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Anglican Church boosts Indigenous Healing funds, cuts other programs and staff in financial squeeze

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official7483
Date
2000 August 14
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
2000 August 14
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
TORONTO, Monday, August 14, 2000 -- The Anglican Church will cut more than half a million dollars in grants to support ministry in Canada's north and overseas, and eliminate eight full time positions at its national office.
At the same time, grants available from the church's Healing and Reconciliation Fund, supporting work with Indigenous peoples, will double.
The reductions, amounting to about 11 percent of the church's $10.9 million national budget, respond to continuing financial pressure from the cost of litigation related to residential schools.
The impact of the reductions will be felt around the world. Grants to support ministry across Canada's north will decline by about $125,000 in 2000, with a further $130,000 reduction recommended for 2001. Similar grants to programs in the Third World will decline by almost $400,000.
"With these reductions we will balance our operating expenditures in the current year," said Archdeacon Jim Boyles, the church's general secretary, "but our assets will continue to be depleted to pay for our litigation costs."
The church's General Synod (its national structure) and eight of its 30 independent dioceses, or regions, are named in about 350 suits for cultural, physical and sexual abuse at the schools. In some cases the church is named directly, in others it has been brought into the suit as a third party by the Government of Canada, which is also being sued.
The residential schools operated into the 1980s under government control. Churches, including the Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and United Churches, participated in operating the schools until 1969.
Archdeacon Boyles said the church is continuing to urge the Government of Canada to stop pursuing lawsuits as its primary response to the more than 7,000 individuals who are seeking compensation. "We agree with the Law Commission of Canada that a redress mechanism would offer a better means of meeting the needs of people who were harmed in the schools," he said.
"We have told the government that we could make a substantial commitment, both financially and in other ways, to support such a redress program". There has been no response from government, he said".
The church committed itself to a new relationship with Indigenous people in 1969, when its involvement in the residential schools ended. It established its Healing and Reconciliation Fund in 1991, after hearing reports of abuses in the schools. In 1993, Archbishop Michael Peers gave an apology on behalf of the church for its participation in the schools.
The Healing and Reconciliation Fund is administered by the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples. It provides grants in support of community-based healing initiatives for Indigenous groups. Since its inception, the fund has provided about $600,000 to assist with 60 healing projects. Financial support for Indigenous ministries, including the work of the Council and the Healing Fund, will increase from $262,000 to $547,000 annually.
The continuing drain of litigation costs and other factors have lead to the current reductions. Other impacts include:
- reduction of work in environmental and social justice areas, and reduction of support for a number of inter-church coalitions working in these areas
- reduction in the number of pages in the national newspaper, the `Anglican Journal'
- elimination of the national Resource Centre, which provided loans of videos and other resources to support parish ministries.
Ten staff positions have been eliminated at the church's national office, but two new ones have been created, leaving a net reduction of eight full time positions. Those affected have been provided with a severance package and relocation assistance, Archdeacon Boyles said. The staff reductions are effective immediately; grant reductions will come into full effect in 2001, if the church's national executive committee approves the proposed budget.
A complete report on the reductions is available at www.anglican.ca/church.
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For further information contact: Archdeacon Jim Boyles, 416-924-9199 ext. 280
Related information:
Residential Schools, Legacy and Hope (`Ministry Matters' special edition), http://www.anglican.ca/mm/2000/legacy/
Healing and Reconciliation Fund, http://www.anglican.ca/ministry/healing/
Other resources related to the Residential schools, http://www.anglican.ca/ministry/rs/
`Restoring Dignity': Report of the Law Commission of Canada, www.lcc.gc.ca/
Contact: Doug Tindal, Director of Information Resources, 416-924-9199 ext. 286; 905-335-8349 (residence); During May 4-7. 416-540-3653 www.anglican.ca
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod - Employees
Anglican Church of Canada - Finance
Anglican Church of Canada - Trials, litigation, etc.
Anglican Church of Canada - Residential schools
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Healing and Reconciliation Fund
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Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation #030-01-10-11 : Healing Response Committee [Unofficial]

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9808
Date
2010 November 18-21
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 17-11-10
Date
2010 November 18-21
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 17-11-10
Mover
Bishop James Cowan
Seconder
Mr. Jonathan Sinnatamby
Prologue
It was proposed:
Text
That the Rev. Mary Lysecki be appointed to the Healing Response Committee for a three-year term.
ADOPTED BY CONSENSUS #17-11-10
Notes
[*The Minutes of the November 2010 Council of General Synod meeting will not be OFFICIAL until they have been adopted at the Spring 2011 meeting.]
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Healing and Reconciliation Fund
Anglican Church of Canada. Healing Response Committee - Membership
Lysecki, Mary
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Anglican parishes sponsored residential school students, house of bishops told

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article35710
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2009 June
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2009 June
Volume
135
Issue
6
Page
1, 6
Notes
"Anglican parishes across Canada may not be aware that, in the 1920s, some of them sponsored students at the Indian residential schools through a monthly cash donation that went towards the purchase of clothing and supplies, members of the Canadian house of bishops were told at their spring [2009] meeting. This little-known fact was recently discovered by the General Synod Archives, which is playing a major role in gathering and sharing documents related to Anglican-run Indian residential schools across Canada. Documents have shown that members of the Women's Auxiliary or other groups, many of them from southern parishes, gave about $30 a month for a student whom they only knew by name." Henriette Thompson, director of the partnerships department, "said that residential school survivor societies have urged churches to make awareness-raising about the residential schools a priority. The diocesan bishop of Keewatin, David Ashdown, meanwhile urged bishops to include former residential school staff in the telling of stories about what took place in the boarding schools." "Archbishop Terry Finlay ... noted that the former bishop of Qu'Appelle, Eric Bays, is writing a book that captures the stories of former residential school staff." "In her briefing, Ms. Thompson reported that the Anglican fund for healing and reconciliation funded 37 projects totaling $416,159 in 2008".
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Residential schools
Anglican Church of Canada - Parishes
Anglican Church of Canada. Woman's Auxiliary
Indian residential schools - Canada - Employees
Thompson, Henriette
Ashdown, David (David Norman), 1950-
Anglican Church of Canada. Healing and Reconciliation Fund
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Ashdown leads fundraiser tour

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article30727
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2003 June
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2003 June
Volume
129
Issue
6
Page
16
Notes
Bishop David Ashdown will be leading an eight-day tour of the diocese of Keewatin in July to raise money for the diocese's healing work with aboriginals.
Subjects
Ashdown, David (David Norman), 1950-
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of Keewatin
Church fund raising - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Healing and Reconciliation Fund
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Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2003 March
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2003 March
Volume
129
Issue
3
Page
1
Notes
Photo of elder with native children drumming as part of a project funded by the Indigenous Healing Fund.
Subjects
Williams, Ernie
Anglican Church of Canada. Healing and Reconciliation Fund
Anglican Church of Canada - Residential schools
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Bishops endorse revised accord

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article33457
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2006 March
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2006 March
Volume
132
Issue
3
Page
7
Notes
As part of the revised accord with the government there will be the plan for a truth and reconciliation process that will be spread over five years to enable former students to tell their stories.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Residential schools
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops
Johnson, Ellie (Eleanor), 1942-
Anglican Church of Canada - Dioceses
Anglican Church of Canada. Settlement Fund
Anglican Church of Canada. Healing and Reconciliation Fund
Reconciliation - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Church fund helps abused heal

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article26819
Author
Blair, Kathy
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1999 November

Church may soon be reimbursed for residential school payouts

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article34938
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2007 November
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2007 November
Volume
133
Issue
9
Page
7
Notes
The bulk of the money that will be returned to General Synod will be channeled to the Healing Fund that finances programs for healing and reconciliation with former residential schools students.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Residential schools
Anglican Church of Canada - Finance
Johnson, Ellie (Eleanor), 1942-
Anglican Church of Canada. Healing and Reconciliation Fund
Common Experience Payment
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Church receives $9.7 million refund

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article35274
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2008 March
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2008 March
Volume
134
Issue
3
Page
1,10
Notes
Portions of the refund from the federal government will go to the Anglican Church's healing fund, to the dioceses that overpaid their share of the Settlement Fund and to General Synod.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada - Residential schools
Anglican Church of Canada - Finance
Johnson, Ellie (Eleanor), 1942-
Anglican Church of Canada. Healing and Reconciliation Fund
Canada. Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Anglican Church of Canada. Settlement Fund
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