"Anglicans across Canada are being called to demonstrate -- in the 22 days following the closing event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission -- that this ending is only the beginning of healing and reconciliation with Canada's Indigenous people. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald have issued a call to the whole church today to participate in #22days, a campaign that will stretch from the start of the closing of TRC event in Ottawa on May 31  to National Aboriginal Day on June 21 . 22days was first conceived of by a group of cathedral deans from cities in which a national TRC event was held and was 'heartily endorsed' by the House of Bishops" (p. 10). "The General Synod communications team has created a web page -- 22days.ca -- that will offer resources, including 22 videos featuring former residential school students and staff describing their experiences in the schools. The videos are not the typical 30-second sound bytes people are used to viewing on television, they are about 15 to 20 minutes each, in order to tell the stories in a more whole and sensitive way, said Anglican Video senior producer Lisa Barry. One video will be added daily to the website during the 22-day period and each will be accompanied by a prayer, written by various people in the church" (p. 11).
"The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has issued an appeal for Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, which has been responding to the needs of civilians wounded and displaced by the Israeli operations against Palestinian militants in Gaza that began in July . At press time, more than 1,800 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed in the conflict" (p. 1). "Canon John Organ, a Canadian who is serving in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem as chaplain to Bishop Suheil Dawani, described the dire situation in Gaza and at the hospital in an interview with the Anglican Journal" (p. 1) on 18 July 2014. "Organ also spoke of the challenges for the hospital, which he said has been running on a 'skeleton budget' since it lost funding that the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees had provided for decades. Since the end of 2012, there has been no major sponsor and the hospital has run on individual contributions, but it cannot provide the care it once did" (p. 1, 3). "PWRDF, the relief and development arm of the Anglican Church of Canada, has sent an initial grant of $25,000 to Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), which has been providing support to the hospital in the form of fuel, medications, medical supplies and psychosocial support for thousands of women and children affected by the offensive" (p. 3).
"When the House of Bishops met in Niagara Falls, Ont., from April 13 to 17 , they discussed some contentious issues, including possible amendments to the marriage canon and a call from the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) for significant changes to church structures. But Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said there was, nevertheless, 'a spirit of hopefulness' at the gathering". "The bishops discussed the document, 'Where We Are Today: Twenty Years after the Covenant, an Indigenous Call to Church Leadership', in terms of what they thought needed more clarification, what they found encouraging and what they found challenging." "Hiltz observed that what underlies much of these discussions is the question, 'What is everybody's understanding of self-determination ?' This is a conversation that needs to continue, he said. People are not sure what self-determination will mean in terms of concrete changes, said Hiltz". "Bishops also endorsed the #22days campaign calling Anglicans to commit to working toward healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. ... Hiltz noted that Bishop Robert Hardwick of the diocese of Qu'Appelle shared plans to ring church bells for murdered and missing women and girls, and other bishops decided that could be done in all of their dioceses".