KAIROS Earth Day Action to Protect Water!

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Earth Day greetings from KAIROS! Today, as we honour creation, KAIROS asks you to join us in advocating with your MP for the protection of Canada’s waters, and for right relationship with Indigenous peoples. Omnibus bills C-38 and C-45 have imposed changes on more than 100 federal laws without adequate consultation with First Nations, Inuit […]

“Process Water” Spill at Suncor – More Bad News for Canada’s Water

Tar sands site along Athabasca River north of Fort McMurray. Photo: Sara Stratton

On Tuesday, March 26, Suncor announced that there had been a leak of “process water” (water used in the chemical process of separating bitumen from tar sands) at its tar sands plant north of Fort McMurray. What does this mean for the environment and for Indigenous peoples in the area?

Building two bridges: Speech by Dr. Cindy Blackstock

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Dr. Cindy Blackstock is the Director of The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. She gave this speech at a national event in support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. KAIROS , over 20 national organizations, and dozens of communities across the country contributed to this event, which celebrated the Declaration and […]

The Campaign to Erode Aboriginal and Treaty Rights

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"For almost 15 years, the federal Department of Justice has conducted a campaign to erode the consitutional and legal status of Aboriginal and Treaty rights in Canada." Signed by more than four dozen experts in the field of Indigenous Rights and law, and 20 human rights, First nations, and faith based organisations.  

Who is the Government of Canada Listening To?

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A slew of new legislation that undermines both Indigenous rights and environmental protection in Canada points to the fact that the petroleum and pipeline industries have significant influence on the Government of Canada’s legislative agenda. A December 12, 2011 letter addressed to Environment Minister Peter Kent and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver from a group […]

KAIROS Calls for Solidarity Fast with Chief Spence January 11

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On Friday, January 4, the Prime Minister announced that he would meet with First Nations leaders on January 11, the one month anniversary of Chief Theresa Spence’s fast to bring attention to the treaty relationship between First Nations and Canada. KAIROS welcomes this meeting as a response to the Chief’s call, and as she prepares […]

Message from the Executive Director for Chief Theresa Spence

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Dear Chief Theresa Spence, On behalf of KAIROS, I write to offer you support. We offer prayers for your continued strength and health of body, mind and spirit as you pursue the non-violent resistance strategy of a hunger strike. During our efforts to support the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Saskatchewan earlier […]

Stand in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

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Hunger strikes, protests, singing and drumming are all part of the call to stop legislation that undermines Indigenous rights and the environment. Theresa Spence, Chief of Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario, courageously began a hunger strike on December 11th to protest the Canadian government’s unilateral decision-making and lack of respect for the Treaties. She […]

Education and action campaign to raise awareness of Inuit food security issues

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KAIROS Indigenous Rights Circle member-at-large, Deborah Tagornak, and four other Inuit women met in KAIROS’ Ottawa office today to launch an education and action campaign to raise awareness of the impact on the Inuit of the extremely high cost of food in Nunavut. The five women came together for the first time only a few […]

Our Dreams Matter Too

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On the fourth anniversary of the federal governments’ official apology to the former students of Indian residential schools, KAIROS joined over 500 elementary school students who walked from Victoria Island to Parliament Hill today to call for culturally based equity for First Nations children. Organized by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, the […]

It’s time for justice: Civil society groups urge Ontario to respect and uphold the rights of Asubpeeschoseewagong Anishnabek Grassy Narrows

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Representatives of the Grassy Narrows First Nation are in Toronto this week for River Run 2012, a community-led initiative that continues a tradition of “action for justice – for our people, and for the protection of the water, air and forests that give life to us all.” Today civil society groups – including KAIROS – […]

Take Action on World Water Day 2012!

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Today, March 22, is World Water Day.  Yet Canada has still failed to implement a National Water Policy which would ensure the safety of Canadian water.  Canada is also one of only two countries at the United Nations General Assembly that have refused to recognize the human right to water and sanitation. This poses particular […]

International Day for the Elimination of Racism: UN Committee calls for an end to discrimination against Indigenous peoples in Canada

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In 1966, to commemorate the killing by police of peaceful anti-apartheid demonstrators in South Africa, and to promote an end to racism in all its forms, the United Nations designated March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Last week, the UN criticized Canada for not doing enough to end discrimination […]

UN Committee calls for “comprehensive strategy” to uphold the human rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada

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The United Nation’s highest body for combating racism is urging Canada to take comprehensive action to end discrimination against Indigenous peoples. In a report released this week, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination expressed concern over Canada’s failure to properly respect the land and Treaty rights of Indigenous peoples, noting “the rigidly […]

JOINT MEDIA ADVISORY: UN Committee urged to examine discrimination against Canadian Indigenous peoples

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“On February 22 and 23, Canada’s record on combating discrimination will be examined by a high level body of the United Nations. The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is the independent expert body that monitors compliance with the international treaty of the same name. As a signatory to the Convention, Canada is […]

Ontario Chiefs Letter to CRC in support of Youth Ambassadors to UNCRC

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“Dear Committee Member: I am writing to demonstrate my support to both the delegation of Indigenous youth ambassadors from Canada travelling to Geneva this week, and to their request that a Special Rapporteur be appointed to address ongoing human rights violations against Indigenous children in Canada based on discriminatory state practices….”  

MEDIA ADVISORY: Canada Must Give First Nations Children Equal Rights Indigenous Youth Tell United Nations Committee on Rights of the Child

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For Immediate Release 1 February 2012 (Toronto)  Six Indigenous youth ambassadors from across Canada will meet with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) next week to urge to the UNCRC to pressure Canada to end inequities faced by First Nations children. The youth will outline their concerns at a news […]

Attawapiskat Joint Statement: Urgent action needed to improve living conditions in Aboriginal communities

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Canada must meet its human rights obligations. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right to enjoy the same standard of living and access to government services that are enjoyed by other people in Canada. They have the right to live and bring up their families on their own lands and territories. Our organizations, Canadian human […]

Attawapiskat: a hard look at the federal government’s response so far

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1 December 2011 KAIROS Urgent Action Background information As of November 30, federal leaders and the Red Cross have now visited the northern Ontario Cree community of Attawapiskat, which is a step forward. The Red Cross is flying in emergency supplies like winter sleeping bags. However, no emergency or long term funding for housing has […]

Ecuador’s Oil Struggle: Reflections on an Amazonian Journey

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Truth, Reconciliation & Equity Video

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Global South Expresses Concern about REDD

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REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) is a plan for curtailing greenhouse gas emissions by preserving the world’s forests. KAIROS has examined REDD in the 2010 briefing paper Decisive Action Vital at Cancún Climate Talks. This initiative will be debated at the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on […]

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Frequently Asked Questions

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Joint Statement in Response to Canada’s Endorsement of the ‘UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’

November 16, 2010 On November 12th the Canadian government endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We urge the government to move ahead with the implementation of its provisions in a principled manner that fully respects their spirit and intent. The Declaration is more than an aspirational instrument. Governments, courts and other domestic and […]

KAIROS Welcomes the Government of Canada’s Endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

KAIROS joins with Indigenous peoples in Canada and their supporters in welcoming Canada’s endorsement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, announced in a press release today. The Declaration was adopted by the United Nations on 13 September 2007 by a vote of 144-4. On that day, Canada was one of the four counties […]