Letters from the Past Year
This letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, conveys the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s deepening distress and grief at the violence between Hamas and Israel and the mounting civilian death toll in Gaza, the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and parts of Israel. The letter urges the Government of Canada to meet its commitments and responsibilities within the context of upholding international law and human rights equally for all people by calling for an immediate ceasefire that includes both Israel’s bombing of Gaza and Hamas’ firing of rockets into Israel, the immediate and safe release of all hostages and the opening of safe corridors to provide humanitarian relief to people in Gaza, among other appeals.
This 2023 ecumenical letter conveys support for the Government of Canada’s efforts to stand with the LGBTQI+ community in Uganda by calling on the Government of Uganda to revoke the 2023 Anti-Homosexuality Act. The letter also encourages Canada to continue supporting LGBTQI+ people around the world through advocacy, pathways to securing refugee status, international assistance and humanitarian aid.
Letters from 2022
This 2022 letter advocates that the government develop pathways to permanent residency for migrant workers and processes to regularize undocumented migrant workers to better protect worker’s rights and decrease opportunities for exploitation.
This 2022 letter encourages the government to take action on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 21 regarding the need for healing centres to address the harms caused by Residential Schools and colonization.
This 2022 letter advocates for supports, and especially for safe affordable housing, for people who are trying to escape domestic violence.
This 2022 letter advocates for a rights-based approach in affordable housing strategies and the need to address systemic barriers faced by Indigenous and racialized people who are at greater risk of housing insecurity.
This 2022 letter advocates for domestic vaccine development capacity and that a fixed portion of all vaccines produced in Canada are allocated to low- and middle-income countries that face barriers to adequate vaccine supply.
This 2022 letter advocates for research and funding for communities at risk from the climate crisis and the need for the oil and gas sector to reduce carbon emissions and supports a just transition for people affected by a transition to a low-carbon economy.
This 2022 letter encourages the Government of Canada to pledge support for the cleanup of the oil spill from the FSO Safter, anchored off the coast of Yemen.
Letters from 2021
This 2021 letter communicates the church’s acceptance of the findings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as expressed in its final report and seeks information about how the government will implement its Federal Pathway to Address Missing and Murdered Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People plan.
This 2021 letter to the government communicates church support of the Joint Statement on the Physical Punishment of Children and Youth , advocating for the repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code, which allows for corporal punishment of children.