by Deborah Froese; April 26, 2017; Mennonite Church Canada
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!
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.
- America, The Jesuit Review – April 7
- Winnipeg Free Press – April 22
- Salt and Light TV (@3:46) – April 25
- Canadian Mennonite – April 25
- Burlington Gazette – April 26
- Centre for Peace Advancement – April 27
- Inside Ottawa Valley – April 27
- Inside Halton – April 28
- 1005 Fresh Radio – May 2
- The Wolf 101.5 FM – May 2
- Chex TV – May 2
- Frontenac News – May 3
- ATPN National News – May 10
- Ottawa Sun – May 13
- iPolitics – May 13
- Ottawa Citizen – May 14
- Ottawa Community News – May 15
- Rabble – May 15
- Inside Ottawa Valley – May 15
- Inside Ottawa Valley 2 – May 15
We’re catching up with the Pilgrimage walkers! Check out the photo galleries.
Thanks to CHEX TV News in Peterborough, Ontario, for sharing the story of the Pilgrimage with its audience.
Steve (organizer) and his daughter Abbey bring you this short video update:
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).