"Indigenous Anglicans in northwestern Ontario and northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan can expect soon to have their own suffragan (assistant) bishops after decisions made at the spring 2018 synod of the ecclesiastical province of Rupert's Land. Meeting in Edmonton May 3-6 , the synod voted to create two new Indigenous suffragan bishop positions to help Lydia Mamakwa, bishop of the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh, provide pastoral care and leadership to Oji-Cree and Cree-speaking Anglicans. One of the bishops will be responsible for the part of northern Ontario that falls within Mishamikoweesh, which itself straddles northwestern Ontario and northeastern Manitoba. The other new bishop will cover the Manitoba area of Mishamikoweesh, plus a number of largely Indigenous parishes further to the west that fall within the dioceses of Brandon and Saskatchewan" (p. 1, 7). "It is hoped the northern Manitoba bishop will be elected as early as this fall , MacDonald says. No timeline has been set for the election of the northern Ontario bishop, Mamakwa says" (p. 7). National Indigenous Bishop, Mark MacDonald, said the new bishops "'will provide direct assistance to people who are dealing with some of the most intense social challenges that you will find on our continent'. They will also provide confirmation to the many young Anglicans in these areas and help identify future leaders -- lay readers, catechists, deacons and priests, he adds" (p. 7). "Funding for the new positions, MacDonald says, is likely to come from a number of sources" (p. 7).