That the Council of General Synod confirms its adoption by e-mail voting of the following motion:
“That this Council of General Synod authorizes the Primate and the Acting General Secretary or the General Secretary to do all things necessary to give effect to the Agreement in Principle entered into on November 20, 2005 between Canada, as represented by the Hon. Frank Iacobucci, Plaintiffs, as represented by the National Consortium, Merchant Law Group and other legal counsel, The Assembly of First Nations, The General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada, The Presbyterian Church in Canada, The United Church of Canada and Roman Catholic Entities, and without restricting the generality of the foregoing, authorizes the Primate and the Acting General Secretary or the General Secretary to:
(a) execute all documents necessary to amend the Settlement Agreement entered into on March 11, 2003 between the Government of Canada, The General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada, The Missionary Society of The Anglican Church of Canada, and The Anglican Church of Canada Resolution Corporation, in accordance with section 8.1 of that Settlement Agreement, so as to incorporate provisions no less favourable than those in any settlement agreement concluded by the Government of Canada with any denomination or church entity other than the Anglican Entities with respect to IRS Abuse Claims arising from Indian Residential Schools, and
(b) instruct legal counsel for the purpose of giving the consent of the Council of General Synod to the certification of any class actions and to the making of any settlement orders required to give effect to any final settlement agreement between the parties to the Agreement in Principle of November 20, 2005.” CARRIED #02-05-06
Archdeacon Jim Boyles presented the report of the officers. He reviewed the "for information" items, invited comments/questions and responded to same. Archdeacon Boyles spoke to the section of the report dealing with Residential Schools, in particular with the section addressing four concerns raised by ACIP in its press statement of March 11th.
That the Council of General Synod thank the dioceses and all Anglicans for their support of the Settlement Agreement.
Speaking to the motion, Mr. Todd Russell, disagreed that "all Anglicans" support the agreement and emphasized the need for more communication between aboriginal and non-aboriginal Anglicans. He stressed, however, that the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples fully supports the Primate.
Motion to table
Moved by: Archdeacon Helena-Rose Houldcroft
Seconded by: Canon Grant Hyslop
That the motion be tabled. DEFEATED
The mover and seconder agreed to remove the words "all Anglicans" and add the word "members of the Church". The amended motion now reads:
That the Council of General Synod thank the dioceses and members of the Church for their support of the Settlement Agreement. CARRIED #04-05-03