"In the wake of July's  vote on same-sex marriage at General Synod, Indigenous Anglicans in Canada intend to 'proceed towards self-determination with urgency', three Indigenous bishops say". "On September 22 , National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald; Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, of the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh; and Bishop Adam Halkett, of Missinipi, released a joint statement they say was requested by an Indigenous circle that met after the results of July's vote were revealed. ... The statement voiced displeasure both with the decision and the process by [which] it was made, and expressed desire for a more self-determining Indigenous Anglican community in Canada". "Particularly painful, the bishops said, was the 'silencing' of an elder during debate on the floor of synod. On July 12 , after the final results of the vote on the marriage canon had been announced, the Rev. Martha Spence, of the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh, rose to address synod. But the discussion had already been declared closed, and Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church, asked her not to speak". "Since the release of the statement, MacDonald added, the primate had apologized to Spence -- directly by phone, and by mail -- and the bishops are happy with his response" (p. 11). "The bishops said they voted against changing the marriage canon not as a statement against anyone, but as an expression of their own understanding of marriage -- an understanding they said is closely tied to their concept of creation" (p. 15).