“It’s about one human being’s life and that’s very precious:” A Pro-life Analysis of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Commitments Towards Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

Andrea Carandang


In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report. As part of this report, it released 94 Calls to Action to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.”A year later, in its response to Call to Action 48, which focused on the adoption and implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops set forth eight commitments.Recommended by its Commission for Justice and Peace, these commitments reflect “the hope and desire to continue to walk together with Indigenous Peoples in building a more just society where their gifts and those of all people are nurtured and honoured.”These commitments focus on education, health care, the criminal justice system, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.


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