The approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline and the failure of Bill C-262 in Senate were a disappointment for those who support climate justice and Indigenous rights. United Church people have worked for more than three years to support Bill C-262, which would have been a vehicle to harmonize Canadian law with the UN Declaration on Indigenous rights. The United Church has previously expressed concerns about the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline and its purchase by the federal government.
Although these actions were setbacks, we remain encouraged by and give thanks for the ways in which people in the United Church continue to participate in their faith and local communities for climate action, Indigenous rights, and a just transition for all those affected by the climate crisis. Read the full statement.