There are many things Canada needs to do in order to truly move forward in reconciliation, but one vital piece is acknowledging the right and connection to land.
First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people have an important place in Canada’s past, present, and future. Public justice demands that we recognize Indigenous rights and work towards full reconciliation.
From The Catalyst, Summer 2016
By Katherine Walsh
Fifteen of us from Montreal were on a “ski with the Cree” trip arranged by Kim Cheechoo, the Tourism Officer for the Moose Cree First Nation, and Bill Pollack, an 80-year-old forester and our intrepid organizer.
It’s been just over a year since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) published its 94 calls to action. They appeal to all sectors of society to change, to improve, and to educate. The Commission calls on us to reconcile with this nations’ Indigenous Peoples so as to avoid repeating history.
by Danielle Rowaan
“When you hear about all the assimilation policies one after the other, you sit back and think ‘whoa,’” says Shannon Perez. Shannon has experienced and led the Blanket Exercise, an interactive workshop developed by KAIROS that walks participants through the history of Canada from the perspective of Indigenous peoples, dozens of times.
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In June of 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released 94 Calls to Action to guide us towards a repaired relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and a more just and equitable future. CPJ has released a statement in response to the TRC's Call to Action #48 and has also endorsed the KAIROS Education for Reconciliation campaign in support of the TRC's Call to Action #62.i.
From The Catalyst, Spring 2016
by Michelle Nieviadomy
The earth provides everything we need: food, water, clothing, and shelter. For Indigenous peoples, she provides cultural and spiritual fulfillment as well. The earth is our source, not a resource.
Canadians might not know it, but we’ve been deprived of the good contributions that Indigenous people could have been bringing to our collective lives.
A late June ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada is causing shock waves among those who espouse an out-dated vision of how the Canadian economy should produce wealth. According to the highest court in the land, that traditional economic dog will no longer hunt.
“You shall be called the repairer of the breach…”
- Isaiah 58:12
In over 20 situations across the planet, truth commissions of various sorts have attempted to overcome past injustices. Most often, the process begins with telling a fuller story of what really happened (the truth), as histories are often written by the winners in dominant societal groups. Then apologies for past wrongs are often offered. The most difficult and long-term step (reconciliation) follows: trying to re-establish right relationships.
The UN’s 82 member delegations gathered in Geneva on April 26 to review Canada’s human rights performance. Together, they issued 162 recommendations dealing with everything from racial profiling to food security and basic sanitation. Canada has committed to responding to the UPR recommendations by September. CPJ will join other civil society and Aboriginal organizations tomorrow, Tuesday, May 28, in a consultation with federal, provincial and territorial government officials (convened by the Department of Canadian Heritage) to provide input into the development of the official response. At this meeting, we will continue to urge government officials to take action on poverty, Aboriginal rights, and affordable housing.
In an article published in Embassy on May 8, CPJ unpacks the recommendations we made to Canada’s human rights review and the reasons action is so urgently needed.