Magazine article Anglican Journal

Working Together to Face the Future

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Working Together to Face the Future

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Montreal

As parishes and dioceses in Canada's Far North struggle with ever more scarce resources, new faces in the House of Bishops are helping the Anglican Church of Canada look to the future.

Bishop Lydia Mamalcwa--consecrated May 14 as area bishop for what the diocese of Keewatin refers to as "Northern Ontario" parishes--was one of two Anglican bishops present for the first time at the joint meeting of the Anglican House of Bishops and Lutheran Conference of Bishops in Montreal.

Bishop Mamakwa's election was described as historic, the first time an aboriginal bishop has been elected by aboriginal people using traditional methods. Bishop Mamakwa heard Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, describe her election and consecration as a "holy moment."

Bishop Mamakwa, a member of the Ojicree people--related to both the neighbouring Ojibway and Cree people--is married to Chief James Mamakwa of the Kingfisher Lake community where they live. …

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