That this Council of General Synod affirm and support the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples as it works towards the implementation of the Pinawa Declaration of August 2005, and prepares to nominate a bishop for appointment by the Primate as the first National Indigenous Bishop.
Motion to table
Moved by: Canon Marilyn Dean
Seconded by: Canon Robert Falby
That the motion be tabled until the May 2006 meeting of the Council of General Synod. DEFEATED
Vote on the motion which reads.
Council discussed the resolution. The Primate commented that he envisions a process for the first bishop whereby the ACIP would nominate to the Primate their selection of a person already a bishop.
TORONTO (May 25) -- The Anglican diocese of the Arctic is poised to make Canadian church history next week when it meets in Iqaluit to elect a new suffragan bishop.
To date, three men have been nominated, all of them Inuk. They are Rev. Ben Arreak of Pangnirtung, Canon Abeli Napartuk of Puvirtuq and Rev. Paul Idlout of Cape Dorset. If the diocesan synod, which meets May 27, elects one of them, he will become the first Inuk bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada.
(The Anglican church has two aboriginal bishops: Bishop Charles Arthurson, an assistant bishop in the diocese of Saskatchewan and Bishop Gordon Beardy, an assistant bishop in the diocese of Keewatin. Assistant bishops usually have responsibility for a specific geographic part of their diocese.)
The Arctic election on May 27 is to select a successor to Bishop Terrence Buckle, the previous assistant or suffragan bishop of the Arctic, who was recently elected Bishop of the Yukon.
Bishop Christopher Williams of the Arctic explained that under diocesan law, it is possible for nominations to be made up to 72 hours before the electoral synod begins its meeting.
The new bishop will be consecrated at St. Jude's Cathedral in Iqaluit on Sunday June 2.
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The Rt. Rev. Mark L. MacDonald will assume office as the Anglican Church of Canada's first National Indigenous Bishop after serving 10 years as Bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Diocese of Alaska where he was consecrated bishop on Sept. 13, 1997.
He is far from unfamiliar with Canada, having attended Wycliffe College in Toronto and served as a priest in Mississauga, Ont.
Bishop MacDonald was born on Jan. 15, 1954, the son of Blake and Sue Nell MacDonald. His formal education includes a B.A. in religious studies and psychology at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, an MA in Divinity from Wycliffe, and post-graduate work at Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary in Minneapolis.
Bishop MacDonald has a long and varied ministry, holding positions in Mississauga. Ont., Duluth, MN; Tomah, WI and Mauston, WI; Portland, OR; and the Southeast Regional mission of the diocese of Navajoland. Immediately prior to his ordination to the episcopate, Bishop MacDonald was Canon Missioner for Training in the Diocese on MN [Minnesota] and vicar of St. Antipas' Church, Redby, and St. John-in-the-Wilderness Church, Red Lake, Red Lake Nation.
He has served on the board of The Indigenous Theological Training Institute; the faculty of Leadership Academy for New Directions (Land XXVIII); and, a trustee of the Charles Cook Theological School in Tempe, AZ; and is the Board Chair for Church Innovations, Inc., member of the Episcopal Council of Indian Ministries, Member of the Governor's Council on Suicide Prevention (AK), President of Alaska Christian Conference. He is also a Third Order Franciscan.
Among his published works are "Native American Youth Ministries," co-authored with Dr. Carol Hampton and published in Resource Book for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults, the Episcopal Church Center, New York, NY, 1995: "It's in the Font: Sacramental Strategy for Growth for the Episcopal Church: Joining Multiculturalism and Evangelism, Inter-Cultural Ministry Development, San Jose, CA, 1994. He co-edited "Liturgical Studies" IV, just released  by the Church Publishing Company.
Married on Nov. 11, 1989, Mark and his wife, Virginia Sha Lynn, have three children: daughters Rose May Li (born November 15, 1991) and Brenna Li (born October 23, 1993), and one son, Adrian Blake (born May 21, 2000).
(Adapted from Bishop Mark MacDonald's official biographical sketch as prepared by the Diocese of Alaska.)
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That this General Synod amend Canon XXII to read as follows:
THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MINISTRY
The origin of this Canon is the Covenant made by the participants at the 1994 Journey of Spiritual Renewal sponsored by the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples:
“...We acknowledge that God is calling us to a prayerful dialogue towards self-determination for us, the Indigenous Peoples, within the Anglican Communion in Canada. Through this new relationship we can better respond to the challenges facing us in a relevant and meaningful way....
“We, representatives of the Indigenous people of the Anglican Church of Canada, meeting in Winnipeg from the 23 to 26 April 1994, pledge ourselves to this covenant for the sake of our people and in trust of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ:
“Under the guidance of God’s spirit we agree to do all that we can to call our people into unity in a new, self determining community within the Anglican Church of Canada.
“To this end we extend the hand of partnership to all those who will help us build a truly Anglican Indigenous Church in Canada.
“May God bless this vision and give us grace to accomplish it.”
The purpose of this Canon is to provide canonical recognition of structures through which the National Indigenous Ministry may be a self determining community within the Anglican Church of Canada.
1. The National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
The National Indigenous Anglican Bishop (NIAB) has a pastoral episcopal relationship with all indigenous ministries in the Anglican Church of Canada. This role is exercised in partnership with diocesan bishops.
The NIAB is a member of the Sacred Circle, the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, the House of Bishops, General Synod and the Council of the North.
Selection Process for the NIAB
A person is eligible for selection as the NIAB if that person
(a) is of the full age of thirty years;
(b) is a priest or bishop in Holy Orders of The Anglican Church of Canada, or of a church in full communion therewith;
(c) is faithful in the doctrines and discipline of The Anglican Church of Canada as determined and defined by the official formularies of that church;
(d) is known and recognized as being a person of integrity and moral stature; and
(e) has those qualities and abilities of leadership, experience and learning that will enable that person to fulfil the duties of a chief pastor in the Church of God.
When a vacancy occurs (or is about to occur) in the office of NIAB, ACIP will create a search committee (which must include an elder) to determine the specific qualities and additional qualifications that might be required or desirable with respect to the person to fill the vacancy; identify potential candidates; assemble information from the persons who are prepared to become candidates; and prepare a short list of candidates for ACIP.
ACIP will elect a person from the short list submitted by the selection committee, and will send the name of the NIAB-elect to the Primate for concurrence by the Primate and the four Provincial Metropolitans.
Following concurrence, the Primate will consecrate the NIAB-elect (if not already a bishop) and install the NIAB in office.
At the first opportunity following the NIAB’s installation in office, the Sacred Circle will receive the NIAB as its presiding elder.
Term of Office for the NIAB
The term of office for the NIAB is nine years from the date of installation. The NIAB whose term has been completed is eligible to stand for election for a further term.
The NIAB must retire on reaching the age of 70.
Vacancy in the Office of the NIAB
If the NIAB dies, resigns, retires, or for any other reason the office of the NIAB is vacant, or the NIAB is unable to act by reason of absence or illness, the Primate in consultation with the chair or co-chairs of ACIP will designate the senior indigenous bishop in The Anglican Church of Canada willing to undertake the task as the Acting NIAB.
2. The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) consists of representatives from dioceses where significant Indigenous ministry is taking place, the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop (who is the ACIP liaison with the Council of the North and the House of Bishops), and additional members as determined by ACIP.
The members of ACIP must be aboriginal, members of The Anglican Church of Canada, and active in their parish or diocese.
ACIP will consist of the following persons:
(a) The NIAB.
(b) Two persons elected by each Provincial Caucus at the Sacred Circle.
(c) One youth, one elder and one member-at-large appointed by the NIAB.
Except for the NIAB, the terms of ACIP members will end at the conclusion of the next Sacred Circle. Where a vacancy occurs on the Council between Sacred Circles, ACIP may appoint a replacement for a person who was elected by the Sacred Circle, and the NIAB may appoint a replacement for a person whom the NIAB had appointed. A person who has served on ACIP is eligible for re-election.
ACIP will select its chair or co-chairs.
ACIP maintains relationships with the House of Bishops, General Synod, the Council of General Synod, the Council of the North, and the International Anglican Indigenous Network.
ACIP organizes the Sacred Circles.
3. The Sacred Circle
The Sacred Circles have met approximately every three years since 1988.
The Sacred Circles are organized by ACIP.
The Sacred Circle will consist of the following voting members:
(a) Ten indigenous members from each of those dioceses
identified by ACIP as having significant indigenous ministries. (More persons from these dioceses may attend
the Sacred Circle, and may be granted voice but shall not
(b) Up to ten indigenous members identified by ACIP to represent urban indigenous ministries.
(c) Up to three indigenous members from the Anglican Military Ordinariate
(d) The indigenous bishops of The Anglican Church of Canada, as identified by ACIP.
(e) The NIAB, who is the presiding elder at its meetings.
The Primate is always an invited guest at the Sacred Circle, and has voice but not vote.
Invitations are also generally sent to the bishops from the Council of the North dioceses and the diocese in which the Sacred Circle is being held (if not otherwise included). In addition, ACIP may invite up to twelve partners to attend the Sacred Circle. These invited persons may be granted voice but shall not vote.
The date and location of the meeting of the Sacred Circle are determined by ACIP.
The Sacred Circle performs many of the functions of a “Synod” for the indigenous ministries: it provides an opportunity for representatives of the indigenous communities to come together to worship, to discuss, and to communicate with the broader Church.
4. Organization of Indigenous Ministries
Developments in the organization of the indigenous ministries will take place over time, and can be accommodated by changes to the existing constitutional and canonical structures.
Moved by: Ms. Marion Jenkins
Seconded by: Ms. Alicia Dumas
That the term of office be set at not more than two consecutive terms. DEFEATED
The motion was put and was: CARRIED Act 16
The decision by indigenous Anglicans to seek the appointment of a national bishop to provide pastoral support to indigenous communities is hailed as "a historic moment" by Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, the Canadian Primate, in a new webcast, which will be posted to the church's national website next week.
In the webcast, entitled "+Andrew: Conversations with the Primate", Archbishop Hutchison, who attended last summer's 5th Sacred Circle in Pinawa, Man., contrasts the gathering to previous Sacred Circles which have dealt mostly with the pain and anger caused by the legacy of native residential schools.
While the pain and anger still exist, the Canadian Primate said that there was also evident at last summer's gathering a desire and determination to move forward. The unanimous request for a national bishop to be appointed within a year is symptomatic of this desire, Archbishop Hutchison says.
"+Andrew: Conversations with the Primate" is a communications tool Archbishop Hutchison is using to speak to church members in an informal way and to solicit comments and feedback from viewers. The webcasts are taped and produced by Anglican Video and financially assisted by the Anglican Foundation.
The webcasts can be accessed from the home page of the General Synod website (www.anglican.ca) where they can be viewed or downloaded for viewing later or for sharing.
Viewers are invited to respond to Archbishop Hutchison by writing him at Andrew@national.anglican.ca
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Bishop Morgan informed the House that the Diocese of Saskatchewan is in the process of studying a request of the Cree people for the election of a Cree suffragan bishop. He said that there are ten Cree priests and three postulants and thirty Cree communities. He has spoken to the Diocesan Indian Council and with the Chancellor of the Diocese and it is felt that this is a very good thing for the Diocese of Saskatchewan. However, he expressed some concern regarding relationships with the rest of the church about going ahead.
That this House express its support and encouragement to Bishop Morgan as the Diocese of Saskatchewan proceeds to the election of a Cree Suffragan Bishop for the Diocese of Saskatchewan. CARRIED
"An election to choose the first native suffragan bishop in Canada has been approved by the synod of the province of Rupert's Land. The synod meeting here [in Calgary] in May , approved an application from the diocese of Saskatchewan for the right to elect a suffragan bishop who will be 'a Cree-speaking Indian'." "Bishop Tom Morgan of Saskatchewan said his diocese was making the request because of its large Cree-speaking population and his own inherent weakness in ministering to these people". "Bishop James Allan of Keewatin, the diocese with the second largest Cree population in the church, opposed the idea. 'I think it's an excellent idea that Saskatchewan is planning to have a suffragan. My concern is that the resolution specified a Cree-speaking India,' he explained.... 'If the diocese is all for an Indian suffragan, all it should be asking for is permission to elect a suffragan, instead of pinning it down'."
The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada has told indigenous church members that he will do his best to see that a national native bishop is elected, if possible within a year.
Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, accompanied by six other Canadian bishops, as well as a bishop from Alaska and one from New Zealand, accepted in principle a proposal from the fifth Anglican Indigenous Sacred Circle, meeting in Pinawa, Man., that such a bishop be elected for native communities in Canada.
The Sacred Circle, held from Aug. 8 to 13 , was attended by about 150 First Nations and Metis leaders.
Native leaders were seeking the election of their own bishop as a first step in the creation of an Indigenous Anglican Church. This idea dates back to 1994 when native Anglicans and the Anglican Church of Canada signed a covenant agreeing to the eventual creation of "a new self-determining community within the Anglican Church of Canada".
Members of the Sacred Circle last week approved a declaration calling for the national bishop who would "have spiritual support from the whole church and be monetarily supported so the Indigenous Anglican Church stands strong and independent of any subordination. The provision of this bishop is a first step in a new era for the Indigenous Anglican Church".
The proposal received the unanimous support of 41 native elders who were attending the Sacred Circle.
Archbishop Hutchison and the other bishops attending agreed that it should be possible to have an indigenous bishop elected within a year who would have pastoral oversight of native communities.
A statement from the Sacred Circle said that "an indigenous bishop who welcomed aboriginal teachings and ways as a manifestation of native Anglicanism would heal wounds and open the doors of the Anglican Church to indigenous youth".
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Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, will present the church's new National Indigenous Bishop at a news conference in Toronto on Thursday, Jan. 4 .
The news conference, to which media representatives are invited will be held at the church's national office at 80 Hayden Street in Toronto at 10:30 a.m.
The appointment of an Anglican National Indigenous Bishops was requested by a national gathering of indigenous Anglicans held in Pinawa, Man., in 2005. Archbishop Hutchison, who attended that gathering, said at the time that he would do everything he could to fulfil the request, and since then, the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples has conducted an international search for an appropriate candidate.
The National Indigenous Bishop will play a unique role in the Canadian church by providing pastoral ministry to all native Anglicans across the country, regardless of where they live.
The new National Indigenous Bishop will attend Thursday's news conference and be available for interviews in the afternoon.
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1. support the Primate’s appointment of a National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, on the recommendation of ACIP, with the understanding that:
i) financial arrangements are being reviewed by the Financial Management and Development Committee
ii) that this Bishop will be responsible to the Primate
iii) that the timing of the appointment will rest with the Primate; and
iv) that the Primate will determine, in consultation with the House of Bishops and the dioceses, the relationship of this bishop with the provinces and dioceses of the church.
2. ask the Planning and Agenda Committee to recommend, in consultation with ACIP, resolutions for the Council to place on the agenda of General Synod 2007 confirming this appointment and embodying this position within the Constitution and Canons of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada. CARRIED #38-05-06