"The council's territory includes 85 per cent of our nation's geography and approximately 15 per cent of out population." (p. 1). "The council faces enormous challenges, to be sure -- great distances between parishes, isolated communities where rates of poverty and suicide are high much higher than the national average, and where climate change is impacting the environment much faster than in the rest of the country" (p. 1). The council "has spent the past few years focused on responding to human need through the development of a suicide prevention strategy. Through the ministry of the Rev. Cynthia Patterson, the council's suicide prevention coordinator, work is progressing with all dioceses in the council to develop prevention programs for their regions" (p. 1). In the north "many communities have as much as 50 per cent of the population base under the age of 20. And northern communities are experiencing growth in the church -- so much so that a number of communities are looking to build new churches" (p. 1). "The Council of the North now oversees and administers the Virtual Church School ... From September 2010 to September 2011, the web page -- with free, downloadable weekly lessons -- welcomed more than 2,500 visitors" (p. 1). "The council has also made advancements this past year in developing a plan to honor the contribution of non-stipendiary (unpaid) clergy who provide countless hours of sacramental ministry while maintaining full-time secular jobs" (p. 4).
Four page insert (1-4) with February 2012 issue of Anglican Journal. Anglican Church of Canada Ministry Report.