Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
Terms of Reference
(from appendix E of the Handbook of General Synod)
It has been the philosophy and spirituality of indigenous ministry with The Anglican Church of Canada to strengthen and support the indigenous peoples of Canada, (Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis) spiritually, socially, economically and politically in line with our needs and aspirations by recognizing that the purity of the land base provides for all our needs; and that as active participants in the life of the Church, the indigenous peoples will strive for reconciliation with the Anglican Communion towards the common objective that indigenous people have the right to self-determination.
The mission of indigenous ministries is to share the cultural differences in the Church. Our task
through our various ministries is to share the vision of a journey of spiritual renewal through prayerful dialogue in the good news of Jesus Christ.
In 1995, The Anglican Church of Canada accepted and affirmed the Covenant adopted by the Council pledging, “Under the guidance of God’s spirit we agree to do all we can to call our people into unity in a new self-determining community within The Anglican Church of Canada. To this end, we extend the hand of partnership to all those who will help us build a truly Anglican Indigenous Church in Canada. May God bless this new vision and give us grace to accomplish it.”
The Council (Native Ministries) was established by Act 30 of the 1975 General Synod (maximum 20 people) and again by Act 23 of the 1980 General Synod giving Council members the responsibility to carry the concerns of the people directly to the National Executive Council (Council of General Synod) and General Synod.
The Membership structure established by Act 59 of the 1989 General Synod is as follows:
- Council Members be indigenous people,
- Council Member be an active member of The Anglican Church of Canada,
- Council Member participates, where appropriate, in urban indigenous ministry,
- Council Member be engaged in active service in the life of the diocese.
- Formula: One representative from each Diocese with an indigenous Anglican congregation or an urban indigenous population. Those dioceses whose indigenous Anglican population is at least 45% of the total Anglican population for that diocese be entitled to representation as follows:
- Arctic Diocese — 3 (1 from western Arctic and 2 from eastern Arctic)
- Keewatin Diocese — 2 (northern Manitoba, northwestern Ontario)
- Moosonee Diocese — 1
- The Primate shall be entitled to appoint up to 4 members, keeping in mind the principle of affirmative action to enable representation of women, youth, and Elder.
- The full Council shall meet annually for four days each winter.
- The Chair’s Advisory Group and the subcommittees and/or working groups shall meet and/or by conference call as necessary and as budget permits.
The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples is currently made up of 20 Aboriginal, Inuit and Metis, clergy and lay people from sixteen dioceses within The Anglican Church of Canada. Most members are from the ten dioceses within the Council of the North.
Term of Office
Each council member shall serve for a three-year term, with a maximum of two consecutive terms (six years).
The Council shall:
- make the work of the Anglican Church known to indigenous communities.
- support the work of indigenous lay and ordained ministry on reserves, territories and urban, assuring that youth and elders concerns are met and that they have full access to resources, education, translations, training and other programs.
- develop indigenous forms of church governance and decision-making and ways for indigenous congregations to move toward self-sufficiency.
- encourage the Church to recognize and affirm the rightful place of indigenous people at all levels of decision making and respect the circle and consensus model of decision making.
- through their sub-committee, the Residential Schools Advisory Group, develop and oversee policy regarding the church’s response to the legacy and the administration of the church’s aboriginal healing and reconciliation fund.
- encourage the church as a whole to be involved in advocating for justice for indigenous peoples.
- coordinate work with other committees and councils through the Mission Coordination Group.
Updated June, 1998
The Rev Hannah Alexie (Arctic)
The Ven. Larry Beardy (Keewatin)
The Ven. Sidney Black (co-chair, Calgary)
The Rev. Norm Casey (co-chair, Huron)
Ms. Caroline Chum (Moosonee)
The Rev. Canon Ginny Doctor (Partner from Episcopal Diocese of Alaska)
The Ven. Adam Halkett (Saskatchewan)
Ms. Sylvia D. James (Rupert’s Land)
Ms. Freda Lepine (Brandon)
The Right Rev. Lydia Mamakwa (Northern Ontario Region)
Mr. Willard Martin (Caledonia) (alternate: Arlene Hollywood-Roberts)
Ms. Ruby Sandy-Robinson (Quebec) (alternate: Jimmy James Einish)