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Aboriginal Issues Working Group
Weekly Aboriginal News Digest
The Redeemer Aboriginal Issues Working Group is a group of parishioners and friends who are interested in the complex and myriad issues surrounding Aboriginal people in our land, and in particular relating to our urban Native neighbours. The group's focus is both education and outreach. The group welcomes new members to assist with programming. A major interest is the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that was released in June, 2015.
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Every week we prepare an email with links to a wide variety of news items of interest. If you would like to be added to our distribution list, please send your request to email@example.com.
Watch this space for events of interest not hosted by AIWG. For upcoming AIWG events, please see below.
Call to Action #48 - Settlement Agreement Parties and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Kairos Canada Winds of Change Campaign
A list of reading material on aboriginal issues can be found here. This list was last updated in July, 2016.
The Aboriginal Rights Solidarity Group (Bloor Street, Bathurst and Trinity-St. Paul's United Churches)
The Apology of Premier Wynne on behalf of Ontario
On May 30, 2016, Premier Kathleen Wynne rose in the Ontario Legislature and began her comments with these words: "I rise today to express a personal commitment as Premier and the commitment of the government of Ontario to being full partners with indigenous peoples on our journey towards reconciliation and healing." The full text of her apology is here. Among the responses that followed are comments by the Rev'd Canon Andrew Wesley, an honorary assistant at Church of the Redeemer. A PDF of the proceedings is here (see pages 9621 to 9632).
General Synod 2016
The following are links to important documents from General Synod in July, 2016.
A resolution was passed with amendments to Canon XXII (National Indigenous Ministry).
The Mission Statement, Goals and Objectives for an Indigenous Anglican Spiritual Ministry within the Anglican Church of Canada was affirmed and received.
National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
Primate's Sermon - Eighth National Sacred Circle
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
A symposium was held on March 21, 2015 as a follow-up to a Teach-In on March 8, 2014 on missing and murdered indigenous women. Marion Lynn's final report is available here.
Review of Reports and Recommendations
Almost all of over 700 recommendations on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls go unanswered - read the briefing note prepared by Pippa Feinstein and Megan Pearce here.
A Spiritual Movement
This short video produced by the Anglican Church of Canada's Indigenous Ministries Department and Anglican Video shares important news from the 2013 General Synod.
Watershed Discipleship (June 2014)
The Aboriginal Issues Working Group hosted a Kairos program entitled "Watershed Discipleship" led by Sara Stratton, Education and Campaigns Coordinator for Sustainability Issues at Kairos.
Audio and Video Recordings of April, 2014 Events
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