On April 27, letters were sent to the Prime Minister and to each Opposition Leader regarding Bill C-262, a Private Member’s Bill. Bill C-262 outlines a process and a timeline to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into Canadian law.
The Commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada have stated that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is the framework for reconciliation in Canada.
The message in each letter is that it is the hope of the churches that signed the letter that all parties in Parliament will support Bill C-262.
Bill C -262 has received 2nd reading in the House of Commons. It has been reviewed by the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
In the coming months, the Bill will receive 3rd and final reading in the House of Commons. The first of two hours of debate is confirmed for May 29. The second session of third reading has not been announced as of May 28. If it passes 3rd reading, it will then be sent to the Senate. Please call, e-mail or write to your Member of Parliament encouraging them to vote in favour of the Bill at 3rd reading. We hope Bill C-262 can be adopted as a non-partisan piece of legislation that all MPs will support.
The letter is signed by leaders from the Anglican Church of Canada; Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; Christian Reformed Church in North America; Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; Mennonite Church Canada; The Presbyterian Church in Canada; Religious Society of Friends; the United Church of Canada.
The Moderator of the 143rd General Assembly, the Rev. Peter Bush signed on behalf of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
For further information, please contact Stephen Allen, Associate Secretary, Justice Ministries.