"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).
"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".
Marty Levesque, who once "styled his hair in thick spikes pointing skyward ... wearing a leather jacket and jeans ... looked like a punk rocker", "found his spiritual home in the Anglican Church". After a troubled youth, drug addiction and some time spent on the streets, Levesque was able to complete an apprenticeship and graduate from college as a licensed mechanic. With the support of the community of St. Mary the Virgin Anglican church in Ottawa, and its rector the Rev. Ray Fletcher, Levesque discerned a vocation to ministry. He attended seminary at Huron University College in London, Ont. "During his time at seminary, he volunteered at London's Daily Bread food bank. He related to people. 'They're like my people', he says. 'Send me down with the drug addicts and the homeless and I'll tell them all about God'. Levesque graduated with distinction and was ordained to the diaconate last spring . On Nov. 30 , he was priested and became the rector at St. Andrew's Memorial in London. When asked about his vision for ministry, he says he wants to work with a vibrant worshipping community that lives missionally. He already has a plan to turn an empty plot of land owned by St. Andrew's into a community garden, where people can use the plots in return for a tenth of the produce they grow. 'We'll bless it on our altar, we'll send it up to the Daily Bread and the fellowship centre will feed people', says Levesque. 'My ministry is about teaching people to be disciples who are going to engage as Christians 24/7'."