"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).
The primate reflects on the recent National Consultation on Indigenous Anglican Self-Determination, also known as "The Road to Warm Springs" held in Pinawa, Man., in September 2017. "The dream of Indigenous Peoples is to build what they describe as 'a church of living hope in the midst of much pain, oppression and despair'." In the midst of many Indigenous communities "are incredibly hard-working and courageous men and women who serve as their pastors. Their ministries are among the most sacrificial of any I know in our church. Many -- in fact, the majority of them -- receive no financial remuneration for their labours. And yet, they labour on as servants of their 'church of living hope'." "As their Journey of Spiritual Renewal continues, I ask your prayer for the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples and its co-chairs, Bishop Sid Black and Caroline Chum, each of whom models in their own unique way the very thing to which Indigenous people aspire -- to be, in the midst of so much pain, oppression and despair, 'a church of living hope'."
Column also includes text of "A Covenant" also known as Native Covenant of 1994.
An account of the Anglican Indigenous Circle gathering (formerly called National Native Convocations) which met in Lethbridge in July 1997. The Circle "was an opportunity for fellowship, worship and learning". Participants were urged to move forward with the Native Covenant which was originally drawn up in Winnipeg in 1994. Sixty people added their names to the covenant.
A history of relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Christians with emphasis on the Anglican Church of Canada and the history and development of the first and second Native Convocations (1988 and 1995) and the change in name to Anglican Indigenous Circle for the third gathering in Lethbridge, Alb., in July 1997.
"Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has called for a nationwide meeting to assess the progress made since Indigenous Anglicans first declared their intention to work toward self-determination in the 1994 Covenant. "It is time, I think for us to convene some kind of a gathering in , which will really bring together people from all across the church who are interested in and committed to Indigenous Anglican ministries', he said, adding that he hopes to organize the gathering jointly with National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald". "The announcement was made at the September 22-27  meeting of the House of Bishops in Winnipeg. It comes on the heels of an Indigenous ministries presentation at July's General Synod outlining some of the features and qualities of a self-determining nationwide Indigenous 'confederacy'".
With the approval of Synod, the referred amendment (see page 98), was withdrawn and the original resolution was returned.
That in response to the church's commitment to the Native Covenant, the Council for Native Ministries be renamed "Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples" and that new terms of reference be established over the next triennium. CARRIED Act 99
"Our hope as church, society and Aboriginal peoples rests in establishing new relationships of trust and promise and working together for a better future. Jubilee with its three themes -- release from bondage, redistribution of wealth, and renewal of earth -- is a vision that speaks with potential and hope to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people alike. It is a vision that we have been living in the church for some time." Includes highlights of the new relationship between the Anglican Church and Aboriginal peoples, since 1969, such as the Hendry Report, Native Convocations, Council of Native Ministries and Aboriginal Covenant.
"This article is adapted from a presentation Ms. Morrison made to the synod of the diocese of Cariboo."
N.B. The story mistakenly says that "Then in 1995 the church agreed to support a National Native Convocation" (p. 11). This should say "in 1985 the church agreed". The first Native Convocation took place in Fort Qu'Appelle in Saskatchewan in 1988.
This article was also reprinted `Open' vol. 47 no. 2, Summer 2001, pp. 9-10.