"On November 18 , Indigenous ministries and the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) laid out concrete steps for how they will continue to pursue self-determination within the national church over the coming years. The plan is to start small, with Indigenous Anglicans from three or four regions that want to pursue self-determination, Archdeacon Sid Black, ACIP co-chair told the fall  meeting of Council of General Synod (CoGS) ... A focus group, co-chaired by former Indigenous ministries co-ordinator Donna Bomberry and Archdeacon Larry Beardy will oversee the details, and the initial goal will be to select leadership in a way that is in line with Indigenous practice" (p. 1, 6). "Advice on incorporation will come from former General Synod prolocutor Harry Huskins" (p. 6). "According to [Indigenous CoGS member Lay Canon Grace] Delaney, of the approximately 150 Indigenous clergy serving in the Anglican Church of Canada, most are unpaid" (p. 6). "Quebec Co-adjutor Bishop Bruce Myers, whose diocese includes the isolated Naskapi nation of Kawawachikamach, wanted to know whether this leadership model could be used there" (p. 6). "In response, Canon Virginia 'Ginny' Doctor, Indigenous ministries co-ordinator, said Indigenous ministries has already explored options, such as a 'moveable seminary' that would bring teachers to communities for intensive education, or doing the reverse and bringing Indigenous leaders in-training to a local centre for intensive, short-term education. She suggested either of these models might work in Quebec" (p. 6).
That this General Synod received with gratitude the declaration of the House of Bishops affirming determination to lead the Church in advancing into the Seventies and pledges the support of the Church to the Bishops in their work towards that goal. CARRIED
[Recorded as No. 139 in Acts of Synod, p. 72. List of Acts includes actions which are NOT resolutions/acts.]
That section 4 of Canon III - The Primacy - be repealed and the following substituted therefor:
4. Duties of the Primate
a) The Primate shall
i) exercise pastoral and spiritual leadership throughout The Anglican Church of Canada,
ii) function as the President of the General Synod, the Chair of the Council of the General Synod, the Chair of the meetings of Metropolitans and the Chair of the meetings of the House of Bishops,
iii) function as the Chief Executive Officer of the staff of the General Synod and shall delegate such duties of that office as the Primate deems appropriate, to the General Secretary and other executive members of the staff of the General Synod,
iv) give leadership in developing the policies and strategies of The Anglican Church of Canada,
v) oversee the implementation of the decisions of the General Synod and the Council of the General Synod,
vi) report to each meeting of the Council of the General Synod and to the General Synod,
vii) speak in the name of The Anglican Church of Canada after consultation with, or in accordance with the policies set by, the Council of the General Synod or the General Synod,
viii) be, ex officio, a member of all committees, councils, boards and commissions, standing or special, appointed under any provision of the Constitution or any Canon enacted by the General Synod, or under any resolution of the General Synod, or of the Council of the General Synod,
ix) visit every diocese of The Anglican Church of Canada,
x) represent The Anglican Church of Canada internationally and ecumenically.
b) The Primate may, after consultation with the Provincial Metropolitans and the Chapter of the Anglican Military Ordinariate and subject to the provision of financial requirements, appoint a Bishop Ordinary who shall have episcopal jurisdiction over the chaplains of The Anglican Church of Canada on duty with the Canadian Forces. CARRIED Act 11
November 19, 1993 -- The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Michael Peers, has issued the following statement in response to the episcopal election in the Diocese of Toronto.
The Diocese of Toronto, and the whole of the Anglican Church of Canada, today rejoice in the election of two fine new priests as bishops. Both Michael Bedford-Jones and Victoria Matthews offer gifts of leadership that will complement and add to those already present in others who hold episcopal office.
But in particular, I welcome with profound joy and sheer delight, the election of a woman as bishop in the Church in Canada. The ordination of women to the priesthood in our church has been part of our experience in Canada for 17 years now. During that time we have been blessed by the particular graces that they have brought to ordained ministry. I am sure that it is no accident that our Church is growing more compassionate and nurturing in its pastoral work, more thorough and inclusive in its communication, and more prophetic in its commitment to justice. Though ground-breaking in its effect, today's decision is a natural outcome of years of caring and effective leadership offered by women.
In recent weeks, I have had occasions to participate in different events with the four women who are already bishops in the Anglican Communion. I have been reminded again of the wholeness we seek in Christ's Church, -- indeed in all of society. It is a wholeness which Saint Paul envisaged when he wrote: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus". (Galations 3:28) Today the Spirit of God, through the Synod of Toronto, has helped us further that vision in our time. May it continue to be encouraged among us.
I look forward to working with Victoria and to welcoming her to he place in the national House of Bishops. I have no doubt that she will receive a glad welcome and the whole-hearted support of all her colleagues in episcopal ministry.
For further information, contact: Doug Tindal, Director of Communications (416) 924-9199 ext. 286 [or] (416) 335-8349 (residence)
A personal tribute to retiring Primate, Michael Peers, by the Most Rev. Robin Eames, Primate of Ireland with whom Michael worked closely in their shared time as Anglican primates. Archbishop Eames praises Michael particularly for his gifts as a leader. "Even among those primates who would not always have shared his opinion, there is a deep regard for his well-reasoned views and willingness to listen to their views in return". "Anglicanism faces many divisive issues at present. Confronted with widespread criticism over developments on same-sex blessings at meetings of primates, Michael's patient but determined explanations of the Canadian scene have been offered in a manner that has further increased my admiration for his leadership". "Canada has had a wonderful ambassador and leader in Michael Peers. His contribution to the thinking and policy of the Communion has been immense. I know that I am going to miss him greatly at that level".
"Indigenous Anglican leaders stated at a recent meeting of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) that they hope their most recent call for greater self-determination will be the last one needed". "The statement, titled 'Where Are We Today: Twenty Years after the Covenant, an Indigenous Call to Church Leadership', was presented to Council of General Synod (CoGS) in November and has already led to some discussion among the council and at the House of Bishops. Feedback from those discussions has led to a second draft, which ACIP presented to Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, during ACIP's annual meeting in March 20  at the Six Nations territory in Ohsweken, Ont" (p. 1). "Changes have been made in the language and tenor of the text, said National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald. 'We know that some things we said got people's backs up'. The revised statement notes that ACIP has experienced 'a significant level of co-operation and partnership' with the House of Bishops and CoGS' (p. 11). "One of the key barriers, many ACIP members suggested, was the bishops. Freda Lepine, of the diocese of Brandon, noted that bishops were not consistently accommodating of Indigenous needs or co-operative with Indigenous leadership across the church. 'Some are co-operative, others aren't', she said. 'I don't know whether it's the fact that racism still exists or that they still don't understand what we're trying to do. We need to evaluate that, and where we stand relative to that'" (p. 11).
"When the House of Bishops met in Niagara Falls, Ont., from April 13 to 17 , they discussed some contentious issues, including possible amendments to the marriage canon and a call from the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) for significant changes to church structures. But Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said there was, nevertheless, 'a spirit of hopefulness' at the gathering". "The bishops discussed the document, 'Where We Are Today: Twenty Years after the Covenant, an Indigenous Call to Church Leadership', in terms of what they thought needed more clarification, what they found encouraging and what they found challenging." "Hiltz observed that what underlies much of these discussions is the question, 'What is everybody's understanding of self-determination ?' This is a conversation that needs to continue, he said. People are not sure what self-determination will mean in terms of concrete changes, said Hiltz". "Bishops also endorsed the #22days campaign calling Anglicans to commit to working toward healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. ... Hiltz noted that Bishop Robert Hardwick of the diocese of Qu'Appelle shared plans to ring church bells for murdered and missing women and girls, and other bishops decided that could be done in all of their dioceses".
"The diocese of Ottawa has set up a Clergy Leadership Institute that will tap the leadership skills of experienced clergy who will serve as mentors for others. The creation of the institute, part of the diocesan strategic plan, will also 'bring in resources from academia and other professions to provide the opportunity for all clergy to explore their own leadership potential', said Rev. Bill Byers, chair of the institute team. The institute incorporates the work of three existing areas of leadership development in the diocese -- the clergy development committee, the Fresh Start program, and the Post-Ordination program". [[Text of entire article.]
"In 2014, AFC [Anglican Foundation of Canada] launched a new Request for Proposals initiative. Five $10,000 grants ! Theme: Youth Leadership Training. [A]nd we are pleased to announce the following recipients. The partnership will develop and pilot ten day leadership intensive [training ?] and emphasize learning in community, setting goals, and reflecting and integrating experience. 'Thanks to the Anglican Foundation, CCS [Centre for Christian Studies] and Sorrento have a chance to combine shared experiences and strengths in leadership development to pilot a program for young adults with an emphasis on discerning gifts for "right vocation" and faithful living. We all stand to benefit from this unique opportunity !'" [Text of entire article.]