A consultation of 20 Aboriginal Anglican leaders met in Winnipeg, Man., from 23-26 April 1994. "The group, which included members of the church's Council for Native Ministries and Aboriginal members of other national committees, presented a statement to the church's national executive council in May . The statement invites the Anglican Church 'to covenant with us, the indigenous Anglicans of Canada, in our vision of a new and enriched journey'. 'We were elated by how clearly we all felt led to this unanimous vision', said Donna Bomberry, chair of the Council for Native Ministries. .... 'We feel like new missionaries', said the Rev. Arthur Anderson, an Aboriginal member of the national executive council. 'We are bringing a proposal to our church for a new spiritual relationship between ourselves and non-native Anglicans'". "Aboriginal people are estimated to make up about 4 percent of Canadian Anglicans. There are approximately 210 Aboriginal congregations, 70 Aboriginal clergy, and two suffragan bishops".
The text of "A New Covenant": "We representatives of the indigenous people of the Anglican Church of Canada, meeting in Winnipeg from the 23 to 26 April, 1994, pledge ourselves to this covenant for the sake of our people and in trust of our Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ: Under the guidance of God's spirit we agree to do all we can to call our people into unity in a new, self-determining community with the Anglican Church of Canada. To this end, we extend the hand of partnership to all those who will help us build a truly Anglican Indigenous Church of Canada. May God bless this new vision and give us grace to accomplish it. Amen".
Bishop Steven Charleston will lead discussions at the Winnipeg meeting, 7-10 October 2003, being held to look at the relationship between the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) and the church. The Keewatin diocesan council had hoped for a larger gathering such as a Sacred Circle and asked that the October meeting be cancelled. The meeting will deal with the dispute between ACIP and church leaders following the March 2003 agreement with the federal government about residential schools.
The October 2003 meeting in Winnipeg between ACIP [Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples] and non-native church members produced a plan of action that calls for the establishment of an eight-member commission to consider how native Anglicans can achieve "self-sufficiency" and "indigenous governance" and an indigenous bishop.
"The College of Emmanuel and St. Chad in Saskatoon announces the appointments of Dr. William Harrison as Professor of Anglican Studies and Theology, and Rev. William A. Richards [United Church of Canada] as Professor of New Testament Language and Literature". "Donna Bomberry, Indigenous Ministries Co-ordinator of the Anglican Church of Canada, has assumed a position on the Board of the Indigenous Theological Training Institute."
Both the Diocese of Keewatin and the national church gave the native community of Wunnumin Lake in northern Ontario a total of $30,000 to help its members recover from years of abuse from a former priest.
Photograph and brief description/introduction to Donna Bomberry, Consultant, Residential Schools Healing and Reconciliation, and First Nations Justice, within the Partnerships Department of General Synod.
The Healing and Reconciliation Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada donates more than $100,000 annually to projects across Canada proposed by Natives. Distribution of the Fund is overseen by Donna Bomberry, Indigenous Ministries Coordinator, with the help of "an advisory group [which] recommends which porjects should go ahead, once they've met certain criteria". To date the Fund has supported a project "to produce 1000 new hymn books, translating the 57 hymns in the Anglican Church Kwak'wala Hymnal into the orthography in use by the schools and understood by the younger people". It has also supported a project to train "11 Natives in Saskatchewan to counsel people dealing with sexual abuse". The project coordinator said "there is a great need for Native counsellors who are trained to deal with sexual abuse or other traumas, many of which are a result of experiences in residential schools".