The Territory of the People is located in the South Central region of the Province of British Columbia. We span some 166,500 square kilometers which stretch from Prince George in the north to beyond Merritt and Boothroyd in the south. This is about 10 hours driving north-south. The Territory was formed in 2016; previously we were called the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (APCI) formed in 2002 after the cessation of the Diocese of Cariboo. The Diocese of Cariboo ceased operations after the exhaustion of resources resulting from litigation and financial settlements to survivors of abuse at St. George’s Indian Residential School in Lytton, British Columbia.
The process to be recognized by the wider church as a Territory rather than a Diocese came out of our deep commitment to the Indigenous people of our area and our commitment to walk together to healing and reconciliation.
The Territory of the People (Anglican Church) was incorporated under the BC Societies Act on August 10, 2017. Motions passed at the 37th Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC and Yukon in September 2015 and the Joint Council of General Synod meeting November 13 – 15, 2015 allowed for this reorganization to happen. The Territory is a recognized Anglican Institute with the status of a Diocese with the ability to elect a Bishop and delegates to General Synod in its own name. Titles to the land and church/hall buildings in the Territory are held by the Fraser Basin Property Society, which holds them in trust for the parishes and wider communities.
The Territory of the People is part of the grouping of financially assisted dioceses through The Council of the North. The Council of the North is comprised of all bishops of the assisted dioceses in the Anglican Church of Canada. The Council administers the General Synod’s grants for northern mission and meets twice a year to share information about the unique challenges faced by smaller ministries in the church.
Population of Central Interior of BC: 298,000
Number of Churches: 33
Ecumenical Shared Ministry Congregations: 6
Total on Parish Rolls: 1306
Family & Single Units (Households): 868
Active Clergypersons: 18
Stipendiary priests: 6
Non-Stipendiary priests: 1
Deacons (non-stipendiary): 4
Pastoral Elders: 2
Hospital Chaplain (paid by government): 1
Lay Ministers of Word and Sacrament: 50
Budget Income (2019): $395,900 (CDN$)