Toronto -- The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop of Cape Town, arrives in Toronto, Saturday afternoon, August 11 for a 10-day visit to Canada. He will be accompanied by his wife Leah and two members of his staff.
Toronto - There will be a news conference with the Archbishop at 3:00 pm Sunday, August 12, at the Ramada Renaissance Hotel, 90 Bloor Street East. The Archbishop will preach at a Service of Welcome and Evening Prayer at 4:30 pm, at St. Paul's Anglican Church, at Bloor and Jarvis Streets. For more information, and media registration, contact Stuart Mann, at the Toronto Diocese office, 416-363-6021, ext 53.
Osnaburgh, Ontario - At the invitation of the Osnaburgh Band, Archbishop Tutu will spend August 13 and 14 in New Osnaburgh, a native community north west of Thunder Bay. A crowd of 2,000 is expected in Osnaburgh for the 2-day visit. The Archbishop will tour the reserve and then will preach at a Eucharist Service Monday evening. The community has also planned a feast that evening for visitors to the reserve. On Tuesday, the band is hosting a breakfast in the nearby town of Pickle Lake, for Archbishop Tutu and his wife and staff, native leaders, organizers of the event, and other guests. The Archbishop will proceed to Osnaburgh where representatives from the reserve and from native organizations will make presentations in the morning and afternoon. Georges Erasmus (Assembly of First Nations) and Gordon Peters (Chief of Ontario) will be among the presenters. The Archbishop will depart from Osnaburgh at 4:00 pm and return to Toronto.
Satellite broadcast, Osnaburgh - On Tuesday at 2:00 pm, there will be an historic interactive satellite link-up with Great Britain. Archbishop Tutu and Chief Roy Kaminiwaish will communicate with a panel of distinguished guests at the University of London. Wawatay Native Communications set up the broadcast, which will be the first educational use of the Olympus satellite in Canada, and the first intercontinental broadcast by a Native communications organization. For more information about the satellite broadcast, contact John Rowlandson at Wawatay, 807-737-2951.
There will be 3 press conferences in Osnaburgh: August 13, at 12:30 pm with native leaders, prior to the Archbishop's arrival; August 14, 12:15 pm, with Archbishop Tutu; August 14, 12:45 pm, with native leaders.
N.B. Media facilities are limited. If your news organization is sending anyone to cover the Osnaburgh events, please return the attached confirmation form today by fax (416-968-7983) so we can complete registration in advance, and anticipate numbers and special requirements.
London, Ontario - On August 15, in the afternoon, the Archbishop will travel to London, Ontario where he will preach at a service at St. Paul's Cathedral, at 3:00 pm. Contact Bill Graham at the Huron Diocese office, 519-434-6893, for information. In the evening, Archbishop Tutu will address the The United Church of Canada General Council, at the University of Western Ontario, and will participate in a panel discussion. For further information, contact Mary Frances Denis, Media Relations, United Church of Canada, 416-925-5931.
Halifax, Christian Festival - On Thursday, August 16, the Archbishop travels to Halifax where he will be the keynote speaker at the ecumenical Christian Festival. All inquiries about the Archbishop's stay in Halifax should be directed to Janice Kenefic, Festival Media Relations, 902-423-9670.
For further information, contact: Diane Engelstad, Media Relations, Anglican Church of Canada, tel. 426-924-9192, ext. 312, fax. 416-968-9192; Doug Tindal, Director of Communications, Anglican Church of Canada, tel. 416-924-9192, 416-335-8349 (home), fax. 416-968-9192
August 12-14, Osnaburgh, Ontario - Diane Engelstad or Doug Tindal, tel. 807-928-2927
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
The report of the Committee appointed by the Primate to follow up the 1963 report of Canon Trevor Jones was presented by the Bishop of Quebec.
"That the report be received."
Appended to the report were two resolutions which, after amendments by the House, read as follows:
"(1) Resolved that the House of Bishops request the M.S.C.C. to provide a budget for this Committee.
(2) Resolved that, considering the rapid change in culture, education, and economics in north-eastern Ontario and northern Quebec: recognizing the effects such changes are having upon the Indian people in these areas, who were Christianized by the 'Church of England' and therefore look to us for guidance, direction and help, this Committee recommends to the House of Bishops for their consideration and implementation that:
i The suffragan Bishop of Moosonee establish an office and residence in Noranda, Quebec.
ii He develop and maintain a uniformity and continuity of policy amongst the missionaries and Church workers in Indian work in the areal.
iii He act as a liaison officer for the Bishops concerned, representing the Church's policy to the different Government bodies, assisting the people in the presentation of their views, and keeping the Bishops concerned informed of the problems and progress, and the Federal and Provincial Governments informed of this arrangements.
iv The cost of housing, secretarial assistance and additional travel not exceeding $7,500 per annum be provided.
v That this arrangement be reviewed annually by the Primate's Committee on Native Canadians who will report to the House of Bishops."
It was moved by the Bishop of Huron, seconded by the Suffragan Bishop of the Arctic and carried:
"That this House approve the plans submitted by the Committee on Native Canadians and commends them to the appropriate Department and authorities."