"Compiled by Greg Patterson with the help of Murray Watson, Barbara MacQuarrie, Mark Priest and Drew Whittaker." -- p. [iii]
"Edited by Greg Patterson". -- p. [iii].
"March 1992". -- p. [iii].
Includes bibliographical references, p. 130-131.
"We've almost reached the Columbian Quincentary, October 12, 1992, 500 years later. .... This kit is not about Columbus. The Quincentary merely provides a focus for Native people, and non-Native people, to reflect on 500 years of colonialism, and to address issues of fundamental human rights, land rights, self-determination and the environment. .... This Resource Kit provides ecnouraging examples of ways in which certain sectors of society have taken initiatives to work in solidarity with First Nations people. It also provides practical suggestions for further actions that can be taken to support Indigenous people in Canada and the Third World. Our challenge for 1992, and beyond, is to acknowledge the historic reality of the past 500 years, to evaluate the present, and to work for a common future, based on new and meaningful relationships of mutual respect, trust and cooperation". -- Foreword.
"This kit is a modest attempt to facilitate the work that activists and educators are engaged in to support Indigenous peoples. It provides perspectives on 500 years of colonialism from Indigenous writers in Canada, the United States and the South. It includes their thoughts and strategies about how to organize and rebuild their communities, and their nations, as well as their personal reflections on the meaning of 1992". -- Intro.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Table of Contents -- Foreword / Bob Antone -- Introduction -- 1992 and Beyond -- 1492-1992 -- Modern Day Colonialism -- Indigenous Women -- Solidarity -- Resources.
Each section contains several short articles by a variety of authors from many sources including Canadian church bodies.
Bishop Morgan drew attention to the document "The New Covenant" stating that appeals have been received from native people that the Sunday before the First Minister's Conference be designated a Day of Prayer.
That this House of Bishops respond to the request of Native leaders for the Churches to name a Day of Prayer to precede the final First Ministers' Conference to be held on March 26-27, by designating Sunday, March 22, as a Day of Prayer for Aboriginal Peoples:
And that we commend the document entitled "A New Covenant" prepared as a Pastoral Statement by leaders of the Christian Churches to be used as a focus for this Day of Prayer. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council express to the Governments of Canada and the Provinces our dismay at the failure of the final scheduled First Ministers' Conference with Aboriginal self-government on the Constitution.
Further, that we reaffirm our support for the Aboriginal Peoples in their struggle for self-government and commit ourselves to work together to find new ways to entrench the right of self-government in the Constitution. CARRIED #56-05-87
That General Synod support Native people in their opposition to the recommendations of the Nielsen Task Force: "Improved Program Delivery-Indians and Natives: A Study Team Report to the Task Force on Program Review"; and
That General Synod inform the Prime Minister of Canada and the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development of its continued support for Native self-determination. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 32
The Most Rev. Michael Peers, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has accused the federal government of ignoring "its constitutional responsibility to deal directly with the Mohawk Nation" to resolve the aboriginal land rights conflict at Oka, Quebec.
In a first letter to the Prime Minister, dated July 12, Archbishop Peers urged the Federal Government to "become more directly involved with the negotiations until there is a land claims agreement in place which is acceptable to the Mohawk nation." He also urged that the situation be resolved by nonviolent means; that all armaments be put down; and that the police be withdrawn.
He pointed out that "underlying the conflict are the issues of Land Claims and development of Aboriginal Lands. These issues are a federal responsibility."
In a follow-up letter, dated July 26, the Primate expressed dismay that the federal government continues to ignore its constitutional responsibility to deal directly with the Mohawk Nation.
"The actions of your government lead me to the conclusion that you reject the Supreme Court of Canada's position in the recent Sparrow case that 'the relationship between the Government and aboriginals is trust-like, rather than adversarial...'."
"I am also disturbed," he added, "by the continuation of human rights violations by the Surete du Quebec. Yesterday the Quebec Human Rights Commission declared that 'the massive police operation against Mohawks in Oka is illegal'. The provincial police, through harassment and discrimination, are violating the fundamental rights of people living behind blockades, including the denial of food and medical services. As External Affairs Minister Joe Clark told the House of Commons two years ago, 'food should not be used as a weapon.'."
The Anglican Church of Canada has long been an advocate of the justice struggles of Native peoples in Canada. The General Synod in 1989 expressed its support of nonviolent direct action in defence of unsurrendered Aboriginal Ancestral land, stating "That Aboriginal Peoples and Anglicans and others involved in nonviolent direct action in defence of unsurrendered Aboriginal ancestral lands and their environment be supported."
"It is crucial that the Federal Government make the just settlement of land claims a priority. Such action would do much to create healing between the government and the First Nations of this land" the letter concludes.
For more information, contact: The Reverend Peter Hamel, Anglican Church of Canada, 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario, 416-924-9192
TORONTO (Dec. 12) -- The Anglican Church welcomes the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling recognizing the rights of native peoples to the ownership of ancestral lands that have not specifically been signed away through treaties.
The ruling overturned a previous British Columbia ruling dealing with land claims by the Gitxsan and Wet'suwet'en people. The Supreme Court ruled that the trial judge erred in not recognizing the validity of native peoples' oral history and ordered a new trial.
Donna Bomberry, the Anglican Church's Coordinator of Indigenous Ministries, said she hopes the decision will open up a new era in the way governments deal with native land claims.
She added that because of the level at which the ruling was made, it is likely to have repercussions on many other land claims throughout the country.
"I feel elated," Ms. Bomberry said. "It is a real breakthrough in the way land rights issues should be handled."
Catherine Morrison, the Anglican Church's Coordinator of Indigenous Justice, said that with this ruling, Canada recognizes the value of the history and culture of native people. The decision, she added refutes the trial judge's statement that "aboriginal life in the territory was at best nasty, brutish and short."
"With this ruling, we are seeing a level of respect for aboriginal peoples that has not existed since the first settlers were welcomed to this country," Ms. Morrison said.
Last spring, the Anglican Council of General Synod passed a resolution expressing its support for the Gitxsan and Wet'suwet'en people in its battle through the courts. The church has also supported them through the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, its EcoJustice Committee and the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund.
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For more information, contact Donna Bomberry at (416) 924-9199 ext. 626; email email@example.com; or Catherine Morrison, (416) 924-9199 ext. 239; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Doug Tindal, Director of Information Resources: 416-924-9199 ext. 286; 905-335-8349 (residence) or Sam Carriere, Editor, Print Resources: 416-924-9199 ext. 256
That the following be sent by night letter to Mr. Justice Berger, Hon. Judd Buchanan and all Diocesan Bishops:
The National Executive Council of the Anglican Church of Canada at its meeting May 7, 1975 approved the following:
1. The National Executive Council commends the principle, style and integrity of the Berger Commission Hearings on the MacKenzie [i.e. Mackenzie] Valley Pipeline.
2. The National Executive Council recommends to the Federal Government the continued application of this principle for citizen participation in future proposals of profound regional and national impact.
3. In view of the importance of the full understanding an appreciation of the issues by all Canadians, the National Executive Council recommends the active participation by our Church in the Southern Berger Hearings by supporting the need for a moratorium on the MacKenzie [i.e. Mackenzie] Valley Pipeline Development. CARRIED
[Rewords resolution "Native Rights and Northern Development" tabled and referred for rewording and presentation on pp. 10-11 of these minutes".