The International Day Against Racism and The International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations on March 24 are especially important occasions to express commitments to Indigenous rights, reconciliation, and decolonization. Indigenous peoples’ right to truth encompasses…

March 22, 2017 — Spirited Reflections


How Canada can better its brand in the Philippines

March 22, 2017

Communities in the Philippines would benefit from the appointment of an independent extractive-sector ombudsperson to monitor Canadian mining operations overseas. Canadian mining companies are often the face of Canada in the Global South. For those affected by these companies, this…

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Philippine delegation presses Canada for mining justice and leadership in peace process

March 14, 2017

Delegation includes a Member of the Philippine Congress, Anglican Bishop and Indigenous activists (Ottawa, ON) – Make the overseas operations of Canada’s mining sector open for justice and ensure that Canada plays a leadership role in the Philippines’ peace process…

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Spirited Reflection: Living Water

March 14, 2017

Based on:  Exodus 17:1-7; John 4:1-5, 13-17 Photo: Ornament made by the Kiilehua family using craft foam, sand and a piece of bamboo. So… there they are, the people of Israel, wandering in the desert…lost… and they’re thirsty… and they’re…

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Itinerary for Our Land, Our Rights, Our Peace: Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Winnipeg, Toronto

March 8, 2017

Delegation members include: Bishop Antonio Ablon, Philippine Independent Church (Anglican), Zamboanga del Sur Carlos Zarate, Member of Philippine Congress (Bayan Muna PartyList); Chair, House Committee on Natural Resources; Vice-Chair, House Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity Anie Bautista, National Coordinator, Ecumenical…

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Women building peace in Colombia: Isabel Polanco and Organización Femenina Popular

March 7, 2017

This year KAIROS is celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8) with the launch of a video on Isabel Caicedo  Polanco and the work of KAIROS’ partner, the  Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) in Colombia. Isabel Caicedo Polanco is a woman of…

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Spirited Reflections on Sheep and Goats

March 7, 2017

The “sheep and goats” passage from Matthew: 25 is a familiar one to Christians who yearn for God’s justice in our world.  I was recently asked to preach on this passage and decided to consider three different perspectives. The first…

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KAIROS Times: March 2017

March 3, 2017

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Letter to the Editor: Clean tech should be PM’s next frontier

March 1, 2017

Re: “On climate change, can Trudeau go where Trump says no?” (The Hill Times, Feb. 22, p. 13). Canada cannot afford to follow the United States in any misguided decision to halt its climate change policies, and therefore its plans…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Philippine delegation in Montreal calls for mining justice 

February 28, 2017

Delegation includes a Member of the Philippine Congress, Anglican Bishop and Indigenous activists (Ottawa, ON) – Make the overseas operations of Canada’s mining sector open for justice and ensure that Canada plays a leadership role in the Philippines’ peace process…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Philippine delegation in Edmonton calls for mining justice 

February 28, 2017

Delegation includes a Member of the Philippine Congress and Indigenous activist (Ottawa, ON) – Make the overseas operations of Canada’s mining sector open for justice and ensure that Canada plays a leadership role in the Philippines’ peace process are two…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Philippine delegation in Calgary calls for mining justice 

February 28, 2017

Delegation includes a Member of the Philippine Congress and Indigenous activist (Ottawa, ON) – Make the overseas operations of Canada’s mining sector open for justice and ensure that Canada plays a leadership role in the Philippines’ peace process are two…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Philippine delegation in Ottawa calls for mining justice

February 28, 2017

Delegation includes a Member of the Philippine Congress, Anglican Bishop and Indigenous activists (Ottawa, ON) – Make the overseas operations of Canada’s mining sector open for justice and ensure that Canada plays a leadership role in the Philippines’ peace process…

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International Women’s Day— One Woman at a Time

February 27, 2017

March 8 is International Women’s Day. Although recognized by the United Nations in 1977, it has been celebrated by various countries since at least 1909, when the Socialist Party of America acknowledged the one year anniversary of the International Ladies…

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International Earth Hour: March 25, 2017

February 24, 2017

The following is intended to help congregations, parishes, and other groups observe, in prayer and worship, international Earth Hour on the fourth or fifth Saturday of March. The purpose of Earth Hour is to call attention to the beauty and…

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Our Land, Our Rights, Our Peace: Philippines Leaders visit Canada, March 20-April 5

February 24, 2017

Filipino Delegation to appeal for Open for Justice and support for peace process, March 20 – April 5                          KAIROS is hosting a five-person delegation from the Philippines, March…

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Open letter on ending discrimination against First Nations children

February 23, 2017

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada 284 Wellington Street Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8 mcu@justice.gc.ca The Honourable Carolyn Bennett Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs 10 Wellington, North Tower Gatineau, Québec K1A 0H4 minister@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca Dear Ministers,…

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Spirited Reflection: Risky Business

February 21, 2017

These words from Hymn #581 You Are Mine, come often to my mind as I work as a pastor, and as a member of the KAIROS network. “I will come to you in the silence, I will lift you from…

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KAIROS welcomes the Canadian government’s renewed commitment to women peace builders

February 17, 2017

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…

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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

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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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