Anglican Church of Canada
The Anglican Church of Canada is working to end human trafficking and modern slavery in Canada and globally in partnership with faith-based, civil society, and government partners in Canada, and with the Anglican Communion and global ecumenical organizations.
Canadian Anglican involvement locally, involving parishes, dioceses, Mission to Seafarers, the Anglican Military Ordinariate, General Synod and others is currently not well known within the Church. Most church members are not aware of:
- The extent or nature of human trafficking and modern slavery in our neighbourhoods, towns and cities.
- Ministries of local parishes with and for vulnerable and trafficked peoples.
- Efforts in the public square to stop this egregious harm.
- Advocating for a national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Anglican Church of Canada contributions
Individuals and groups within the Church have contributed to:
- Sacred Teachings Podcast. Produced by the office of the National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop, the episode Stolen People explores the issue of the Murdered and Missing, and how it must stop.
- Engage Freedom! Anglicans Against Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Workshops, 2018-2019
- Diocesan Workshops to Raise Awareness, 2018-2020
- Feature articles in Diocesan news media
- Synod Sessions & Resolutions
- Collaboration with Anglican Communion groups, Provinces and the Anglican Alliance
- Awareness video with the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, July 2017
- Canada Human Trafficking Conference
Sorrento Centre, British Columbia, November 2014
- Human Trafficking in Canada: A Leadership and Learning Kit for Churches
Canadian Council of Churches, 2013
Our work ahead
More than 60 Anglican leaders are working in local parishes and communities to raise awareness about human trafficking and modern slavery. These church members come from almost every diocese from coast to coast to coast. Their ministry is informed by local realities and needs, and by the recent General Synod 2019 Resolution A204 Human Trafficking and Modern slavery.
At the invitation of the Primate, a second national reference group will gather in September and October 2020 to make recommendations for our continuing national and Communion leadership in eradicating human trafficking and modern slavery in Canada and world wide.