Indigenous Justice

CPJ has listened to our Indigenous sisters and brothers, and wishes to reiterate our steadfast intent to engage in reconciliation. We understand that engaging in true reconciliation must be an on-going process to transform Canadian values, social relations and even the dominant economic drivers. CPJ accepts this challenge. In 2016, we undertook a study of all our program areas with a view to discerning how our work might more fully resound with the recommendations of the TRC, in the framework of the UNDRIP, and how our current efforts could enhance reconciliation efforts underway throughout Canadian society – especially among people of faith. As people who believe in covenant relationships, we hold this promise to Indigenous Canadians as a sacred and on-going pledge.

Hope and Love and Climate Justice

After the year that has been, perhaps the most poignant element of the Christmas message is hope.

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Justice for All Creation

Environmental degradation has coincided with the dispossession and disempowerment of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and elsewhere. We can’t turn back the clock, but we can make a better future.

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Striving for Trust-based Allyship

This is humbling, challenging work. It is also wonderfully rewarding. My project “Restoring Indigenous Rights” has taught me to listen rather than speak, learn rather than assume, and most importantly, commit rather than pretend.

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The Canadian Church Must Break Ties with White Supremacy

Our churches have largely refused to interrogate how they have participated and been complicit in discriminatory practices that marginalize and oppress racialized members of the body of Christ.

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Statement of Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en

Citizens for Public Justice stands in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation hereditary chiefs and land defenders, who are being removed from their sovereign territory by the RCMP and the settler government of Canada.

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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 partner organizations.

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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 each individual story behind the seven fallen feathers of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

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CPJ joins call to halt Kinder Morgan pipeline project

May 2018

Read the letter

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 from across Canada.

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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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