Magazine article Anglican Journal

It Will Be Called Mishamikweesh

Magazine article Anglican Journal

It Will Be Called Mishamikweesh

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The new diocese in northern Ontario will be known as Mishamikweesh--a tribute to the old settlement of Big Beaver House a few miles from the Kingfisher Lake First Nation community, where the first native archdeacon of Keewatin, the late Dr. William Winter, began his ministry in 1965.

"It is symbolic and meaningful that we name the new diocese Mishamikweesh," which in Ojibway means 'Big Beaver House,'" announced Bishop Lydia Mamakwa to members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS), which met Nov. 14 to 17.

The new diocese will become official next year on the fourth of June--Winter's birthday--said Mamakwa, the current area bishop of northern Ontario, who will become the first diocesan bishop of Mishamikweesh.

Last July, General Synod--the church's governing body--approved the request of the area mission of northern Ontario to become an indigenous diocese. The new diocese--to be known as the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikweesh--will cover 16 First Nations communities belonging to Treaty 9 around Kingfisher Lake, north of Sioux Lookout.

Also at CoGS, members approved a resolution approving boundary changes to the dioceses of Keewatin, Rupert's Land and Brandon, which resulted from the creation of the new northern Ontario diocese. …

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