Prayers for Peacemakers 26 July 2018 Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

 

We mourn and pray for the migrant families entering the United States—many of whom are Indigenous— detained and separated as a result of the Trump administration’s inhumane immigration policies. 

 

From an Open Letter of the Union of British Colombia Indian Chiefs: “Our hearts break for the many Maya, Aztec, Zapotec, Olmec Indigenous children who are being jailed in child camps simply for traveling through their own traditional territories and those of their relatives. This is a violation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the denial of inherent Indigenous rights to the land that Indigenous peoples have inhabited since time immemorial.”  

 

We stand with the diversity of peoples around Turtle Island declaring #FamiliesBelongTogether as we’re reminded of the alarming rates of Indigenous children removed from their families in the name of child welfare and disproportionate rate of Indigenous youth incarcerated in Canada under the guise of justice and public safety.