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Posted: Nov 24, 2010

November 12, 2010


Do you know some young person, age 16-30, in your congregation who has great potential for leadership, but needs some training and mentorship?

Please go to (Get Involved) and check out the 50 Leaders program.

If this seems right, talk it over with them so they can apply right away.

Yes, the official deadline is past, but PWRDF needs more candidates.



So the Week of Action was in October, right after I came back from that conference, but the ideas in this folder are still good, and we can take signatures on the enclosed petition right through until May.

What petition? Do you realize that Canada and the US are the two holdouts in the whole world, not yet signing the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, even though our indigenous people played a major role in writing it. According to the Harper government last March, they would sign if it could be proved it would not violate Canada’s Constitution or other laws. Well, Canadian constitutional  lawyers have checked and it doesn’t. So the petition is to get our government to follow through on their own statement.

Also, did you ring your bells last year? This year, obviously, it’s time to beat the drum, on December 5 to show solidarity with our indigenous peoples . It would be wonderful to have a drumming group  from our First Nations lead us, in our local effort, but even if it’s all of us beating drums of any sort to make a loud noise to bring attention to the issue, that would be great!

And check out the handbook to build awareness of the issues here and around the world The Land, Our Life!

All are available at

Thunder Bay Deanery has the handbooks already from my workshop last month, and Algoma Deanery people should contact me, Charlotte Haldenby.

November 4, 2010

1. PWRDF – Jill Martin, Finance and Administration Manager of The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, has kindly acknowledged the contributions from the Diocese of Algoma towards Pakistan relief and extends thanks to all the parishioners of the diocese for their generous contribution and strong commitment to PWRDF.  “The gifts received make it possible for PWRDF to support both short-term emergency needs – food, health, shelter, and long-term recovery efforts – reconstructing homes and helping communities rebuild their livelihoods.”

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