Conversations with the Primate: Indigenous Anglicans 'moving forward'

The decision by indigenous Anglicans to seek the appointment of a national bishop to provide pastoral support to indigenous communities is hailed as “a historic moment” by Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, the Canadian Primate, in a new webcast, which will be posted to the church’s national website next week.

In the webcast, entitled +Andrew: Conversations with the Primate, Archbishop Hutchison, who attended last summer’s 5th Sacred Circle in Pinawa, Man., contrasts the gathering to previous Sacred Circles which have dealt mostly with the pain and anger caused by the legacy of native residential schools.

While the pain and anger still exist, the Canadian Primate said that there was also evident at last summer’s gathering a desire and determination to move forward. The unanimous request for a national bishop to be appointed within a year is symptomatic of this desire, Archbishop Hutchison says.

+Andrew: Conversations with the Primate is a communications tools Archbishop Hutchison is using to speak to church members in an informal way and to solicit comments and feedback from viewers. The webcasts are taped and produced by Anglican Video and financially assisted by the Anglican Foundation.

The webcasts can be accessed from the home page of the General Synod website ( where they can be viewed or downloaded for viewing later or for sharing.

Viewers are invited to respond to Archbishop Hutchison by writing him at [email protected].

For more information, please contact Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, 416-924-9199, ext 306, [email protected]

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