LETTER: Urge senators to pass Bill C-262

Dear editor:

With the clock running out on the current session of Parliament, I’m paying close attention to whether the Senate passes a long overdue bill on reconciliation - and actually follows up with its promises unlike some.

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Bill C-262 was approved by the House of Commons last year but it’s gotten held up in the Senate.

What the bill does is set out a framework for the federal government to work with First Nations, Inuit and Metis people to implement standards set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It’s a goal that’s been supported by politicians of all political stripes but there’s still a danger that Bill C-262 could remain stalled in the Senate. That’s why I think we should all be following this story and asking our political leaders and all Senators to do the right thing.

Bill C-262 must be passed before this session of Parliament ends. Reconciliation is too important for an opportunity like this to be wasted.

Learn more at: https://www.amnesty.ca/news/movement-toward-implementation-indigenous-rights-declaration-cause-celebration-not-alarm.

Christina Kosiancic
North Vancouver

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