"The Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod has requested bishops and deans to focus, for 22 days, from May 31 to June 21 , on renewing the church's commitment to support the work of the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation through prayers, participation in awareness-raising campaigns and donations. Early this year , Council of General Synod (CoGS) agreed to dedicate the undesignated proceeds of Giving with Grace, General Synod's annual fundraising campaign, to replenish the fund. For the next five years, the fund -- created in 1992 as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement -- will focus on language recovery". General Secretary, Archdeacon Michael Thompson, "stressed that while the Anglican Church of Canada has met its legal obligations under the settlement agreement, 'we're far from finished with our spiritual and moral obligation to continue to support the healing work that is underway among those survivors and in those communities'."
"For three years now, we, the Anglican Church of Canada, have had an agreement with the federal government covering lawsuits about Indian residential schools that, until not that long ago, threatened our very existence. What that agreement did was limit our liability to $25 million. A Settlement Fund was created and we, General Synod and each of the 30 dioceses, agreed to raise $25 million over five years for the fund .... The 2003 agreement was imperfect (p. 3). .... The new agreement is still an agreement in principle. The process for all the bodies that need to give the new agreement their blessing is going to take a while and until that process is complete, we must continue to make payments to the Settlement Fund under the terms of the 2003 agreement. The silver lining here, though, is that these payments are money that will be refunded into our Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation, once the 2006 agreement comes into force -- we hope by the end of the year (p. 10)."
Contents: Where are we ? -- First things first -- So what happened to bring about this new agreement ? -- ... and so -- A renewed commitment.
"When it comes to tracking the process of healing, spreadsheets and metrics aren't all that useful. It takes someone like Esther Wesley, the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation ("AHF") co-ordinator, to sense when healing starts to happen. Wesley's face lights up when she talks about Aboriginal Neighbours, a group of volunteers on Vancouver Island with a practical, authentic approach to bringing together indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. Aboriginal Neighbours is one of 494 projects that have received AHF grants. Founded in 1991, the AHF now uses funds raised by dioceses in order to comply with the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement of 2006. So far, the fund has distributed more than $5 million to projects addressing the legacy of residential schools". "Wesley says AHF's work is fundamentally the same as that of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission: to educate people about residential schools and bring people together. It's hard and painful work sometimes, but for her, Aboriginal Neighbours stands as a slow and steady example of how healing can happen. 'We need more of that people-to-people contact', Wesley says. 'It's about recognizing each other, sharing culture and stories and being people of God'."
Eight page insert (1-8) with May 2013 issue of Anglican Journal. Anglican Church of Canada Ministry Report. Insert produced by Resources for Mission Dept.
"On July 31 , Bishop Rob Hardwick of the diocese of Qu'Appelle dipped the wheel of his bicycle in the Atlantic Ocean in St. John's, Nfld., bringing an end to a cross-Canada journey that began months earlier. On May 19 , he had performed the same ritual in the Pacific, at his starting point in Victoria, B.C. Hardwick planned the more than 7,200 km ride across Canada after he dreamed of raising $1 million for the diocese Living the Mission campaign for mission and ministry. He had also hoped to raise as much as $800,000 for the Anglican Healing Fund and Indigenous Ministries. In mid-August , donations to the campaign itself totaled $156,400. But the ride spurred a number of other related donations, bringing the total to more than $250,000. For example, a portion of the money raised was to go towards building a medical centre in Burundi. (The diocese of Qu'Appelle has a companion relationship with the diocese of Muyinga.) Hardwick says this project can now be completed thanks to additional gifts, totalling $20,000, from two families in the diocese". "Hardwick had bypass surgery nine years ago. He turned 62 during the ride".
"Healing Fund co-ordinator Esther Wesley told CoGS that, as of June 22  Giving with Grace, the Anglican Church of Canada's annual fundraising campaign, had raised $26,000 in money directly designated for the fund, which supports Indigenous healing projects. Funds collected without any specific designation totalled $249,000, Wesley said. ... Thus a total of $275,000 has been raised for the fund by Giving with Grace to date in 2017. In 2015, Giving with Grace raised $515,000". "A key focus for the fund remains keeping Indigenous languages alive, as many of them reach a critical point in their existence". "Reconciliation was the theme of a number of sessions at the meeting of CoGS. On June 24 , Melanie Delva, named the church's reconciliation animator last April , gave a presentation introducing her role. Much of it, she said, would consist in 'forming, equipping and resourcing a national team to encourage and sustain local engagement in the work of reconciliation".
Author, graphic designer and educational student Brandon Mitchell took two and a half years to write a comic book entitled "Lost Innocence" about Indian residential schools in Canada. "Mitchell, a member of the Listuguj Mi'kmaq First Nation, found researching the topic affected him so much that trying to write it in an even-handed way seemed at times impossible. ... The fruit of Mitchell's long labour -- and that of artist Tara Audibert, who drew the illustrations -- may be about to reach a wider audience. 'Lost Innocence', which was published in 2013, now has a teacher's guide to go along with it, made possible by a $14,050 grant from the Anglican Church of Canada's Healing Fund. Mitchell and Sean Muir, executive director of the Healthy Aboriginal Network, which published both the comic book and guide, hope it will soon be taught to children in schools across Canada and beyond". "Though 'Lost Innocence' is fiction, the incidents are based on facts".
The Very Rev. Ken Davis, dean of St. Alban's Cathedral in Prince Albert, Sask. wanted to learn Cree when he arrived in Prince Albert in 2010. "Davis discovered he was not alone in wanting to learn Cree. Loss of ancestral language, identified as one of the tragic consequences of residential schools, had affected many third-and-fourth generation natives". After securing a $15,000 grant from the Anglican Healing Fund, the cathedral is now hosting a 39-week Cree language class. The class is taught by the Rev. Samuel Halkett, a diocesan deacon. "Cree was Halkett's first spoken language. He also studied the language formally -- learning its grammar and structure. Cree is 'a beautiful, smooth language', with different dialects, he explained. He's teaching the Y dialect, the easiest and most commonly used. Response has been phenomenal; the program was designed for only 20 people, but 79 signed up. The classes have fostered 'a great spirit of fellowship and good humour', Davis said".
"David Jones, chancellor of the Council of General Synod (CoGS), informed council members of a strong possibility that as much as $2.7 million paid to the Residential Schools Settlement will be returned to the 32 Anglican entities involved -- General Synod, the Missionary Corporation and the 30 dioceses. He explained why and led a discussion about what might be done with General Synod's share once the final financial information is confirmed". In 2007, the "Roman Catholic settlement was for $79 million, and 'there had been an agreement that our proportionate share was 19.8572 per cent of theirs. That caused our $25 million number to be reduced to $15,687,188', he said. As a result, each of the Anglican entities' contributions were recalculated, and some refunds were paid". "He noted that the 30 diocese would make their own decisions about the appropriate use of their shares, but CoGS could consider what it might want to do with General Synod's share of $322,348".
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