Indigenous Justice

Christian climate advocates applaud federal commitment to emissions reductions, question inconsistency of Trans Mountain decision

There is overwhelming evidence that we face a climate emergency. That the Government of Canada has acknowledged that emergency and committed to additional action, is worthy of celebration.

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Towards Reconciliation

About 40 of us were gathered on unceded Squamish territory in late September, for the United Church of Canada (UCC) Indigenous Justice and Climate Justice Consultation, and the UCC Young Adult Forum. Indigenous elders and residential school survivors, Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, United Church justice staff, clergy and church members, and others, like me, from...

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Book Review: Seven Fallen Feathers

 From the Catalyst, Summer 2018

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City

By Tanya Talaga

House of Anansi Press, 2017

Reviewed by Sarah DelVillano

Seven Fallen Feathers, winner of the Indigenous Literature Award this year, is a powerful account of the deaths of seven Indigenous youths in Thunder Bay. It shines a light on...

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CPJ joins call to halt Kinder Morgan pipeline project

May 2018

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CPJ joined with friends and colleagues from community groups, environmental organizations, coastal businesses, and Indigenous networks to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step away from the contentious Kinder Morgan pipeline project. The letter was signed by over 70 civil society organizations...

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Bishops’ actions a blow to reconciliation efforts

In 2015 Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) issued its final report on Indian residential schools, relating the “cultural genocide” that took place, along with much physical and sexual abuse. The report specifically directed to the four churches that ran the schools and challenged every faith community, all governments and the entire Canadian public. Reconciliation must involve...

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Voices for Peace: A Conference for Prayerful Activists

Who can continue effective activism forever – without stopping, taking stock, recharging one’s emotional and spiritual batteries, and counting on true, engaged friends and mentors for support?

At Voices for Peace, a conference in Toronto on Saturday, April 28, over 120 participants took advantage of opportunities to re-charge and refocus. The conference provided a healthy and invigorating...

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Lack of bishops’ consensus, concerns over cost behind Pope apology decision: Archbishop

Joe Gunn, who worked for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1994 to 2005, said if the bishops had “put forward a strong and united invitation to the Pope” the outcome could have been different. Gunn, who is now executive director of Citizens for Public Justice, said he believes financial concerns are playing a...

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A Pope Given to Apologies Has Nothing for Indigenous Canada

So now would seem a particularly good time to ask for an apology. And if Canada’s bishops supported it, it is hard to see that the pope would refuse because a hallmark of the Francis papacy is to decentralize authority to the bishops conferences around the world. Joe Gunn, who spent a decade at the...

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The Living Relationship Between the People and the Land

The Living Relationship Between the People and the Land

Indigenous environmental wisdom is a part of a healing way forward for humanity and ecology. But to be effective it must directly connect Indigenous well-being to the wellbeing of the rest of humanity and creation. With the appreciation of Indigenous wisdom, there must be a moral and practical recognition of the living reality of Indigenous life.

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CPJ writes to Trudeau in support of C-262, UNDRIP

CPJ writes to Trudeau in support of C-262, UNDRIP

December 2017

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CPJ wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau to commend his decision to support Bill C-262, a private member’s bill that will ensure the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). By supporting the adoption of Bill C-262 – and subsequently following up with implementation...

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