Moderator Richard Bott and Executive Minister Maggie Dieter (Indigenous Ministries and Justice) have joined with leaders of nine other churches and religious organizations in a letter to all senators, urging them to vote in favour of Bill C-262, The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.

This bill will establish a mechanism to harmonize Canadian law with the Declaration over the next 20 years and provide an accountability process to monitor the work. It will thus help to fulfill a key Call to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, adoption of the Declaration as the framework of reconciliation. The United Church of Canada adopted the Declaration on 31 March 2016.

The letter urges senators to support the bill on a non-partisan basis, noting that “Now is our chance to breathe life into…public affirmations [of the Declaration] through tangible action.”