Negotiations with the federal government concerning the native residential schools crisis continued in March and April, but no progress was reported.
Anglican negotiators, including General Secretary Jim Boyles, Edmonton lawyer Jerome Slavik and diocese of Toronto chancellor Robert Falby, met in Ottawa with federal representatives in the Office of Indian Residential Schools Resolution on March 22 and April 2.
"The tone was positive and we are moving ahead," said Archdeacon Boyles in an interview. He declined to give further details. Another meeting is scheduled for mid-April, but Archdeacon Boyles declined to give the date. (The Anglican church has been in talks with the federal government, beginning as part of the ecumenical group, since the fall of 2000.)
Also on April 2, the members of the now-disbanded ecumenical negotiating group met for the first time with Deputy Prime Minister John Manley. Members of the group had represented the Roman Catholic, United, Presbyterian and Anglican churches. The churches are being sued by hundreds of Canadian natives over alleged and proven abuse in a national boarding school system. …