MEDIA ADVISORY Solidarity Rally hosted by Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare on Parliament Hill Ottawa, ON

MEDIA ADVISORY  Solidarity Rally hosted by Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare on Parliament Hill Ottawa, ON

logoThe Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Adoptee- Ottawa group is hosting a Solidarity Rally for Indigenous people affected by Canada’s Native Child Welfare system at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario on April 29, 2016.

The overall intent of the rally is to demand a resolve to colonial native child welfare policies that continue to displace and undermine the cultural and human potential of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

The continued injustice today, as in the past, lies in fact that many families have been coerced illegally to give up their children. For some families dealing with negative socio-economic situations, governments continue to apprehend children at a high rate instead of providing the necessary supports offering to keep families together.

In December 2015, Canada’s new government committed to fully implement the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We demand a national focus and Call to Action (Inquiry?) to address current Native Child Welfare policies, to ensure that Indigenous rights are protected and honored.

We are inviting all Indigenous nations across the world, especially those affected by adoption and foster care system to rally in solidarity. We also call on our community allies, political supporters, Indigenous leaders and unions to join us on Parliament Hill.

The rally will take place at noon on Parliament Hill, followed by a Feast and Social event starting at 5:00 at St. Paul’s Church – 473 Cumberland Street, Ottawa, ON. There will be a number of Indigenous adoptee and foster care survivor speakers from across Canada that will present at the rally. The evening’s event will involve a live performance by Twin Flames as well as a national showing of the film titles, documentary “Policy Baby: The Journey of Rita/Bev”

Come take up space, be seen, be united and learn. Let’s connect and build community in a safe and respectful way.

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