Bishop Steven Charleston will lead discussions at the Winnipeg meeting, 7-10 October 2003, being held to look at the relationship between the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) and the church. The Keewatin diocesan council had hoped for a larger gathering such as a sacred circle and asked that the October meeting be cancelled. The meeting will deal with the dispute between ACIP and church leaders following the March 2003 agreement with the federal government about residential schools.
"In the fullfilment of an aspiration long held by indigenous Anglicans in the north, the ecclesiastical province of Rupert's Land is poised to have a new diocese by 2014. The 47th session of the provincial synod, held in Brandon, Man., June 7 to 10 , unanimously approved a resolution from the diocese of Keewatin to divide the diocese and create a fully independent indigenous diocese from the portion known as the northern Ontario region. 'We have been walking together and now we are dancing together', said the Rev. Wayne McIntosh, rector of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Fort Frances, Ont., after seconding the motion at the synod. The region's current bishop, the Rt. Rev. Lydia Mamakwa, will head the diocese. Two-thirds of the diocese lies in First Nations parishes, and five languages are spoken there: Cree, Oji-Cree, English, Ojibway and Dene. Many diocesan clergy and lay people speak at least two languages on a daily basis". [Text of entire article.]
The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop of Capetown, has accepted an invitation by the Osnaburgh Band to visit the Osnaburgh Indian community in northern Ontario, August 13-14, 1990. The visit is expected to highlight issues of poverty, injustice and racial discrimination for Native Canadians.
The Anglican Church of Canada, in co-operation with the Osnaburgh Band, will provide media relations services to accredited media. If you wish to attend the event, please contact the Communications office (see below), before May 31st. A questionnaire is attached.
Although details of the planned events are not yet available, it is expected that presentations will be made by several representative groups. All sessions will be open to the public. The events will take place outside, as weather permits, or inside the Community Hall. The Band Council will also provide tours of the community and interpretation services to media personnel. We will make background and briefing materials available as soon as possible.
For more information, please contact: Diane Engelstad, Media Relations Officer, The Anglican Church of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2J6, tel. (416) 924-9192 ext. 312, fax. (416) 968-7983
Two page colour advertisement for and description of the work of the Anglican Appeal. Includes photos and donation information. Article includes: A Message from the Primate / Fred J. Hiltz; a section story about an "Internet ministry called Virtual Church School that provided weekly Sunday school lessons based of the Gospel for the day" [www.dioceseofkeewatin.ca/virtual-church-school] developed by the Diocese of Keewatin; Canadian Theological Students overseas [Jeffery Hooper and Michelle Taylor in Uganda and Nicolas Alexandre in the Philippines]; and Dr. Carolyn Langford, a Volunteer in Mission in Uganda. All of these programs are supported by Anglican Appeal.