That this National Executive Council request the Primate to establish a task force as soon as possible to determine ways of opening our national church structure to be receptive to any decision made by Anglican Native people in Canada meeting in Convocation. In particular this task force will make recommendations to the National Executive Council concerning the possibility of a separate jurisdiction for Native people within the Anglican Church of Canada and the possibility of establishing an episcopate for a Native person in any such jurisdiction.
That the second portion of the motion be deleted. CARRIED
Amendment - That the second portion of the motion be deleted. CARRIED
The motion now reads: That this National Executive Council request the Primate to establish a task force as soon as possible to determine ways of opening our national church structure to be receptive to any decision made by Anglican Native people in Canada meeting in Convocation.
"The Anglican Church of Canada was in the forefront of Canadian Christian denominations when it established it video arm in 1988 under Lisa Barry. A vibrant component of the church's Communications and Information Resources Department, Anglican Video has always been committed to capturing the stories out in the field rather than recording them in the studio. Its first big project was documenting the inaugural Native Convocation (now called Sacred Circle), a national gathering of indigenous and other Anglicans held over two weeks in Fort Qu'Appelle, Sask., in 1988. Video is an optimal fit for working with indigenous people, says Barry, 'because First nations culture is rooted in oral tradition'. The church's video arm has also reached out to encourage the participation of Anglicans at large. In 2008's award-winning Amazing Grace project, for example, it used social media to collect footage of groups across Canada performing the world's best-known hymn. The project raised more than $100,000 for suicide prevention in northern Canada. 'People were even using their cellphones to send in their versions', says Barry". "Anglican Video's story has been one of rapid technological change. In the early years, Barry could scarcely lift the bulky cameras of the day and had to hire help. Now she travels light with digital camcorders and sometimes she does the shooting herself. She can edit footage on a laptop anywhere and upload it immediately, instead of sending tapes to Toronto". "We remain committed to telling the Anglican story to the world', says Barry. 'It's the most important thing we can do'."
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.
That this National Executive Council request the Primate, in consultation with the Chairman of the Council on Native Affairs to name a small planning group to explore implications and possibilities for the Native people to meet in 'convocation'. CARRIED
A notice of motion for General Synod 1986 was developed at the Native Ministries Conference.
WHEREAS Native people recognize and acknowledge the common aboriginal ancestry of Inuit, Metis, Status and Non-Status people; Treaty and non-Treaty people; and
WHEREAS this National Native Ministries Conference recognizes the need of a vehicle to bring Native concerns to the attention of national church leaders;
This Native Ministries Conference recommends that the Primate urgently call a National Native Convocation of elected lay representatives on a per capita basis from every Native congregation, all Native clergy and Native bishops within two years; and
That this National Native Ministries Conference meet on an annual basis until said National Native Convocation occurs.
In the interim period more information will be gathered.
It was noted that this motion does not take into consideration those Native people living in Urban communities, and also those non-Native clergy serving Native communities.
That this National Executive Council, in keeping with the position of General Synod that new development should not proceed where land claims of Indian people have not been settled or where such development has not been agreed to by them;
express its support to the Council of Haida Nations with regard to their opposition to logging on Lyell Island; and
its deep concern to the Governments of British Columbia and of Canada
that logging should not take place without the consent of the Council of Haida Nations. CARRIED
"We live in a society that has fallen among thieves -- spiritual thieves. .... We have fallen among those thieves on our road to the 21st century. And now we lie bleeding and semi-conscious in the ditch as businesspeople and politicians -- the priests and pharisees of our day -- pass by on the other side of the road. .... And the last thing we suspect is that the native people of this country will be the ones to help us, to bind our spiritual wounds and deliver us to a safe haven, to put us back on the healing journey. The native people are the despised Samaritans of our time. .... The outcasts, the despised ones, and yes, the enemy. They are the pagans who can't accept our individualistic, materialistic, 'progress'-oriented faith. .... But I have just returned from the first national convocation of native Canadian Anglicans, and I want to tell you -- need to tell you -- that I have never been so powerfully moved by an event in my life".
The author, the "Rev. Marina Jones is a member of the Haida nation from Masset, British Columbia. She was ordained a deacon last fall. This article is excerpted from a sermon she gave during a worship at the convocaton."
Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan - More than 200 native Canadian members of the Anglican church of Canada will gather here at the end of September to consider their future in the church.
"This is a milestone event for Anglican native people," explained the Rev. Laverne Jacobs, Co-ordinator of Native Ministries for the church, and a member of the Chippewa Nation.
"We take this convocation as a sign that the mainstream of the church is finally ready to begin listening to those of us who are the original peoples of this land and also members of the Anglican Church of Canada."
"Our Christian faith and our church are very important to us, but so are our various native heritages. We believe that room can - and must - be made for us within the structures of the church so that we may be fully participating members while still celebrating and retaining our cultural identities as native peoples."
Wrap-Up News Conference
Leaders of the Native Convocation will join with Archbishop Michael Peers in a news conference at the conclusion of the Convocation.
Wednesday, October 5, 9 am
St. Paul's Cathedral
1861 McIntyre Street
"Fort San" to Receive Healing Service
The convocation will be held at the Echo Valley Conference Centre from September 28 to October 5. This centre is known locally as the "Fort San" since it was once a sanitorium where many native people were hospitalized with tuberculosis. Recognizing that this location may evoke some painful memories, plans have been made for the convocation to include a service of healing, with participation by Archbishop Michael Peers, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Major participation in the convocation is expected from the Cree and Ojibway peoples of central Canada and the Prairie provinces, from the Git'ksan, Haida and Nisga'a peoples of British Columbia, and from the various other aboriginal nations that have significant membership in the Anglican Church of Canada. Although the Inuit members of the Anglican Diocese of the Arctic have opted not to be full participants in the convocation, they will send observers.
All native clergy have been invited to participate in the convocation, and in addition, each of the 188 native congregations in the country has been asked to send a non-ordained representative of its choice.
Dioceses without identified native congregations have been encouraged to send one native Anglican person as a diocesan representative.
Highest Native Membership
Native people account for about 3.4 percent of the membership of the Anglican Church of Canada, the highest native membership rate in any major denomination and largely the result of historic mission connections. Participants at the conference will share their stories, their faith, and their experiences, and will discuss ways they can take their full place in the life of the church. Three areas of common concern were flagged at a pre-convocation planning meeting: being Indian in an Anglican structure; spirituality; and how to involve and care for young people.
Anglican congregations without native membership have also been asked to support the convocation through financial contributions, through raising their awareness about the concerns of native people, and through prayer.
A poem written by Sr. Eva Solomon printed under a group photo of participants at the 1988 Native Convocation. Sr. Eva attended the Convocation. Poem begins "Go slowly / Listen to the elders / Search the symbol / Understand its meaning ..."
Author is "an Inuk and a priest. He attended the native convocation with the Rev. Joshua Arreak as observers for the Inuit people. For the next convocation, they said, they will encourage full Inuit participation. Daniel delivered this sermon during the Sunday eucharist at the convocation." Sermon talks about his personal conversion experience and his gratitude to God for his love and mercy in saving sinners.
A history of relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Christians with emphasis on the Anglican Church of Canada and the history and development of the first and second Native Convocations (1988 and 1995) and the change in name to Anglican Indigenous Circle for the third gathering in Lethbridge, Alb., in July 1997.