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The Anglican Church of Canada: Current Aboriginal Justice Work

Program Profiles:

Indigenous Ministries

It has been the philosophy and the spirituality of Indigenous Ministries with The Anglican Church of Canada to strengthen and support the indigenous peoples of Canada, (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) spiritually, socially, economically and politically in line with our needs and aspirations by recognizing that the purity of the land base provides for all our needs.

The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, our first National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, provides pastoral and spiritual leadership with the assistance of Donna Bomberry, Coordinator, and Teresa Mandricks, Program Associate who support this ministry. 
The work of Indigenous Ministries is carried out in consultation with the 22 members and partners of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) who represent more than 220 First Nation, Inuit and Metis church communities in Canada. ACIP reports to the General Synod. This group meets twice a year to plan and discuss the future of Aboriginal Anglicanism. Other groups of Aboriginals also meet throughout the year to discuss issues such as self-determination and local ministry.

As partners in the worldwide Anglican Communion, Aboriginal Anglicans are members of the Anglican Indigenous Network that reports to the Anglican Consultative Council.

For more information on Indigenous Ministries, click here.

Indigenous Justice Working Group

The Indigenous Justice Working Group is a group of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Anglicans who take on particular initiatives relating to Aboriginal justice. Here are some highlights from their ongoing work.

Read more about the Indigenous Justice Working Group here.

Anglican Healing Fund

In 1991 the Residential Schools Advisory Group was implemented to assist the Anglican Church of Canada in responding to residential school issues in an ongoing, sensitive and just manner, to the end that Christ's healing and reconciliation is realized. Grants from the church's Anglican Healing Fund have been made and administered by the Healing Response Committee.

To date the Anglican Healing Fund has supported over 328 projects and spent $3,250,971 funding these projects.

Here are some recent examples of current projects:

All Saints Survivors Inc., Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
This community-based healing project will be designed by residential school survivors for residential school survivors and family members. The project will address the residential school abuses including its intergenerational impacts. This healing project will create an opportunity and open doors for survivors and their families to heal by using traditional healing approaches such as Medicine Wheel, Sun Dance, and Talking and Healing Circles.

Vancouver Native Health Society and Wish Drop-In Centre Society, Vancouver, British Columbia are working in partnership to engage Aboriginal women who work in the survival sex trade in culturally specific activities that will contribute to their healing, build self-esteem and provide skill-building opportunities. The program conducts two 6-month programs per year each with the capacity to enroll 6 participants.

Read about previous Anglican Healing Fund projects here.

Read more about the Anglican Healing Fund here.


For information on Remembering the Children: an Aboriginal and Church Leaders' Tour to Prepare for Truth and Reconciliation, email

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