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Church leaders support Wet'suwet'en as some agreement emerges

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Author
Kidd, Joelle
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2020 April
Author
Kidd, Joelle
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2020 April
Volume
146
Issue
4
Page
1, 13
Notes
"On March 1 [2020], hereditary chiefs of the Wet'su'weten Nation and senior government ministers announced they had reached 'a proposed arrangement to acknowledge land title rights established more than 20 years ago in a Supreme Court decision', according to reporting by the CBC. The agreement, still tentative as of press time, came after months of conflict over the proposed construction of a pipeline through Wet'su'weten territory. No agreement on the future of the pipeline was reached. In the midst of that conflict, leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, declared support of the hereditary chiefs" (p. 1). "The Anglican Church of Canada also released a statement Feb. 11 [2020], signed by [National Indigenous Archbishop Mark] MacDonald; Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; Archbishop Melissa Skelton, metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of British Columbia and Yukon; and several other bishops. MacDonald also penned two online opinion pieces on the matter. Some Anglicans publicly disagreed with the church leadership's stance, taking to social media and sending letter urging Anglicans to avoid 'taking sides' in conflicts. Joseph Quesnel of Tracadie, N.S., wrote the 'Journal's' editor to share his own concerns about the Feb. 11 statement" (p. 13). "In 'Why I stand with the five traditional leaders of Wet'su'weten -- especially now', posted Feb. 25 [2020], MacDonald addressed the 'anger and divisiveness' generated by the conflict and expressed solidarity. 'The claim of the five traditional chiefs contradicts the approval of the pipeline by locally elected leaders, elected under a system imposed by the Canadian government', he wrote. .... All who disagree with the five chiefs should be respected, especially the elected officials'" (p. 13).
Subjects
Wet'suwet'en - Land tenure
Pipelines - British Columbia
Pipelines - Canada
Pipelines - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Claims
Indigenous peoples - British Columbia - Claims
Conflict management - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
MacDonald, Mark L. (Mark Lawrence), 1954-
Quesnel, Joseph
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Dene Nation : the struggle of Canada's internal colony for self-determination

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/catalog4789
Publication Date
1977
Material Type
Book
Location
OTCH
Call Number
E 99 T56 D46 1977
Place
Geneva
Publisher
World Council of Churches
Publication Date
1977
Physical_Description
43 p. : ill., maps, ports.
Material Type
Book
Notes
Cover title: No last frontier.
Vol. 13, No. 2 (1977) of "Risk" magazine published in Geneva by the World Council of Churches.
"The text and photographs of this issue come from Dene sources prepared and edited by Hugh McCullem [sic i.e. McCullum] of the Interchurch Project on Northern Development - Project North". -- p. [44].
Risk editor: Rex Davis.
Bibliography: p. 38-40.
This "is the story of an aboriginal people in the northwestern part of Canada -- the Dene -- who, in solidarity with other native peoples of Canada, are engaged in a struggle for self-determination" [p. 3]. "This RISK in presented in collaboration with the Programme to Combat Racism. The manuscript was put together from Dene sources by Hugh McCullum at the request of Baldwin Sjollema. It, in part, reflects the booklet prepared in Canada to inform Canadians of the Dene case. But there is much new material -- explaining for example, the history of the Treaties and the role of the churches. There is also the advantage of bringing into this issue some salient quotations from the report of Mr. Justice Berger" [p. 5]. -- Introduction.
"The reason we appreciate the World Council of Churches publishing this RISK is that the Dene need support from international churches and communities if we are to survive in the immediate future. A massive development scheme, starting with a 48-inch natural gas pipeline, and ultimately to include oil pipelines, roads, a railway, hydro dams, a communication system are all planned for our historical homeland." -- Foreword, p. 7.
Contents: Introduction / Rex Davis -- Foreword / Georges Erasmus -- The Treaties -- The Struggle -- The Proposed Agreement -- The Dene Declaration -- Quote from a Dene -- The Agreement -- Authority -- The Churches -- Support -- Bibliography.
Section on "The Churches" pp. 32-34 includes mention of the Anglican Church of Canada and Project North.
Added Entry
No last frontier
Risk
Davis, Rex (Bernard Rex), 1933-
Erasmus, Georges (Georges Henry), 1948-
McCullum, Hugh (Hugh Brecken), 1931-2008
Project North
World Council of Churches. Programme to Combat Racism
Subjects
Dene - Northwest Territories
Pipelines - Northwest Territories
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Self-determination
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Government relations - 1951-
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
Dene - Government relations
Pipelines - Canada
Mackenzie Valley Pipeline (N.W.T.) - Environmental aspects
Mackenzie Valley Pipeline (N.W.T.) - Religious aspects - Christianity
Indigenous peoples in conservation of natural resources - Canada
Call Number
E 99 T56 D46 1977
Location
OTCH
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Northern Gateway Pipeline #035-04-12-05

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Date
2012 May 24-27
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 20-05-12
Date
2012 May 24-27
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 20-05-12
Mover
The Ven. Dr. Lynne McNaughton
Seconder
The Most Rev. Colin Johnson
Text
THAT the statement of the House of Bishops of British Columbia and Yukon regarding the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline be received by the Council of General Synod
and THAT the General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada write to the Prime Minister indicating support of this statement by the Council of General Synod and urging integrity and fairness with an opportunity for all voices to be heard in the National Energy Board hearings.
ADOPTED #20-05-12
Subjects
Pipelines - Canada
Pipelines - Environmental aspects - Northwest Territories
Northern Gateway Pipeline
Ecology - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Public Social Responsibility Unit

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Date
1981 May 13-15
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1981 May 13-15
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Dr. E.W. Balcom
Seconder
Canon K.L. Genge
Prologue
Moved by Rt. Rev. M.G. Peers, seconded by Rt. Rev. J.S.P. Snowden,
That National Executive Council send a letter to the Federal Cabinet urging the Government to postpone a decision on the Norman Wells Pipeline until the aboriginal claims of the Dene Nation have been initiated, settled and implemented.
Text
That the motion be amended to read:
That National Executive Council send a letter to the Federal Cabinet urging the Government to postpone a decision on the Norman Wells Pipeline until the aboriginal claims of the Dene Nation have been negotiated, settled and implemented to the satisfaction of the Native people.
The motion, as amended, was put and CARRIED.
Subjects
Dene
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Claims - Anglican Church of Canada
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Government relations - 1951-
Indigenous peoples - Canada
Pipelines - Canada
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Put People Before Resource Development -- Anglicans Urge

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Date
[1980 October]
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
[1980 October]
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
[No date] [Toronto, Ont.]
For immediate release on distribution
"The Church has never said there not be development in the North. We are simply very concerned that governments and corporations not make decisions about resource development before they deal with the needs, aspirations and claims of the people involved." That is the feeling expressed by the Rev. Clarke Raymond, Executive Director of Program for the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, as he prepared to give evidence at the National Energy Board hearings on the Norman Wells Pipeline application on October 27, 1980.
Raymond's presentation, part of the intervention by the Committee for Justice and Liberty Foundation, traced the concerns for Native self-determination, the environment and the nature of Canadian northern development which the Anglican Church has expressed since its publication of 'Beyond Traplines' in 1969. Through resolutions at its General Synod, participation in 'Project North', representations to the Berger Commission and in the work of the Church's Unit on Public Social Responsibility, the Anglican Church has consistently focused on the moral, social and environmental issues related to energy and other resource development projects in the North.
The N.E.B. is in a position to make recommendations which can be acted upon by the Federal Cabinet without recourse to Parliamentary debate of the issues involved. The Anglican Church, with other denominations, church groups and Native Peoples' organizations, is presently opposing a similar situation in which Amax Corporation has been given permission, by Order-in-Council to by-pass federal regulations and dump 100 million metric tons of toxic heavy metals into Alice Arm, British Columbia. There is, therefore, fear that the same by-passing of Common debate could happen in relation to the Norman Wells Pipeline.
The full text of the General Synod statement is attached.
[Text of statement not included in electronic database.]
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For further information, please contact:
The Rev. L. Clarke Raymond (at hearings in Yellowknife)
or
The Rev. Peter Hamel
Consultant in National Affairs
Anglican Church of Canada
600 Jarvis St.
Toronto. Telephone (4160 924-9192, ext. 248
Subjects
Norman Wells Pipeline
Pipelines - Environmental aspects - Northwest Territories
Pipelines - Canada
Canada, Northern - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Claims
Indigenous peoples in conservation of natural resources - Canada
AMAX, Inc.
National Energy Board of Canada
Corporate social responsibility - Anglican Church of Canada
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