"Anglicans across Canada are being called to demonstrate -- in the 22 days following the closing event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission -- that this ending is only the beginning of healing and reconciliation with Canada's Indigenous people. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald have issued a call to the whole church today to participate in #22days, a campaign that will stretch from the start of the closing of TRC event in Ottawa on May 31  to National Aboriginal Day on June 21 . 22days was first conceived of by a group of cathedral deans from cities in which a national TRC event was held and was 'heartily endorsed' by the House of Bishops" (p. 10). "The General Synod communications team has created a web page -- 22days.ca -- that will offer resources, including 22 videos featuring former residential school students and staff describing their experiences in the schools. The videos are not the typical 30-second sound bytes people are used to viewing on television, they are about 15 to 20 minutes each, in order to tell the stories in a more whole and sensitive way, said Anglican Video senior producer Lisa Barry. One video will be added daily to the website during the 22-day period and each will be accompanied by a prayer, written by various people in the church" (p. 11).
"The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) has proposed a national summit to discuss the issue of non-stipendiary, or unpaid, aboriginal clergy, most of whom are serving in large native communities across Canada. 'Nobody wants the problem put on their laps, not because they're not concerned, but because there are no resources,' said Mark MacDonald, the national Anglican indigenous bishop. 'What we're suggesting is a cross-church consultation, a summit where a whole group of people (can discuss) what can only be described as a moral issue for all of us. There's no entity to solve it effectively'," Archbishop Caleb Lawrence said "that the house of bishops had been 'trying to address' the need but that it was having difficulty coming to an agreement with ACIP. He noted that talks between the two sides have bogged down".
"Suicide is 'not an easy tea and cookie conversation', Cynthia Patterson told a gathering of about 200 indigenous Anglicans at the Seventh Sacred Circle. However, she added, the pandemic among aboriginal people can no longer be ignored. In Nunavut, the suicide rate is 15 times the national average -- which is 15 per 100,000 people. In the Arctic, it is 11 times the national average. Families need to talk about suicide instead of sweeping it under the rug, said Patterson. 'We have kids, aunts and uncles who die and the pain is so great .. We don't talk about them .. It's as if they've disappeared'. For its part, the Anglican church has moved oversight of the suicide-prevention program to the indigenous ministry department, noted Patterson. The aim is to 'extend its reach into every nook and cranny', said National Indigenous Anglican Bishops Mark MacDonald. Suicide prevention will now be part of training for clergy, catechists and other church workers, he told the Journal". [Text of entire article.]
"In her address to the November  meeting of the Council of General Synod (CoGS), Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, urged Anglicans to be gentle with one another as they face a time marked by challenges including the stress and exhaustion of keeping the church going through an ongoing pandemic and growing financial insecurity in some dioceses" (p. 1)
Speaking about "the resignation of former national Indigenous Anglican archbishop Mark Macdonald after admitting sexual misconduct — an event she said had caused much shock and sorrow, especially in the Indigenous church. 'We long for our leaders to live into the purity and righteousness of the gospel. And when in their humanity that is not always possible, it can be a great source of despair,' she said (p. 7).
"Nicholls said, it’s important not to forget that the pandemic is still ongoing, requiring both compassion for those who continue to be vulnerable to infection and for those affected by its financial and emotional stress. In particular, she said, she had been hearing a pattern of “profound exhaustion” among the bishops and clergy in many dioceses" (p. 7).
"Offering her own advice on where to find ... hope, Nicholls encouraged CoGS attendees to compare the church’s recent difficulties to the struggles of God’s people in biblical history, keeping in mind the big picture, even if solutions seem slow in coming" (p. 7). "In some places, important work has already begun, she said — for example in dioceses’ implementation of the five transformational aspirations, statements designed to guide the development of the changing church which its strategic planning group debuted at March’s  CoGS meeting" (p. 7).
"There has also been progress, she said, in the creation of new policies to cement the boundaries between the roles of senior management and editorial staff in the 'Anglican Journal' — part of an effort to prevent the recurrence of incidents like the leak of information about survivors meant to be anonymous in an 'Epiphanies' article on sexual misconduct" (p. 7).
In addition church leaders have begun the process of retooling the church’s processes for handling complaints harassment or sexual misconduct by clergy. "Mandy Marshall, director for gender justice at the Anglican Communion office toured Canada ... and delivered several seminars on power and identity and trauma-informed care and response, including one on Nov. 11  to CoGS itself" (p. 7).
Archbishop Nicholls "said she attended the installation of Archbishop Anthony Poggo as the new secretary general of the Anglican Communion, after which he accepted her invitation to join the Anglican Church of Canada for General Synod next summer " (p. 7).
"On July 16 , several publications carried a Canadian Press (CP) story about Ian Mosby, a historian from the University of Guelph, who stumbled on a little-known fact in the course of his research on the history of food in Canada. In the 1940s, the Canadian government subjected aboriginal children from six Indian residential schools to nutrition experiments that included withholding food and basic dental care, Mosby told CP's Bob Weber. And yet, Mosby noted, little was written about this. 'A May 2000 article in the "Anglican Journal" about some of them was the only reference Mosby could find', reported CP. Reacting to the news, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald issued a joint statement describing the tests conducted on aboriginal children as 'appalling'. Using the schools as laboratories and children as subjects of experiments, they said, is 'so inhumane'". The news prompted calls from various groups, including the church, for a federal investigation into the matter".
"In what was described as an 'historic moment', the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has approved the introduction of a new canon (church law) that firmly established a self-determining national indigenous ministry within the church. The resolution to establish Canon 22 was passed at General Synod 2010 in Halifax on June 9 ". "Bishop [Mark] MacDonald said one of the key issues national native ministry will address is that of non-stipendiary priests. .... He also urged the church to address the needs of aboriginal people in urban areas. .... One of the goals of native Canadian Anglicans would also be to 'introduce Canada to Canada', said Bishop MacDonald. For instance, he said, 'its time we understand how important the North is to Canada, how important it is to our identity and our future'. He noted that the North is suffering climate change 'like no other place on earth'." "Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, the first bishop of the newly created area mission in Northern Ontario, also addressed the synod, recalling that aboriginal clergy were first ordained in the church about 40 years ago".
"In the early 20th century, the native lay catechists Blind Moses and Blind Paul brought the gospel to indigenous peoples living near the Arctic Circle. Now the Anglican Church of Canada is launching an initiative to train contemporary catechists who will likewise school their indigenous brothers and sisters in the basics of the Christian faith. 'Historically, most of the growth and much of the creativity in indigenous churches has been from catechists', says Bishop Mark MacDonald, the church's national indigenous bishop. 'Easily deployable, close to the people, the catechists were able to apply the gospel to the needs of the people in a way that stressed its compatibility with the values of traditional indigenous life'. Spearheading the current project, which was presented at the February  meeting of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) in Calgary, is the Rev. Canon Ginny Doctor, indigenous ministries co-ordinator and a Mohawk from the Six Nations in New York state. 'Jesus sent people out two by two to preach and teach', says Doctor, who spent many years helping restore spirituality to aboriginal people living in urban settings. 'We're following an old model'."
Eight page insert (1-8) with May 2013 issue of Anglican Journal. Anglican Church of Canada Ministry Report. Insert produced by Resources for Mission Dept.
"For most of us, a safe water supply is as Canadian as medicare and the cultural mosaic. But for many indigenous people, clean water is a far cry from reality. Across Canada, however, Anglicans are beginning to address this issue through an initiative loosely formed by Bishop Mark MacDonald, national indigenous bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada. MacDonald became aware of an uptick in church interest in 2011 when he raised the water question as keynote speaker at the diocese of Toronto's annual social-justice conference". "Now the 'water group' meets every couple of months at Trinity Church in Aurora, north of Toronto, in sessions that typically attract about 20 people. 'Right now it's mainly a spiritual movement, but in a couple of years it may become more of an institution', he says. 'We're picking up people quickly, and a group is forming in Toronto to help the remote northern Ontario community of Pikangikum with water and other issues. The advocates' ultimate aim is to get the federal government to live up to its legal obligations and spend the estimated $12 billion needed for the infrastructure improvements that will guarantee clean water to indigenous communities". "Gaining momentum, the group may soon officially assume the name 'Pimatisiwan Nipi' (Oji-Cree for 'living water'), and it will likely hold a national meeting at some point. 'But for now, it's a community of spiritual concern that stays together in conversation', says MacDonald".
Eight page insert (1-8) with May 2013 issue of Anglican Journal. Anglican Church of Canada Ministry Report. Insert produced by Resources for Mission Dept.
Four page insert (1-4) included with September 2020 issue of Anglican Journal. Colour insert with seven (7) individual articles indexed separately.
Caption under photo at head of story: "'Your Grace': National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald is installed as national Indigenous Anglican Archbishop after General Synod approves formation of a self-determining Indigenous church". "On July 12, 2019, General Synod voted to enable a self-determining Indigenous church within the Anglican Church of Canada, realizing a vision decades in the making". "Meanwhile, the church's Indigenous Ministries department continued to carry out some of the most vital ministry in the church. Suicide prevention, especially among Indigenous youth, continued as a priority in 2019". Melanie Delva, Reconciliation Animator, continues working "to grown the Anglican Reconciliation Connections (ARC)" and "also wrote and released an insightful report on the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and its impacts". The Anglican Healing Fund, under the direction of Dr. Martha Many Grey Horses is working to address "the healing needs of former residential school students, their families and their communities".
The Rev. Norman Casey, ACIP Co-Chair, welcomed members to a session in which they experienced meeting in a Sacred Circle. The session began a prayer and scripture reading by Mr. Peter Kitchekesik.
Bishop Mark McDonald presented the ACIP report. He spoke of the deepening crises and urgent needs in Indigenous communities both on and off reserve; the pressing issues of governance, sovereign identity and pastoral care. These crises and growing frustration led ACIP to write "The Mississauga Declaration", an urgent cry for self-determination and a call to the church. Bishop McDonald emphasized that a practical accommodation to the culture and boundaries of Indigenous life within the structures of the church is sought. He outlined an aggressive timeline that would see a comprehensive plan presented to COGS and the House of Bishops in the Spring and to the Sacred Circle in August 2012. Members then offered their reflections on what they had heard. The session closed with prayer.
Following the lunch break, the Prolocutor Canon Robert Falby assumed the chair.
The Primate acknowledged ACIP's moving presentation and suggested that COGS respond with a formal resolution. It was
That the Council of General Synod in a spirit of great respect and hope receives The Mississauga Declaration as a gracious invitation and urgent call to the whole church to renewed commitment in walking and working with Indigenous Peoples in addressing the many crises in their communities, in strengthening pastoral ministries, in supporting their desires for self determination, and in re-affirming their sovereignty as People of the Land.
The text of the Mississauga Declaration is attached as Appendix D.
THE MISSISSAUGA DECLARATION
Gathered in a sacred circle of love, prayer, and hope, we placed the Gospel in the centre and listened to hear God’s voice. Seventeen years after The Covenant, our communities are still in crisis and we are convinced that we must act in defense of the people and the Land. Though gathered as a consultation on governance, we have realized that our task is more urgent and more extensive. We affirm that God has a plan for us in the Gospel and that we must claim the freedom to become what God has called us to be. We believe that we must act now to reaffirm our sovereign identity as the people of the Land and to revive, renew and reclaim the ministries in our communities. Empowered in faith, we will live and work to overcome the crisis that brings overwhelming death to the peoples of this land.
We need to explore the possibilities and potential as spelled out in the Indigenous Covenant Implementation Commission’s work that would develop structures of authority, ministries and jurisdiction up to and including the development of a fifth province.
Our collective experience over decades of struggle of reconciling the historical wrongs and now the impact of assimilation upon our Elders, our children and grandchildren tells us that realistic answers come from our ways of living upon the Land and from our relationship we have always had with God, through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit. We are called by our Elders to take responsibility to practice and express our way of life so our children and their children can live as the people of the Land, your neighbors, friends and partners of our Church.
We know God is calling our peoples through our Elders’ Vision to renewal and restoration. With respect for our various traditional ways of living we hear God’s call to our peoples to unite as the renewed and restored peoples upon the Land. We will begin, today, to live towards a vision of ministry to Indigenous peoples throughout our native lands, many of us know as Turtle Island. We commit to plan and pray towards a full expression of God’s truth and love among the People of the Land. We call upon our partners in the Anglican Church and beyond to join us in the fulfillment of this calling.