We’re writing today with an urgent update on NDP MP Romeo Saganash’s Bill C-262, which would make Canada’s laws consistent with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
C-262 passed in the House of Commons over a year ago, but has been continuously delayed in the Senate ever since. The Senate Aboriginal People’s committee finally brought it to hearings last week, but Conservative Senators seem determined to delay proceedings and kill the bill by any means necessary. If they manage to delay proceedings until Parliament rises for the summer, the bill will not become law.
C-262 is hanging on by a thread, and we need your help to save it.
On April 10, the House passed a unanimous motion calling on the Senate to pass the Bill into law at the earliest opportunity. Conservative leader Andrew Sheer and his MPs supported this motion, so either he is not in control of Conservative Senators, or he is deliberately directing his Senators to block this bill while at the same time supporting this motion.
In committee, Senator Scott Tannas said: “In fact, a small group of senators can make sure this bill never sees the light of day.” A handful of unelected Senators are trying to veto a bill that passed through the House of Commons, a bill that will ensure that Canada respects the human rights of Indigenous Peoples, as articulated by Indigenous people at the United Nations.
Here’s what we need everyone to do: Call Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and the five Conservative Senators on the committee and insist that they pass Bill C-262 as soon as possible. Here’s how to reach them:
Please also share this call to action among your local membership and on social media. We have also attached a graphic that can be shared on social media.
We need to put tremendous pressure on Andrew Scheer to get this bill passed. Conservatives need to stop their outrageous delay tactics and respect Indigenous rights.