Primate's World Relief & Development Fund (PWRDF)
Welcome to the Montreal Unit of PWRDF!
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Each year, we focus on a project for which we raise both awareness – and funds! This year, we decided to concentrate our efforts on Just Generation’s initiative Right to Water. (Just Generation is the youth wing of PWRDF - http://www.justgeneration.ca) In backing this youth enterprise we are honouring the 2020 Vision Plan, the Marks of Mission and are positioning ourselves in “right relationship” with the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Specifically, we have chosen to support the First Nation of Pikangikum, an Ojibway First Nation community in Northern Ontario, which have the following challenges:
· 92%+ of houses have no, or inadequate, indoor plumbing.
· The wastewater outflow is upstream from the existing intake points.
· Electrical power for the community is limited to inefficient diesel generators.
· Many houses are overcrowded with up to eighteen people.
· The suicide rate is reportedly thirty-six times the national average.
· Pikangikum has been identified as having the highest per capita suicide rate in the world.
· The community’s youth are particularly vulnerable.
Our parishes have been busy educating and fundraising on behalf of Pikangikum. If you would like to get involved, here are some helpful links / additional information.
Water Walk information
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund is the Canadian Anglican agency for development, relief, refugees, and justice.
PWRDF is active in approximately 30 countries, with partners drawn from Anglican churches, ecumenical organizations, and community-based groups. PWRDF supports people-centred development that improves the quality of daily life for vulnerable populations, promotes self-reliance, and addresses root causes of poverty and injustice.
Our work is bound together in three strategic themes:
- Weaving a Culture of Peace with Justice
- Building a Moral Economy and
- Accompanying Communities in Crisis.
PWRDF strives to be a part of the outreach ministry of every Canadian Anglican parish and an expression for all Anglicans of their baptismal covenant to strive for justice and peace and to respect the dignity of every human being.
The national PWRDF has additional materials and information available here.
The Montreal Unit of the Primate’s World Relief & Development Fund
We serve as an educational resource to parishes by holding monthly information meetings (see below), publishing a quarterly newsletter and assisting parish representatives in educating their parishes about PWRDF. Have questions or interested in becoming involved? Write the Chairperson, Ann Cumyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or Roslyn Macgregor email@example.com. The committee is looking for new members to join the team.
Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the month, Sept – June at noon in Fulford Hall at Cathedral Place, 1444 Union, Montreal, unless otherwise noted.