Four page insert (1-4) included with September 2020 issue of Anglican Journal. Colour insert with seven (7) individual articles indexed separately.
"The election of a new primate [the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls] and the establishment of a self-determining Indigenous Anglican church were only some of the highlights of the 42nd General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, which met July 10-16 in Vancouver. In these seven days, General Synod took concrete steps in helping realize the dream of a fully self-determining Anglican Church of Canada and advance reconciliation. It affirmed the creation of the Jubilee Commission, tasked with finding 'just, sustainable and equitable' ways of funding the Indigenous church. Synod also approved the creation of a permanent committee to carry on the work of the Primate's Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice, established in 2013. And, in a speech that brought many members of General Synod to their feet, outgoing Primate Archbishop Fred Hiltz apologized, on behalf of the church, for the spiritual harm it had historically inflicted on Indigenous peoples". "A vote to replace the 'Book of Common Prayer's' existing prayer for the conversion of the Jews with a new prayer for reconciliation with them -- written in consultation with the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus, and approved by the Prayer Book Society of Canada (PBSC) -- passed its first reading". "The same day, General Synod signed on to and endorsed 'A Common Word', a letter inviting Christians and Muslims to dialogue". A resolution of sorts was reached on the often painful discussion of same-sex marriage, with the House of Bishops recommending dioceses make their own decisions on the matter in the wake of a vote against changing the marriage canon. There were also votes urging the church to adopt new ecological practices, the approval of new liturgical texts, and much more -- all of it made possible by the donations of Anglicans like you".
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"This newspaper's website, anglicanjournal.com, has launched 'Eyewitness: Special Coverage of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)'. The web page (http://bit.ly/luJLMAp) compiles the newspaper's extensive and award-wining coverage of the TRC national events, beginning in 2010 in Winnipeg. The collection of more than 150 stories, photographs and videos offers a comprehensive look at the impact of the Indian residential school system on aboriginal people across Canada". "The Journal hopes that Eyewitness will contribute to further understanding about what has been dubbed 'Canada's shame' and encourage more conversations and action". "In June , the TRC will end its four-year term, with the seventh and final national event to be held in Ottawa. A key question that needs to be answered is whether Canadians have listened and, if so, what are they prepared to do about what they have heard. A statement made by TRC commissioner Marie Wilson at the Winnipeg event lends particular resonance: 'What we have kept repeating is if the TRC ends up being a series of very well-intentioned activities that lead only to aboriginal people talking to themselves, our country will have missed the best opportunity that we had in nation building, in possibly our entire history'". "The reality is that the residential school legacy remains either a polarizing issue or a non-issue in some parts of the church. The Primate's Commission on the Doctrine of Discovery, Reconciliation and Healing will need to address this ... part of the commission's mandate is to move forward with reconciliation and address continuing injustices faced by Canada's indigenous communities. There is much work to be done".
"A church commission is proposing for ways that Anglicans across Canada can take part in the task of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada: praying, learning, building relationships and acting. 'Reconciliation is daily individual spiritual practice and communal conversion, the transformation of the whole church', members of the Primate's Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice say in an open letter to Canadian Anglicans, released December 9 " (p. 1). "The commission was created in 2013 by Primate Fred Hiltz to identify ways the church can put into practice its 2010 repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery as well as address reconciliation and injustices to Canada's Indigenous people" (p. 10).
Stating that the work of reconciliation and justice is ongoing and must involve the entire church, Bishop Shaw presented a resolution to CoGS.
Be it resolved:
That the Council of the General Synod commend for consideration to the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada establish a committee to strategize and guide the ongoing work of the truth, justice and reconciliation, including building and supporting a network of Ambassadors for Reconciliation from dioceses and regions.
ADOPTED #CoGS 005-03-19
The Rt. Rev. Riscylla Shaw, Co-chair of the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation, and Justice, presented the final report of the Commission to Council members.
Bishop Shaw expressed heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Archbishop Hiltz and Bishop MacDonald for their commitment to moving ahead the work of the Commission.
Bishop Shaw highlighted the work of the Commission, noting the following:
Raised the profile of the Blanket Exercise
Established educational brochures relating to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action
Hired a Reconciliation Animator, Ms. Melanie Delva
Established grounds for the Jubilee Commission
Continuing the support of the TRC Calls to Action, in particular Call to Action Number 48
Walking alongside ACIP and the NIAB to both support the processes of becoming a self-determining church
Participated in two Sacred Circles
The production of “Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts”, a documentary by Anglican Video
The Primate welcomed the Rev. Canon Andrew Wesley and the Rt. Rev. Riscylla Walsh Shaw, Co-Chairs of the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice, the Rev. Canon Virginia (Ginny) Doctor, Indigenous Ministries Coordinator, and Ms. Lisa Barry, Senior Producer for Anglican Video. Having previously served as the staff liaison to the committee, Canon Doctor introduced the presentation, which included an update on the work and a promo video for a documentary on the Doctrine of Discovery that the commission is producing with Anglican Video. The documentary is intended for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences as a way to understand the impact of the Doctrine of Discovery on Indigenous and settler people alike. Ms. Barry provided additional context on the documentary and the process leading up to its production. She shared that over the course of twenty-five years working with Indigenous ministries, she has recognized the Doctrine of Discovery as the source of the intergenerational trauma that followed the first contact between European settlers and Indigenous peoples. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls of Action has asked the church and country to educate one another on this and once completed, the documentary will also have education components that accompany it.
After watching the promo for the documentary, Canon Wesley and Bishop Walsh Shaw updated Council on the Commission’s recent meeting on Walpole Island First Nation in Ontario. During their recent meeting they:
- Received a presentation from a local chief on their journey to self-determination;
- Discussed the various working relationships between the commission and the Vision Keepers, Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP), and General Synod’s Reconciliation Animator, Ms. Melanie Delva;
- Discussed plans for the upcoming Sacred Circle, taking place in August in St. George, BC;
- Received an update on the work of Ms. Delva;
- Reviewed and prayed together with the Doctrine of Discovery litany;
- Met with Ms. Barry about the documentary; and
- Had lengthy, focused discussion on the commission’s priorities and assigning responsibility to report its work to General Synod 2019. As a way to keep the work going after the General Synod, an Indigenous Justice and Reconciliation Coordinating Committee has been proposed that would have links to ACIP and the Vision Keepers, along with the formation of a Jubilee Commission that would audit how money has been invested by the church in Indigenous ministries in the past and present, and how it might be sourced and directed in the future.
Bishop Walsh Shaw spoke to the resolution for the appointment of a Jubilee Commission. She shared that significant work is underway to develop and implement a framework for the Indigenous self-determining church. However, in order for this church to thrive, it needs sufficient resources. In the commission’s first report and in other communications from ACIP and the Indigenous Leadership Circle, there have been questions raised regarding an equitable provision of funds, both current and future, in a manner that takes some account for the historic processes of colonization that have dispossessed Indigenous peoples of land and resources. There is a need to assess the nature of resources available to the Indigenous church, and to propose a way forward that aligns with the emerging conversation and decisions on the framework for self-determination in the church. The proposed Jubilee Commission’s terms of reference outlined in the resolution were reviewed. Discussion and questions were welcomed. During the consensus process, two Council members indicated the need for further discussion. Council members in support of the resolution explained their belief that the Jubilee Commission would help the church move forward towards funding a self-determining Indigenous church. After further discussion, the two previously hesitant members of Council expressed their support for the resolution.
That Council of General Synod appoint a Jubilee Commission to propose a just, sustainable and equitable funding base for the self-determining Indigenous Anglican church.
The Commission would:
- Have a three-year term, potentially renewable.
- Consist of 6 members
- Report to the Council of General Synod
- Including significant representation from the current Primate’s Commission on the Doctrine of Discovery Reconciliation and Justice.
The Commission would be charged with examining historic and current funds made available for Indigenous ministry at various levels of the church’s structure, assessing current funds designated to Indigenous programming, and assessing broader property questions. Topics for consideration might include current salary levels of Indigenous clergy and strategies to move towards parity, possible redistribution of portions of property sales on a principled basis, and increasing alignment between funds for Indigenous ministry and Indigenous oversight of these funds.
ADOPTED #07-18-06 [sic i.e. 07-06-18]
At the end of the presentation, the Primate noted that the passing of the resolution was an important moment in both the life of this Council and in the church. It also evoked the spirit of the 1994 Covenant and served as a practical follow up and follow through to the discussions at the Road to Warm Springs.
"Members of the Primate's Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice met for the first time April 25 to 16 [sic i.e. 26]  and acknowledged the need to deepen their understanding of the 'theological implications' of the Doctrine of Discovery in their different cultures. The 17 member commission was created to explore ways in which the Anglican Church of Canada can translate into action General Synod 2010's landmark resolution repudiating and renouncing the Doctrine of Discovery. The resolution pledged a review of the church's policies and programs to expose the doctrine's historical impact and end its continuing effects on aboriginal people". Retired Archbishop Terry Finlay and the Rev. Andrew Wesley are co-convenors of the commission.