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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll happily add them to the gallery!
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).
Calling on Churches to take photos of your congregations and/or church signs with “Adopt the Declaration” messages. Send original hi-resolutions images to email@example.com, 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
On Thursday, April 20, the staff of Mennonite Church Canada along with some representatives of Canadian Mennonite University blessed and sent Steve Heinrichs, Erin Froese, and Henry Neufeld on their way. Here’s a short video.