Tragedy, grief, and action: Response to the report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

With respect and gratitude, The Anglican Church of Canada receives and welcomes the report of The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, “Reclaiming Power and Place”.  We acknowledge the courage and strength of survivors, families and loved ones who gave statements and testimonies to the Inquiry over the course of its … Continued

Message to PM Trudeau from Anglican, Lutheran leaders

Download this statement as a PDF file. Dear Prime Minister: We are writing to urge you and the Government of Canada to fulfil your promise to create a Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE). On January 17, 2018, your government promised that: It would create the CORE, The CORE would be fully independent, and The … Continued

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Statement on the situation in Wet’suwet’en First Nation

View this statement as a PDF. We as Indigenous and non-Indigenous Anglicans are writing to express our concern and distress about disturbing events in Wet’suwet’en land this past week. Specifically, we are concerned about the arrests at the Gitdimt’en checkpoint on Monday, January 7th, 2019. Our concern is threefold: 1) This action willfully ignores the … Continued

National Housing Day 2018 statement

View a PDF version of this joint letter. November 2018 Every day, in communities across Canada, 35,000 people experience homelessness. Millions of others struggle to meet rising housing costs, living on the edge of falling into homelessness themselves. This reality impacts every community in Canada, affecting our neighbours and members of our congregations. As we … Continued

Earth Day 2018 message from Anglican, Lutheran leaders

Download this statement as a PDF file. In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, 2018, we invite you to join us in praying for the humility and discipline to use Earth’s resources wisely and responsibly. We begin by praying the Rule of Life, from Gospel-based Discipleship of Indigenous Ministries of the Anglican Church of Canada: Creator … Continued

National Housing Day 2017 statement

View a PDF version of this joint letter. November 2017 November 22 marks National Housing Day in Canada, an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the need for safe, adequate, and affordable housing, and to learn about the social, economic, and health impacts of homelessness in our communities. National Housing Day is also an occasion … Continued

An open letter to all Anglicans from the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation, and Justice

Dear Friends We write to you as brothers and sisters in Christ, as relatives in the Anglican Church of Canada.  We are members of the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation, and Justice.  We are First Nations, Inuit, Métis, settler and newcomers.  We come from all across the country and have had the privilege of becoming … Continued

National Housing Day 2016: A call to prayer

November 16, 2016 Dear friends in Christ, In the spirit of the 2013 Joint Assembly Declaration, we call on members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) to pray for safe, affordable and adequate housing for all on November 22, National Housing Day. Adequate housing is essential … Continued

Stand with Standing Rock—A Call for Prayer from the Office of the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop and the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada

Water is sacred and one of the four primal elements that sustain life on Mother Earth. We have not respected water and consequently many lakes, streams, rivers and creeks are polluted. It is an element on the verge of scarcity. We must protect water. There is a pipeline approved for construction in the United States … Continued

A joint letter on the situation in Pikangikum

In an open letter, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Bishop Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald encourage Anglicans and Lutherans to write letters to the federal government expressing solidarity with the northern community of Pikangikum, Ont. September 24, … Continued

Statement on the #22days campaign

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) which has addressed the sad legacy of the Indian Residential Schools will hold its final event, the closing ceremonies of its six-year tenure, in Ottawa for four days commencing on Sunday, May 31st. The daily themes are as follows: Day 1 is “We are all in this together”; Day … Continued

Religious, Indigenous leaders urge Harper, Obama to modernize Columbia River Treaty

The following is a press release detailing a letter from 14 religious and 7 Indigenous leaders calling on American President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to begin work toward modernizing the Columbia River Treaty. The treaty addresses the governing of water resources to promote economic growth, wealth, and happiness for the citizens … Continued

Anglican, Lutheran leaders call for action on First Nations education

On July 11, 2014 Anglican and Lutheran leaders wrote to the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada concerning the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act.  Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald, and National Bishop Susan Johnson of the Evangelical … Continued