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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Join in the opening ceremony of the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights on April 23, 1:30pm, at Stirling Mennonite Church in Kitchener (57 Stirling Avenue North).
Among the distinguished guests presiding over the opening ceremony:
Myeengun Henry, an elder & Aboriginal Traditional Counselor from Chippewa of the Thames First Nation near London, Ontario will offer a traditional sending ceremony.
MP Diom Roméo Saganash (Quebec riding of Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou) will bring greetings. Mr. Saganash is the author of the Private Member Bill C262. “An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”
Leah Gazan, lecturer, community leader, activist, policy analyst and teacher in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg will address the gathering.
After the opening ceremony, all are invited to accompany the walkers on the first leg of their 600 km journey, which will conclude the day at its first destination of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 810 King St. E, Cambridge.