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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY AND MENNONITE CHURCH CANADA PLAN PILGRIMAGE FOR INDIGENOUS RIGHTS IN ONTARIO THIS SPRING.

CPTnet

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 Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’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 Saganash’s Bill C-262 – a private member’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.  

“This is a tangible opportunity for the church to witness its support for the rights of Indigenous peoples,” stated MC Canada Indigenous-Settler Relations Director Steve Heinrichs. “Personally, I’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.”

March Honour Walk 

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). 

Prayers for Peacemakers, 22 February 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 22 February 2017

This year marks fifty years of the illegal Israeli military occupation of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem and the life of apartheid for Palestinians. 23 years ago, an Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein killed 29 Palestinians during their morning prayers in Hebron / Al-Khalil. In commemoration of this Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre, and the following closure of Shuhada Street for entry of Palestinians, the Hebron community has been organizing an annual action since 2010. 

For this year’s commemoration, partners of the CPT Hebron team have asked CPT to provide an on-ground presence, as well as encourage other actions of solidarity around the world. 

Girl and Poster about Shuhada Street

Please pray for all the Palestinian women, men and children who stand up for their rights even despite the daily oppression that they face. Pray for the relatives of the victims of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre and other members of the Hebron community that they find justice and freedom to pray without fear, to move around their city without restrictions and to live and flourish in peace.

Learn about different ways to take action in order to support the struggle of the Hebron community --> Take action

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos February 14-20

CPTnet

21 February 2017

 AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos February 14-20

 
 

"Dismantle the Ghetto, Take Settlers Out of Hebron"


Pictured here: After Friday prayers, Palestinians gathered outside the Ibrahimi Mosque to promote the campaign "Dismantle the Ghetto, Take Settlers Out of Hebron", which calls for Right to Life and Freedom of Movement. This campaign commemorates the 23rd anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre and subsequent closure of Shuhada Street. An action will be taking place on February 24th and CPT Hebron has been asked by their partners to be present on the ground and the extended CPT community have been requested to stand in solidarity in their respective communities.

 (February 17, 2017)


COLOMBIA PUBLIC WITNESS REFLECTION: Killing social leaders is massacring hope

CPTnet
17 February 2017
COLOMBIA PUBLIC WITNESS REFLECTION: Killing social leaders is massacring hope

by Salvador Castro 

Colombia is a country of diverse realities and of melancholic complexities, a place where violence has become a daily bread and the claws of criminal death constantly obscure the way. But, as an oasis in the desert, there exist men and women who refresh hopes and revive dignity and ability to smile again. 

These women and men emerge from communities that are tired of suffering, and being strongly and deeply rooted in the territory, they nourish joys and breathe a desire for freedom. These men and women with their strength and solidarity make the empire tremble, an empire that sends its jackals to devour us.

Salvador reading names of Social Leaders who have been killed

We, members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), came together from different parts of the world as people of nonviolence to march and stand in act of solidarity and brotherhood with those 123 leaders who had been killed in the last year. With their lives and actions, these social leaders built paths of day-to-day peace. However, their steps were removed from the path, their voices silenced, their roots cut out and their lights extinguished.

But even when hope is weak it is difficult to kill it.

Prayers for Peacemakers. 16 February 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 16 February 2017

Sometimes we may think that people joining various state and non-state military and armed groups do so out of conviction. However, that does not entirely reflect reality. Large numbers of men and women have joined armies because of economic conditions, lack of opportunities, limited access to education and other situations of inequality. Many others were forcibly recruited by militias and armies. Many have joined in reaction to oppression and violence against their communities. This is not an apology or justification of war. It is humanizing war.

In the past weeks in Colombia thousands of former members of the FARC began to gather in the so called 'concentration zones' where they relinquish their weapons and begin processes of reintegration into civil society. 

Let us pray for all our sisters and brothers who had been forced to become elements of war. Pray for those who have decided to put down their weapons so that they will have all means needed to accomplish the process of transformation successfully. Pray that the lives of those who chose peace instead of war be protected from vengeance of the opposing armed groups.

 FARC member and her baby

Photo credit: Radio Santafe