1. Affirm, in the spirit of the resolution made at General Synod in 1969, that the Indian Act should not be changed or abolished by the Federal Government without the expressed consent of Indigenous peoples; that the Federal Government should not impose a process on Indigenous peoples related to such changes; that any consultation and negotiation process related to such changes must be designed in full partnership with First Nations involving the duly chosen and recognized leadership and all members of those communities; and that First Nations must each retain the right to opt out of such changes.
2. Call on Dioceses to take steps to inform their membership of the proposed First Nations Governance Act and related initiatives of the Federal Government, to organize diocesan Sacred Circle dialogues with local Aboriginal peoples, churches, and local Members of Parliament regarding these issues; and to speak out against assimilative initiatives of the Federal Government, both publicly and to their Members of Parliament.
3. Request that the Primate communicate these positions to the dioceses, to the Prime Minister, to the Minister of the Department of Indian Affairs, and to local, regional, and national Aboriginal leadership. CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE Act 54
"Written and edited by Ed Bianchi, Maura Hanrahan, Jennifer Henry, Shannon Neufeldt, and Chuck Wright". p. iv.
"The article, 'Understanding Treaty as Covenant', was graciously provided by Stan McKay". -- p. iv.
"'In Peace and Friendship' is a response to those who faith or conscience compels them to understand more deeply the struggles of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. It provides an opportunity, particularly for non-Aboriginal people, to open themselves to a new perspective by exploring a relationship with the original inhabitants of this land that recognizes their unique nationhood. .... [It] is an educational resource for groups of youth or adults, within a congregation, a regional church body or as an open community event. There are five sessions. This resource could be used as a series of weekly workshops for a local group or linked together for a 2-day conference or retreat. The first and fifth sessions assume a Christian perspective". -- p. i.
Contents: [Prefatory Material i.e.] Purpose -- Uses -- Facilitators -- Format -- Before You Begin -- Terminology -- Table of Contents -- A New Relationship: Contextual Article -- Session 1: Renewing the Covenant -- Faithful to God's Covenant: Theological Reflection -- Session 2: Nation to Nation -- A Continent of Nations: Background Article -- Session 3: Collective Rights -- In Common: Background Article -- Session 4: A Case in Point -- Reclaiming Land in Caledonia: Background Article -- Session 5: Churches in Solidarity ? -- The Churches' Role in Recognizing Aboriginal Rights: Background Article.
"[E]ditors John Bird, Lorraine Land and Murray MacAdam."
28 essays on a variety of subjects by 32 contributors.
Contents: Reconciliation / Rebecca Tababodong -- Introduction / John Bird -- Canadian History : An Aboriginal Perspective / Georges Erasmus and Joe Sanders -- The Basic Dilemma : Sovereignty or Assimilation / Tim Schouls -- Rooted in Creation / Stan McKay -- Reclaiming Stolen Land / Olive P. Dickason -- Treaty-Making with the Crown / Sharon Venne -- Land Claims : Stuck in Never-never land / Lorraine Land and Roger Townshend -- Self-Government in the New Millennium / Michael Aesch -- Liberating Canada from the Settler Mythology / Andrew Chapeskie -- Recognizing Traditional Environmental Knowledge / Joanne Barnaby -- Rebuilding Community after Residential Schools / Maggie Hodgson -- Honouring Alternatives in the Criminal Justice System / Irene Fraser -- Restoring Women's Values / Bernice Hammersmith -- Gathering Dust or Gathering Strength : What Should Canada Do with the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples ? / Lorraine Land -- Kicking Out the Indian Agent / Burton Jacobs -- From Cedar Lake to Easterville : Mourning for What My People Lost / Elsie Fiddler -- Nitiassinan : Caribou and F-16s / Napes Ashini -- The Lubicon Cree : Still No Settlement After All These Years / Bernard Ominayak and Ed Bianchi -- The Fall of Dimlahamid : The Gitxsan Wet'su'weten and the Fallout of the Delgamuukw Decision / Terry Glavin -- Nisga'a Patience : Negotiating Our Way into Canada / Rod Robinson -- From Non-Citizen to Nunavut / John Amagoalik -- Not in My Time : Native Issues as a Point of Entry / Murray Angus -- Friends of the Lubicon : How a Small Group of People Can Change the World / Kevin Thomas -- Gunboat Diplomacy in Canada / William Payne -- Romancing the "Other" in Aboriginal Support Work / Jennifer Baron -- Outrages Too Many : Teaching Aboriginal Studies / Ann Pohl -- Once More with Honesty : Christian-Aboriginal Solidarity / Murray MacAdam -- "Are You Willing to Listen ?" / Rene Fumoleau -- The Healing Journey : the Bridge between Cultures / Shirley Harding -- Note on the Editors -- Note on the Public Justice Resource Centre and Citizens for Public Justice.