The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action #48 encourages the churches that are parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) and all other faith groups and interfaith social justice groups in Canada to formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the UN Declaration) as a framework for reconciliation. Churches and other faith groups are asked to issue a statement by March 31, 2016 on how they will implement the UN Declaration.
The Presbyterian Church in Canada along with The Anglican Church of Canada, The Canadian Yearly Meeting (Quakers,) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, The Salvation Army and The United Church of Canada are holding a press conference on Parliament Hill on Wednesday, March 30 to present a joint statement responding to Call to Action 48. In the evening there will be a public event, From Principles to Practice, at St. Andrew’s Church, Ottawa, where the moderator of the 2016 General Assembly, Karen Horst, is representing The Presbyterian Church in Canada and will moderate the panel at the evening event.
The following statement is issued by The Presbyterian Church in Canada in response to Call to Action #48.