"Bishop David Ashdown of the diocese of Keewatin was elected metropolitan (archbishop) of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land at the June  provincial synod at Holy Cross Church in Calgary. He succeeds Bishop John Clarke, who retired as metropolitan in July 2008. This was the first Rupert's Land election in which the entire synod elected the metropolitan. All 10 provincial diocesan bishops are eligible for election". Archbishop Ashdown "cited an area mission in northern Manitoba where 'we are trying to get an indigenous bishop on the ground to serve the people of two dioceses while they are still part of the parent diocese'. He also spoke of a northern Ontario region in the diocese of Keewatin that hopes to become its own diocese".