The Student Christian Movement of Canada (SCM) says it is excited and humbled by the opportunity to join the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights in support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
In an email, Peter Haresnape, National Coordinator, writes, “We seek to learn, to act in solidarity, and to witness to the need for action following the direction of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report.”
Haresnape says SCM members will be encouraged to consider how they can participate – by walking for part of the Pilgrimage, supporting the walkers, or learning more about the issues and sharing that knowledge in their own context.
SMC believes that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #48, addressed to churches and faith communities, “… requires us to explore, understand, and animate UNDRIP” and calls on Christians to listen carefully, study diligently, work patiently, and act contemplatively.
“The Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights is an important way to engage,” says Haresnape.