KAIROS welcomes the Canadian government’s response to the report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE), which reaffirms the critical role of women and women’s rights organizations in peace building. In tabling the government’s response on…

February 17, 2017 — Gender Justice


How farmers can fight climate change and hunger

February 15, 2017

Can improved agricultural practices help fight both climate change and hunger? Yes, according to one the world’s most esteemed climate scientists. In fact, when meting out money for mitigating climate change, Canada should prioritize supporting small family farming. James Hansen,…

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Spirited Reflection: World Day of Social Justice

February 15, 2017

In 2017, Lutherans worldwide are commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation spearheaded by Martin Luther in 1517. With the assistance of the printing press, Martin Luther’s 95 Theses became the historical document to spark changes in the church. Luther…

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Spirited Reflection: Relationships, Community and Change

February 6, 2017

A few weeks ago I was reading about Connie Greyeyes.  The interview and accompanying Amnesty International Canada report, Out of Sight, Out of Mind, keep coming back to me whenever I think about community. Connie, an Indigenous woman from the…

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Graduate students at the University of Guelph partake in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

February 3, 2017

A glimpse into the effects of the University of Guelph Aboriginal Initiative Last March, the University of Guelph announced it would be hiring five new Aboriginal professors and increase financial support for Indigenous scholars and graduate students. “This initiative will…

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KAIROS Times: February 2017

February 2, 2017

Read the most recent issue.  

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2017 KAIROS Wish List

February 1, 2017

Last January, KAIROS released its wish list for the year – ten plus one hopes for the federal government and the provinces to fulfill. Two of these were realized: the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was…

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Reflection on pilgrimage of justice and peace: We came, we saw, we listened…

January 31, 2017

In 2015, Bishop Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, The Rev. Dr. Willard Metzger, Executive Director, Mennonite Church Canada and I, The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches, took…

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27th Annual Feb 14 Women’s Memorial March for missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada

January 31, 2017

On February 14, KAIROS will join Indigenous and non Indigenous groups from across Canada in remembering and honouring our missing and murdered sisters in Canada. More than 1,000 Indigenous women have been murdered or have gone missing, most over the last…

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Mountain moments

January 30, 2017

What is it about mountains?  When people in comics seek out wise gurus, they find them at the top of the mountain.  Moses received the 10 Commandments from God on top of a mountain. In the story of the Transfiguration,…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise Project with the Mary Ward Centre and Toronto Catholic District School Board

January 28, 2017

KAIROS, the Mary Ward Centre and the Toronto Catholic District School Board launched a collaborative project in October 2016 to bring the KAIROS Blanket Exercise to elementary and secondary school students on a weekly basis. Fifteen schools and hundreds of…

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‘Shame and sadness’ stirred by Indigenous Blanket Exercise

January 26, 2017

Jim Lindsay, sub-region representative for KAIROS Grey-Bruce, Wellington and Dufferin County, says the Indigenous Blanket Exercise held at St. Mark’s Church in Orangeville on Sunday afternoon was very successful – drawing a capacity crowd of about 70 participants. Centred on…

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Letter to the Editor: First, it’s our oil

January 26, 2017

  Given the urgent need to transition to a clean energy economy, rather than convincing Donald Trump “to consider Canadian oil as U.S. oil,” Justin Trudeau should tell Mr. Trump that Canada will allocate its remaining reserves of conventional oil…

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Spirited Reflection: Lazarus and the rich man

January 23, 2017

Luke 16: 19-31 The passage from Luke about the parable of Lazarus and the rich man is a familiar one.  Things did not end well for the rich man. The rich man died and was buried. We then read that…

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Letters to the Editor: Women have role to play in peace & Crude on the move

January 18, 2017

Women have role to play in peace Re: Why are women not included in peace-building efforts? Opinion Jan. 10 The exclusion of women from peace-building efforts is perplexing. Not only does war impact women in a particular way, such as…

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Spirited Reflection: Leave something for the stranger

January 16, 2017

“Do you want to be holy?” the Bishop beamed at my son. He paused before asking again, with a thunderous laugh, “Do you want to be holy?” “Yes”, my son smiled, “how”? He said, “Honour your father and mother”. The…

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GREAT NEWS! Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment does not close Acción Ecológica

January 13, 2017

GREAT NEWS! Yesterday the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment decided not to grant the request to close Acción Ecológica. National and international pressure was key.  Dearest friends, We want to publicly acknowledge the thousands of letters, embraces and messages that we…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise, Gladue Summit, Thunder Bay

January 13, 2017

“A very generous and talented videographer created this short video of the Mass KAIROS Blanket Exercise I co-facilitated in Thunder Bay on November 29, 2016 for 100+ participants at the Gladue Summit, which was organized by the Ministry of the…

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The KAIROS community is deeply saddened by the recent passing of Art Manuel

January 13, 2017

The KAIROS community is deeply saddened by the recent passing of Art Manuel. Art’s relationship with KAIROS stretches back almost two decades to the pre-KAIROS days of the Aboriginal Rights Coalition (ARC). Art informed many of our education and action…

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First-year Law Students Participate in KAIROS Blanket Exercise

January 12, 2017

Interactive exercise walks law students through history as they learn how Canadian law throughout the years has affected Indigenous individuals and communities. Photo (L to R): Blanket exercise facilitators Jodi Stonehouse, Koren Lightning-Earle and Dr. Tracy Bear, pictured here with…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise deepens RCMP Alberta Division’s cultural awareness

January 11, 2017

Marilyn McSporran couldn’t forget the moment years ago when one of her husband’s colleagues in the RCMP made an ugly remark about Indigenous peoples. When an Elder in Saddle Lake, Alberta gently encouraged her to introduce the KAIROS Blanket Exercise…

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Spirited Reflection: Shifting from human-centred to ecological-centred 

January 9, 2017

What will be the condition of earth for our grandchildren and great grandchildren? What kind of world will they inherit? It depends on our engagement now in trying to understand our ecological problems. This has been called ecological guidance –…

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Spirited Reflection: Jubilee – A New Year Reset 

January 1, 2017

“Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound…

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THANK YOU for all your support to KAIROS this year!

December 28, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, please accept a great big THANK YOU for all your support to KAIROS this year! We end the year deeply grateful for our resilient, inspiring partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East…

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Students learn indigenous history by reenacting colonization in unique blanket exercise

December 26, 2016

Blankets, a script and a circle of people provides a powerful lesson to classes from the Toronto Catholic board The blankets represent Turtle Island (North America) before the exercise. As part of its endeavour to get students to learn history…

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Concern for KAIROS Partner Acción Ecológica

December 23, 2016

Acción Ecológica is a well respected partner of KAIROS, in Ecuador.  On December 23, 2016, KAIROS  wrote to the President of Ecuador asking for a halt to a Ministry of the Interior process that would withdraw the legal status of…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice

Bracing for violence, praying for justice 

December 21, 2016

DR Congo update – December 21, 2016. The Congolese people are bracing themselves for social unrest and violence after the mandate of President Joseph Kabila expired at midnight on Monday, December 19. Gerard Kwigwasa, the executive secretary of Héritiers de…

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