The Archbishop of Canterberry Rev Justin Welby is not coming to Six Nations. (Supplied Photo)
By Lynda Powless
SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND-The Archbishop of Canterberry, the Reverend Justin Welby, will not be coming to Six Nations to visit the former Mohawk Institute Residential school or the Mohawk Chapel during the Archbishops’ May visit to Canada.
The Six Nations Survivors’ Secretariat said Tuesday, April 20th, 2022 a group of Mohawk Institute Residential School Survivors had been approached about a visit by the Archbishop to the former Mohawk Institute, that had been operated by the Anglican Church, but during a meeting in early April expressed concerns about the visit.
In a statement released Tuesday the Survivor’s Secretariat said the group of Survivors had “mixed emotions” about the proposed visit to the Mohawk Institute.
The Six Nations Survivors’ Secretariat’s statement said the Mohawk Institute Survivors were “not looking for more empty words of regret but want action.”
The statement said a letter was sent to the Office of the Primate on April 12th, about the visit that said “Survivors would be willing to meet with the Archbishop if, and only if, the Archbishop was prepared to discuss how the Anglican Church would provide financial support for the revitalization of Indigenous languages and how he could assist in retrieving the New England Company records relating to the Mohawk Institute.”
The Survivors’ Secretariat said it had suggested the Archbishop visit be postponed to allow time for proper Indigenous protocols to be followed.
The Survivors’ Secretariat said the Office of the Primate responded to the letter saying the visit would not be included in the agenda of the Archbishop’s May visit. They also said if a future visit was desired, they would need to be approached through a direct invitation from Six Nations.
Archbishop of Canterberry the Rev. Justin Welby will visit Canada between April 29th and May 3rd, 2022. He was to meet with Anglican Indigenous people and Indigenous leaders in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario and Toronto.
The decision not to visit Six Nations comes on the heels of the resignation of the Anglican Church’s Indigenous Archbishop Mark MacDonald who resigned Tuesday, (April 20, 2022) in the face of sexual misconduct charges. Details of the charges were not released.
The Archbishop was to meet with and listen to residential school survivors and visit Indigenous reserves and a statement earlier said “share in the work of reconciliation to which the Anglican Church of Canada is committed.”