Due to limitations around the COVID-19 Pandemic, the full list of recent projects is unavailable. The following is are some recent projects funded by the Anglican Healing Fund:
“Music for the Spirit” was an exhilarating approach for Indigenous language acquisition and the revitalization of an Indigenous language for the young people of the Six Nations of southern Ontario. This stirring project received a Juno Award and was much enjoyed by the young people, their families and their communities. What a triumph!
“NEECHI Circle,” a unique land-based healing approach for our relatives living in the downtown core of the city of Toronto. They came together for support ~ to give and to receive. Every Thursday they meet, no matter if there is a blizzard swirling around the park, or heavy fall of torrential rain, or under the blazing heat of a hot summer days, or the joy of a mild winter days, or in the coolness of a spring day or coming across the scatterings of the colorful autumn leaves. Our relatives are immersed in the elements of life. At each circle the relatives bring out their drums and sing their songs. What a sight to behold ~ the smiling faces of the people as they sing the melodies of their songs! A most heart rendering ceremony that had not been witnessed for a long time occurred here at the park when a baby took its first step around the NEECHI healing circle surrounded by the loving relatives ~ this ceremony was outlawed for almost a hundred years!
Every week the men at the “Native Men’s Residence” gather together for a healing ceremony at their sweat lodge. An elderly man who imparts spiritual and cultural teachings on walking the good path of life leads this ceremony. The men leave the weekly ceremony refreshed and an acquisition of traditional knowledge gifted to them in the healing ceremony ~ it maybe a song or a prayer.
“The Buffalo Sundance” on Manitoulin Island was a most exquisite spiritual gathering for many people, some of whom have never been to this ceremony of old. The ceremony took place on a most beautiful site of lush plants and trees. Everywhere a person look there was beauty and neatness! The ceremony is sacred; the ceremonial songs were sung by beautiful voices of young and old people. We all supported the dancers and the ceremonial people with our prayers and unifying actions of respect and compassion.
Capacity building was a process powerfully exemplified by the project, “Reclaiming Our Ancestral Roots,” based at Dawson City, Yukon. The conceptualization and formulization of the aim of this project entailed careful consideration of its goals and objectives and the development processes of communication, coordination, collaboration, planning, organization, implementation and evaluation of its project. The people affiliated with this project took the time to carefully work together on this project. The group entailed representation of the community, programs, agencies, elders and a church representative.
A most sweet project is the “Cradle Board Making” of the Sault Sainte Marie Friendship Centre under the guidance and leadership of a couple of people. The traditional knowledge of art of making cradleboard, and Indigenous child rearing practices are taught as healing mechanisms while learning, and reconnecting with, the ways of our Indigenous ancestors. The healing process occurring with the birth of a babe!
The project “Language School” held a Gospel Jamboree as a musical expression for the healing of former residential school students in Northern Manitoba. Community members along with the Indigenous Ministry came together to enjoy the hymns and songs sung by clergy and participants – some of them are natural songbirds! Music uplifts one’s soul to the realm on high, a most precious form and process for healing.
THE FORMER PRIMATE OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA FRED HILTZ’S JULY 2019 APOLOGY FOR THE SPIRITUAL HARM DONE TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLE. Kainai Nation, Blackfoot Confederacy, Elder Keith Chief Moon translated this unparalleled statement into the Blackfoot language.