That this NEC adopt the following report of the Program Committee on its response to resolutions referred in May 1993:
a) Funding for Telecommunications/Inter-Anglican Information Network (035-09)
Program Committee advises National Executive Council that it has placed a high priority on the development of a coordinated communications strategy, as requested by National Executive Council in March 1992, and does not have financial resources to respond to this resolution.
b) Aboriginal Rights Working Group (035-07) and Task Force to Review Resolutions on Native Issues (055-05)
Program Committee has asked the Partners in Canada Mission Unit to determine if the work requested in the above resolutions can be undertaken by the Aboriginal Rights Network, a project developed by the unit for implementation in 1994.
c) Funding for Master of Divinity Degree (035-08) and Training of Native Ministers (035-10)
In response to the referral of the above two resolutions, Program Committee advises National Executive Council as follows:
In Canada, unlike other parts of the Anglican Communion, theological colleges are institutions independent of the national structure of the Church. Traditionally, funding support has not been through grants to these institutions but through bursary assistance to their students. In 1992, because of budget restraint, national church bursary assistance was ended except for the disbursal of a small amount of income from legacies designated for this purpose. Sixty-five percent of this income is available to the Council of the North for bursaries for students from Council of the North dioceses. Thirty-five percent is available for graduate awards to students who are in advanced programs with the intention of teaching in Canadian theological colleges upon graduation.
Program Committee believes that a change from this pattern, as called for in the two resolutions, needs debate and decision by either the General Synod or the National Executive Council to direct the action of the Program Committee. Program Committee has not initiated the consultation with Council for Native Ministries and the Committee on Ministry, as requested by National Executive Council, but will do so if National Executive Council wishes to pursue the matter further. National Executive Council may wish to consider the larger questions of the relationship with theological colleges and the funding of theological education in its strategic planning.
d) Residential Schools Funding (032-05)
After consulting with the Treasurer and following his advice, the Program Committee suggests that the budget for Residential Schools Working Group and the Special Assistant(s) to the Primate on Residential Schools, should come from the Apportionment Budget from January to June 30, 1994; and Assessment Budget, July 1, 1994 to June 1, 1995.
e) General Synod Mission Statement (16-05-93)
Program Committee has asked its Chair's Advisory Committee to provide a process and time on its March 1994 agenda to address the Mission Statement, with particular attention to paragraph 3. CARRIED #48-11-93
"General Synod might get a technological boost at its July 7-12  meeting in Richmond Hill, Ont., with the introduction of tablet computers for delegates and members, said planning committee chair Dean Peter Wall. The committee will ask Council of General Synod (CoGS) during its spring meeting, to approve a proposal of doing away with putting voluminous documents in traditional three-ring binders and instead lease tablets, onto which information can be preloaded". "Wall first saw this technology in action while observing The Episcopal Church's (TEC) General Convention in Salt Lake City last summer , and said he was struck by how much more efficient it was. .... (General Convention -- TEC's governing body -- has about 1,100 members. The Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod is expected to have between 250 and 280 delegated this year.)" "While the total cost of the tablets is estimated to be around $30,000 (which includes the cost of the app, back-up tablets and on-site technical services) the money that will be saved on printing, photocopying and paper will amount to around $18,000 -- meaning the tablets will cost around $12,000 more than is usually allocated for distribution of information materials, said Wall".
That this NEC approve the centralization of responsibility for planning and implementing new information technology systems for all operations at the National Office, including Pensions, Anglican Book Centre and Anglican Journal, in the office of the Treasurer.
That the above motion be tabled. CARRIED #34-05-94
The following resolutions were introduced by Archbishop Johnson.
That this Council of General Synod encourage the Planning and Agenda Team, Officers and the next Council of General Synod to consider carefully what business of COGS, in part or in entirety, might be done at any point in the year using communication information technologies and electronic methods of meeting.