INDIGENOUS RIGHTS Urgent Action: Ask Senators to pass Bill C-262 (the Declaration)

#pass bill c-262Bill C-262 needs your urgent attention and support. Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, is now in third reading. Passed overwhelmingly in the House of Commons on May 30, the bill will, if enacted, ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the UN Declaration. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) identified the UN Declaration as “the framework for reconciliation at all levels and across all sectors of Canadian society.”

Let’s ensure this Bill is Passed into Law! 

Time is ticking. If Bill C-262 does not pass third reading in the Senate before Parliament is dissolved when the election is called, it will die on the order paper.

Many of us have voiced support for this Bill which, if passed, will establish a legislative framework requiring the federal government to work in consultation and cooperation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to develop a national action plan for implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as urged in the TRC Calls to Action. Canada endorsed the UN Declaration in 2010.*

Join KAIROS in urging senators to vote in favour of Bill C-262.

Take Action Now!

Send an e-letter to all senators

The quickest action is to send a letter to all senators right now via KAIROS’ letter form. Simply fill out your contact details and click SUBMIT. Already sent a letter to senators? This letter is new and communicates the urgency in passing the bill. Thoughtful personal comments make it even more powerful. Please send!

SEND E-LETTER

Organize collective action

Please organize an action with your congregation, organization, neighbours, friends, family or group. Make phone calls, and send messages via email and/or social media to Senators. Get creative! Share photos of yourself and others with placards that communicate support for the bill. Positive, respectful messages will help ensure a successful outcome.

Note: Senator Dennis Glen Patterson is the Conservative critic for the bill. If you are sending a handwritten letter or phoning, please contact him first.

Senator Dennis Glen Patterson (Nunavut)

613-992-0480 dennis.patterson@sen.parl.gc.ca
Facebook: @DennisGlenPatterson

For a list of Senators on the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, visit: sencanada.ca/en/committees/appa/

Phone calls

These also have impact, especially if key senators receive many! Ask members of your group to each call the senators on the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, especially Senator Patterson, and ask them to support the bill. Calling on a weekend? Please leave a message. For office numbers, visit: sencanada.ca/en/committees/appa/

General toll free number for the Senate of Canada (call during business hours to reach a specific office): 800-267-7362

Social Media

If you are on social media, encourage your followers to take action too, and direct them to this web page.

Take a photo of yourself or group with a sign urging senators to pass Bill C-262. Circulate it on social media. Suggested hashtags: #C262 #UNDRIP #SenCA #ReconciliACTION #Indigenous #cdnpoli. Email your photo to senators on the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. Do so before June 5.

Background and resources

KAIROS has closely followed Bill C-262’s journey since MP Romeo Saganash introduced it in the House of Commons in April 2016 as a private members bill. Working to have the Bill enacted into law is part of KAIROS’ Let Justice Roll campaign. To learn more, visit: Campaign on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Ten faith based organizations urge Canada’s Senators to support Bill C-262, theUnited Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. In a joint letter released on February 7, the Senators were reminded that the time for action is now: Ecumenical letter to Senators on Bill C-262

For more information on the Bill and the UN Declaration, visit the following:

Questions and Answers about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples

* Canada voted against the UN Declaration when it was adopted by the United Nations in 2007. In 2010, Canada officially endorsed the Declaration but called it an “aspirational document” and not legally binding. In May 2016, Canada removed its objector status and officially announced unqualified support for the UN Declaration.