Canada, the Churches, & Bill C-15

Date(s) - February 18, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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The event will include a conversation on why The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples legislation is important to Canadian churches. A panel of experts will describe Bill C-15, the legislation the government of Canada is introducing to implement UNDRIP, and explore the support and opposition to the Bill.

“Canada, the churches, and Bill C-15” is sponsored by “Faith in the Declaration: A coalition of faith houses and organizations in support of UN Declaration in the Rights of Indigenous Peoples legislation.”


  • Panel Moderator: Archbishop Mark MacDonald, National Anglican Indigenous Bishop and WCC North American Vice-President
  • Chief Wilton (Willie) Littlechild, A Cree lawyer, former member of Parliament and former Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, former member of Parliament, and Commissioner to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Professor Sheryl Lightfoot, Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics, UBC Associate Professor: First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science
  • Ellen Gabriel, Mohawk activist and artist from Kanehsatà: ke Nation – Turtle Clan, spokesperson chosen by the People of the Longhouse during the Oka Crisis

The event will be in English with simultaneous French translation.

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