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PWRDF provides $5k to Territory of the People for wildfire relief

Posted on: July 21st, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Tali Folkins on July, 20 2017

 

A recent post on Twitter shows smoke rising from wildfires in British Columbia’s Central Interior. Images: Andy Witteman


The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the Anglican Church of Canada’s relief and development agency, is making an immediate contribution of $5,000 to help the Territory of the People provide relief to people affected by wildfires in the territory, PWRDF announced Wednesday, July 19.

The money, together with another $5,000 from the territory itself, will support ongoing wildfire relief in the Territory of the People, located in British Columbia’s Central Interior. More grants may be forthcoming in the future if requested by the territory, PWRDF spokesperson Janice Biehn said.

Gordon Light, bishop of the territory until 2008 (when it was known as the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior), has been appointed by the territory’s current bishop, Barbara Andrews, to oversee how the PWRDF funds will be spent, PWRDF said. The territory’s relief efforts are currently focused on providing food vouchers, toiletries, bus fare, clothing and other practical help to people who have had to leave their homes because of the fires, Light told PWRDF.

The funds, Light added, will likely be “quickly depleted,” given the number and needs of evacuees.

“All of the people of 100 Mile House and Williams Lake, as well as smaller communities along the Cariboo Highway, have been evacuated,” he said. “Most have come to either Kamloops in the south or Prince George in the north. Most evacuees left their homes with very little, and we don’t know how long it will be until they get home.”

In the long term, Light said, more money will likely also be needed for post-trauma assistance and to support projects aimed at helping people or communities that have lost homes or facilities.

Clergy and lay volunteers, Light said, are working at three major wildfire relief centres in Kamloops as well as a number of others in Prince George, where evacuees are being registered and housed.

Already by July 12, 14,000 people, including an estimated 1,000 Anglicans had had to leave their homes because of the wildfires raging in B.C.’s Central Interior. On Wednesday, July 19, B.C. Premier John Horgan extended a previously-declared state of emergency in the province by two weeks to cope with the effects of about 140 wildfires raging in the province. About 45,000 people are under either evacuation order or evacuation alert, with at least 41 homes lost to the fires.

Donations to PWRDF’s emergency fund can be made online (choosing “Emergency Response” from the drop-down menu), by phone (toll-free at 1-866-308-7973) or by mail. Mailed cheques should be payable to “PWRDF, Emergency Response,” and sent to:

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, ON  M4Y 3G2

 

About the Author

Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins has worked as a staff reporter for the Law Times and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal.  His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail and The United Church Observer.

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Anglican Journal News, July 21, 2017

APCI enters new territory with name change

Posted on: July 4th, 2016 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Bishop Barbara Andrews (writing on notepad), pastoral elders, and other members of the territory formerly known as the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (APCI) attend a deciding meeting to discuss suggestions for new names. Going forward, APCI will now be known as the Territory of the People.

Bishop Barbara Andrews (writing on notepad), pastoral elders, and other members of the territory formerly known as the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (APCI) attend a deciding meeting to discuss suggestions for new names. Going forward, APCI will now be known as the Territory of the People.

APCI enters new territory with name change

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Inclusivity is at the forefront of the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (APCI) as the territory rebrands itself with a new moniker—one better reflecting the diversity and shared sense of community championed by its members.

APCI will now be known as the Territory of the People. The name change followed broad consultations last winter in which parishioners suggested approximately 30 new names. The Administration Committee and pastoral elders met on April 17 and reviewed the suggestions, with the Coordinating Council unanimously affirming the name Territory of the People at its April meeting.

While the word “territory” had practical reasons for inclusion—the constitution of the ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon already defined it as such—the idea of referring to “the people” rather than a specific geographic location flowed from suggestions made by pastoral elders, and a general sense that inclusivity should be the major priority.

In many First Nations traditions, “the people” refers not to an individual, but to the common life of all people. Pastoral elder Jimmy Toodlican, a parishoner in Shulus, B.C., credited fellow elder Amy Charlie with wanting a name that “involves all the people, without just choosing one nationality.”

“I think it’s a really good title for our territory,” he said.

Bishop Barbara Andrews noted, “The pastoral elders suggested we might want to focus on who we are and who we want to be as ‘the people’ … Personally, I think it reflects better for me the relationship to the gospel and what we’re attempting to do—creating community and valuing all people.”

The need for a new name initially emerged out of discussions about the need for greater autonomy within the territory, particularly the right to elect its own bishop. Following the regularization of APCI’s status by Provincial Synod, the Council of General Synod in November 2015 adopted a resolution officially recognizing APCI as a recognized territory, with status equal to a diocese.

The need to register the territory as a legal entity under the B.C. Society Act offered an ideal opportunity for APCI to take on a new name. APCI was originally formed in 2002 from the remnants of the former Anglican Diocese of Cariboo, which had been forced into bankruptcy as the result of its financial commitments to residential school survivors.

“I think the feeling was that Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior was always a transitional name,” Dean Ken Gray said. “And there was a need to make a final decision about our future here, and how Anglican parishes would be organized and identified.”

Bishop Andrews described the Territory of the People as embodying the ongoing path in the parishes toward reconciliation, which has been a priority for the Anglican Church of Canada as a whole in recent decades.

“We ceased to operate as the Diocese of Cariboo because of our particular history and journey in healing and reconciliation, after our part in the legacy of the residential schools,” Bishop Andrews said, referring to the bankruptcy of the diocese from lawsuits related to its role in running St. George’s Residential School in Lytton, B.C.

“Our major focus has always been on that journey to healing and reconciliation,” she added. “So the [new] name seemed to fit the journey we’re on ourselves.”

Following the affirmation of the Territory of the People, the name will be legally secured under the B.C. Society Act, with registration likely taking place in November.

Bishop Andrews said that despite some puzzlement over the lack of a geographical identifier, the majority of parishioners have responded well to the new name.

“There was a ton of input into it, and it wasn’t an easy decision to make in the end,” she said. “But when we did make the decision—we’re 100 per cent behind it now.”

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, June 30, 2016