The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada stated that “the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is the framework for reconciliation at all levels and across all sectors of Canadian society.”
Private Member’s Bill C-262 was introduced by Romeo Saganash in 2016 to outline a framework for ensuring that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the UN Declaration.
On May 30, Bill C-262 passed third reading in the House of Commons and will soon be considered by the Senate. On October 5, the Moderator sent letters to all members of the Senate. He wrote:
“The passage of Bill C-262 would ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, including a 20-year reporting schedule that highlights the necessity of sustained, sincere, non-partisan commitment to honouring the rights of Indigenous peoples. It is time to recognize, in law, Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination. The passage of Bill C-262 into law is an essential step in the journey of reconciliation…We encourage your support as it is considered by the Senate.”
Read the full letter
On February 7, 2019, the Moderator and leaders of nine other faith-based organizations wrote to Canada’s Senators urging them to support Bill C-262.
Senators returned from recess on February 18 and have a short window of time to move this private-members bill forward. Adding to the urgency is that government bills will be prioritized, and some Senators may stall its passage. If Bill C-262 does not reach third reading in the Senate before Parliament is dissolved when the election is called, it will die on the order paper.
Read the letter
Use the resources below to contact Senators about supporting Bill C-262.
Add your voice to this conversation!
- Look up your Senators’ contact information and call or write them to show your support.
- KAIROS has organized an email campaign with an adaptable template letter.
- Organize a postcard signing event with your congregation. Addressed postcard decks are available through CommonWord. Tips for hosting a postcard signing event in your community, and sample postcard messages, will be included in your order, and can also be downloaded here.
For further information, contact Justice Ministries.