In Canada, indigenous self-determination measures pass in nearly unanimous vote

By Joelle Kidd
Posted Jul 15, 2019

National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop Mark MacDonald is blessed by Primate Fred Hiltz as he receives a metropolitical cross upon the formation of a self-determining Indigenous Anglican church. Photo: Milos Tosic

[Anglican Journal] In an historic vote, General Synod decided almost unanimously July 12 to approve changes to Canon XXII that enable a self-determining indigenous church within the Anglican Church of Canada, and to bestow the title of archbishop upon National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald, a position which now ranks among the metropolitans.

The vote was the culmination of a morning of presentations by the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples and the Vision Keepers, the council of Indigenous elders and youth established at General Synod in 2016 to monitor how the church would honor its commitment to adopt the framework of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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