The Report of the Program Committee was presented by Archdeacon Clarke with the assistance of Miss Betty Graham, Canon Brown, Archbishop Jackson and Clarke Raymond.
There was further discussion concerning the reduction of Executive staff in the Program Division of Church House and a Motion that was passed at the Program Committee meeting was brought to the attention of the Council:
'That, recognizing the difficulties of reducing programs in order to live within the fiscal restraints placed upon us, the Program Committee regretfully accept the reductions in the 1974 budget developed for us by the staff and with National Executive Council to be informed about our distress at these reductions, and ask that the National Executive Council convey the implications of these reductions to the dioceses'.
That this National Executive Council approve the action of the Program Committee regarding 1974 budget and the implications of the reductions in program be conveyed to the dioceses. CARRIED
The Council received the following recommendation from the Administration and Finance Committee:
That the National Executive Council be advised that the Administration and Finance Committee shares the Program Committee's concern; points out that 1975 Suggested Diocesan Apportionment Quotas are $185,000 above 1974 Acceptance (8%) which provides for at least a large proportion of inflationary pressures; and because of a change in timetable for the development of the 1975 Program Budget (about a year later than usual) which reduces the need for a large unallocated provision, and because of the development of Spending Guidelines for budget/expenditure review, recommends:
That this National Executive Council approve the recommendation of the Administration and Finance Committee that the proportion of the 1975 Spending Estimates unallocated as to program be reduced from $140,000 to $40,000. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council request the Johnston Bequest Task Force and the AIM Overage Committee to meet enough ahead of the Program Committee for that Committee to receive their reports. CARRIED
That, in response to the Program Committee request for 1979 Block Grants to assisted dioceses in a net amount of $1,312,088, the unallocated Appeal balance of $60,754 at January 1, 1978 be used in 1979 for this purpose. CARRIED
Consideration was given by the Administration and Finance Committee to current procedures for dealing with the use of funds received through the Apportionment and from the Appeal. It was noted that, at present, the Program Committee has little involvement in decisions related to the use of Appeal funds.
That the Program Committee have general oversight of the use of money raised through the Apportionment and from the National Appeals, and that the Program Committee be asked to provide details of the system required to implement this proposal. CARRIED
It was understood that "National Appeals" does not mean PWRDF appeals.
Toronto - Warning of the potential for serious conflict, a Canadian church group has called for the government of Canada to enter into negotiations with the Lubicon Indian Band, using the services of Davie Fulton, the former Minister of Justice, as Mediator. The Lubicon Band has been involved in a dispute about land claims for most of this century, with no resolution.
The Program Committee of the Anglican Church of Canada, meeting here today, has endorsed a resolution of the House of Commons standing committee on aboriginal affairs and northern development, which proposed the mediation. The Reverend Peter Hamel, the Anglican Church's staff person related to national affairs, participated in the Standing Committee's meeting.
"Unless there is a dramatic intervention by the Canadian government to reach a just and equitable settlement within the next three to four weeks, there is a real danger that a serious confrontation will take place at Little Buffalo Lake," Hamel warns. "The frustration is so high now because of the stonewalling that has gone on for so long."
In a letter to the Prime Minister, the church says it has "consistently supported the struggle of the Lubicon people to achieve a just settlement of their aboriginal claim. In March of 1984, for example, the former Primate, Archbishop Ted Scott, participated with the Right Reverend Gary Woolsey, Bishop of Athabasca, in an ecumenical fact-finding mission to the Lubicon community."
"On February 9, the Hon. E. Davie Fulton, testifying before the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, stated that the conflicts between the Band and the Federal Government could be resolved within six months. We believe that the appointment of Mr. Fulton could be a key factor in resolving this longstanding human rights issue."
In other actions, the group moved to support the efforts of the National Association of Japanese Canadians in their efforts to seek compensation for the seizure of their property during the Second World War.
The NAJC has launched a national coalition redress campaign to focus renewed public attention on its demands, after talks with the government broke down in July.
In considering the request for support, the church's program committee reviewed its history of concern. A resolution adopted in 1947 urged the government to restore all rights to (Japanese) Canadian citizens or legal residents, "and in particular urges the government to take all steps possible to see that full compensation be made to those who, by reason of earlier governmental action, had their properties appropriated and sold, or who have otherwise suffered crippling financial loss by their removal and resettlement."
Earlier resolutions, during and immediately after the War, consistently supported the Japanese Canadians and deplored the removal of their civil rights. Today, 40 years later, the church reaffirms its stand.
That this National Executive Council endorse the request of the Program Committee for $50,000 in 1984 to provide Mission Study resources and that these funds can be made available from overages for 1984. CARRIED
"A call for Anglican church endorsement of a campaign opposing nuclear energy has been silenced, at least temporarily, by the Program Committee." "Several members of the committee objected to the suggestion that nuclear energy should be eliminated, saying the church should be calling for ways to use nuclear power more responsibly instead."