Call to Action # 48

We call upon the church parties to the Settlement Agreement, and all other faith groups and interfaith social justice groups in Canada who have not already done so, to formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms, and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation. This would include, but not be limited to, the following commitments:

  1. Ensuring that their institutions, policies, programs, and practices comply with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
  2. Respecting Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination in spiritual matters, including the right to practice, develop, and teach their own spiritual and religious traditions, customs, and ceremonies, consistent with Article 12:1 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  3. Engaging in ongoing public dialogue and actions to support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  4. Issuing a statement no later than March 31, 2016, from all religious denominations and faith groups, as to how they will implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Why “In Progress?”

This Call to Action is still “In Progress” as UNDRIP has not officially been implemented in Canada yet.

The Church Parties to the Settlement Agreement – The Anglican Church of Canada, The Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Roman Catholic Entities Parties to the Settlement Agreement, The United Church of Canada and the Jesuits of English Canada – “acknowledge and welcome the specific calls to action that offer direction to the churches in our continuing commitment to reconciliation” (An Ecumenical Statement):

  • In particular, we are committed to respect Indigenous spiritual traditions in their own right (ii. above).
  • As individual churches and in shared interfaith and ecumenical initiatives – for example through Kairos, through interfaith groups, and through the Canadian Council of Churches – we will continue to foster learning about and awareness of (i and iii. above):
    • the reality and legacy of the residential schools,
    • the negative impact of such past teachings as the Doctrine of Discovery, and
    • the new ways forward found in places, such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (i. above)
  • We will continue our commitment to financial support for community-controlled initiatives in healing, language and cultural revitalization, education and relationship-building, and self-determination (1 and iv above).
  • All the Church Parties to the Settlement Agreement issued a statement on implementation plans for UNDRIP by March 31, 2016 (iv above).

Current Status

April 4, 2022

In Progress

Previous Status

February 14, 2022

In Progress

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