Report Number: 012

The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples

The General Synod 2001 agreed to commit itself to walking in partnership with Indigenous Anglicans in Canada and to commend the Working document – Plan of Anglican Work in support of a New Partnership Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Anglicans – A New Agape to dioceses for their study, reflection and action.

A New Agape’s Goal One: Self-determination:

Strategies 1. A self-determining Indigenous Anglican Community

Strategies 2. Church Leadership Training Institutes and Programs

Strategies 3. Indigenous Leadership Training Bursaries

The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples on October 11, 2003 following the Leadership Conference held from the 7 th to the 12 th in Winnipeg affirmed the creation of the Indigenous Covenant Implementation Commission (ICIC) and appointed eight Commissioners, seven Indigenous people from the four Ecclesiastical Provinces plus the Primate’s liaison. They are: The Rev. Mervin Wolfleg, Calgary, Chairperson; Willard Martin, Caledonia; Yolanda Bird, Sask; Verna Firth, Arctic; The Rev. & Chief Ron Evans, Keewatin; Nina Burnham, Huron; Jimmy James Einish, Quebec; and Justice Brian Burrows, Primate’s Liaison.

In November 2003 the Commission began its work and research to respond to Goal One: Strategies 1 of A New Agape. It is our goal to present a final report and model to the General Synod in 2007. The first opportunity to present draft models proposed for discussion to Indigenous church members will be at the Sacred Circle in Manitoba in August 2005.

During the past triennium Faith, Worship and Ministry committee and the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples in the spirit of Covenant partnership, have been working together in the compilation of worship resources. Worship in the Vision of A New Agape – is a collection of worship resources for healing and reconciliation that Faith, Worship and Ministry committee was asked by General Synod 2001 to provide. Please see FWMs report for further information.

We commend this resource to be used by the Church.

Our Indigenous Council joined with EcoJustice Committee and other Standing Committees/ Councils/Boards of the Anglican Church and formed an Anti-RacismWorking Group to make recommendations to the Council of General Synod regarding strategies for carrying forward the Anglican Church’s work on anti-racism. ACIP received the Anti-Racism Charter and supports the continuation of the Anti-Racism work in our national church.

During the past triennium the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples and the national House of Bishops began work together in the spirit of A New Agape and formed a Joint Task Force onNon-Stipendiary Ministry in The Anglican Church of Canada. ACIP agrees with the principles of justice for First Nations, Inuit and Metis ministry and that our church needs a justly-compensated aboriginal ministry. We continue to review the priestly ministry’s qualities, knowledge and skills required for the ministry in Indigenous communities. We continue in our discussions and with the common ground issues and are in agreement that the whole church cannot continue in the injustice for Indigenous communities and those who serve them.

The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples welcomed ‘Partners’ on the Council from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Diocese of New Westminster Native Ministry.

The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples has continued in the General Synod’s priorities of the last triennium in strengthening our mission and partnerships outside Canada. We continue to work with:

The Co-chairs or their designates of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples have continued as Partners on the Council of General Synod; and to the Council of the North.

Summaries of the Healing Fund projects funded and the work of Indigenous Justice done the past triennium follows.

Summary of 2001 Projects Funded – Indigenous Healing Fund

Details of the Indigenous Healing Fund for 2001: 31 projects funded totaling at $337,594.00
Donations made up the differences in each category. ($26,663.94)

Diocesan Initiatives: $100,000.00
Dispersed: $54,246.00
Diocese of Athabasca $ 1,296.00
Diocese of Caledonia $ 5,000.00
Diocese of Rupert’s Land $ 24,850.00
Diocese of Rupert’s land $ 5,000.00
Diocese of Keewatin $ 18,100.00

 

Healing Fund:$200,000.00
Dispersed: $283,348.00
Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, Valley view, AB
$ 5,000.00

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

$ 2,500.00
Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, Forest, ON
$ 15,780.00
Lytton First Nation, Lytton, B.C.
$ 15,000.00
Ishaawin Family Resources, Thunder Bay, ON
$ 5,000.00
B.C. Provincial Residential School Project, Vancouver
$ 38,000.00
At^Iohsa Native Family Healing Centre, London, ON
$ 4,500.00
Aboriginal Neighbours, Parksville, B.C.
$ 2,500.00
Buffalo Jump Collective, Toronto, ON
$ 1,500.00
Tsuu T’ina Culture Museum, Calgary, AB
$ 15,000.00
Moose Cree First Nations, Moose Factory, ON
$ 15,540.00
Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, Sault Ste.Marie, ON
$ 18,400.00
Wellness Committee, Old Masset, BC
$ 500.00
Kashechewan First Nation, Kashechewan, ON
$ 9,500.00
Camp Knowles Society, Fort Qu’Apelle, SK
$ 2,600.00
Stardale Women’s Group Inc. Foundation, Melfort, SK
$ 19,000.00
Aboriginal Neighbours, Nanaimo, BC
$ 3,010.00
Manitoba Metis Federation, Northwest Regional Office, Dauphin, MB
$ 3,000.00
Wabanaki Nations Cultural Resources Centre, Burnt Church, NB
$ 5,460.00
Chawathil First Nation, Hope, BC
$ 16,700.00
Upper St’at’imc Language, Cultural Education Society, Lillooet, BC
$ 15,300.00
Health Sciences Center, Winnipeg, MB
$ 7,100.00
Surrey Aboriginal Cultural Society, Surrey, BC
$ 21,000.00
The Canadian Bible Society Montreal District
$ 8,518.00
Buffalo Jump Artists’ Collective, Toronto, ON
$ 2,000.00
Missanabie First Nation, Garden River, ON
$ 30,940.00

Summary of 2002 Projects Funded – Indigenous Healing Fund

Details of the Indigenous Healing Fund for 2002: 39 projects funded totaling at $373,243.00
Donations made up the differences in each category.

Diocese Initiatives: $100,000.00
Dispersed: $109,428.00

Diocese of the Arctic

$20,000
(2 projects)
Diocese of Brandon
$26,928
Diocese of British Columbia
$8,500
(2 projects)
Diocese of Keewatin
$10,000
Diocese of Rupert’s Land
$9,000
Diocese of Saskatchewan
$15,000
Anglican Parishes of Central Interior
$20,000

 

Healing Fund:$200,000.00
Dispersed: $238,845.00

Adah’Dene Cultural Healing Camp Society, Fort St. James

$ 5,000
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto $ 1,000
Naut’sa Maut Tribal Council, Delta BC $10,000
The Simon Charlie Society, Duncan BC $ 7,000
Sunset Women’s Aboriginal Circle, Sioux Lookout, ON $ 6,900
Northern Tutchone Council, Pelly Crossing, YK $15,000
Ishaawin Family Resources, Thunder Bay ON $ 9,450
Our Mother’s Guiding Hand, Chase BC $ 8,000
Union of New Brunswick Indians, Fredericton NB $ 9,600
Indian Brook First Nation Healing Conference $ 5,000
Grollier Hall Residential School Healing Circle $ 3,570
U’mista Cultural Centre – Alert Bay BC $10,000
The Residential School Survivors Society-Vancouver $30,000
Equay-Wuk (Women’s Group), Sioux Lookout, ON $10,700
Snuneymuxw First Nation, Nanaimo, BC $18,000
Esquimalt Nation, Victoria, BC $12,000
Saanich Heritage Society, Brentwood Bay, BC $ 5,000
Terrace Community Group, Terrace, BC $ 4,200
The Change of Seasons Society, Vancouver, BC $ 9,000
Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, MB $ 9,100
Daylu Dena Council, Lower Post, BC $15,000
Hinton Friendship Centre, Hinton, SK $15,000
Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton, Edmonton, AB $ 8,450
Aboriginal Neighbours Program (MCCONorth), Timmins, ON $ 5,200
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Toronto, ON $ 2,100
Barrie Area Native Advisory Group, Barrie, ON $ 4,575

 

2002 Lutheran Life Insurance Society of Canada: $50,000
Dispersed: $24,970.00
Amount Remaining: $25,030.00
Little Shuswap Indian Band, Chase, BC $3,200
Gospel Jamboree, The Pas, MB $5,000
Regina Survivors and Victims of Residential School Inc. $1,650
Ojibway of the Pic River First Nation, Pic River, ON $15,120

 

Summary of 2003 Projects Funded – Indigenous Healing Fund

April 2003: 19 projects funded at $168,883.00
November 2003: 19 projects funded at $178,130.00
Donations received up to November 2003 - $26,795.32
Total number of projects for 2003: 38 projects at $347,013.00

Healing Fund Annual Budget: $300,000.00

Diocese of the Arctic – Rankin Inlet Conference
$10,000
Diocese of Brandon – Healing Project
$20,000
Diocese of Rupert’s Land – Healing Gathering
$6,750
Diocese of the Arctic- Training for Healing & Reconciliation– Iqaluit
$5,000
Diocese of Brandon- Henry Budd College for Ministry- Healing Conference
$2,500
Aboriginal Neighbours-Pilgrimage Towards Right Relationship
$3,000
Adah’Dene Cultural Healing Camp Society-Cultural Healing Camp
$8,000
Biidaban: Holistic Healing Centre-Youth and Elders’ Gathering
$9,900
The Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association
$5,000
Constance Lake First Nation-Traditional Seasonal Ceremony
$6,400
Lac Seul First Nation-Healing Our Experience
$10,000
Lake of the Woods Cultural Centre-A Traditional Healing Gathering
$6,000
Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society-Language & Culture Immersion
$13,650
Nuxalk Nation-Restoration of Nuxalk Nation Language
$5,850
Our Mother’s Guiding Hand Society-Program Management Training
$16,148

Toronto Urban Native Ministry-Restoring Right Relationships

$7,000
U’mista Cultural Centre- St. Michael’s Residential School
$6,745
Webequie First Nation Residential School Survivors Group
$15,000
Body Wisdom Training and Consulting
$12,500
Daylu Dena Council-Healing Project Team
$13,600
Doig River First Nation - Walk in Balance Wellness Conference
$5,000
Kwakiult Band Council- HA’SA-BREATH Teachings of the Elders
$10,500
Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Wellness Centre-Re-Parenting Staff Training
$12,000
Long Plain First Nations- Indian Residential School Museum of Canada
$5,000
Metlakatla Band- Preparing for the Futures Group
$11,180
Native Men’s Residence- Healing and Reconciliation at Tumivut
$15,600
(The) Red Women’s Society-Healing Lodge for Residential School Survivors
$10,000
Taku River Tlingit First Nation-Healing Project
$15,400
T’itq’et Administration-T’itq’et Healing Project
$5,350
Touchwood Agency Tribal Council-Ketayak and Kichi-Anishnebek Project
$10,000
Windigo First Nations Council-WFNC Wheel of Life Project
$25,700
William Winter School of Ministry-Forgiveness and the Journey Gathering
$10,000
Women of the Métis Nation in Ontario- Conference to Address Violence
$4,000

 

Lutheran Life Insurance Society of Canada Gift: $50,000.00
Dispersed: $49,210.00 (from 2001-2003) Amount Remaining: $790
The NEXT Generation Youth Association-Workshops
$7,500
Shamattawa Youth Ministry-Community Youth Program
$7,500
Swampy Cree Tribal Council-Community Youth Program Youth
$4,440
Ininew Friendship Centre- Snowy Owl Children’s Circle
$1,000
Little Shuswap Indian Band- Intergenerational Family Circle Project
$3,800

 


An outline of the projects funded from 1992-2003:

1992 to 1995 18 projects funded total amount
$239,020
1996 to 1998 11 projects funded total amount
$133,500
1999 20 projects funded total amount
$139,941
2000 17 projects funded total amount
$113,613
2001 31 projects funded total amount
$337,594
2002 39 projects funded total amount
$373,243
2003 38 projects funded total amount
$347,013
Total Projects Funded from 1992 to end of 2003: 174 projects totaling $1,683,942.00

Brief Summary by category of projects funded:

Conference/Gatherings/Reunions $424,079 25%
Resources Development $51,916 4%
Training $362,098 22%
Community Program Development $226,725 13%
Language/Translation $82,168 5%
Community Healing Workshops $105,220 6%
Healing Workshops $124,928 7%
Community Healing Services $93,130 6%
Children/Youth $97,410 6%
Traditional Activities $84,680 5%
Other $31,570 2%
Total $1,683,924 100%

Indigenous Justice Report to General Synod

The Indigenous Justice Joint Working Group (IJWG) was established early in the triennium. IJWG is a joint working group of members appointed by the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) and the EcoJustice Committee that serves as a consultative body on Aboriginal rights issues. Members met face-to-face and once in conjunction with ACIP and once with the EcoJustice Committee. IJWG identified 3 central priorities for action: 1) First Nations Governance Act and related legislation; 2) Water/Aboriginal Fishing Rights; and 2) Anti-Racism. Over the course of the triennium, IJWG developed terms of reference, guiding principles, ways of working, and a plan for communicating more effectively with local FN/Aboriginal communities and parishes.

Bills C7 (First Nations Governance Act), C6 & C19

In September 2001, the Primate sent a letter to Prime Minister Chrétien and federal ministers regarding the proposed First Nations Governance Act, as per General Synod Resolution A120. In 2002, public education materials were developed and mailed to dioceses and a binder of background information regarding the suite of legislation was compiled. In May 2002, ACIP issued a message of support to the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs gathering in Ottawa. In August, ACIP reported to the House of Bishops regarding the FNGA.

In 2003, IJ staff, under the direction of IJWG and ACIP chairs, assisted in public education and political actions by providing bishops and dioceses with information updates. Recommendations emphasized parish advocacy work, including writing to Members of Parliament and participating in hearings of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs. General Synod staff and some Anglican priests or their representatives appeared before the Standing Committee.

In May 2003, IJ staff supported the First Nations cross-country caravan and other public demonstrations, joining hundreds of supporters on Parliament Hill and in Kenora, Ontario. IJ staff also monitored Standing Committee hearings and attended Assembly of First Nations meetings to remain consistent with their Aboriginal Title, Rights and Treaties position. As of January 2004, Bills C-7 and C-19 (Fiscal Institutions Act) died on the Order paper. Bill C-6 (Canadian Centre for the Independent Resolution of First Nations Specific Claims) passed into law. First Nations are awaiting policy decisions from the new Liberal government.

New Agape Binder

In November 2001, the Council of General Synod affirmed the Binder Project and designated the Mission Coordination Group as responsible for its coordination. In 2002, Indigenous Justice staff, in conjunction with Partnerships staff, produced the New Agape Binder, which contains stories, worship resources, resource lists, and background information to support parishes and dioceses in their work of building right relationships with Indigenous people. In January 2003, binders were distributed to diocesan offices, Indigenous parishes, standing committees, and justice networks. During the period of production and distribution, staff members also made presentations and conducted workshops at various diocesan synods and events.

Stories of New Agape events and struggles continue to be collected. An update of the New Agape binder is tentatively scheduled for distribution in Spring 2005.

National Forum on Indigenous Water Rights. In 2003, the Working Group initiated a coalition of churches, Aboriginal communities and organizations, churches, and civil society groups to organize a national forum highlighting Indigenous rights related to water. Our Waters, Our Responsibility: Indigenous Water Rights will take place on May 13-15, 2004 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 75 Aboriginal leaders and activists from civil society, environmental, and church organizations will be invited to attend, with the goals of developing stronger networks and developing regional, national, and international strategies to address Indigenous water rights issues.

Sisters in Spirit Campaign. In March 2004, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) will launch the Sisters in Spirit Campaign, a campaign to raise public awareness of the disappearances and murders of 500 Aboriginal women in Canada and to call for the establishment of a $10 million federal fund.

The Working Group partnered with NWAC and the United Church of Canada (UCC) to develop the Sisters in Spirit poster. IJ staff also produced an insert of liturgical resources. Posters and inserts were distributed to Anglican parishes and dioceses through the January 2004 Ministry Mailer. IJ staff members are working with NWAW and UCC to organize launch events and to circulate posters to church partners, Aboriginal organizations, and women’s and justice networks across the country.

Indian Act Educational Materials . IJWG is developing an educational resource to raise awareness of the history of the Indian Act and its implications for Aboriginal peoples. These materials will support current and future campaigns related to federal efforts to amend the Indian Act. In September 2003, IJWG held an initial consultation with an educator and an expert on federal Aboriginal policy to identify a focus and format for the materials. Further consultations, research, and pilots of draft materials will be conducted in 2004. Materials will be completed and distributed to Anglican parishes, church partners, and solidarity networks in early 2005.

Kairos-Aboriginal Rights Committee. ACIP nominated and ACC affirmed Larry Beardy as the Anglican representative on Kairos-ARC for the past triennium. To ensure full communication, the Kairos-ARC representative also served as a liaison with IJWG. IJ staff attended meetings of Kairos-ARC.

Over the triennium, IJWG members and staff worked closely with Kairos-ARC staff and members regarding FNGA-related urgent action campaigns, FNGA workshops, Caravan to Ottawa activities, Sisters in Spirit poster distribution, and plans for the Indigenous water rights forum.

Project Support. During the past triennium, the Indigenous Justice Working Group approved grants in support of the following projects:

Network Support. As part of building stronger networks with national and international Aboriginal organizations, the Working Group provided travel funds to ensure participation of Indigenous elders and leaders at: