That this General Synod encourages NEC to build upon the NEC MOTION #53-05-91 REFERRED TO THE OFFICERS and requests all Standing Committees, Councils and Boards to follow the example of NEC and actively explore new ways of working using the consensual models of Aboriginal decision-making which would foster new life through new ways of meeting. CARRIED Act 60
The above motion was read to General Synod in both Cree and Inuktitut.
The Reverend Bryan Bjerring expressed the hope that, in order to assist Standing Committees in shaping this work over the next triennium, the Council for Native Ministries would initiate and provide materials.
Bishop Caleb Lawrence urged members to involve the native representatives on the Standing Committees and Mr. Andrew Wesley added that NEC members would also be willing to assist whenever possible.
The National Executive Council had referred motion #53-05-91 to the Officers of General Synod for consideration. This motion reads as follows:
That this NEC ask the Agenda Committee, in consultation with the Council for Native Ministries, to enable us to experience parts of our agenda in the style of a Native Council.
That the National Executive Council approve the nomination of the following persons as non-aboriginal sojourners to attend the next Native Convocation, "Dancing the Dream":
Ms. Andrea Barrett, Western Newfoundland; Ven. Francis Buckle, Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador; Ms. Anne Davidson, Calgary; Rev. Canon James Irvine, Fredericton; Mr. Owen McKeith, Saskatoon; Rt. Rev. Tom Morgan, Saskatchewan; Rev. Dr. Susan Moxley, Nova Scotia; Mr. Richard Moxley, Toronto; Ms. Kathryn Robertson, British Columbia; Rt. Rev. Bruce Stavert, Quebec; Rev. Kathleen Schmitt, New Westminster,
and that the following persons be the alternates in order of preference:
Ms. Adele Finney, Toronto; Rev. Bryan Bjerring, Rupert's Land; Mr. Brian Smith, British Columbia; Ms. Heather Labrie, Athabasca. CARRIED #22-03-92
That NEC, in supporting the principle contained in the recommendation, recommends to the House of Bishops for study and action that cross-cultural training be made a prior condition for non-Native church personnel who will be working with Aboriginal people and in Aboriginal communities.
That the words "non-Native" in the third line be deleted. CARRIED
The motion now reads:
That NEC, in supporting the principle contained in the recommendation, recommends to the House of Bishops for study and action that cross-cultural training be made a prior condition for church personnel who will be working with Aboriginal people and in Aboriginal communities. CARRIED #34-03-95
That the following motion be referred to the NEC after General Synod for consideration:
That, to ensure sensitivity to cultural differences between native and non-native communities, NEC establish an Education and Training Task Force to function until May, 1996, the members of which shall be named by the committees and councils as follows:
one member from the Council for Native Ministries
one member from the Program Committee
one member (Chair) from the National Executive Council
one member from the Doctrine and Worship Committee
one member from the Committee on Ministry
one member to be named by Living Waters
to develop and recommend action plans for the implementation of the recommendations in 3 a-c of #030-03-93-11 and report to NEC. CARRIED #33-03-95
That NEC approve and support the implementation of the education and training initiatives outlined in section 3 a-c of #030-03-93-11 as follows:
a) require that the presence of Aboriginal perspectives, concerns and languages be ensured as a matter of course in all liturgical, educational and communications materials produced by departments of General Synod.
b) encourage Anglican theological colleges and training facilities across the country to develop and offer significant cross-cultural training programs at a variety of levels of study, such programs to be developed in dialogue with Aboriginal elders indigenous to the region where the programs will be used.
c) encourage Anglican educational programs at every level to integrate the concerns and perspectives of Aboriginal Canadians into all courses and curriculum materials they offer or use, such perspectives to be developed in dialogue with Aboriginal elders indigenous to the region where the courses will be used.
That a) be revised to read:
Encourage the presence of Aboriginal perspectives, concerns and languages, in all liturgical, educational and communications materials produced by departments of General Synod. CARRIED
The mover and seconder agreed to add the words "as appropriate" after the word "languages" in a) above which now reads:
a) Encourage the presence of Aboriginal perspectives, concerns and languages, as appropriate, in all liturgical, educational and communications materials produced by departments of General Synod.
That this NEC direct the Centennial Committee, in consultation with the Council for Native Ministries, to develop specific ways whereby Native and non-Native people can encounter one another, particularly in the "Companions on the Way" program of our Centennial celebrations. CARRIED #54-05-91
That NEC request the Program Committee, in collaboration with other appropriate bodies, to encourage dioceses to develop or join in existing programs to educate non-native peoples in all aspects of the residential schools issues. CARRIED 34-11-94