" [Esther] Wesley, along with Anglican Church of Canada reconciliation animator Melanie Delva, spent two weeks in December  travelling with Bishop David Parsons, of the diocese of the Arctic, to communities on the Ungava Peninsula, in Nunavik, northern Quebec. In Kangirsuk, an Inuit village in northern Nunavik, community member Zebedee Nungak presented the two women with a jug of water. They soon found out that for Zebedee to collect this gift meant travelling upwards of 17 kilometres. Water in Kangirsuk typically comes from a nearby lake, about five kilometres away, but rising temperatures have caused ice to freeze less deeply and become contaminated by silt. The community has running water, says Zebedee's wife, Jeannie Nungak, but the taste is not as good. 'There are more minerals than there used to be ... the taste is difference for tea or coffee'. This is one of the many daily impacts of climate change on Canada's North. 'It's not a theory up in this part of the world', says Parsons. 'We're the canary in the mine'" (p. 6). "When Delva and Wesley visited in mid-December , Ungava Bay hadn't yet frozen. For communities that fish on this ice, and travel across it to hunting grounds, it's more than an inconvenience. 'People are dying trying to get to the hunting ground', says Delva" (p. 10).
"Healing Fund co-ordinator Esther Wesley told CoGS that, as of June 22  Giving with Grace, the Anglican Church of Canada's annual fundraising campaign, had raised $26,000 in money directly designated for the fund, which supports Indigenous healing projects. Funds collected without any specific designation totalled $249,000, Wesley said. ... Thus a total of $275,000 has been raised for the fund by Giving with Grace to date in 2017. In 2015, Giving with Grace raised $515,000". "A key focus for the fund remains keeping Indigenous languages alive, as many of them reach a critical point in their existence". "Reconciliation was the theme of a number of sessions at the meeting of CoGS. On June 24 , Melanie Delva, named the church's reconciliation animator last April , gave a presentation introducing her role. Much of it, she said, would consist in 'forming, equipping and resourcing a national team to encourage and sustain local engagement in the work of reconciliation".
"The Anglican Church of Canada's new reconciliation animator says the church needs to see reconciliation as a 'gospel imperative' that transforms how the church operates". "[Melanie] Delva has worked extensively on reconciliation-related issues throughout her 12 years as a church archivist for the diocese of New Westminster and the ecclesiastical synod of British Columbia and Yukon. Delva's role will involve implementing the national church's response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action, and supporting the reconciliation efforts of local congregations and Anglican groups". Delva will take up her new position on 1 June 2017.
"In a wide-ranging address, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, opened Council of General Synod's (CoGS) first meeting of the 2016-2017 [sic] triennium [in November 2016] by encouraging members to see their church's social justice work as grounds for unity. 'There is so much more that unites us than divides us', he said, noting the broad support that exists in the church for anti-poverty work and refugee sponsorship. 'In this is our strength, in that is our hope'. It was the first meeting of the council since the tense and emotional General Synod in July , when a controversial motion to allow priests to perform weddings for same-sex couples passed its first reading. Following the announcement that the vote had passed, several General Synod members, unhappy with the result, walked out of synod. Eight bishops later signed an open letter expressing their 'public dissent' from the decision" (p. 1). "Hiltz closed his address by telling the council about his recent trip to Rome, where he received a Lampedusa cross, made from the wreckage of refugee boats that washed up on the shores of the Italian island of Lampedusa, in the southern Mediterranean. Hiltz, who said he now takes the cross with him everywhere he travels, held it up as an example of the challenges the church needs to address" (p. 10). "Several CoGS members [including Katie Puxley, Melanie Delva and the Rev. Vincent Solomon] who spoke to the 'Anglican Journal' expressed relief at the less stressful tone of the council meeting, compared to the tensions of last summer's General Synod" (p. 10).