Andrew Wesley, a member of the Albany Cree First Nations band on the west coast of James Bay, and originally from the diocese of Moosonee, was ordained a deacon for the diocese of Toronto on 11 May 2003. He will be giving leadership to indigenous urban ministry in the city of Toronto continuing work he began as a lay pastor.
"A workshop at the eighth National Anglican Sacred Circle, held August 16-22 , brought together individuals from across the country who have experience with Indigenous urban ministry. Some issues around Indigenous urban ministry may be the same across the country, but regional dynamics make the context different for each city, said Archbishop Greg Kerr-Wilson, metropolitan (senior bishop) of the ecclesiastical province of Rupert's Land and bishop of Calgary". "The Rev. Barbara Shoomski, an honorary assistant at All Saints' Anglican Church in Winnipeg, spoke about one of the successful program she in involved with: a moms' group that provides mothers with advice and support in parenting and life skills. 'I'm the elder there, so if they have problems, they can come and talk to me', she said".
Colour photo with caption: "The Rev. Andrew Wesley and Sandra Campbell at the Truth and Reconciliation gathering in June  in Toronto". The Catholic Apostolic Universal Trust Fund [of the Anglican Foundation] supports the Toronto Urban Native Ministry, a FaithWorks Ministry partner. Founded in 1995 as an ecumenical ministry to more than 70,000 First Nations people living in the Greater Toronto area, it provides opportunities for Native worship and encourages healing through Christian and traditional beliefs".
Bishop Allan spoke on behalf of the Council of the North and stated that the members would be ready to offer themselves as Consultants upon request. Concern was also expressed regarding the complexity of government forms which have to be filled in and the requirement for Social Insurance Numbers. It appears to be nearly impossible for native people to complete the required documents. The House was asked for suggestions in dealing with the Government on behalf of the Inuit.
That the House of Bishops authorize discussion with the Government on this issue, in consultation with the other churches. CARRIED
The Primate welcomed the Reverend Canon Trevor Jones, who since his appointment as Director of Residential Schools and Hostels Division had prepared a comprehensive report, which he presented on request to the House.
"That the Primate appoint a Committee from this House to consider the Recommendations attached to the Report of Canon Trevor Jones and to have power to implement such recommendations as they believe will be for the welfare of our native people, and if necessary to approach both the Roman Catholic Church and Government authorities where they believe necessary, and to report to this House on the whole matter." CARRIED.
The Primate appointed the following Committee:
The Bishop of Quebec (Convenor); the Bishop of the Arctic; the Bishop of Moosonee; the Bishop of Keewatin; the Bishop of Brandon with Canon Jones as Secretary, and power to add.
The Primate expressed the deep gratitude of the House to Canon Jones for his comprehensive report. The Recommendations from Canon Jones' Report are printed below:
1. That the House of Bishops take appropriate action to formulate a policy for the direction of clergy and other workers of the Anglican Church of Canada regarding matters referred to in this memorandum and the relevant documents referred to herein. (See page 1. also pp. 13-21, 24-36.)
2. That the Archbishops and Bishops in civil provincial regions, for example, Quebec, formulate some common agreement on matters dealing with the education and social welfare of our Indian and Eskimo people in all areas of Canada and take appropriate steps to inform Federal and Provincial Governments and all Anglican Church workers in these areas of this policy. (See pp.70-84,128-132).
3. That the House of Bishops consider the appointment of one of their number to be the interpreter of the Anglican Church of Canada's policy on Indian, Metis and Eskimo concerns to all levels of Government, Federal and Provincial, and that the authorities of the Governments and the Church be advised of this appointment. (See pp.74-75).
4. That the House of Bishops ask the Executive Committee of M.S.C.C. in consultation with the G.B.R.E. and C.S.S. to make a study of the recruitment, training, standards, placement and supervision of all personnel engaged in work among Indians, Metis and Eskimos, with particular reference to those serving in isolated areas and to report their findings to the House of Bishops. (See pp. 36-41);
5. That the House of Bishops consider the issuance of a Pastoral urging Clergy to bring before their congregations the great Christian service they can perform in welcoming to their homes, their churches and their communities their fellow Canadians and churchmen of Indian, Metis and Eskimo ancestry. (See pp. 48, 49, 55).
6. That the House of Bishops give consideration to urging that the appropriate Department of General Synod seek budget provision for the employment of a graduate Anglican sociologist, clerical or lay, to guide the Anglican Church of Canada in all levels of its life as to the best means of participating in Community Development programmes and other sociological approaches to the native people of Canada. (See pp. 16, 31-34, 54, 57).
7. That the House of Bishops ask the Youth Division and the Division of College work and Vocations of the G.B.R.E. to take appropriate action to cause Anglican young people to consider seriously vocations in which they can serve Christ and the Church as teachers, sociologists, et., even though employed by Government with particular reference to bi-lingual competence in English and French. (See pp. 31-34, 73).
8. That, with the concurrence of Diocesan Bishops, the M.S.C.C. be asked: (a) to provide copies of the Lagasse Report free of charge to all Anglican Clergy engaged in Indian and Eskimo Work (Se pp. 42-58).
(b) To commend the Marcuse Report on the "Canadian Indian in an Urban Community", to all Diocesan Bishops for study by appropriate Diocesan authorities who may be involved in Indian Metis Friendship Centres, (Se page 63-66).
9. That the House of Bishops ask the various Provincial Synod Boundaries Committees to study the effects on Church work in their areas of the proposed changes in the Federal-Provincial jurisdictions in relation to health and welfare, education, economic and community development and administration, particularly in relation to the situation in Quebec, the Yukon and the Western Arctic. (See pp. 28-29, 67-70, 124-126).
10. That the House of Bishops ask the Provincial Synod of Ontario to initiate a study of the unsatisfactory conditions existing in certain parts of Northern Ontario with respect to Indian and Metis education, health and welfare and the effects of the rapidly accelerating migration of Indians into the urban areas of Southern Ontario and to report their findings to the appropriate authorities in Church and Government at all appropriate levels. (See pp. 85-94).
11. That the House of Bishops seek ways and means of asking the Unit of Research of General Synod to make a study of the Diocese of Yukon and the Western Arctic and to report its findings to the House of Bishops. (See pp. 28-29, 124-126).
12. That the House of Bishops ask the Bishops in the civil provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta to meet together to study the effect on the Church's work of the increasing transferral of Federal Government jurisdiction in the areas of education, health and welfare, economic and community development to Provincial Governments and to make their findings and recommended policy known to all who are involved in the church's work, at all levels. (See pp. 67, 69, 95-107).
13. That the House of Bishops ask the Council for Social Service in consultation with the Archbishop of British Columbia and the responsible Federal and Provincial authorities to study the proposals of the Indian Chief of the Alert Bay Band and report their findings to the appropriate agencies for consideration and possible action. (See pp. 109-120).
The Bishop of Quebec, as Chairman of the Committee on Native Canadians, presented a report. The report will be found as Appendix C to these Minutes
The most pressing need in the Dioceses in the Civil Provinces of Ontario and Quebec where work is done among native people, is for Anglican teachers for day and residential schools. The proper channel by which the needs of the Dioceses and the personnel available in other Dioceses are brought together is the Personnel Division of M.S.C.C. This channel has apparently not been in effective use.
The suggestion was made that recruits for this work are still obtainable in England.
"That the report of the House of Bishops' Committee on Native Canadians be received."
HOUSE OF BISHOPS COMMITTEE ON NATIVE CANADIANS REPORT FOR THE PERIOD AUGUST 1966 to MAY 1967
Your Committee on Native Canadians, under the Chairmanship of the Bishop of Quebec, respectfully submits the following report:
Meetings -- Three meetings of the Committee have been held, at the time of the Quarterly Meetings in November 1966 and in February and May 1967.
ACTION TAKEN BY THE COMMITTEE
1. Following a presentation by the Bishops of Keewatin to the Committee on the plight of Indians who move to urban communities and who lack the means of obtaining a down payment and a mortgage loan on a suitable residence, the Chairman wrote to the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources to enquire whether Government assistance might be provided to meet this need.
A reply was received from Mr. R.F. Battle, Assistant Deputy Minister, Indian Affairs, as follows:
Ottawa 4, June 19, 1967.
The Right Reverend R.F. Brown,
Bishop of Quebec,
Quebec 4, P.Q.
Dear Bishop Brown:
In answer to your enquiry of January 6, 1967, I advised you on January 19, that the administrative details of a program of 'Conditional Grants' for the establishment of Indian families off reserves, to provide housing assistance comparable to that granted Indians on reserves, would be announced soon.
The Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, the Honourable Arthur Laing, announced the details of the Off Reserve Housing Program in the House of Commons on May 16, 1967.
I promised to write to you again when the details had been worked out and I am attaching for your information a copy of the Minister's release after announcing the program now in effect.
Assistant Deputy Minister,
2. MISSIONARY BISHOP'S [sic] CONFERENCE
The Committee received the report and resolutions from the M.S.C.C. Missionary Bishop's [sic] Conference at Aurora in November, 1966.
3. INTER-CHURCH INSTITUTE IN WINNIPEG -- June 12-22, 1967
The Committee received a report from the Bishop of Keewatin on the proposed Inter-Church Institute, to be held in Winnipeg, June 12-22, 1967 for those involved in full-time ministry among Indian and Metis peoples. Some financial support and participation had been arranged with the General Synod inter-departmental Committee on Indian and Eskimo Work.
4. INDIAN EDUCATION IN NORTHERN QUEBEC
The Bishop of Moosonee reported his concern for the fact that a French Roman Catholic Curriculum had been introduced in the Federal Day School at Rupert's House in addition to the Provincial English Protestant Curriculum.
The Secretary of the Committee was subsequently able to arrange a conference at Church House between the Bishop of Moosonee and Messrs. R.F. Davey and Paul Deziel of Indian Affairs Education, Ottawa, with members of M.S.C.C. staff in attendance; to present our concerns about this situation, which had resulted in the Indians of the East Coast of James' Bay sending a protesting Brief to the Prime Minister, Mr. Diefenbaker and Mr. Douglas.
A statement of protest was also sent to the Hon. Arthur Laing by the Bishop of Moosonee on February 28, and letters of protest were sent by the Bishop of Quebec, Chairman of the House of Bishops' Committee, following the May meeting of the Committee, to the Hon. Arthur Laing, to the Minister of Education for the Province of Quebec and to Cardinal Roy.
THE FUTURE OF THIS COMMITTEE
We recommend that this House of Bishops' Committee on Native Canadians be made a Standing Committee of the House of Bishops; to meet at the call of the Chairman, at least once annually.
The Bishop of Quebec reported on behalf of the Committee as follows:
HOUSE OF BISHOPS COMMITTEE ON NATIVE CANADIANS
Action taken by the committee
1. At the suggestion of the Primate the name of the Committee was changed to "The House of Bishops Committee on Native Canadians."
2. The Rev. J.G. Kohner, on behalf of the Planning Board of the Diocese of Montreal proposed that liaison be set up between this Committee and the Montreal Planning Board, with a view to the exchange of information and the possible setting up of a facility in Montreal for the referral of Indians and Eskimos to suitable boarding homes when they visit Montreal and other larger centres for education, hospitalization and employment.
It was agreed that this proposal could be worked out by cooperative action on the part of the Bishops concerned and the Montreal Diocesan Planning Board.
3. The members of the Committee were kept informed of the proposal of the M.S.C.C. Executive Committee to seek a meeting with those Bishops who have Residential Schools and Hostels for Indians and Eskimos in their Dioceses. This meeting has now been arranged at Aurora on November 10 and 11, 1966.
4. The Secretary was asked to make enquiries of the Bishops of those Dioceses which have Catechists' and/or Lay Readers' Schools regarding dates, locations, cost and method of financing, ages, etc.
5. Some time was spent in consideration of the answers to the Questionnaire which had been been sent to all Diocesan Bishops.
Out of these discussions there were questions raised as to whether this Committee should recommend a policy for the Church with respect to encouraging the Indian and Eskimo peoples to regain facility in the use of their native languages as a means of preserving their culture and recapturing their pride of race, along with a facility in the use of English for communicating with non-Indians.
6. There was considerable discussion of the need to establish the responsibility of Government and the Churches in relation to Indians who move from reservations to urban centres and thereby lose their treaty rights.
There was concern expressed also for the large number of Indians who have no reserves or treaties. These Indians are sometimes forced off the lands which they have occupied for generations through the development of roads, mines, oil wells, power developments, etc. What kind of compensation should they be entitled to ?
The opinion was expressed that Government ought to have a continuing responsibility to provide for those Indians who leave the Reserves and go to urban centres, the same services they would be entitled to on the Reserve, including housing assistance, education, health ad welfare services.
The members of the Committee stated again that there is a great need for the recruitment of well qualified and experienced Anglican teachers with a positive sense of Christian vocation to teach in Indian and frontier schools.
Concern was also expressed regarding the poor publicity being broadcast through communications media, which is often out of date and mis-informed about the present policies and programmes of the Churches and various levels of Government. The hope was expressed that more may be done by the Church's communications media to give more adequate and up-to-date information.
"That the Report on Native Canadians be received."