Reproduced from the Anglican Communion News Service. "Bishop Gordon Beardy of Keewatin formally forgave the church for its past dealings with indigenous peoples at a native healing ceremony during the recent [July 2001] meeting of the General Synodof the Anglican Church of Canada. The forgiveness comes eight years after the Primate, Archbishop Michael Peers, apologized on behalf of the church for its part in the residential school system. That apology was accepted at the time by the elders at the national native convocation held in Minaki, Ontario in 1993. As the Primate stood quietly beside him, head bowed, Bishop Beardy -- who Synod members only expected to deliver a dismissal -- made clear that he spoke not as a bishop, but as a native person who had attended residential school".