INDIGENOUS RIGHTS Campaign on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Let Justice Roll: Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Canadian churches are committed to the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a crucial means for achieving reconciliation between Indigenous and settlers in Canada.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) named the UN Declaration in 16 Calls to Action.

In Call to Action 43, the TRC called upon the Government of Canada to “fully adopt and implement” the UN Declaration as “the framework for reconciliation.” Call to Action 44 calls upon the Government of Canada to “develop a national action plan, strategies, and other concrete measures to achieve the goals of the United Nations Declaration.”

This section of the KAIROS website serves as a guide for taking action to ensure that the Government of Canada takes the necessary steps to revise federal legislation so that all relevant legislation is consistent with the UN Declaration. It includes

  • A theological reflection.
  • Some Frequently Asked Questions about the UN Declaration.
  • A resource for congregations on how to produce banners declaring their commitment to reconciliation.
  • Updates and urgent actions.
  • A list of other print and video resource
Download the 11-page digital version of Let Justice Roll: Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

This campaign is coordinated by members of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives in collaboration with Mennonite Church Canada (Indigenous Relations) and Canadian Baptist Congregations.
March, 2017

Press conference: Churches respond to TRC deadline on Call to Action #48 – March 30, 2016.

The TRC called “upon the church parties to the Settlement Agreement, and all other faith groups and interfaith social justice groups in Canada who have not already done so, to formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms, and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation.”

From left to right the Most Rev Fred Hiltz, Primate, Anglican Church of Canada; Major Shari Russell, Salvation Army; the Rev Susan Johnson, National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; Dr. Marie Wilson, Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada; the Right Reverend Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop; the Rev. Karen Horst, Moderator, Presbyterian Church in Canada; Manuela Popovici, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and the Right Reverend Jordan Cantwell, Moderator, United Church of Canada.

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