Bill C-262: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has called Canada to adopt and implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as “the framework for reconciliation" (Call to Action #43). Bill C-262 will ensure that Canada’s laws are in harmony with the Declaration.

But we need your help. 262 is currently in the Senate and it needs to get through committee and to 3rd vote in the next few months or it will not achieve royal assent.

Indigenous Peoples have been pushing for the Declaration for over 35 years—and the issues have not been resolved during that time.

Will you add your voice to the calls for Canada to move forward on a path—not just towards reconciliation, but a path towards equality and justice? Will you take action to #passbillc262?

 

TAKE ACTION!

Here are 3 important actions you can take in 3 minutes to support Bill C-262!

  • Send a quick e-letter to all the Senators urging them to support the quick passage of Bill C262! Click here to fire off the KAIROS E-Letter!

 

  • Take a photo of yourself (or with your communtity group) showing your support of Bill C262, and post to social media. “I support Bill C-262!” "We support Indigenous rights!" Use the hashtags #passBillC262 #UNDRIP #SenCA. If it's helpful, you can download a #PassBillC262 poster here.

 

  • Email or call Senator Don Plett (Manitoba), the Opposition Whip, expressing your personal support for Bill C-262 and asking him not to delay the passage of this vital legislation—don.plett@sen.parl.gc.ca; 613-992-0180.
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    In 1982, the United Nations began work on a document to protect the human rights of Indigenous Peoples globally. It took them 25 years to finish that work.

    The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was eventually adopted by the UN in 2007 – with Canada voting against it. It was finally endorsed by Canada in 2010.

    Canada has stated that they would put into place the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which call for the Declaration to be adopted and implemented.

    Canada now has the chance to become a world leader upholding Indigenous rights by fully standing behind this seminal document.

    This Declaration would go a long way to establishing a new relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples, and go a long way to improving the lives of Indigenous Peoples.

    We call upon the Canadian government to fully adopt and implement the Declaration, and stand up for the rights of Indigenous Peoples. We call on Canada to adopt Bill C-262 to this effect.

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