27 February 2017
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY AND MENNONITE CHURCH CANADA PLAN PILGRIMAGE FOR INDIGENOUS RIGHTS IN ONTARIO THIS SPRING.
CPT-Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team is partnering with Mennonite Church Canada for a 600 km walk this spring (April 23-May 14) from Kitchener to Ottawa, ON to engage churches in a series of conversations about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), exploring why it matters, the hope it offers, and how we can collectively live into it.
The Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights is being planned in response to Article 48 of Canadaâ€™s Truth and Reconciliation Commissionâ€™s Calls to Action, which summons churches and faith groups to public dialogue and action in support of UNDRIP. The walk will be held in advance of the second reading of MP Romeo Saganashâ€™s Bill C-262 â€“ a private memberâ€™s bill which would provide a legislative framework for implementation of the Declaration. Similar to many Indigenous walks, the pilgrimage will conclude in Ottawa (Algonquin territory) to demonstrate support of the Declaration and call upon the Federal Government to implement the Declaration in a meaningful way.
â€śThis is a tangible opportunity for the church to witness its support for the rights of Indigenous peoples,â€ť stated MC Canada Indigenous-Settler Relations Director Steve Heinrichs. â€śPersonally, Iâ€™m excited to engage in meaningful conversations with a wide diversity of communities as to why adoption of the Declaration is good news, not just for Indigenous nations, but for all Canadians.â€ť
March 2015 - Settlers from Winnipeg walked 550 km from Stoney Knoll, SK to Edmonton, AB to honour residential school survivors (photo courtesy of Brad Leitsch).