The Diocese of The Arctic
PO Box 190, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
Anglican Church of Canada
Today is: Saturday,21 April,2018 09:00:25 PM

The Arctic News
The Journal of the Diocese of the Arctic
Spring/Summer 2016

Bishop David.jpgYou do not have to be a spiritual giant to face the giant problems in life. Doubts, fear and unbelief increase in strength as we spend time worrying about the difficult situations that often arise. I always say enjoy the hard times because good times are coming. I’m not down playing hardship but I want to upsize God Almighty so that our hope continues to be hopeful in the worst of times and when facing giant problems.
God says, ‘for I know the plans that I have for you to give you a hope and a future.’ Bible promises like this one found in Jeremiah 29 has helped when facing overwhelming circumstances. Jeremiah 29, Isaiah 55, 2 Chronicles 15:2 and Jesus in Matthew 6:33 tell us to seek God.
The spiritual giants recorded in the bible were the same as you and me, weak sinners who needed God Almighty to guide, lead and help them. The bible often records God saying, fear not.” The bible records God calling wayward independent people (sinners) to come to Him. We can learn how to live in relationship with God from the examples of those who took God up on His invitation. God offers us more that a simple relationship; God wants us to live in covenant with Him. Our part is to fear (awe), love, serve (be in partnership) and obey (practice His principles) God. As we do giant problems will no longer have power over us. I’m not saying we won’t have difficulties; I’m saying that we don’t have to allow them to have dominion over us.
One of my favourite teachers is the biblical David. As a young man not yet of battle age he single handily faced the entire Philistine army when for forty days the entire army of Israel would not face the giant, Goliath. As the years went by David faced many problems; even proved to be weak in the flesh yet found mercy and guidance from God’s council. Let me share what I call David’s Giant Killer Package. It is what David used to defeat what he called, ‘an uncircumcised Philistine’ using a sling and five stones.
Each stone rests in the sling held by two strings. To me the sling is God Almighty and we are to rest in Him the two covenants woven through the bible. The First was incomplete as man is unable by himself to save himself by following the law. We need an new heart a new covenant not of doing works but trusting Jesus’ work.
The first stone is the Covenant. David knew as a Hebrew he was a covenant partner with God.  Unfortunately, King Saul and his army were either ignorant of their covenant with God or did not believe or trust in God’s covenant.
The second stone is Knowledge. Not the knowledge of good and evil that Adam and Eve were deceived into following rather than trusting in the revelation knowledge that comes from the Tree of Life, Jesus the Word of God. David knew the covenant as he explains in his 1st Psalm. Through revelation knowledge David foresaw the coming and death of Jesus as he explains in his 22nd psalm. That is why he is able in the 23rd psalm able to rest, sit and eat in the presence of his enemies because the battle has already been won. David saw Goliath defeated.
The third stone is Love. David’s knowledge of his covenant with God assured him of God’s unconditional love. The love of God for him gave him Hope (which is the 4th stone) to know that in all circumstances God’s promises as given to Moses in Deuteronomy 28 are trust worthy.
Therefore, David could sling the 5th stone Faith, which declares (as did his Father Abraham) the promise into existence before the action had even been taken. Faith acts on promise fully believing that what has been promised by God will come to pass. As Paul said in Romans 4:17 “calling things that be not as though they are.”  
Don’t wait until problems arise to be filled with God’s word otherwise you may face unnecessary defeat doubting God. No God is trustworthy and as His ambassadors the Church should never misrepresent Him.
We will face battles, but God says, ‘fear not, I will never leave nor forsake you. In all your ways acknowledge me and I will direct you. I have given you Jesus my Word and my Holy Spirit of Truth. Go in my name my child.’ 


Bishop Darren.jpgThe Word became Flesh and dwelt among us. John 1:14

17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.  James 2:17

We have been praying morning and evening prayer every day in the cathedral.  During these services we have been hearing the Bible read using different versions that are available in English. There are many different translations in English and it has been interesting to hear the differences.  Some use old English words that are seldom used in conversations today; sometimes it is very difficult to understand what is being said without some discussion.  Other versions flow easily off the tongue and don’t need any discussion to understand or to be impacted by them.

The above verse from John 1:14 reminds me that God came to us in Christ Jesus to communicate to us in a way we can understand.  We see from the gospels how Jesus lived His life among the people of His day.  He helped them understand the Scriptures and how they ought to apply to life and our understanding in relating to God.  He speaks the language of the people and is present with them.

One of the biggest challenges that the church faces is communicating the faith to the next generation.  As I travel across the Diocese speaking and teaching the Bible I am very aware of the need to use ordinary words to communicate the Gospel.  It is very easy to use ‘religious language’ as we speak but how many of the people we are talking to really understand these ‘religious’ words?  Perhaps many of the older generation are familiar with the words but how many of the younger generation are?  This is a challenge for all of us.  The gospel is ‘good news’ and we have such wonderful news to share.  I want to encourage each of us, wherever we may be, to speak of the Gospel using simple words that everyone can understand.  We don’t want to embarrass anyone, but want them to feel valued and welcome in our churches in each of our communities.  I want to encourage us not merely to speak using simple words but to use simple actions that will make the words we use meaningful and so point people to the love of God in Jesus Christ.  

As we approach Pentecost, we are looking forward to hearing afresh in our churches how God sends the Holy Spirit to help us in our task.  Pray that we might partner more and more with the Holy Spirit in this work.  May each of us know the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our own lives, the lives of our families, churches and communities bringing hope, bringing transformation, giving wisdom and direction and confirming the message of the Gospel.  
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By Regional Dean Canon Paul Williams

The end of January saw me taking a quick trip from Kugluktuk, through Yellowknife, to Gjoa Haven and Taloyoak to do some lay reader teaching on the Old Testament.~ Because time was limited, we could only do a survey course in both communities, but in Gjoa Haven we had a good turn out with both Rev'd.  Ikey and Elizabeth joining 10 lay readers, potential lay readers and interested folk in a survey study of the Old Testament except for the "Wisdom Literature" and the Psalms. The study on the prophets, while brief, was exhausting, while the history books were illuminating.
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        Participants at Gjoa Haven training

We were able to meet from 9 to 4 each of the three days with lunch being brought in on the first day by members of the Parish.  We also were able to celebrate with both a Sunday evening and a Wednesday evening praise service.

All too soon, I had to push on, and made the short hop over to Taloyoak, which was a homecoming of sorts for me, as I had previously lived there in the mid to late 1980s.  That little community I left has vastly changed and grown since then.

Because of work commitments, this group of lay readers, lay readers in training and interested souls, could only meet in the evenings and on Saturday, and so the abbreviated survey course was even more abbreviated with only the history books having been explored.~ I'll have to get back sometime to teach the prophets, Psalms and Wisdom books.~ However, the 7 participants there were quite eager to learn more of the Old Testament, and quite faithful in coming out, after work and supper.

On Sunday morning, we celebrated with a communion service before I had to head out to the airport to make my way back to Kugluktuk. ~

In both communities, I was privileged to be able to talk about the new theological college programme starting in Iqaluit in September 2016 and to encourage several young people who were interested in attending.~ I'm very grateful to Elizabeth Nashaooraitok and her husband Rev'd. Ikey, and later to Laura Paningayak and her husband Lenny for their hospitality in putting me up during my stay in their community.
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Taloyoak's Sunday morning service. Pictured is senior lay leader Sarah Takolik with Mona Igutsaq and Lenny Paningayak to her right and Nauja and Jeannie Ugyuk to her left in the congregation.

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In 1975, after twenty years of service in the Diocese of the Arctic, Canon William Andrew Graham and his family relocated in Milford Bay, Ontario in the Diocese of Algoma. He became the Rector of a multi- point parish. This move from a land and a people he loved was the result of the necessity to be closer to medical help after his surgery for cancer in 1973. After becoming the Archdeacon of the Deanery of Muskoka, he retired in 1988 and moved to Bracebridge, Ontario where he became the Honorary Assistant at St. St. Thomas’ Church.  A reoccurrence of the problem in 1979 and again in 1990 resulted in his death in 1991.

After his death his wife Barbara, a Registered Nurse, who was by then a Layreader at St. Thomas’ and then a Diocesan Layreader began some theological studies. She earned first an Associate in Theology and then a Bachelor in Theology from Thornloe University in Sudbury, mostly through correspondence courses as she was still continuing to work part-time and then earned Master of Theological Studies from Trinity College, Toronto in 2013.  The subject of her thesis for this degree was “The Influence of the Church in Inuit Communities”.

On February 22nd, 2004 at the invitation of Bishop Ferris she was ordained a deacon visiting patients in a local hospital and retirement homes. She continued to lead Bible Studies etc. with the Inuit offenders Fenbrook Federal Corrections Institution which she had been doing since 1999.This ministry is very important to her as they are family to her.

However, at the age of 86, on November 8th at St Thomas’ Bracebridge, The Bishop of Algoma ordained her to the priesthood. This means that all those who receive her ministry at the prison, local retirement homes and in the hospital will be able to receive the Eucharist more frequently and with greater ease.   Barbara’ three sons, Andrew, Neil and Duncan, two of whom were born in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, and their families were able to be with her for the celebration as did many clergy and Layreaders and friends. She was especially pleased that the Rt. Rev. Caleb Lawrence agreed to be the guest preacher. He and his family were their nearest neighbour in Kuujuarapik when the Grahams were in Inukjuak.

Barbara asks for your prayers as she begins this new phase of her ministry.

The Rev. Canon Paul Williams
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Isaiah 9:2 – “The people walking in darkness have read about a great light; on those….”

        Wait a minute!  That’s not right, and for people in the westernmost three parishes of Nunavut, it’s not even entirely true.
        The Inuinnait people of Ulukhaktok, Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay for many years, thanks to the work of early missionary John R. Sperry (later 3rd Bishop of the Arctic) and those who worked with him, have been able to read of the life of Christ and the early work of the Church in their own language with the publication of the 4 Gospels and the Book of the Acts of the Apostles.  They also have, in the Epistles of the Prayerbook, some of the portions of the Old Testament and New Testament writings.  Sadly, though, there is a much larger portion of Scripture that remains untranslated, Scriptures that we from Britain, the south and now the Inuit of the Eastern Arctic can access freely in both written form and even digitally from the Internet.
        Many of the beautiful stories of the Old Testament, stories that point to the great work of salvation in Christ just aren’t available, in Inuinnaqtun, stories that perhaps some of us take for granted.  The creation stories and Eden, Noah and the Ark, David and Goliath, Elijah, these just aren’t readily available at this time.  For instance, imagine, if you can, trying to have a service of Lessons and Carols in Advent without the great Advent Old Testament prophecies and promises, or how the lack of 1st Corinthians 15 or 1st Thessalonians 4 might hinder the delivery of a funeral message.  For that matter, the written Prayerbook services that are currently available in Inuinnaqtun (again, through the diligent work of Mr. Sperry) are really quite basic.
        On a recent trip to Cambridge Bay, Bishop David and I met with Parish administrator Brenda Jancke who told me of her dream to have at least the three weekly readings of the Revised Common Lectionary translated for use Sunday by Sunday, which could be done, save for a lack of resources.  We received permission from Bishop David to proceed, and a member of the Parish has anonymously pledged $50.00 a week towards paying for the translation services, which unfortunately is not a lot of money as things go.  That amount is the average fee for providing one 8½ by 11-inch page of translation.
        Once we find a translator, or better, a team of translators, it is hoped that the translations will be shared between St. George’s, St. Andrew’s (Kugluktuk) and the Church of the Resurrection (Ulukhaktok) both for Sunday use but also for translation checking, with an eye to eventually producing a book of the weekly readings for the three-year cycle.  It won’t be the entire Bible, but it will be a significantly larger portion than is available to us now.  That in turn might spark the desire to have the entire Bible and Prayerbook translated for daily use.
        Currently, St. George’s Parish is looking for volunteer translators who would be willing to work at translating the Old Testament and New Testaments readings, along with the Psalm selection, for each week.  We are also hoping to receive support of the sort that the Eastern Arctic Inuit utilized in the more than 30-year project that became the complete Bible for them.  We also need your prayers and support.  Thank you to you all, in Jesus’ Name.

The Rev. Joey Royal
Director – Arthur Turner Training School

Atts.jpgWhen Bishop Darren selected the current Education Committee he made reopening Arthur Turner Training School our main priority.  In February 2015 Bishop Darren challenged the committee to set measurable goals to ensure this happens by fall 2016.  We decided that if the college is to re-open in the time frame given three criteria must be met: We needed to (1) hire a Director for the college, (2) find a location for the college, and (3) establish strategic partnerships with education and government institutions.   At the time of writing, all of these goals have been met.

In May 2015, Bishop David Parsons appointed me (Rev. Joey Royal) as the Director of ATTS.  My family and I relocated from Yellowknife to Iqaluit in November 2015.  Since then I have been working alongside Bishop Darren to reopen the college.

As for a location, the Education Committee decided to move the college to Iqaluit since the old hospital buildings in Pangnirtung are no longer suitable.  There are some clear advantages in moving to Iqaluit:  For one thing, it is a larger community and home to our cathedral, and thus provides more ministry opportunities to our students (hospital and prison visitation, the opportunity to assist in parish life, etc).  The cathedral also provides excellent facilities in which to hold classes and lectures, and given the cost of the cathedral we wanted to ensure that it will be widely used.

As for partnerships, we have established a strong relationship with Trinity School for Ministry (located near Pittsburgh, PA).  Bishop Darren, along with members of the committee, has visited the seminary twice in the past couple years.  Trinity is allowing us to use their materials as the basis for the ATTS curriculum, but we are also free to add to the curriculum in order to make it more relevant to our northern context. Trinity has also offered their faculty to come to Iqaluit for week-long courses, and have agreed to provide diploma-level accreditation for our graduating students.

Trinity is a fully accredited institution, and our relationship with them has also allowed us to be designated by the Government of Nunavut.  This means that ATTS is now formally recognized as providing post-secondary education in Nunavut, thus allowing our students to access financial assistance.  I am also pleased to say that housing has been confirmed for our students

We have made tremendous progress, and God willing our college will be admitting full time students in September 2016.  The people of the north have been enthusiastic and supportive, and we pray that God would use our school to train the next generation of leaders in the Diocese of the Arctic.

Last year the family of the late Bishop John (Jack) Sperry gave Millie Kuliktana of Kugluktuk more than 100 pages of Inuinnaqtun words, some handwritten and some typed.  These pages were passed on to Bishop Sperry by his predecessor, Rev. Herbert Girling. Rev. Girling began compiling these words in the early 1900’s.

When Bishop Sperry died in 2012, his family went through his belongings and found Girling’s dictionary. They decided to give the dictionary to Millie trusting that she would know what to do with it.
The first thing Millie did was to make working copies of the fragile 100-year-old pages so that the original copy would be preserved.

Millie, Edna Elias and Susie Evyagotailak want to find a way to publish the work in book form, so that people of their region can have a historical record of their The ladies and the Archbishop.jpglanguage.

BHP Billiton Diamonds Inuit benefits agreement provided the ladies with a $10,000 grant. They used these funds to take a trip to Church House to meet with officials to talk about next steps in the process. Archivists at Church House were delighted to hear about the dictionary because they were already working on a Girling project.

This quite obviously a God incidence!

Edna, Millie, Archbishop Fred Hiltz & Susie during a meeting at Church House in March.

By Garth Hampson

meritorious-service-decorations-civil-division-ceremony.jpgLeena Tatiggag Evic of Iqaluit was recently awarded the MERITORIOUS SERVICE CROSS. ~Leena created the Pirurvik Centre for Inuit Language, Culture and Wellbeing, which offers courses in Inuktitut as well as educational resources and ongoing professional support. ~More recently, she founded Ingalangaittukuurvik, a doctoral program that aims to capture, maintain and restore Inuit traditional knowledge and language. ~Thanks to her commitment and business acumen, these unique, transformative programs have led Inuit people to regain their language, culture and identity.

Rebecca Veevee also of Iqaluit was awarded the MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL. Dedicated to promoting a return to MERITO~1.jpgtraditional Inuit foods, Rebecca Veevee is the host and chef of the popular Inuit TV cooking show "Niqitsiat", which means "healthy cooking" in Inuktitut. ~Through her program, she has demonstrated a commitment to combatting a growing epidemic of diseases related to poor nutrition in northern communities.

April 12, 2016

VolunteersBenevoles_hr.jpgThe Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.

As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, created in 1995 by then-governor general the Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc. The Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.

The Medal for Volunteers consists of a silver circular medal that is 36 mm in diameter with a suspension ring. The obverse depicts a contemporary effigy of the Sovereign, circumscribed with the inscription in capital letters of the Canadian Royal Title and the word “CANADA”, separated by two maple leaves.

The reverse indicates the ideas of caring and generosity, represented by two interlaced hearts. The sunburst pattern of the rim symbolizes the time that volunteers are giving and their actions. The ribbon uses the vice regal colours of blue and gold. The five gold stripes evoke the fingers of a hand, present in the Caring Canadian Award emblem, while the deep red colour is associated with royalty.

Ottawa, Ontario
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For over 50 years, Sergeant Garth Hampson has been a community leader, providing his voice and musical talents to such organizations as the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the~RCMP~Charity~Ball and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, in addition to other community-building initiatives. His efforts have facilitated bridge-building with Aboriginal peoples throughout Canada and have supported many valuable charities and programs.

Garth has been a tremendous help to the Diocese in fundraising and bringing awareness to St. Jude’s Cathedral to many places in southern Canada.

By Deanna Monks, Diocesan Youth Coordinator
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A tour around Yellowknife with Bishop David, this is the view from Bush Pilot's Monument

We are praising God for all He is doing across the Diocese of the Arctic. Many prayers are being answered with ATTS starting in the fall, new clergy for several communities, continuing discipleship and fellowship across the Arctic and starting a formal diocesan youth ministry. We are very excited to say that our first youth leader training conference was held March 4th-9th, 2016 in Yellowknife, NT.

youth leader training2.jpgWe had four veteran youth ministers, youth coordinators and youth leader trainers from the United States that came to teach this training. They believe in youth ministry so much so that they financially supported their own travel expenses and gave us this training for free. God blessed us immensely through them.

There was access to one on one time with trainers. Sessions included some of the following what is youth ministry, discipleship, youth ministry vision, kids in crisis and developmental youth ministry. We had an amazing time of learning, fellowship and encountering Jesus. The week came to a conclusion with a commissioning service.

Throughout the week there were many who were spiritually attacked in various ways. I take that as encouragement that the enemy knows that God is working in these youth leaders and is going to use them to raise up young leaders for the Glory of Jesus.

We had youth leaders from almost all regions of the diocese. From the communities of Pond Inlet, Taloyoak, Gjoa Haven, Inukjuak, Iqaluit, Fort Smith, Yellowknife, Arviat and two from Baker Lake. With a total of 10 attendees. God is working in each youth leader. Upon returning home, the youth leaders each made a step towards growth for themselves and their community. Pray especially for Inukjuak, Baker Lake and Taloyoak.
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Learning about country food!  An evening out on the town!

Thank you so much for reading this update on the diocesan youth leader training. I ask that you pray for the youth leaders and their youth as they start or continue youth ministry in their communities.

Youth Coordinator - Deanna Monks
deanna pic.jpgThe priority as youth coordinator is to seek after Christ and through that see generations of youth from the Diocese of the Arctic raised up to be leaders for Christ. We want youth and youth leaders to be encouraged, mentored and discipled to become the leaders God has called them to be. Leaders that seek after Jesus and become servant of all (Mark 10:42-45). We need to be training children and youth to become leaders who are not just involved in church but are involved in their secular community, living out Matthew 28:19-20 & Ephesians 4:11-16.

To accomplish this, we need to find out what is happening in regards to youth ministry across our diocese, offer assistance to those youth ministries, encourage parishes without to begin youth ministry, assist youth leaders and parents with resources and training, and develop a youth ministry network. Deanna is taking steps toward this through being trained herself, networking within and outside the diocese, training and resourcing youth leaders, and most importantly seek after Christ. Here is some of what she has been working on:

Deanna completed the ASIST training for trainer’s workshop through Livingworks. ASIST is applied suicide intervention skills training. ASIST is a two-full day workshop that will give the participants the skills, knowledge and confidence to provide safe-for-now help and hope for persons at risk of suicide. ASIST gives hope. Please pray for Deanna as she works towards becoming fully registered and begin to facilitate workshops within our diocese to train youth leaders and clergy.

Deanna has been learning to direct a weekend retreat for youth entitled TEC. The goal of Teens Encounter Christ is to provide a safe, non-judgmental place where young people ages 16-21 (the candidates) can take time from the pressures of the outside world to think about and maybe decide where Jesus fits into their lives. The weekend is filled with talks, worship times, and open space for reflection. The prayer and desire is that each teen will encounter the living Jesus during his/her TEC weekend. We hope to have our first TEC in the summer of 2017; please pray for our leaders involved.

Trinity President Visits Iqaluit        

The Rev. Dr. Justyn Terry, the current Dean and President of Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA, visited Iqaluit in March. He arrived on Good Friday, after his plane was delayed due to weather (a very northern experience!).  On Sunday, he preached an Easter message at St. Jude’s Cathedral, reminding us of the hope of Christ’s resurrection and inviting people to trust Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
On Tuesday Justyn led an ordination retreat at St. Simon’s in Apex for Deacons Jared and Rebecca Osborn.  That evening, Justyn taught a leadership workshop to the clergy and lay leaders.  The teaching was received enthusiastically, and led to some honest conversation about the joys and struggles of church leadership.
Dean Jonas Allooloo, The Rev. Dr. Justyn Terry and The Rev. Jared Osborn

On Thursday evening, the Cathedral hosted a healing service which drew a large number of people from the church and the community.  Justyn preached on God’s role in healing and invited people forward for prayer and anointing.  During this service we also prayed for the safe return of three hunters who had been missing on the land for a week.  We were reminded anew of God’s loving care when we heard, in the middle of the service, the wonderful news that they had been found safe!
IMG_1593.jpgThe Rev. Dr. Justyn Terry with Bishop Darren at the Iqaluit Airport

Arthur Turner Training School (which is set to open in September 2016) is partnering with Trinity School for Ministry.  Material from Trinity will form the basis for our curriculum, and graduates of ATTS will receive a Diploma in Arctic Ministry, offered jointly by ATTS and Trinity.  We’re blessed by this relationship, and grateful for Justyn’s support as we strive to equip the people of the north for Christian ministry.

A tour around Iqaluit with Dean Jonas and ATTS Director The Rev. Joey Royal


Lay Leaders training for the region began March 14 to 26. This training will be held in two week sessions. Plans are that the second session will take place in the fall however the dates still need to be determined.

The Rev. Roger Briggs taught during the first week and the Rev. Iola Metuq taught during the second week. The subjects covered were Call to the Ministry and Discipleship.

The Parish of Inukjuak will host the training, provide accommodations and may be some travel costs. Parishes in the region were asked to pay travel for candidates from their community.  

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The Rev. Roger Briggs instructing the class

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The Rev. Roger Briggs tries on the new toque presented to him by the class

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During class instruction by the Rev. Iola Metuq
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L-R back row: Susie Alaku (Salluit), Daniel Weetaluktuk (Inukjuak), Minnie Kasudluak (Inukjuak), Bobby Mina (Inukjuak), Lena Metuq (Inukjuak), Anna Ohaituk (Inukjuak), Lucassie Echalook (Inukjuak).
L-R front row: Elisapi Angutigirk (Salluit), Elisapi Nutara (Inukjuak), Mary Atagotaaluk (Inukjuak) and The Rev. Roger Briggs (Ottawa).

Arviat Revival
By The Rev. Lucy Netser
Revival in Arviat did very well. Singers came from Whale Cove (couple) plus youth choir from Coral Harbour which was real good for everyone especially youth, youth really like their singing.~ Coral choir raised money to fly to Arviat even paid their portion from their pocket to help with revival, that was so nice of them.
As the Regional Dean I invited all communities in Kivalliq Anglican churches send in at least 1 or 2 lay leaders to come and have face to face conference at least for few hours and participate with the activities that were going on. Only Rankin did not come due to weather plus funding and a minister from Coral Harbour due to weather.

Teachings were about forgiveness and a lot of people were set free from unforgiveness.~ People had been saying that they feel so much lighter within since.

Other people came too to join the revival and Arviat people accommodate each one of them and last but not least one hotel had two rooms for free and Roman Catholic had their trailer home available too. Some families gave their homes up for that weekend to accommodate everyone.

Two stores gave us $500.00 each to help out in anyway. Vestry's Outreach Committee~worked hard to make things run the way it did. Tasks for planning were divided up to individuals so that one is not overloaded with too many. Social Committee also did well in making sure that coffee breaks during the day were looked after and water for singers.

Two long time counselors preachers came to teach (summaried).
Vestry also presented long service Diocesan award to Margaret Puvvaq Hannak on Sunday morning service November 15, that was real good too. Vestry got her home made jacket along with cheque to show their appreciation for lifelong service in the church. It was pointed out that her Sunday school students are now grandparents. She had also been looking after other things too for do long that I am not mentioning.
I want to see more of different events in Kivalliq region more often to help with the needs.


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We had three communities represented: Taloyoak, Gjoa Haven and Coral Harbour. Along with two clergy: Rev Ikey & Rev. Lucassie, our Diocesan Bishop David Parsons and our Diocesan Youth Coordinator Deanna Monks.  Pictured below is some of the youth who attended and organized the youth revival.

Bishop Darren ordains Jimmy Qaapik with the assistance of Dean Jonas Allooloo in Grise Fiord.


Since the last issue of Arctic News several people have been ordained in the Diocese. Here are some photos of these ordinations.
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On February 11, 2016 at St. Jude’s Cathedral in Iqaluit Bishop David ordained Ms. Eimsook Joung a deacon. Eimsook ministers at Holy Comforter Church in Rankin Inlet.
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On March 13, 2016 at St. Aidan’s Church in Baker Lake Bishop David ordained Mr. David Simailak a deacon. David ministers at St. Aidan’s. who will also serve at St. Silas Church.

Bishop David ordains David Simailak in St. Aidan’s Baker Lake.
Rev. Bruce Ellis (Calgary), John Avaala, Travis Mannik, Silas Arngna’naaq, Deacon David Simailak, Thomas Anirniq, Rev. Jean Simailak, Rev. Lucy Netser, Deacon Joedee, Michael Haqpi and Bishop David
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On March 13, 2016 at St. Silas Church in Hall Beach Bishop Darren ordained Mr. Enoki Irqittuq a deacon. Enoki is now in charge of St. Silas parish. On the same day Bishop Darren provided layleader licenses to 8 people. Front row: Lou Nattuk, Manasee Ulayuk, Rosanne Pikuyak, Meeka Innuksuk, Peter Kadlutsiak, Solomon Qanatsiaq, Nagleena Innuksuk and Helen Nasook  Back row: Bishop Darren, the Rev. Enoki Irqittuq, Sarpina Irqittuq, Olassie Evic and the Rev. Tommy Evic

On April 14 in Ft. McPherson Bishop David ordained Mrs. Rebecca Blake a deacon. Rebecca will now be in charge of St.  Matthew’s parish.  
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L to R front row: Deacon Hannah Alexie, Evangelist Mabel Brown,  Deacon Mary Teya, Deacon Rebecca Blake, Joanne Snowshoe, Greta Sittichinli
Back row: the Rev. David Lehmann, Bishop David Parsons and Ken Martin.

On April 25, 2016 at St. Peter’s Church in Grise Fiord Bishop Darren ordained Mr. Jimmy Qaapik a deacon. We believe this is the first time there has been an ordination at Grise Fiord and it is the first time there has been a resident deacon in charge of the parish.   
On May 23, 2016 at St. Jude’s Cathedral (during Synod) Bishop David ordained three deacons to the priesthood. These are Francis Delaplain (St. Andrew’s Hay River), Jared Osborn and Rebecca Osborn (St. Jude’s Cathedral Iqaluit).
 Deacon Jared Osborn                                                            Deacon Rebecca Osborn
Deacon Francis Delaplain


Please join us in welcoming new workers to the Diocese and saying good-bye to others.


Matilda Nakoolak
A new translator/clerk has been hired for the Diocese. Matilda Nakoolak began working at the Synod office on January 4, 2016. She has been a real blessing to the Diocese. Since she began work much more of our communication has gone out to parishes in both English and Inuktitut.

The Rev. Eimsook Joung
In February Bishop David welcomed Eimsook Joung to the Diocese. Eimsook spent several years in England as a Presbyterian priest before deciding that she would like to work for the Anglican Church here in the Arctic. Eimsook travelled from London to Iqaluit where Bishop David ordained her a deacon. Immediately following that she travelled to Rankin Inlet where she is now Deacon in Charge of Holy Comforter Church.

Haighs.jpgThe Rev. Bryan Haigh
When the Rev. Joey Royal was appointed as the new Director for the Arthur Turner Training School (ATTS), the process of seeking his replacement began. The Rev. Geoffrey and Rosalind Dixon filled in as interim at the parish from January to April. We are pleased to say that a new rector for Holy Trinity Yellowknife was selected. The Rev. Bryan Haigh, his wife Michelle and their young son Nathan arrived from Johannesburg, South Africa on April 22. The parish welcomed them with their rendition of a verse from the South African anthem and a potluck lunch. Young Nathan has already made friends. Looks like the right fit for Yellowknife.


Douglas Doak
A new executive officer has been appointed for the Diocese. Mr. Douglas Doak began working with the Synod office on May 16. Doug has worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories for the past twenty years.  He and his family are long time Yellowknifers and attend Holy Trinity.


The Rev. Tommy Evic
The Rev. Tommy Evic made the decision to retire. He left Igloolik on March 23 by snow machine and arrived in Pangnirtung March 29.~We are thankful for his safe arrival back to his home community. We are also thankful that he is willing to help with ministry in Pangnirtung should he be asked.
Tommy,Timiusie,Noah,Daniel,and Isaac

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The Rev. Stephen Martin
For personal reasons the Rev. Stephen Martin, his wife Michelle and their two children Joshua and Charlotte resigned from his position as priest in charge at Church of the Ascension in Inuvik. They left Inuvik for the long drive back to Ontario on April 8. A replacement for Mr. Martin has not yet been identified.

Deb.jpgDebra Gill
After almost 20 years as the executive officer for the Diocese, Debra has decided it is time to leave the Diocese and move back to Newfoundland.  “It’s been a pleasure and an honour to work for the Diocese and its people over these past 20 years. Leaving is bitter sweet. If there is ever anything I can do to help out, I’m only a phone call or an email away.”

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Confirmation class in Pangnirtung with Bishop Darren , Deacon Abraham Arnaqaq and lay leader Peter Kanayuk.


Theodore Parsons
May 3, 1926—Jan  12, 2016

Ted Parsons.jpgBishop David’s beloved Father was raised on Bell Island, Newfoundland. As a boy Ted was part of the Church Lads Brigade later studied at Queens College taught school became a Canada Customs officer. After moving to Labrador Ted met and married Ruth Parsons nee Locke. Ted loved Jesus the land, hunting and fishing and was part of the team that built St. Andrew’s Happy Valley. After moving to Newfoundland he was member of St. Andrew’s Glenwood. Left with loving memories are wife Ruth. sons David (Rita), Peter (Joanne), Steven (Joann), daughters Barbara (Joseph), Cynthia (Nicolas), 9 grandchildren and 7 plus great grandchildren.

Betsie Gerber
April 24, 1925 – January 31, 2016

Gerber_Betsie.jpgAmy Elisabeth ("Betsie") Ewing Gerber was born in mid-town Toronto on April 24, 1925. The family moved to North Toronto soon after, where she attended Allenby Public School and St. Clements’ Girls’ school through Grade 13. She graduated from Commerce and Finance from Victoria College in 1947 with a B.Comm. Three years with The Bank of Canada in Ottawa were followed by a couple of years with the CBC in downtown Toronto in the Statistics and Research department. After her marriage to the Rev. Earl Gerber in May 1953 the couple spent eleven months in Kamloops BC where Earl was the Assistant Curate at St. Paul's "Cathedral".

When Earl was posted to Inukjuak (Nunavik), in August 1954, Betsie remained in Toronto where she gave birth to John Howard Sept. 14. They joined Earl at Inukjuak late Jan. '55. Two more children swelled the Gerber family ranks during the next several years. In September 1960 the family relocated in Muskoka, Ontario where a fourth child (son Ted) was born.  They retired from the Diocese of Toronto in 1994. Since 2007 they have been living and ministering in Alliston.

On the last day of January 2016, Betsie succumbed to a viral pneumonia, and died peacefully while surrounded by family including five grandchildren. Already she is sorely missed.

Esther Braden
August 13, 1923 – February 18, 2016

esther-braden.jpgThe Braden family moved to Yellowknife from Saskatchewan in 1964. Within days of arriving, the Rev. Ken Genge heard that Esther played the organ, and that Sunday she played for the service at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. She continued giving her gift of music to her church, to seniors and to shut-ins for the next 50 years.

Esther was a lifetime volunteer and former president of the Yellowknife YWCA, where  she expanded its services by helping to found a shelter for women who are victims of family violence. She is perhaps most well-known for her work as an advocate for women, seniors~and the hard of hearing, establishing the territory's first seniors' information line and volunteering at Yellowknife's Aven Manor seniors home. In 2006, she was made a member of the Order of Canada.
Holy Trinity Yellowknife lost two of its matriarches this past year. We bid farewell to Esther Braden and Barb Bromley - they are certainly missed and fondly remembered.

Installing the wall hangings in the cathedral

L to R the Rev. Methusalah Kunuk, Joshua Kango (2015 diocesan award recipient), the Rev. Caleb Sangoya and retired Bishop Paul Idlout

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A proud Dean with the Stanley Cup in Resolute Bay


stuart.jpgMackenzie Delta– Regional Dean the Rev. Stuart Brown
        Our deanery's news would include the departure of the Rev. Steve, Michelle, Joshua and Charlotte Martin and our best wishes for their future work and witness, the visit of Bishop David to Fort McPherson, where he ordained Rebecca Blake as a deacon and to Aklavik, where he conducted a service of confirmation, and to Inuvik, where he met with the vestry.
As of 23 April, Margaret and I are grateful to God for fifty years of matrimonial bliss.

andrew.jpgNunavik – Regional Dean the Rt. Rev. Andrew Atagotaaluk
Training has begun in the Nunavik region. The first session was held in March in Inukjuak with 10 participants. The first part of the training was led by the Rev. Roger Briggs and the second portion was led by the Rev. Iola Metuq. Plans are underway to have the next training session in the Fall.
Earlier this year, the Diocesan Youth Coordinator, Deanna Monks, visited two of the parishes in Ungava (St. Stephen’s in Kuujjuaq and Transfiguration in Tasiujaq) this was a very good visit both for the parishes and for Deanna.  After a good many years without clergy, the parish of St. James, Salluit is looking forward to getting a new Rector after Synod.  Plans are underway for the Rev. Victor Johnson, from Bumbai, India to come to Canada and begin ministry in the region.

paul.jpgKitikmeot – Regional Dean the Rev. Canon S. Paul Williams
At the time of this writing, the youth of Taloyoak are beginning to welcome visitors to their community as they host the first in what is hoped to be an annual Revival event. ~Bishop David, along with the Rev'ds. Ikey Nashaooraituq (Gjoa Haven) and Lucassie Nakoolak (Coral Harbour) are travelling to the community, along with youth and others from Gjoa Haven and other communities.~ The Bishop, Ikey and Lucassie and a few others will be leading Bible studies in the day time, with services of praise and worship during this weeklong event.~ Meanwhile, back in Gjoa Haven, the lay leaders and the A.E. are continuing to be active.~ A new tapestry for the sanctuary is in the process of being crafted, and hopefully we'll have a picture in the next edition.~ In Cambridge Bay, the boiler at St. George's church has melted down to the point of ruination and is having to be replaced.~ In the interim, the congregation has been meeting in the Elder's Palace, a hamlet run facility on Parish lands, next door.~ Thankfully, the congregation is beginning to slowly grow again.~ In Ulukhaktok, the Resurrection Parish folk are also beginning to slowly grow stronger, with the A.E. starting up again and with Sunday school plans in the offing.~ St. Andrew's Kugluktuk has just had a successful fund raising venture selling stews, chilis, and hot beverages out of their little "Happy Shack" down on the river ice during the recent community annual spring celebration, the Nattiq Frolics. ~Canon Paul Williams has begun his travels around the deanery again after a 5 week stint in Kugluktuk, having just visited Cambridge Bay for two Sundays, and getting ready to head to Ulukhaktok.~ Over the summer, he'll be constantly to and fro with his regular duty travels alongside with weddings in Ulukhaktok, Cambridge Bay, and Gjoa Haven.~ Exciting times to come.

david l.jpgUpper Mackenzie – Regional Dean the Rev. David Lehmann
Here’s what’s up in the Upper Mackenzie.
Fort Simpson bid farewell to Mrs. Jessie Chaulk as their Lay-Reader in Charge after Christmas. ~She returned to Newfoundland and is assisting in her home parish. ~She will be sorely missed. ~Hay River, this winter, bid farewell to Rev’d Vivian Smith upon her retirement. ~She too returned to Newfoundland! ~Rev’d Francis Delaplain is the Deacon-in-Charge of the parish and is settling in well. ~The transition was made possible by Rev’d Vivian’s gracious efforts, she is missed. ~Rev’d Francis has worked hard to develop a ministry with the inmates at the South Mackenzie Correctional Centre. ~His is leading an Alpha program there and leading regular worship services. ~Yellowknife was blessed with the interim ministry of Rev’d Geoff Dixon. ~Their new rector Rev’d Bryan Haigh will arrive this spring from South Africa. ~Fort Smith has been active with Messy Church, Cookies and Conversation at Aurora College Thebacha Campus, and planning for an outreach program for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games that will be co-hosted with Hay River. ~God has certainly been blessing the various ministries within the Upper Mac!

lucy.jpgKivalliq – Regional Dean the Rev. Lucy Netser~
David Simailak was ordained deacon on March 13, 2016 and appointed by Bishop David as in-charge for St.  Aidan’s Church in Baker Lake until a new priest comes to that community which should be sometime this year.
Sandy Okatsiak was attending Youth Training in Yellowknife, he went there March 3rd and came home March 14. He said that it was very informative and was glad that he attended it. Thank you for inviting the youth leaders from each region for sure it will help broaden the view and I’m hoping to see more programs for youth in the future.
The Rev. Eimsook Joung was in Arviat March 14 to 16 to learn more about our programs and see what we have going in Arviat.~ She preached at Youth Service on Tuesday March 15 and it was also the first youth lead church service. These youth take music lessons each Tuesday which started this winter.~ Youth Service with music lessons and learning to sing, along with how to pray for others and scripture reading each week and the number of participants is increasing.~ This program is being lead by Sandy Okatsiak and David Kuksuk.
I also had Eimsook teach at Wednesday bible study at the church since it is always good to have someone teaching or preaching once in a while. She took some church supplies (e.g. cloths for holy table etc) that she needs for her parish. I wanted her to see how churches in the north are normally set up inside and how people are working inside the church.~ Arviat people were glad to have her and welcomed her.
The Rev. Lucy Netser was in Rankin Inlet for Somebody’s Daughter Training March 18 to 24. This   program was Empowerment and Skills Development
Leadership and Community Development Training.~ It taught about how to make a difference in the community, make a positive change in the community, take action on violence experiences in the home, to make the community the best community to grow up in and to live in, to make a difference in the children of the community and make a positive impact in their future lives, willingness to lead change in the community, on becoming a team builder, a team player or want to start team in the community.~ Women from Kivalliq communities will take a series of workshops over the next 2 years to assist women   in the community to develop skills and tools to create a positive change in their town.

caleb.jpgHigh Arctic Deanery (Regional Dean, The Rev. Caleb Sangoya)
St. Timothy’s Parish (Pond Inlet, Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord) continues to be led by the Rev. Caleb Sangoya (Zipporah). Caleb also serves as Regional Dean for this area. Bishop Darren recently ordained Jimmy Qaapik of Grise Fiord. Jimmy will be in charge of St. Peter’s in that community. The Rev. Tommy Evic (Olassie) recently retired as priest in charge of St. Matthias Parish (Igloolik and Hall Beach) and moved back to their home community of Pangnirtung. During a recent visit to Hall Beach, Bishop Darren ordained Enoki Irqittuq (Sarpina) a deacon and he will be in charge of St. Silas in Hall Beach.~ Deacon Leah Qaqqasiq May (Frank) continues to lead the parish of All Saints (Arctic Bay). Due to travel difficulties the parish of Clyde River is now included in this deanery. The Rev. Jacobie Iqalukjuak continues as deacon in charge at Church of The Redeemer.


South Baffin Deanery (Regional Dean, The Rev. Methusalah Kunuk
The Rev. Methusalah Kunuk (Martha) is the Regional Dean for the South Baffin. The Very Rev. Jonas Allooloo (Meena) is rector and dean at the Cathedral Parish of St. Jude’s (Iqaluit).  Deacons Jared and Rebecca Osborn will be ordained priests during our Synod in May and they will continue to help with ministry at the parish while sharing the responsibility of raising their two girls. St. Luke’s (Pangnirtung) is being led by retired Deacon Abraham (Meeka) Arnaqaq. Now that Rev. Tommy & Olassie Evic are back in Pangnirtung, Tommy has offered to help Abraham when he is called upon. Deacon Loasie Kooneeluisie (Jeela) is in charge at St. Michael’s and All Angels (Qikiqtarjuaq). St. John’s (Cape Dorset) is being led by layleaders and the parish of St. Paul’s (Kimmirut) continues to be led by dedicated lay people.     

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This wonderful work of art was handcrafted by Mrs. M.E. Warner of England.
It now hangs proudly in St. Jude’s Cathedral in Iqaluit.