The Leap Manifesto is a pledge that calls for “a Canada based on caring for the Earth and one another.” Leonard Cohen, William Gibson, David Suzuki, Arcade Fire, Leslie Feist, and Rachel McAdams are some of the famous names who are supporting it.
The writing of The Leap Manifesto launched in the spring of 2015 at a two-day meeting in Toronto, which was attended by representatives from Canada’s Indigenous rights, social and food justice, environmental, faith-based and labour movements.
“Indigenous communities have been at the forefront of protecting rivers, coasts, forests and lands from out-of-control industrial activity. We can bolster this role, and reset our relationship, by fully implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”
The manifesto calls “on all those seeking political office to seize this opportunity and embrace the urgent need for transformation.” It pledges to invest in decaying public infrastructure, to build high-speed rail powered by just renewables and affordable public transit can unite every community in this country, to create universal program that builds energy efficient homes, and to support the rights of indigenous people. The leap, it says, must begin by respecting the inherent rights and title of the original caretakers of this land.