Winnipeg Sun — Marchers call on feds to implement UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People
A group of around 160 Indigenous people and their allies walked 12km from Stephen Juba Park near The Forks to a public gathering at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba in support of Bill C-262, a private member’s bill.
“There can be lots of positive rhetoric around reconciliation,” said Vitt a member of the Walk The Talk Coalition, who participated in a 600km pilgrimage from Kitchener, Ont., to Ottawa earlier this year in support of the bill. “But what does that actually mean in action? Putting feet to the ground and making that happen.”
Tabled earlier this year by NDP MP Romeo Saganash who spent 23 years at the UN helping negotiate UNDRIP, the bill is expected to get second reading on Oct. 18.
“Right now, more and more Canadians are becoming aware that Indigenous people do not enjoy basic human rights,” said walk organizer Leah Gazan, an Indigenous rights advocate who teaches at the University of Winnipeg. “What this bill would ensure going forward is a legislative framework to ensure that human rights are enjoyed by all Canadians.”
Dawkins, G. (2017, September 24). Marchers call on feds to implement UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People. Retrieved January 13, 2019, from https://winnipegsun.com/2017/09/23/marchers-call-on-feds-to-implement-un-declaration-on-rights-of-indigenous-people/wcm/b1865dbf-0d2e-4c08-909f-a3b790c8e252