Manitoba Interchurch Coaltion On Resource Development
Organization profile published 1982

Year Published:  1982
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2605

Established in 1977, the COALITION brings together representatives of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Christian Reformed Church, the Lutheran Church in America (Central Canada Synod), the Conference of Mennonites in Canada, the Roman Catholic Church, and the United Church of Canada. Its primary objective " to catalyze the Christian Community in the South and in the North with the object to:

- Stimulating informed theological reflection about the whole question of economic development;
- Enabling the Northern churches to prophetically challenge the lifestyle of Manitoba as a whole;
- Challenging the Christian Community in the South to be in solidarity with Northern people, and to act with them as advocates in support of their struggle to respond to the immediate threat to their way of life posed by impending development.

Working with the national interchurch body Project North, the COALITION has supported Native organizations in the Polar Gas Pipeline debate. Throughout 1981 it worked with various Native organizations to get support for an aboriginal rights clause in the Consitution. It has lobbied at the provincial level with regard to northern hydro development and Native land entitlement. In February and March, 1982 the COALITION held seminars on Aboriginal Rights and Self-Determination. Future activities will also include lobbying the Manitoba govenment to ensure the protection of wild rice crops from non-Native exploitation and supoorting land entitlement claims put forwad by Manitoba Native organizations.

The COALITION publishes a quarterly newsletter, and maintains files related to northern resource development.

This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1982.

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