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CoGS roundup: Hiltz calls for apology for ‘spiritual abuse’ of Indigenous people – Anglican Journal

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 201851 Views

December 6, 2018

The Anglican Church of Canada should apologize to the country’s Indigenous people for having “demonized” their traditional spirituality, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, told Council of General Synod (CoGS) November 24.

“There’s a need to do something by way of an apology, and we need to do it carefully and prayerfully, and we need to do it well so that it’s meaningful,” Hiltz said. “There is a need to do this.”

Hiltz was speaking after a presentation to CoGS by the Rev. Norm Wesley, co-chair of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP), which guides Indigenous ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada. In his talk, Wesley said that at one point in his spiritual journey as a Cree man, when he asked his mother to tell him about traditional Cree spiritual practices, she replied, in Cree, “We are told not to speak of these things.”

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