When it came time to officially endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Guadalupe Circle chose to focus on what UNDRIP could mean for defending and revitalizing endangered languages.

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OTTAWA -- The federal government is making good on a promise to bring in legislation that would set up the framework for how the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) will be implemented within Canadian law.

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Two weeks after crown prosecutors in British Columbia dropped civil and criminal charges against 22 protesters arrested in February for defying a court injunction against blocking pipeline construction crews on Wet’suwet’en territory, the Catholic bishops and Indigenous elders in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle are telling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to get on with the job of reconciliation by employing a more spiritual approach to dialogue.

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Deacon Michael James Robinson has a lifetime of experience that tells him systemic racism is real and it’s embedded in Canadian history and culture.

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It comes as little surprise to Chrystal Desilets that one year later, the federal government has no action plan in place in response to the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.

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Thousands of people who marched through downtown Toronto to Nathan Phillips Square Feb. 22 were not just protesting — they were making a spiritual response to Canada’s history of colonialism, said participant Liz Stone.

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OTTAWA -- Canada’s Catholic bishops are backing ecumenical efforts to encourage prompt passage of a bill in support of Indigenous rights before Parliament rises for the summer.

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REGINA, Sask. – Canada’s national police force has begun using Kairos’ Blanket Exercise in an effort to help its officers improve relations with Indigenous peoples.
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OTTAWA – The dream of NDP MP Romeo Saganash to see Canada bring its laws in line with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) has moved closer to reality.

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Ottawa - As the new Liberal government pushes ahead with an ambitious plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by Christmas, it is also faces urgent challenges on three other issues important to the Church: climate change, indigenous rights and assisted suicide.

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