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 Rt. Rev. J. Allan and the Rev. R. Johns reported on the Personnel Pilot Project. A paper was distributed entitled "Deployment of Clergy" after which Bishop Allan spoke.
"That guidelines be drawn up in relation to the courtesies that should be observed in obtaining clergy." CARRIED
It was agreed that these guidelines would be drawn up and brought back to the House for approval. It was further agreed that the Nominating Committee recommend to the House the membership of a Guidelines Committee.
Bishop Allan reported on the obtaining of adequately trained personnel to work in the North. Three pilot projects to encourage personnel for work in the North were suggested:
(a) Vocations Conference for Theology Students
(b) Vocations Conference for those recently ordained
(c) Deployment Consultation among Bishops.
Various types of training for theology students were discussed and it was the general concensus of the House that this should be a concern of the whole of the Canadian Church.
The Bishops were reminded of a resolution passed in 1973 to this effect:
"We recommend that the names of all postulants be registered with the Personnel Office and that the sponsoring Bishop identify the men whom he will not be able to place within his own diocese, and that this notice be given no later than the beginning of the postulants final year in seminary."
"That the above three Personnel Pilot Projects be approved for implementation." CARRIED