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.
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
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
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.
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, Alberta, in July 1997.
Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan - Nearly 180 native Canadian members of the Anglican Church of Canada, from some of the most isolated corners of the country, have discovered they share in common an embattled but surviving sense of native identity, and a deep-rooted Christian faith.
The delegates to the first National Convocation of native Canadian Anglicans spent seven days here, worshipping together, sharing stories, and discussing their future in the Church. Many of them are fifth-, sixth- or even seventh-generation Anglicans.
"Some of these people have never been outside their isolated northern communities before," explained the Rev. Laverne Jacobs, co-ordinator of native ministries for the national church, and a member of the Walpole Island band of the Chippewa nation.
"To be able to share their problems - and their faith - and to find they are not alone in the church, has been a tremendously empowering experience for them."
The convocation's message to the wider church stressed the value of the work done by native clergy, and the desire of native Anglicans for more voice in the decision and policy-making bodies of the church.
Several of the specific issues the delegates asked the church to address included: financial support for native ministry; improved communications among native Anglicans, and between themselves and the hierarchical structures; the need for a full-fledged native bishop; abortion and marriage breakdown; and aboriginal rights.
They also asked for support for a second convocation to be held in three years, with more youth participation.
At the Church's General Synod in 1989, to be held in St. John's, Newfoundland, the convocation will ask that a minute of silence be observed in memory of the Beothuk Indians, who once inhabited that province until they were completely exterminated by white settlers.
Most native people in the Anglican Church have suffered a long history of isolation and paternalism. Ironically, for example, while there was much talk at the convocation about the importance of aboriginal identity and culture, the many worship services during the meeting reflected English traditions. Early missionaries from Britain outlawed traditional native practices as pagan and sacrilegious.
Again and again during the conference, participants affirmed their conviction that the God of traditional native spirituality and the God of the Christian Gospels were - and are - one and the same. There was some commitment made to the recovery and integration into Anglican liturgy of traditional native forms of prayer and worship.
One positive aspect of the impact of the Anglican Church has been the preservation of native languages by the translation of the Gospels and prayer books into Cree, Inuktitut and other aboriginal languages.
Cree and Ojibway people from northern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan made up the bulk of the delegates, with others from among the Six Nations of southern Ontario and Quebec, from the Haida, Git'ksan and Nisga'a of northwestern British Columbia, the Dene Nation of the Yukon and North West Territories, and Blackfoot of Alberta.
Two Inuit delegates from the Arctic participated as observers. In addition, four outside partners attended: Sister Eva Solomon, a Roman Catholic and an Ojibway; the Rev. Alf Dumont of the United Church of Canada, an Ojibway; Bishop William Wantland of the Episcopal Church of the USA and a Seminole; and Haakopa Te Whata, a Maori from the Anglican Church Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Native people account for about 3.4 per cent 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.
"About 180 native people, some from the most isolated communities in the country, gathered here last month [28 September - 5 October 1988] for the first native convocation in Anglican Church history. In attendance were nearly all of the native Indian priests and deacons in the church and a lay member from each native congregation. Only nine of the Canadian church's 30 dioceses were not represented". "Although it was suggested they might wish to seek an official apology from General Synod for the past actions of the church (as native people sought and received from the General Council of the United Church), this did not form part of their final message to the church. Neither was there a request for a native bishop which had been suggested as a way in which all aboriginal people could be represented and recognized. They did decide to hold another convocation to be held in three years, probably in Keewatin diocese. The Inuit of Arctic diocese chose not to participate at this convocation, because they saw it as an `Indian' event. But Rev. Joshua Arreak of Salluit, NWT, an observer, said he would return to his diocese with the recommendation that the Inuit participate in the next convocation." Includes photos. One photo has caption "About 90 Indian clergy and deacons were among those gathered at Fort Qu'Appelle, Sask."
Announcement that Anglican Church of Canada would launch its first production on Vision TV with a showing of "Share the Dream", the video from the first Native Convocation held 28 September to 5 October 1988 in Fort Qu'Appelle, Sask.