Join Canada’s First Nations’ ‘Day of Action’


2008 edition announced here.

 

 

 

As members and friends of Canada’s original peoples, aboriginal peoples, prepare for Friday’s Day of Action – be it peaceful protests or inconvenient blockades – we might all remind ourselves just how bad things are here for so many, and why they might be more than a little bit fed up!

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Members and friends of my faith community, Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, will be joining the rally and march Friday at noon from the area near Convocation Hall on King’s College Circle (U of T) to Queen’s Park.

THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA CALLS FOR JUSTICE IN SUPPORT OF FIRST NATIONS DAY OF ACTION – FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2007.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN)[1] is calling on all Canadians to a National Day of Action to support Aboriginal struggles for justice and treaty rights on June 29, 2007. The National Day of Action is a day for Canadians and First Nations to stand together to raise awareness about the situation of First Nations and the solutions that will improve that situation. The day will call attention to the urgency of securing a better future for First Nations children through addressing poverty; and upholding respect, dignity and fairness for First Nations.

The United Church calls on the Government of Canada to honour First Nations treaty and land rights with the firm conviction that access to land and resources are central to ending poverty in First Nations communities in Canada.

Recognizing our own complicity in the attainment of First Nations rights in Canada, the General Council of the United Church of Canada is calling on its members to support First Nations justice and right relationship through:

Prayers or organizing a prayer vigil on June 29, 2007. The following United Church of Canada resources may assist with organizing a prayer vigil.

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    1. A Healing Journey for Us All- Uncovering the Wounds of Empire: A United Church of Canada resource for Healing and Reconciliation.
    2. Toward Justice and Right Relationship. A Beginning: A Study Guide for Congregations and Church groups as they Forge New Relationships with First Nations Peoples
    3. Hear Our Voices, First Nations of Canada Speak: A four-part video study that explores the social, political, economic and cultural rights of First Nations
    4. That All May Be One: A Resource for Educating Towards Racial Justice

 

Contacting your local member of Parliament, the Prime Minister, and  the Minister of Indian Affairs to tell them you support justice and fairness for First Nations, and that you want the Government of Canada to work in partnership with First Nations to resolve long-standing issues. You can write the Prime Minister’s office at: Office of the Prime Minister, 80 Wellington Street, Ottawa K1A 0A2.

 

Discerning other appropriate solidarity actions in your context. Including getting information about the National Day of Action (June 29) in your area. You can get this information by contacting the AFN and/or your regional AFN office (information is available on the AFN website at http://www.afn.ca).

For more information on the United Church of Canada support for the day please contact  

Choice U. Okoro,  e-mail: cokoro2@united-church.ca 

Human Rights and Peace Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations Unit.

3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4 Canada

Tel: 1.800-268-3781 Voice Mail: 416-2315931 Ext. 4061 Fax 416-231-3103


[1] The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

 

 

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