Pikangikum Letter

Much like the situation in Shoal Lake, this has been a disaster for the community of Pikangikum for many years.

A joint letter on the situation in Pikangikum

In an open letter, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Bishop Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald encourage Anglicans and Lutherans to write letters to the federal government expressing solidarity with the northern community of Pikangikum, Ont.

September 24, 2015

Dear Friends in Christ,

We wish to share with you our concerns regarding the water situation in Pikangikum and invite you to consider writing a letter to the Federal Government.

Through the 2016 National Youth Project, Lutheran and Anglican youth have been lifting up the Right to Water and walking in solidarity with the people of Pikangikum through our partnership with the Primate’s World Relief Development Fund (PWRDF) and the Pimatisiwin Nipi (Living Water) group. This has included raising funds to support providing potable water to homes in the community.

Writing letters to elected representatives is one way to express solidarity. It is also an opportunity to deepen understanding of our democratic processes. The government is elected to represent the people and hearing from one’s constituency is an essential element of decision making and democracy.

We have included a sample letter you may use as basis for crafting your own letter to your government officials. You may wish to write to the Honorable Bernard Valcourt, MP, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and/or to your own MP. (And a full list of list of Members of Parliament can be found at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members.)

Additional things to consider when you write your letter:

  1. Think about who should receive your letter. Writing to the minister responsible for an issue can be as effective as writing to the Prime Minister. Writing to your local Member of Parliament is always appropriate, as they are your direct representative.
  2. Focus on one issue—you can always write another letter in support of something else.
  3. Include relevant information.
  4. Tell elected leaders what action you think should be taken.
  5. Ask for a response
  6. Make sure to sign your name.
  7. Postage to Members of Parliament is free.

Don’t worry if you aren’t an expert. What matters is that you let them know this is something you care about and that you want to see them do something about it.

The mission of striving for justice and peace in all the earth is a life-long calling that we receive in our Baptism. We are inspired by the leadership in promoting the Right to Water that is being offered by youth through the National Youth Project. It is an important expression of the Full Communion partnership between Lutherans and Anglicans and a valuable contribution to the witness of the church.

Yours in Christ,

The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz
Primate
Anglican Church of Canada

Rev. Susan C. Johnson,
National Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald
National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
Anglican Church of Canada

Download this letter in PDF format.

Fundraising For Friends

 

Fundraising for Pikangikum

The second fundraising opportunity is on Friday, May 15, 2015, at St. Paul Fort Garry. This is a pub night fundraiser and it is designed to benefit the Pikangikum water project. The link will take you to the Primates World Relief and Development page to give you more details on the catastrophic situation that this First Nations community lives under all year round. If you remember the hand-wringing that came with Winnipeg’s short boil water advisory this past winter, imagine living with that on a daily basis.  We need to find permanent solutions. This will require government action, but until that happens, we must not let the people living in Pikangikum continue to suffer.

Information for the event is below. We don’t have any video of the Narwhals on their own, the video above is of them backing Rev. Donald at the St. Philip’s pub night, last December.

St. Paul’s Fort Gary is presenting a “Support for Pikangikum Pub Night6.”

Friday, May 22

St. Paul’s Anglican Church

830 North Drive

Music Provided by the Narwhals

Doors open at 7 pm,

Entrance $5.00

If you have spaces on your schedule on the next two Fridays, here is a good way to fill them up. We hope a lot of people will come together for these two good events.

The next two Fridays present St. Philip’s the opportunity to help some of their friends with fundraising efforts. The first of these two fundraising events is on Friday, May 15, 2015. Our friends at St. Mark’s Anglican Church are holding a fundraising Chinese dinner at the Norwood Legion, 124 Marion Street.

St. Mark’s Chinese dinner fundraiser will be held at the Norwood Legion at 124 Marion Street this coming Friday, May 15. We hope everyone will attend this event with family and friends. There will be a door prize and a silent auction during the dinner.  Tickets are 15.00 per adult, children 5-12 are 10.00, and under 5 are free. See the office, Judy MacDonald, Lynn Webster or the Legion to pick up tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door, which opens at 5:00. Dinner will be at 5:30.

fundraising for platform
The chair lift platform
Full life picture fundraising
The chair lift that St. Mark’s is fundraising for. Shown from the ground up.

 

In the past several years, St. Mark’s has been taking on projects to make their building more accessible to people living with physical challenges. The most recent change made was an upgrade to the elevator chair that takes people from the main floor up to the church hall which is on the second floor.