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ACNS3271 Fifteen Canadian dioceses support residential school

From "Anglican Communion News Service" <>
Date Wed, 22 Jan 2003 22:46:21 -0000

ACNS 3271     |     CANADA     |     22 JANUARY 2003

Fifteen Canadian dioceses support residential school agreement

[The Anglican Church of Canada] Half of the Anglican Church of Canada's 30
dioceses have now ratified an agreement on residential schools reached last
November between the church and the federal government.

The agreement, which must be ratified by all the dioceses sets up a $25
million fund from which compensation for proven claims of sexual and
physical abuse at the church-operated native residential schools will be
paid. General Synod and all the dioceses are expected to contribute to the

If compensation exceeds $25 million, the federal government will pay the
difference and if it falls short of that amount, the money would be returned
to the dioceses.

To date no Anglican diocese has rejected ratification of the agreement.

Dioceses that have ratified are:

British Columbia
Central Newfoundland
Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador
Rupert's Land

Dioceses decide for themselves how they will raise their share of their
contribution to the settlement fund.

Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary of General Synod and the chief
negotiator with the federal government, has said the church hopes that all
the dioceses will have ratified the agreement by the middle of February.

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