The Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights is a 600 km walk from Kitchener to Ottawa in support of the adoption and implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Comprised mostly of Christians, we are seeking to make right our relationships with host peoples in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Please note that registration for walkers is now closed.
In a tribute to all the walkers, host communities, and above all, the many grassroots Indigenous peoples who have actively struggled for the recognition of their basic human rights, we offer up this video documentary that shares the experiences of the 600 km Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights. The walk may be finished, but the work of raising awareness of and respect for Indigenous human rights is not over. Here’s how to help make this video continue to work toward our goal (short teaser version to come):
Share it widely on social media and in your communities; host a showing and follow-up conversation.
Encourage the elected officials in your region to watch this video and follow-up with a request to meet and discuss it.
Share it with your church family, pastor, your family, and your childrens’ schools.
If you have connections with elected officials, try and arrange a showing on Parliament Hill.
Share it with the media in your area, especially if you have media connections.
Many thanks to Brad Leitch of Rebel Sky Media for his excellent work on this production.
by Deborah Froese; April 26, 2017; Mennonite Church Canada Winnipeg, Man
The Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights (PFIR) draws to a close on May 13, but even when the event is over, there are several ways to keep the objective of the initiative alive.
And what exactly is that objective? Ensuring that Indigenous peoples are guaranteed the same basic human rights enjoyed by others living in Canada – from houses and running water to education.
To this end, the Pilgrimage, a 600 km trek from Kitchener to Ottawa, Ont., is advocating for the adoption and implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The Declaration provides the foundation for healing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Implementing it is one of the 94 Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in their final report. Continue reading “Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights: Join the effort”
With the end of the Pilgrimage in sight, church support for fundamental Indigenous Rights is building! All churches are invited to submit a photo for gallery below. Send your photos to email@example.com and we’ll happily add them to the gallery!
All are invited to a Teach-in at Ottawa Mennonite Church, 1830 Kilborn Ave., on Saturday, May 13, from 7 – 9 pm. Guest speakers include Elder Barbara Dumont-Hill, Elder Rarihokwats, MP Romeo Saganash, Leah Gazan, and the Pilgrimage walkers. Come for a gentle and rich time of exploration and discovery about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), what authentic reconciliation looks like, and Bill C-262 (an Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples).
Today we release some of the voices of a so far silent companion on the Pilgrimage. The journal pictured below invites contributions from walkers and guests encountered along the way. At the end of the Pilgrimage, this journal and all within it will be given to the National Truth Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. May the journal’s pages speak into our future together.
It’s May 5, and the Pilgrimage continues to attract media attention. Below is a summary of what we’ve found so far. The Pilgrimage invites you to call up your local media coverage and encourage coverage leading up to and including the Walk the Talk rally at Human Rights Monument in Ottawa on Saturday, May 13, 2 pm.