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[Investment in South Africa]

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official3155
Date
1977 December 6
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Date
1977 December 6
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Text
For immediate release -- December 6, 1977
Churches, as legitimate corporate shareholders, have made presentations concerning investments in South Africa to the annual meetings of Canada's Banks before. They will do it again this year, but this time there is a difference.
There is growing support amongst Canadian "opinion-makers" for the Churches' stand. In fact a surprising number of well-known Canadians, many not noted in the past for their agreement with the Church, are backing its stand on this matter:
"I wish to support the position taken by the Anglican, United, Roman Catholic and Lutheran Churches calling for a halt to Canadian Bank loans to the government of South Africa and its agencies, until the imposition of apartheid is discontinued."
A partial list of those who have signed the above statement is enclosed.
Here is a sampling of their remarks:
"I support that churches' position very strongly indeed, and I am glad to know that such action is being taken by so many of the Canadian Churches." - Margaret Laurence (Author)
"I can only sign on a personal basis and not in my official job capacity...I am in complete support of the position of the Churches with regard to Canadian bank loans to the Government of South Africa." - Kathleen Ruff (Human Rights Branch, B.C. Ministry of Labour)
"I appreciate very much the highly intelligent and practical approach which the Taskforce [on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility] is making to the whole problem, and I wish them every success with it." - Lloyd R. Shaw (Chairman, L.E. Shaw Ltd. Halifax)
"Your letter and the accompanying folder are excellent, and I am delighted to add my name to the group of signers who support the churches' position." - Thomas L. Perry, M.D. (Professor of Pharmacology, U.B.C.)
"I am deeply concerned about the worsening situation in Southern Africa and, as a Canadian, the involvement of Canadian banks, mining companies and other business interests in South Africa and Namibia. I welcome the stand taken by the Canadian churches." - J. King Gordon (Past President, U.S. Association in Canada)
"I am please to associate myself with the Churches' business and have signed the slip." - Emmett M. Hall, C.C., Q.C., D.C.L., D.Med. (Saskatoon)
"I would be happy to have my name added to your list of supporters...and hope that your efforts will be effective in changing the role of the banks, and also of our government. Please note that I have signed...as an individual." - Kay MacPherson (President, the National Action Committee on the Status of Women)
The Churches will be represented at shareholders' meetings of all the major banks. Following is the schedule:
Toronto-Dominion Bank, Wednesday, December 7, 11am, Toronto-Dominion Centre Cinema
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Tuesday, December 13, 11 am, Commerce Hall
Bank of Nova Scotia, Wednesday, December 14, 11 am, Hotel Nova Scotia, Halifax
Royal Bank, Thursday, January 12, 11 am, Montreal
Bank of Montreal, Monday, January 16, 11 am, Chateau Champlain, Montreal
The full text of the statements will be available on the day of the meetings. The statements will vary because, contrary to the impression given by the banking community, there is evidence that there are differences in the attitude towards investment in South Africa on the part of some of the banks. It should be noted that some international banks in both Europe and the USA have made public policy statements on this matter. No major Canadian bank has, to this point.
For further information, contact:
Renate Pratt,
Co-ordinator,
Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility,
600 Jarvis Street,
Toronto
923-1758
or
The Rev. Peter Hamel,
Consultant,
National Affairs,
Anglican Church of Canada,
924-9192 ext. 248
Notes
I wish to support the position taken by the Anglican, United, Roman Catholic and Lutheran Churches calling for a halt to Canadian bank loans to the government of South Africa and its agencies, until the imposition of apartheid is discontinued.
R.T. Affleck, Architect
Gregory Baum, Theologian, St. Michael's College
Pierre Berton, Author and Broadcaster
Edward Broadbent, Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada
Rosemary Brown, Member of B.C. Legislative Assembly
June Callwood, Broadcaster and Journalist
Dr. K. Chetty, Canada-Southern Africa Relief Committee
Pierre De Bane, M.P. for Matine, P.Q.
Geoffrey H. Durrant, Faculty of English, University of British Columbia
Georges Erasmus, President, Indian Brotherhood of the N.W.T.
Gordon Fairweather, Chairman, Canadian Human Rights Commission
Dr. Laing Ferguson, President, Amnesty International
Eugene Forsey, Senator
James Foulkes, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia
Carole Geller, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
King Gordon, Executive Member and Past President of United Nations Assoc. of Canada
Len Guy, B.C. Federation of Labour
Emmett Hall, Honourary President, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Wilson Head, Scientist, York University, Toronto
Abigail Hoffman
Marlene Hunter, M.D.
Mel Hurtig, Publisher, Edmonton
William Hutt, Actor
Dr. A.M. Inglis, Canada-Southern Africa Relief Committee
Bruce Kidd, Professor, Physical Education, University of Toronto
William Kilbourn, Professor of History, York University
Laurier LaPierre, University Professor and Broadcaster
Margaret Laurence, Author
David Lewis, past leader, the New Democratic Party of Canada
Kathleen MacPherson
The Very Rev. Angus J. MacQueen, Chancellor, Mt. Allison University, N.S.
The Very Rev. N. Bruce McLeod, Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission
Bennett Metcalfe, Journalist, B.C.
Joe Morris, President, Canadian Labour Congress
Christina Newman, Executive Editor, Saturday Night
Hon. Howard R. Pawley, former Manitoba Attorney General
Thomas Perry, Professor of Pharmacology, University of British Columbia
Walter Pitman, President, Ryerson Polytechical Institute, Toronto
Harry Rankin, Rankin & Company, Barristers and Solicitors, Vancouver, B.C.
Dr. Peter Richardson, Principal, University College, Toronto
Abraham Rotstein, Dept. of Political Economy, University of Toronto
Kathleen Ruff, Director, B.C. Human Rights Code
William Saywell, Principal, Innis College, Toronto
Lloyd R. Shaw, Chairman, L.E. Shaw Limited, Halifax, N.S.
Don Taylor, United Steelworkers of America
Murray Thomson, President, Canadian Council of International Co-operation
The Rev. G.E. Topshee, Director, Coady International Institute, N.S.
David Walsh, President, Realco Property Ltd., Toronto
Patrick Watson, Broadcaster and Journalist
Robin Wilson, Executive Director, Canadian University Service Overseas
Sandra Witherspoon, M.D., Vancouver, B.C.
* positions given for identification purposes only.
Subjects
Apartheid - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
South Africa - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Economic sanctions - South Africa
Economic sanctions - South Africa - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Corporate social responsibility - Canada
Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility (TCCR)
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Primate Recalls Assassination of an Archbishop; Seeks "Fervent Prayer" for Tutu and Others

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official1446
Date
1988 April 8
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Date
1988 April 8
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Text
For immediate release
Toronto, April 8, 1988 -- The Primate of the Anglican Church has made an urgent request for support to the people of South Africa.
Archbishop Michael Peers, responding to a request from Desmond Tutu, Archbishop of Cape Town, makes the request in a letter sent today to Anglican bishops, priests and deacons:
"My appeal now is two-fold. First that you pray and call your people to pray for the whole church in South Africa and in its neighbouring countries. Second, that you let them know you are continuing in fervent prayer.
"Some of you will remember that we undertook such a concerted action a decade ago for the Church of Uganda. In that case, we were praying in the aftermath of the assassination of the Primate, Archbishop Janani Luwum ... the knowledge of support which arrived in simple messages was a sign to those Christians (and to the censors who read their mail !) that the worldwide Christian community was with them and beseeching God on their behalf."
"DIPLOMATIC NICETIES"
Archbishop Peers notes the recent call from Desmond Tutu asking western governments to break off diplomatic relations with South Africa and suggests the Anglican Church may endorse such a move. "I know personally the calibre of diplomatic representation we have had there and would regret such a step, but events are rapidly moving towards a climactic moment in which diplomatic niceties will be academic"
The Primate acknowledges the presence of racism in Canada also and says his call for prayer is not offered in a spirit of self-righteousness, "but in the conviction which Desmond Tutu has often stated, namely that the fundamental problem in South Africa is not constitutional or political, but spiritual. Pray for justice, pray for peace."
- 30 -
Notes
For further information, contact: Doug Tindal, Director of Communications, (416) 335-8349 (res.)
Subjects
Luwum, Janani, 1922-1977
Tutu, Desmond M. (Desmond Mpilo), 1931-2021
South Africa - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Economic sanctions - South Africa
Economic sanctions - South Africa - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Apartheid - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Christianity and politics - Anglican Church of Canada
Christianity and politics - South Africa
Christianity and politics - Uganda
Racism - Canada
Racism - South Africa
Racism - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Date
1985 November
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1985 November
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Dr. L.L. Whytehead
Seconder
Mrs. Pamela McBeth
Text
That this National Executive Council, aware of the grave deterioration in South Africa in recent months:
1. Reaffirms its concern expressed in the National Executive Council resolution of May 1985 and request that prompt and appropriate action be taken in regard to this concern with all possible haste.
2. Expresses its appreciation to the Canadian Government of the position outlined by the Prime Minister at the United Nations in relation to the Republic of South Africa.
3. Urges the Canadian Government to implement by legislation now:
a) an end to its involvement with companies having investment in South Africa and the prohibition of exports to any South African purchaser of equipment useful to the military police and other agents of social control;
b) an end to scientific exchanges in the areas of nuclear, uranium, strategic and military development;
c) a revision of the Canadian Code of Conduct so that:
i) its provisions are mandatory,
ii) Canadian companies are required to take a pro-active position against apartheid,
iii) Canadian Companies with investment in South Africa be required to disclose sales to South African military or police and to industries which supply these systems;
d) to make increased efforts through its aid and development programs to assist the consortium - South African Development Co-ordination Conference (SADCC)
4. Regarding Namibia, urges the Canadian Government:
a) to consider the termination of Namibia uranium contracts now rather than at the end of existing contracts in 1988;
b) in consultation with the frontline states to withdraw formally from the Contact Group and return to the Security Council for a re-opening of the debate, with a view to making mandatory the provisions of United Nations Resolutions 27C and 28B;
c) to recognize Decree #1 of the United Nations Council for Namibia;
5. Requests members of the Anglican Church of Canada
a) to support with prayer all those in South Africa suffering from the state of emergency and take initiatives to let their support be known to Christian leaders and partners in South Africa, and to offer similar prayer support and action for those in Namibia suffering from the occupation by South Africa;
b) to support the measures outlined in Resolutions 1 - 4 above. CARRIED
Subjects
Canada - Foreign relations - South Africa
Economic sanctions - South Africa - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
South Africa
Namibia
Apartheid - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Date
1977 November
Source
House of Bishops. Official Statements Binder
Record Type
[Statement]
Date
1977 November
Source
House of Bishops. Official Statements Binder
Record Type
[Statement]
Text
The House of Bishops has learned with deep dismay that the South African Government two weeks ago further outlawed virtually all expression of dissent from its apartheid policy by banning eighteen organizations and two black newspapers and by arresting and banning numerous individuals. By this act, the South Afican Government has demonstrated yet again its total defiance of Christian convictions within and outside the country. Legislation now before the South African Parliament will also drastically curtail and control the provision of welfare and support to those in need.
Our Church of the Province of South Africa has long made clear its detestation of apartheid and the repressive laws which go with it. The stand taken during the past nearly thirty years by leaders like De Blank, Reeves, Crowther, Huddleston, Winter and Good is clear witness to it. The House of Bishops is appalled at this increase of rule by decree, and at the further denial of human rights for the great majority of the people of South Africa, by a Government which has made a total travesty of its claim to be ruling in the name of Christian civilization. In our view, opposition can only be effective by the isolation of that government at all levels. The House of Bishops calls on the Canadian Government, which with other western nations continues to sustain the apartheid system through extensive economic, diplomatic (and in some cases military) links, to sever all connection with the South African Government until apartheid is eradicated.
Notes
Not recorded as a resolution.
Subjects
Apartheid - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Apartheid - Religious aspects - Church of the Province of Southern Africa
Human rights - South Africa
Canada - Foreign relations - South Africa
Racism - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
South Africa - Politics and government - 1961-1978
South Africa - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Economic sanctions - South Africa
Economic sanctions - South Africa - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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South African Sanctions

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official10662
Date
1986 June 14-22
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 77
Date
1986 June 14-22
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 77
Mover
D. Handley
Seconder
Miss. Susan Lawrence
Prologue
Moved by Rev. Allan Box
Seconded by Mrs. Pamela McBeth
That this General Synod:
1. REAFFIRM the oneness of the human family within God's creation and our vocation to participate in the restoration of the dignity of all God's people.
2. REPENT of our failure in prophetic and pastoral witness to the many victims of racism and discrimination, remembering especially the aboriginal peoples of Canada and the people of South Africa.
3. ACKNOWLEDGE with respect and humility the dedication of those who have, for generations, struggled and sacrificed for freedom and dignity, justice and peace.
4. PRAY for God's guidance and courage on those with responsibility for leadership in Church, government and society;
for God's strength to those trapped in the oppressive structures of apartheid;
for God's healing among all races and tribes; and
for God's blessing on those who strive to be instruments of peace.
5. URGE the Canadian Government to:
a) implement a policy of full economic sanctions against the South African government, including a ban on trade with and investment in South Africa and Namibia;
b) continue its efforts to secure the release of Nelson Mandela and all political prisoners, and to initiate other actions which will lead to negotiations between the government of South Africa and the legitimate leaders of the black community; and
c) work with the Commonwealth and other nations to adopt these measures;
6. SEND a message of solidarity to the Right Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop-elect of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa and to Dr. Beyers Naude, General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches, assuring them of our love, concern, support and prayer.
7. CALL all members of The Anglican Church of Canada to:
a) pray daily for peace with justice in Southern Africa;
b) support African movements working for the liberation of their country;
c) write to the Canadian government indicating their personal endorsement of the resolutions of General Synod; and
d) convey to the people of South Africa and Namibia by personal correspondence their solidarity.
Text
That in #7 (b) the word "peaceful" be inserted before "liberation". CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS
#7. CALL now reads:
7. CALL all members of The Anglican Church of Canada to:
a) pray daily for peace with justice in Southern Africa;
b) support African movements working for the peaceful liberation of their country;
c) write to the Canadian government indicating their personal endorsement of the resolutions of General Synod; and
d) convey to the people of South Africa and Namibia by personal correspondence their solidarity.
The motion as amended was put and CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 77
Subjects
Racism - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Apartheid - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
South Africa - Politics and government - 1978-1989
South Africa - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Mandela, Nelson (Nelson Rolihlahla), 1918-2013
Tutu, Desmond M. (Desmond Mpilo), 1931-2021
Naude, Beyers (Christiaan Frederick Beyers), 1915-2004
Economic sanctions - South Africa - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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