Indigenous Ministries – Manitoba gains.

Indigenous Ministries supports the Indigenous Peoples of Canada (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) spiritually, socially, economically and politically. We recognize that the purity of the land base provides for all our needs.

As active participants in the life of the church, First peoples strive for reconciliation with the Anglican Communion and work towards Indigenous self-determination.

In 1969, the Anglican church ended a century of running residential schools; and  committed to a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, heeding Charles Hendry’s call (Beyond Traplines,) for a partnership based on solidarity, equality and mutual respect.                                                           Since that turning point, the church has slowly grown into its solidarity role, supporting our political struggles for self-determination, recognition of treaty and land rights, and respect for Mother Earth.                                      For two-and-a-half decades, Indigenous staff  are at the national office. Our council has found its voice and strength, and became the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples.(ACIP) .                                                                            Through three national convocations (1988, 1993, and 1997) they have reclaimed their identity as Indigenous Anglicans. In 1993 The Primate, Archbishop Michael Peers, issued an apology from the church for the residential-school system.

In 1994 and in 1997, the work  began for self-determination within the church. That New Covenant has been accepted by the Anglican General Synod.

The Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples(ACIP) began the search for the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop (NAIB) in 2005.  The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald (Wendat) was called to be the first NIAB, he was installed at the General Synod of 2007 in Winnipeg. The Elder’s of Indigenous Ministry gave him five charges:

  1. To speak for Indigenous Anglican People in the Councils of the Church

  2. To interpret what the Councils of the Church are saying to Indigenous people

  3. To be a spokesperson for Mother Earth

  4. To act as a midwife for a self-determining Indigenous Church

  5. To represent the authority of Indigenous identity with in the Anglican Church of Canada

In 2010, The Ven. Lydia Mamakwa, Oji-Cree, was elected area bishop for Northern Keewatin. She is the first Indigenous woman to be elected Bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada. Lydia and Mark worked together to establish the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh, (ISMM) a new diocese in the Anglican Church of Canada. This was approved by General Synod in 2013 and Lydia was installed as the first bishop in June of 2014. (see earlier article)                                                 

In Northern Saskatchewan, the Ven. Adam Halkett (Cree), was elected area bishop of Missinipi (Northern Saskatchewan) in 2012. In both elections the traditional election process of having supporters line up behind each candidate was used.             

On February 12th 2017  Reverend Vincent Solomon  was installed at the Epiphany Anglican Indigenous Ministry in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The goal is  two-fold  Establishment of Ministry and Mission. The service reflected the Indigenous Liturgy, with  circular seating, for the many in attendance.