Bishop L. Shirley, Bishop of Panama, was welcomed to the Council. On a point of order Mrs. Maybee explained that a resolution would be coming on the floor from the PSR Unit concerning Guatemala, and with the approval of the Council this resolution was introduced by Mrs. Ann Abraham, who was reporting to the Council on behalf of the Chairman, the Rt. Rev. J.C. Bothwell.
That the National Executive Council authorize our Officers, staff and ecumenical agencies to express our concern about human rights violations in Guatemala.
That the National Executive Council encourage Anglicans to participate in Amnesty International's efforts to oppose human rights abuses in Guatemala and throughout the world.
That the National Executive Council advise Anglicans to boycott tourism in Guatemala during the present situation of human rights abuse. CARRIED
Bishop Shirley also spoke on the situation in the Cerro Colorado Project in Panama (copper mining) and the displacement of Native people.
Since the termination of Project North in 1987, further evaluation and consultation between the churches in Canada has led to a new coalition on aboriginal justice concerns. This is the result of discussion between the churches, network groups, and native organizations. It shifts the focus of the former Project North to include justice issues for native people all over Canada and is based upon the church leaders' recent statement: "A New Covenant".
That this National Executive Council support and participate fully in the new coalition: Project North - Ecumenical Coalition for Aboriginal Justice; and request the Program Committee to appoint two representatives from the Anglican Church of Canada to its Steering Committee. CARRIED #54-11-88