The report of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund Committee was presented by Mr. E.G. Pullen with the assistance of the Reverend R. MacRae. The work of the Committee for 1973 was reviewed and copies of the financial statement made available for members of the National Executive Council.
During 1973 seventy grants were made to thirty countries and regions totalling $458,986. Further "in process" grants of $196,349 were committed during 1973 for payment during 1974.
Inter-Church Fund for International Development
Mr. Pullen introduced a working paper concerning the proposed fund which included specific recommendations leading to possible implementation. A working paper was first presented on June 6, 1973 to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) after a series of consultations between the Inter-Church Consultative Committee on Development and Relief (ICCCDR) and CIDA which began February, 1973. The December 11, 1973 working paper represents the most recent working paper and it appears likely that CIDA will grant $800,000 to the first year of operation. Approval is now being sought in the five churches for the proposal. It was emphasized that the Fund does not replace the PWRDF but gives the PWRDF, and similar agencies of the other churches, an instrument that will be effective in relating to agencies of government responsible for development funds.
That this National Executive Council approves in principle
1. the establishment of the Inter-Church Fund for International Development, and that
2. The Anglican Church of Canada participate in the Fund through Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, and
3. that PWRDF share in the financial support of the Inter-Church Fund on a proportionate basis, and
4. that PWRDF report to the National Executive Council on the continuing negotiations with CIDA.
Cover title: Compassion : a report to the church on a decade of world relief.
"Dr. Leonard F. Hatfield's excellent review of the history and progress of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, begun in World Refugee Year [30 June 1959 to 1 July 1960], also marks most appropriately the inauguration of the United Nations Second Development Decade. .... This record of the first decade of the Fund is a testimony to its continuing value and function and also to the zeal, broad humanitarian concern and compassion of its founder". -- Foreword, p. 4.
Contents: Foreword / H.R. Hunt [i.e. Henry Robert Hunt, Suffragan Bishop of Toronto] -- [Report] -- Appendix: Statement of Policy -- [Statements of] Appreciation.
Text has sections headings: Anglican Compassion -- Inauguration -- The Fund Begins -- The Pioneers -- The Years of Compassionate Sharing -- Recent Policy Developments.
So far in 1970, the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund has allocated close to 600,000 dollars for victims of East Pakistan cyclone and tidal waves, Peruvian earthquakes, Rumanian floods and the Nigerian-Biafran crisis, as well as supporting a large number of development projects such as agricultural centres in developing countries and research into poverty.
The Fund was established ten years ago, primarily to coordinate disaster relief money. According to the Secretary of the Fund, the Rev. Robert D. MacRae, the fund has taken on the important role of assisting in rehabilitation and development following natural disasters and to date has spent $2.8 million collected through special appeals.
The PWRDF will give a $10,000 grant to the 2000 member Nishga (Indian) Tribal Council to assist in the financial costs of the Council's fight for aboriginal title to lands in the Nass River Valley, about 500 miles northwest of Vancouver.
The council's claim will go before the Supreme Court of Canada early in 1971.
This is the first time the Church has financially supported a court case.
The Rt. Rev. H.R. Hunt, Chairman of the Allocations Committee of the PWRDF has issued a year-end statement. He says: "Since its inception in 1959, the fund has responded through contributions from the members of the Anglican Church to various world needs in natural catastrophies, refugee and other disasters."
"The 1969 General Synod added a new dimension" says Bishop Hunt, "expanding it to include 'DEVELOPMENT' so that in its present title, PRIMATE'S WORLD RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT FUND, it now serves all aspects of world need and opportunity in providing support to projects related to material necessities, education, human justice, social and cultural change."
Bishop Hunt says the anticipated allocations for the current year will approximate $600,000 and is evidence of the increasing concern of the Anglican Church to engage in all forms of ministry related to human need in its widest possible expression the world over.
The trustworthiness of CTV's flagship public affairs program, W5, has been called into question in a Complaint lodged with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada.
The Complaint concerns CTV's coverage of grants to combat racism by the World Council of Churches and the Anglican Church's contribution to those grants. The segment, entitled "A House Divided," was broadcast by W5 on October 29th.
The Complaint charges that there was a strong personal bias on the part of the reporter, Henry Champ, that critical spokesmen were unrepresentative of the views of church members and that manipulative film selection and editing techniques were used.
In a 20-page document (which included a complete transcript) signed by Archdeacon E.S. Light, General Secretary of the General Synod, the Complaint cites five major errors of fact and says the segment gave biased and distorted impressions which few in the audience would have the knowledge to challenge. It says an open, public hearing at which the videotape of the segment could be shown should be ordered by the CRTC.
"The fact that the Broadcasting Act requires the broadcasting system as a whole to provide balance in matters of public concern does not relieve the individual licencee of its obligation to approach controversial issues carefully, fairly and professionally," it states.
"If these criteria are not adhered to by each broadcaster, then the Act can do nothing to ensure for Canadians the trustworthiness of their broadcast journalism," it states.
The program segment dealt with grants made for humanitarian purposes by the Special Fund to Combat Racism of the World Council of Churches to African movements, particularly to Zimbabwe Patriotic Front. It included interviews with Archbishop E.W. Scott, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and moderator of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, and persons critical of the grants.
The Complaint also carries the signatures of 15 other church officials from United, Presbyterian, Lutheran and Roman Catholic Churches or their organizations, supporting the contents of the brief and its request for a special public hearing.
In addition, the Anglican House of Bishops last week passed a motion unanimously supporting Archbishop Scott in his leadership of the church and in his role as moderator of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches. It said it regrets the distortion by some media of his position on the Program to Combat Racism of the World Council of Churches.
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On October 29th, 1978, at 10 p.m., the CTV Television Network aired, on its program W5, a 13-minute segment entitled "A House Divided."
The reporter was Henry Champ; the producer, Ian McLeod.
The documentary segment dealt with contributions by the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada to the World Council of Churches' Programme to Combat Racism.
Donations to the Primate's Fund are made specifically by individuals, both directly and through their parishes, as the result of a special appeal for that purpose. Money does not come from general weekly revenues. The Fund is administered by a board comprised of clergy and laity, chaired by the Primate, Archbishop Edward Scott.
The Programme to Combat Racism of the World Council of Churches receives funds for its grants directly and specifically from member churches (including the Anglican Church of Canada) and others who wish to participate in the Programme. Participation is purely voluntary. Among contributors are the governments of Sweden, Holland and Norway.
In 1978, the Special Fund of the Programme disbursed grants in the amount of $434,500 to twenty-nine agencies throughout the world, including two Canadian native groups.
The grant at issue in the W5 segment was for $85,000 for food, medicine, clothing and other humanitarian needs of over 100,000 Rhodesian refugees in camps operated by the Patriotic Front in Mozambique and Zambia. The Programme's contribution was a very small part of the multi-million dollar budget for the operation of these camps. The Programme is, in essence, a partner with other humanitarian agencies such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Calculated on an annual basis, less than one-quarter of one percent (approximately $2500) of the total Primate's Fund went to aid these refugees.