NZ Anglicans attend conference on indigenous issues

Last month a small delegation of New Zealand Anglicans attended the biennial Anglican Indigenous Network (AIN) conference which was held in New York.

Before the Conference, the delegation met with former Prime Minister Helen Clark, who is now the Head of the United Nations Development Programme.

The delegation also met with New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the former Deputy Prime Minister, Jim McLay.

At the conference, the delegation from Aotearoa was joined by delegations from Australia (comprising Aboriginal and separate Torres St representatives) as well as First Nation delegations from Canada, Hawaii and the USA.

They were welcomed by representatives of the Shinnecock-Sewanaka people, who are the tangata whenua of Manhattan.

The AIN conference ran from April 14 to April 17, and according to Brigitte Te Aweawe-Bevan, who was in the Aotearoa delegation, each of the delegations drew strength and solidarity from sharing “each other’s’ concerns, celebrations and ideas”.


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