Bill C-15 on its way to becoming law
This week marks an important moment which will be remembered as a good day in the struggle to uphold and recognize Indigenous Rights in Canada.
With its passage in the Senate, Bill C-15, An Act Respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, is now on its way to becoming law.
KAIROS Canada’s long-standing endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) included a massive Roll with the Declaration event on Parliament Hill on June 20, 2011 that involved the display of hundreds of banners with supportive messages from across the country.
When Romeo Saganash’s private Member’s Bill C-262, the UNDRIP bill – on which Bill C-15 is based – was blocked from a final vote in the Senate, many paused and reflected on ways in which to raise their hopes.
Through action, our member churches and ecumenical organizations called on people across Canada, most recently through the Faith in the Declaration Coalition, of which KAIROS is a member. We joined countless other Canadian advocates who submitted expressions of support for Bill C-15 to the Pre-Study of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples of The Senate of Canada on Bill C-15.
KAIROS Canada will continue to learn ways to role model actions as allies and center the voices of our Indigenous members, by continuing to unlearn in times of discomfort and by continuing to offer support to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities.
We honor those who fought before us, and those who continue to fight for the equitable and just society we believe Canada has the potential to be.