Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights: Join the effort

by Deborah Froese; April 26, 2017; Mennonite Church Canada
Winnipeg, Man

PFIR walker Kandace Boos is travelling with her 9-month-old daughter, Junia. An urban artist, Boos plans to document the journey in art. Photo supplied.

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”

Ottawa Valley media announces pending arrival of Pilgrimage

Thanks to InsideOttawaValley for sharing news of our arrival in the valley. They’ve also shared that a free public event will take place at St Paul’s United Church (25 Gore St. W. in Perth), where MP Romeo Saganash and others will address the gathering on matters related to Bill C-262 which seeks to bring Canada’s laws into harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Call to Churches . . .

Calling on Churches to take photos of your congregations and/or church signs with “Adopt the Declaration” messages. Send original hi-resolutions images to office@mennonitechurch.ca, and we’ll post them here. Together, we can make some significant change! Please spread the word, and talk to your church to make it happen. – Steve Heinrichs

Come Visit the Walkers

We invite you and your friends to visit the walkers along the Pilgrimage. Check out the map to find out:

  • where the Pilgrimage is on a specific day
  • what the daily schedule is

Please note: casual day-walkers will need to bring their own food and drink. We can only offer provisions for multiple day-walkers who have registered in advance.