St. Paul’s to host postcard-writing events in support of UNDRIP

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NDP MP Romeo Saganash speaks to walkers from the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights during a brief stop over in Perth on May 9, 2017.
Posted on: September 13, 2017

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St. Paul’s United Church in Perth invites community members to take one very simple action in support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: writing postcards to local representatives in Parliament encouraging them to support Bill C-262.

If enacted, Bill C-262, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, would ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This fall, there will be a second reading of the bill in Parliament.

Members of the St. Paul’s Mission and outreach committee will have a table with postcards for people to sign at the Reconciliation Feast, being hosted by Plenty Canada and the Lanark County Neighbours for Reconciliation at the Perth Civitan, beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept.15.

Alternatively, interested community members are invited to gather at St. Paul’s at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17. Postcards, suggested messages, and snacks will be provided. The event will be suitable for all ages and held in a wheelchair-accessible space.

This spring, St. Paul’s hosted the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights, a Mennonite initiative with walkers from many different faith backgrounds travelling from Kitchener to Ottawa on foot in support of Bill C-262. Romeo Saganash, the NDP member of Parliament who tabled the Bill, was also in attendance and spoke in support of the Bill. The Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada include Article 43, which calls “upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation” in Canada.

You can read the full text of both Bill C-262 and UNDRIP online.

For more information on the Reconciliation Feast or to buy tickets, email Hunter at hunteranderson.plentycanada@gmail.com

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