Stop Stalling Bill C-262
Senators must not waste crucial opportunity to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples
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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission said that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is the framework for reconciliation in Canada.
The Trudeau government, and the Harper government before it, both issued official statements of support for the Declaration. It’s time to move ahead with the crucial work of bringing these promises to life.
A private members bill now before Senate, Bill C-262, provides a simple, principled approach to implementation of the Declaration.
Unfortunately, time is running out for passing the Bill into law.
Fortunately, political will to adopt Bill C-262 has been demonstrated across party lines. In April, after Bill C-262 was stalled by the actions of a few Conservative Senators, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer joined in a unanimous motion urging the Senate to pass the Bill into law. Then on May 16th, the Senate passed a vote to move the Bill to Committee for study. This is the next step on the path to a final vote.
Public support for the Declaration and Bill C-262 is clearly having an effect. But time is short and we need to keep the momentum going.
It’s crucial that Andrew Scheer to continue exercising his leadership to help ensure the Bill is brought to a final vote.
Here are three things we think you should know:
- Amnesty International strongly supports Bill C-262 as a way to fulfill Canada’s existing commitments to uphold the human rights of Indigenous peoples. Passage of Bill C-262 would also set a positive example for the world of concrete, practical implementation of vital international human rights standards.
- Bill C-262 would not directly change any current laws; Bill C-262 would instead require future governments to work collaboratively with Indigenous peoples to ensure that laws and policies live up to the standards set out in the Declaration.
- In reaction to the stalling tactics used in the Senate on April 9, all parties in the House of Commons passed a unanimous motion urging Senate to move ahead on Bill C-262. Amnesty International has welcomed Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer’s support for this motion.
- On May 16th, the Senate voted to send C-262 to a committee for review. This is a positive move becase a committee is the nest step on the path to a vote. It is crucial that this positive momentum is maintained because there are only a few weeks left in the current sitting. If a vote is not held before the Senate breaks for summer, this crucial opportunity for reconciliation could be lost.
To phone Conservative Part of Canada Leader Andrew Scheer click the yellow MAKE THE CALL button.
- You will receive a phone call at the number you provided and then you will be connected to the office of the first contact you selected.
- You might not reach his office directly. You might reach a staff member or an answering machine. Ask them to pass your message on to Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Andrew Scheer.
- You don’t need to say more than a few words to let the Leader know that you are concerned and want him to do the right thing.
- If you get a busy signal, that means that the Leader of the Conservative Party is hearing from lots of other people like you. Be sure to try again later.
REMEMBER: Lots of people feel nervous about calling an authority. The Conservative Party Leader's office receives calls all day from members of the public about issues relevant to their portfolio. So don’t be shy! Your phone call will make an enormous difference and help Leader of the Conservative Party Andrew Scheer understand that this should be a priority.
Here is a simple message for you to say:
My name is _____ and I live in (name of city). The Truth and Reconciliation Commission said that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is the framework for reconciliation in Canada. For this reason I believe Bill C-262 should be passed into Canadian law. Please help ensure that Conservative Senators do not put any more barriers in the way of Bill C-262 being brought to a vote in the Senate.
If you wish to use your own words instead of using our sample script, here are some key points to mention:
- Your name and city/province.
- Bill C-262 would require future governments to work collaboratively with Indigenous peoples to ensure laws and policies live up to the standards set out in the 'Declaration'.
- Time is running out for passing this Bill into law. If it is not passed into law before the House of Commons breaks for summer the bill will be dead.
- Therefore, I call on you to_______________________.