Noting that General Synod had delegated to COGS the authority to approve a change to diocesan boundaries, Chancellor David Jones outlined the proposed changes necessary for the creation of the new Diocese of the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh.
That: Exercising the authority delegated to it by General Synod, Council of General Synod approve the boundary changes to the Dioceses of Keewatin, Rupert’s Land, and Brandon occasioned by the creation of the new diocese in Northern Ontario, subject to consent being given to these changes by the Executive Council of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert’s Land as authorized by the Provincial Synod.
Bishop Lydia Mamakwa expressed gratitude for the support received on the journey of self determination. She spoke of the meaning and significance of the name of the new diocese, The Diocese of the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh.
The new diocese, a member of the Council of the North, will be born on June 4th, the birth date of William Winter, and Bishop Lydia will be its first diocesan bishop. “The vision of the elders is being fulfilled.”
The Primate thanked Bishop Lydia for her leadership.
"The new diocese in northern Ontario will be known as Mishamikweesh -- a tribute to the old settlement of Big Beaver House a few miles from the Kingfisher Lake First Nation community, where the first native archdeacon of Keewatin, the late Dr. William Winter, began his ministry in 1965. 'It is symbolic and meaningful that we name the new diocese Mishamikweesh', which in Ojibway means "Big Beaver House",' announced Bishop Lydia Mamakwa to members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS), which met Nov. 14 to 17 . The new diocese will become official next year on the fourth of June -- Winter's birthday -- said Mamakwa, the current area bishop of northern Ontario, who will become the first diocesan bishop of Mishamikweesh". "The new diocese -- to be known as the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikweesh -- will cover 16 First Nations communities belonging to Treaty 9 around Kingfisher Lake, north of Sioux Lookout". "[O]n or before Dec. 31, 2014, parishes in the southern region of the diocese of Keewatin will become part of the diocese of Rupert's Land". Also, "on or before June 4, 2014, the Parish of St. James the Apostle in Thompson, Man., will become part of the diocese of Brandon".