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 20-05-00
Date
2000 May 4-7
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 20-05-00
Mover
Mrs. Grace Delaney
Seconder
Canon Dr. Sue Moxley
Text
That ACIP representative(s) participate whenever decisions that alter ministry with indigenous people are being made within the Anglican Church of Canada. CARRIED #20-05-00
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
Anglican Church of Canada - Government
Anglican Church of Canada - Committees - Membership
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
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ACIP Partners at General Synod 2004 - #026-13-03-11 Amended

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Date
2003 November 7-9
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 16-11-03
Date
2003 November 7-9
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 16-11-03
Mover
Canon Grant Hyslop
Seconder
Chancellor Robert Falby
Text
That this Council of General Synod approves the proposal from the General Synod Planning Committee that members of the Anglican Council of Indigenous People, who are not elected members of General Synod by their diocese be invited to be partners at General Synod.
And that the appointment of additional partners, as designated by ACIP, is to be negotiated between the General Synod Planning Committee and ACIP mindful of the allocated budget of $30,000 and the possibility of ACIP augmenting this amount. CARRIED #16-11-03
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (37th : 2004 : St. Catharines, Ont.)
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
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ACIP refines idea of indigenous bishop

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article33213
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2005 December
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2005 December
Volume
131
Issue
10
Page
11
Notes
The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples formed three working groups to move ahead with the plan for a national indigeous bishop.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
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Affirmation of ACIP #044-15-05-11

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Date
2005 November 17-20
Source
Council of General Synod Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 35-11-05
Date
2005 November 17-20
Source
Council of General Synod Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 35-11-05
Mover
Ms. Karen Pidcock
Seconder
Ms. Barbara Burrows
Text
That this Council of General Synod affirm and support the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples as it works towards the implementation of the Pinawa Declaration of August 2005, and prepares to nominate a bishop for appointment by the Primate as the first National Indigenous Bishop.
Motion to table
Moved by: Canon Marilyn Dean
Seconded by: Canon Robert Falby
That the motion be tabled until the May 2006 meeting of the Council of General Synod. DEFEATED
Vote on the motion which reads.
Discussion:
Council discussed the resolution. The Primate commented that he envisions a process for the first bishop whereby the ACIP would nominate to the Primate their selection of a person already a bishop.
Vote on the motion. CARRIED #35-11-05
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
Anglican Church of Canada - Bishops
Indigenous bishops - Anglican Church of Canada
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
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Date
1999 October 25-29
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 01-10-99
Date
1999 October 25-29
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 01-10-99
Mover
Bishop Ferris
Seconder
Archbishop Crawley
Prologue
Bishop Ferris, chair of the agenda committee announced additions to the agenda. He reminded the members that the day to be spent with the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples had been planned with representatives from that group.
Text
"That the agenda be adopted with those changes." CARRIED Res. #HB-01-10-99
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops - Agenda
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
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Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article35794
Author
Chum, Caroline
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Northland (Diocese of Moosonee)
Date
2009 Summer
Author
Chum, Caroline
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Northland (Diocese of Moosonee)
Date
2009 Summer
Volume
65
Issue
4
Page
4-6
Notes
A detailed description of two meetings of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP). The first meeting (October 29-November 1, 2008) included a presentation on area ministries and self-determination for Indigenous peoples in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northern Ontario, to the House of Bishops meeting in Niagara Falls, Ont. ACIP also heard a presentation from the Governance Working Group entitled "The Anglican Church of Canada National Indigenous Ministry". Also includes description of meeting held 27-29 March 2009 to plan for the August 2009 Sacred Circle in Port Elgin, Ont.
Subjects
Native peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
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ANGLICAN COUNCIL OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES #012-03/04/05/06-11-11 : The Mississauga Declaration #012-06-11-11

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Date
2011 November 18-20
Source
Council of General Synod Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 09-11-11
Date
2011 November 18-20
Source
Council of General Synod Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 09-11-11
Mover
Archdeacon Harry Huskins
Seconder
Archdeacon Lynn McNaughton
Prologue
The Rev. Norman Casey, ACIP Co-Chair, welcomed members to a session in which they experienced meeting in a Sacred Circle. The session began a prayer and scripture reading by Mr. Peter Kitchekesik.
Bishop Mark McDonald presented the ACIP report. He spoke of the deepening crises and urgent needs in Indigenous communities both on and off reserve; the pressing issues of governance, sovereign identity and pastoral care. These crises and growing frustration led ACIP to write "The Mississauga Declaration", an urgent cry for self-determination and a call to the church. Bishop McDonald emphasized that a practical accommodation to the culture and boundaries of Indigenous life within the structures of the church is sought. He outlined an aggressive timeline that would see a comprehensive plan presented to COGS and the House of Bishops in the Spring and to the Sacred Circle in August 2012. Members then offered their reflections on what they had heard. The session closed with prayer.
Following the lunch break, the Prolocutor Canon Robert Falby assumed the chair.
The Primate acknowledged ACIP's moving presentation and suggested that COGS respond with a formal resolution. It was
Text
That the Council of General Synod in a spirit of great respect and hope receives The Mississauga Declaration as a gracious invitation and urgent call to the whole church to renewed commitment in walking and working with Indigenous Peoples in addressing the many crises in their communities, in strengthening pastoral ministries, in supporting their desires for self determination, and in re-affirming their sovereignty as People of the Land.
ADOPTED #09-11-11
Notes
The text of the Mississauga Declaration is attached as Appendix D.
APPENDIX D
THE MISSISSAUGA DECLARATION
Gathered in a sacred circle of love, prayer, and hope, we placed the Gospel in the centre and listened to hear God’s voice. Seventeen years after The Covenant, our communities are still in crisis and we are convinced that we must act in defense of the people and the Land. Though gathered as a consultation on governance, we have realized that our task is more urgent and more extensive. We affirm that God has a plan for us in the Gospel and that we must claim the freedom to become what God has called us to be. We believe that we must act now to reaffirm our sovereign identity as the people of the Land and to revive, renew and reclaim the ministries in our communities. Empowered in faith, we will live and work to overcome the crisis that brings overwhelming death to the peoples of this land.
We need to explore the possibilities and potential as spelled out in the Indigenous Covenant Implementation Commission’s work that would develop structures of authority, ministries and jurisdiction up to and including the development of a fifth province.
Our collective experience over decades of struggle of reconciling the historical wrongs and now the impact of assimilation upon our Elders, our children and grandchildren tells us that realistic answers come from our ways of living upon the Land and from our relationship we have always had with God, through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit. We are called by our Elders to take responsibility to practice and express our way of life so our children and their children can live as the people of the Land, your neighbors, friends and partners of our Church.
We know God is calling our peoples through our Elders’ Vision to renewal and restoration. With respect for our various traditional ways of living we hear God’s call to our peoples to unite as the renewed and restored peoples upon the Land. We will begin, today, to live towards a vision of ministry to Indigenous peoples throughout our native lands, many of us know as Turtle Island. We commit to plan and pray towards a full expression of God’s truth and love among the People of the Land. We call upon our partners in the Anglican Church and beyond to join us in the fulfillment of this calling.
September 17, 2011
The Four Points, Toronto (“Meeting Place”)
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous peoples - Canada
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
Native Covenant (1994)
Mississauga Declaration
Casey, Norm (Norman R.), 1948-2020
MacDonald, Mark L. (Mark Lawrence), 1954-
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ANGLICAN COUNCIL OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES #012-08 -13-03 : Amendment to Canon XXII – The National Indigenous Ministry #27-05-13-03

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Date
2013 March 14-17
Source
Council of General Synod Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 06-03-13
Date
2013 March 14-17
Source
Council of General Synod Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 06-03-13
Mover
Chancellor David Jones
Seconder
The Ven. Sidney Black
Prologue
The Chancellor, David Jones, advised that at the 2009 meeting of the Sacred Circle, the Governance Working Group asked ACIP the following questions:
- 1. How will future members of ACIP be selected?
- 2. How will future members in the Sacred Circle be selected?
- 3. How will the next NIAB be selected?
In accordance with the principle of self-determination, it was recognized that the answers to these questions must come from the Indigenous members of our Church and, after extensive consultations during the present triennium, the 2012 meeting of the Sacred Circle unanimously confirmed how these selections will be made in the future. Accordingly, the GWG [Governance Working Group] is proposing to COGS that Canon XXII be amended.
Text
That the Council of General Synod forward amended Canon XXII to General Synod.
ADOPTED #06-03-13
Notes
The text of amended Canon XXII reads:
Be it resolved that this General Synod amend Canon XXII to read as follows:
CANON XXII
THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MINISTRY
The origin of this Canon is the Covenant made by the participants at the 1994 Journey of Spiritual Renewal sponsored by the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples:
“...We acknowledge that God is calling us to a prayerful dialogue towards self-determination for us, the Indigenous Peoples, within the Anglican Communion in Canada. Through this new relationship we can better respond to the challenges facing us in a relevant and meaningful way....
“We, representatives of the Indigenous people of the Anglican Church of Canada, meeting in Winnipeg from the 23 to 26 April 1994, pledge ourselves to this covenant for the sake of our people and in trust of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ:
“Under the guidance of God’s spirit we agree to do all that 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.
“May God bless this vision and give us grace to accomplish it.”
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.
1. The National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
The National Indigenous Anglican Bishop (NIAB) has a pastoral episcopal relationship with all indigenous ministries in the Anglican Church of Canada. This role is exercised in partnership with diocesan bishops.
The NIAB is a member of the Sacred Circle, the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, the House of Bishops, General Synod and the Council of the North.
Selection Process for the NIAB
A person is eligible for selection as the NIAB if that person
(a) is of the full age of thirty years;
(b) is a priest or bishop in Holy Orders of The Anglican Church of Canada, or of a church in full communion therewith;
(c) is faithful in the doctrines and discipline of The Anglican Church of Canada as determined and defined by the official formularies of that church;
(d) is known and recognized as being a person of integrity and moral stature; and
(e) has those qualities and abilities of leadership, experience and learning that will enable that person to fulfil the duties of a chief pastor in the Church of God.
When a vacancy occurs (or is about to occur) in the office of NIAB, ACIP will create a search committee (which must include an elder) to determine the specific qualities and additional qualifications that might be required or desirable with respect to the person to fill the vacancy; identify potential candidates; assemble information from the persons who are prepared to become candidates; and prepare a short list of candidates for ACIP.
ACIP will elect a person from the short list submitted by the selection committee, and will send the name of the NIAB-elect to the Primate for concurrence by the Primate and the four Provincial Metropolitans.
Following concurrence, the Primate will consecrate the NIAB-elect (if not already a bishop) and install the NIAB in office.
At the first opportunity following the NIAB’s installation in office, the Sacred Circle will receive the NIAB as its presiding elder.
Term of Office for the NIAB
The term of office for the NIAB is nine years from the date of installation. The NIAB whose term has been completed is eligible to stand for election for a further term.
The NIAB must retire on reaching the age of 70.
Vacancy in the Office of the NIAB
If the NIAB dies, resigns, retires, or for any other reason the office of the NIAB is vacant, or the NIAB is unable to act by reason of absence or illness, the Primate in consultation with the chair or co-chairs of ACIP will designate the senior indigenous bishop in The Anglican Church of Canada willing to undertake the task as the Acting NIAB.
2. The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) consists of representatives from dioceses where significant Indigenous ministry is taking place, the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop (who is the ACIP liaison with the Council of the North and the House of Bishops), and additional members as determined by ACIP.
The members of ACIP must be aboriginal, members of The Anglican Church of Canada, and active in their parish or diocese.
ACIP will consist of the following persons:
(a) The NIAB.
(b) Two persons elected by each Provincial Caucus at the Sacred Circle.
(c) One youth, one elder and one member-at-large appointed by the NIAB.
Except for the NIAB, the terms of ACIP members will end at the conclusion of the next Sacred Circle. Where a vacancy occurs on the Council between Sacred Circles, ACIP may appoint a replacement for a person who was elected by the Sacred Circle, and the NIAB may appoint a replacement for a person whom the NIAB had appointed. A person who has served on ACIP is eligible for re-election.
ACIP will select its chair or co-chairs.
ACIP maintains relationships with the House of Bishops, General Synod, the Council of General Synod, the Council of the North, and the International Anglican Indigenous Network.
ACIP organizes the Sacred Circles.
3. The Sacred Circle
The Sacred Circles have met approximately every three years since 1988.
The Sacred Circles are organized by ACIP.
The Sacred Circle will consist of the following voting members:
(a) Ten indigenous members from each of those dioceses identified by ACIP as having significant indigenous ministries. (More persons from these dioceses may attend the Sacred Circle, and may be granted voice but shall not vote.)
(b) Up to ten indigenous members identified by ACIP to represent urban indigenous ministries.
(c) Up to three indigenous members from the Anglican Military Ordinariate
(d) The indigenous bishops of The Anglican Church of Canada, as identified by ACIP.
(e) The NIAB, who is the presiding elder at its meetings.
The Primate is always an invited guest at the Sacred Circle, and has voice but not vote.
Invitations are also generally sent to the bishops from the Council of the North dioceses and the diocese in which the Sacred Circle is being held (if not otherwise included). In addition, ACIP may invite up to twelve partners to attend the Sacred Circle. These invited persons may be granted voice but shall not vote.
The date and location of the meeting of the Sacred Circle are determined by ACIP. The Sacred Circle performs many of the functions of a “Synod” for the indigenous ministries: it provides an opportunity for representatives of the indigenous communities to come together to worship, to discuss, and to communicate with the broader Church.
4. Organization of Indigenous Ministries
Developments in the organization of the indigenous ministries will take place over time, and can be accommodated by changes to the existing constitutional and canonical structures.
Dr. Randall Fairey was applauded for his work on Canon XXII.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution. Canon XXII
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada - 21st century
Native Covenant (1994)
Anglican Church of Canada. National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
Anglican Church of Canada. Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
Sacred Circle
Indigenous bishops - Anglican Church of Canada
Fairey, Randall N.
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