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Healing at the Wounding Place

Putting feet on the talk of reconciliation Vancouverites will rally Saturday, April 6 at 1 pm at 700 Hamilton Street to urge senators to pass Bill C-262, a bill that would require Canada to ensure its laws are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

There is an urgent need for action for the government to make good on its promise to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples!

Bill C-262 passed overwhelmingly in the House of Commons last spring and is now before the Senate. Senators have only a short window to pass the bill. Bill C-262 needs to reach its conclusion before Parliament is dissolved in June, due to the fall election. Some senators may try to stall its passage. Vancouverites are uniting across what are often seen as lines of division to say, now is the time to come together to act for Indigenous human rights. No more talk. Now is the time for action.

Saturday’s event is family friendly and will include musical and dance performances by Butterflies in Spirit, an address by Chief Judy Wilson and community leaders speaking to the importance of this Bill from the Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Unitarian, Muslim, and Christian religious traditions.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has called the UN Declaration “the framework for reconciliation at all levels and across all sectors of Canadian society.”

The event is supported by:

  • Mennonite Church of Canada
  • KAIROS Canada
  • Healing at the Wounding Place
  • Unitarian Church of Canada
  • Open Way Community Church
  • Mennonite Peace and Justice Commission of the Fraser Valley

For information and interviews, contact Jodi Spargur at 778-386-5870 or Samaya Oakley at