May 31, 2005

Government Residential School Move Won't Affect Church Immediately

CANADA
Anglican Journal

SOLANGE DE SANTIS
STAFF WRITER

May 31, 2005 - The federal government's move toward awarding compensation to all former native residential school students won't have an immediate financial impact on the Anglican Church of Canada, according to church officials.

However, the church praised the announcement as an important step forward toward justice for those who attended the schools and a positive development in relations with Canada's indigenous peoples.

"For a long time, our primary goal has been healing and reconciliation healing for those whose lives have been damaged by their residential schools experience and reconciliation between aboriginal and non-aboriginal persons in our church and in society," said Archdeacon Jim Boyles, the general secretary of General Synod, the church's governing body.

Posted by kshaw at May 31, 2005 04:27 PM