Magazine article Anglican Journal

Western Nfld. Creates Bursaries for Indigenous Students

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Western Nfld. Creates Bursaries for Indigenous Students

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Two Canadian Indigenous Anglican theological students have received a financial boost as a result of a recent decision by the diocese of Western Newfoundland.

In December 2016, the two students, Sharon Campbell and Aaron Sault, were each awarded $20,000 to fund their studies The one-time bursaries were created mostly from money returned to the diocese of Western Newfoundland from Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement funds.

"I am so happy about the bursaries for our seminarians," commented National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald "They are timely and generous, received at a time when they are critical to the well-being of our First Nations students. They are a grace-filled example of Christian concern leading to reconciliation."

Campbell, a member of the Mohawk people, is studying theology at the University of Toronto's Wycliffe College. Sault, of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, attends the Vancouver School of Theology. He was one of six people named last summer to the Primate's Council of Elders and Youth, a body mandated with ensuring that the Anglican Church of Canada follows the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Following the federal government's settlement with the Roman Catholic Church in 2007, it was agreed that $2.8 million of the Anglican Church of Canada's $15.7-million obligation under the agreement would be set aside, pending the results of a seven-year fundraising campaign by the Roman Catholic Church.

By the time it ended in September 2014, the Catholic campaign had raised much less money than originally hoped, and as a result, as per the settlement agreement, the Anglican national church returned the $2.8 million to the dioceses, which had raised it.

The diocese of Western Newfoundland's share of this money was just over $37,000, says Percy Coffin, bishop of the diocese. …

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