Commit to a Just Relationship Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada
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The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a global affirmation of Indigenous peoples’ existing rights. The Declaration identifies six key principles:
- the right to self-determination
- the right to participate in decision-making
- the right to cultural and spiritual identity
- the right to lands and resources
- the right to free, prior, and informed consent
- the right to be free from discrimination
The final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada states that “the United Nations Declaration provides the necessary principles, norms, and standards for reconciliation to flourish in twenty-first-century Canada.”
On April 27, 2018, the United Church of Canada and leaders of other Christian denominations wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in support Bill C-262 (An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples).
In this letter, they state: “We believe that building a new relationship and passing Bill C-262 into law are non-partisan issues that warrant the support of all Parliamentarians. Reconciliation calls us not just to address the wrongs of the past, but to address, in an urgent manner, current injustices rooted in colonial structures and institutions. It is time to recognize, in law, Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination. The passage of Bill C-262 into law is an essential step in the journey of reconciliation. We hope that the Government of Canada will continue to support Bill C-262.”
If a just relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada is part of your vision for Canada, consider supporting this initiative by helping to let Government know that the passing of Bill C-262 should be a non-partisan issue that involves all Canadians and requires immediate action.
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