"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).
"A series of reports on the planned self-determining Canadian Indigenous Anglican church presented to Council of General Synod (CoGS) June 24  met with a mixture of approval and concern. While some CoGS member said they were happy to see concrete steps being taken toward a self-determining Indigenous Anglican body, others expressed curiosity about how it would relate with the Anglican Church of Canada and concern about how much it would cost. Canon Ginny Doctor, the Anglican Church of Canada's Indigenous ministries co-ordinator had presented two reports to CoGS, including a 2018 budget that asks for $1.2 million in funding for Indigenous ministry out of the national office, plus another $2.9 million to fund four regional offices it envisages. Among the budget's largest items are $450,000 for Sacred Circle and $1.2 million in salaries for staff at the four regional offices".
"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).
Aside from holding consultations with native communities, Bishop MacDonald has met with bishops interested in pursuing native ministry in urban areas as well as other sectors, including the Armed Forces, youth and women's groups.
"The whole church will need to address the issue of non-stipendiary (unpaid) priests, according to Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and bishops from the Council of the North. 'It's clear to me that this is a matter of justice,' Archbishop Hiltz told more that 200 First Nations, Metis and Inuit delegates to the 6th Indigenous Sacred Circle gathered here [Port Elgin, Ont.] last August 9 to 15 . He was responding to concerns raised repeatedly at the gathering about the non-payment of clergy, many of whom are aboriginal". "The national church has no overall statistics of how many of 3,861 clergy are non-stipendiary. About 47 per cent (168 out of 358) of clergy from Council of the North dioceses are non-stipendiary".
Colour photo with caption. "From left to right: Archdeacon Sidney Black, Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Bishop Mark MacDonald and the Rev. Norman Wesley led the Council of General Synod in prayers for indigenous ministries, particularly the new diocese of Mishamikoweesh, the creation of which will be celebrated from June 1 to 4  at Kingfisher Lake First Nation in northern Ontario". [Text of entire article.]
"The Council of General Synod (CoGS) has thrown its support behind the proposal to create a new indigenous diocese of the northern Ontario region. The proposal will require the concurrence of General Synod when it meets in July . Archbishop David Ashdown, diocesan bishop and metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Rupert's Land, said the vision for the new diocese was articulated more than half a century ago. The new diocese would cover 16 First Nations communities belonging to Treaty 9 around Kingfisher Lake, north of Sioux :Lookout. The northern Ontario area mission currently has a bishop, Lydia Mamma, who was elected in 2010, and several local clergy. Mamakwa told CoGS that the northern Ontario area mission has grown over the years to include training for native clergy and a catechism and Bible camp. If the plan is approved, the diocese of Keewatin will cease to function on Dec. 31, 2014, but will continue as a legal entity until Sept. 30, 2015". [Text of entire article.]
The diocese of Quebec, like the civil province, includes large numbers of First Nations. "[H]undreds of kilometres north of Quebec City lies the Naskapi community of Kawawachikamach, on the Quebec-Labrador border. It is one of the diocese's largest parishes, with membership of over 100". "The minister currently in charge of the parish and its church, St. John's, is the Rev. Silas Nabinicaboo, a locally trained deacon. Nabinicaboo is the ecclesiastical leader, with many of the same duties as a priest, but elders also play a huge role in providing leadership in the church". "With the help of elders like [Joe] Guanish, Nabinicaboo has played an outsize role in linking preservation of the Naskapi language to the ministry of the church. For nearly 20 years, he has been part of a group working on a translation of the Bible into Naskapi. The New Testament in Naskapi was published in 2007, and translators are currently working their way through the Old Testament".
"One hopes this will not be the reaction when the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) presents a new draft of its statement calling for greater self-determination within the church. ... ACIP has suggested setting in motion a consultation process that would develop a plan for an Indigenous ministry in the whole church -- one that reflects 'Indigenous ways of thinking about leadership and power' and allows Indigenous Anglicans to plan, use and account for their own resources". "The need for Indigenous ministry is urgent, and not just in reserves: in Canada's urban areas, a growing population of Aboriginal people lack access to pastoral care. Some dioceses have responded by establishing urban native ministries, but others have not filled the gaping hole". "But, in order for this dialogue to bear fruit, both sides must have a willingness and commitment to trust, respect and listen to one another, and -- when the going gets tough -- to remain at the table".