As Jewish Canadians, we are writing to ask you to meet with Chief Theresa Spence, leader to leader. Chief Spence has taken a courageous stand in the face of ongoing disrespect of treaty rights through legislation such as Bill C-45 and disregard for the ecological health of Indigenous land.
As Jews living in Canada, we are aware that many of our families immigrated here to escape oppression and violence in other countries. We are grateful to the Indigenous people of Turtle Island, and aware of the ongoing injustices done to them by Canadian governments. We wish to contribute to building a respectful, nation-to-nations relationship with First Nations.
Chief Spence has opened the door to a new era of integrity, coherence and justice in the relationship between Canada and First Nations. Please meet with her immediately, and walk through that door on behalf of Canadians.