That this National Executive Council call for a complete halt to all development of the James Bay II project until there has been a full independent and open environmental assessment, and the agreement of the aboriginal peoples of that area for this development has been received; and further
that the Anglican and Roman Catholic communities in Canada and the United States be petitioned not to purchase Hydro Quebec bonds until this has been achieved; and further
that this motion be communicated to the governments of Quebec and Canada and the appropriate committees of the Anglican Church of Canada and others as appropriate. CARRIED #71-11-91
That the Moose Lake Indian Band and the Chemawawin Indian Band (Easterville) be supported in their negotiations with the Province of Manitoba and the Federal Government of Canada to resolve the flooding damages caused by the construction of the Grand Rapids Hydro Electric Dam Project in 1962, which not only caused environmental damage, but also social disruptions to the lives of the many residents of Moose Lake and Chemawawin;
that this concern be communicated to the Federal and Provincial Governments by all means at the Church's disposal. CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE Act 84
The members were requested to endorse the following motion, which will be placed before the General Synod.
Moved by: Dr. L.L. Whytehead
Seconded by: Rt. Rev. J.F.S. Conlin
That the National Executive Council, being informed that the Diocese of Brandon intends to bring a resolution to General Synod requesting the Synod's support of the Moose Lake Band in seeking damages for the flooding caused by the construction of the Grand Rapids Dam in 1962, endorses the action of the Diocese of Brandon which aims to pressure the Provincial and Federal Governments to negotiate with the Band in good faith and to reach a speedy settlement.
The Right Reverend John Conlin provided an explanation for the motion.
That two words in the above motion: namely, "pressure" and "speedy", be changed to "encourage" and "just". CARRIED #43-03-89
The motion, as amended, was put and CARRIED #44-03-89
The amended motion now reads:
That the National Executive Council, being informed that the Diocese of Brandon intends to bring a resolution to General Synod requesting the Synod's support of the Moose Lake Band in seeking damages for the flooding caused by the construction of the Grand Rapids Dam in 1962, endorses the action of the Diocese of Brandon which aims to encourage the Provincial and Federal Governments to negotiate with the Band in good faith and to reach a just settlement. CARRIED #44-03-89
The Primate introduced representatives from the Council and brief addresses were given by Mr. S. Beardy, Mr. Norman Wesley and Mr. Dale Ahenakew. Grave concern was expressed regarding proposed damming of the Severn River system by Ontario Hydro.
That this NEC of the Anglican Church of Canada reaffirm its support to Canada's Aboriginal People where resource development is proposed that infringes and threatens the existence of Aboriginal People; and
That this NEC of the Anglican Church of Canada support the position of: 1. The Coalition of Severn River Chiefs in their struggle to have the Severn River system designated as a dam-free zone.
2. The Moose Factory First Nation on hydroelectric development, proposed by Ontario Hydro's development plan contained in their document "Providing the Balance of Power" in the Moose River drainage basin; and
furthermore, that this NEC communicate this resolution to Ontario Hydro and authorize the Council for Native Ministries and the Public Social Responsibility Unit to work with the Dioceses of Keewatin and Moosonee in implementing this policy. CARRIED #05-05-90