Indigenous Rights

KAIROS Solidarity page

'Truth, Equity & Reconciliation: They Matter to Us!'

Honouring the Children

The Blanket Exercise

Sisters in Spirit

Tar Sands


Renaud Gregoire

Access to land and resources lie at the root of all Aboriginal issues. Yet the federal government has yet to make any significant effort to implement land and treaty rights. As governments continue to disregard, limit, and terminate Aboriginal rights, an active and vibrant ecumenical voice on Aboriginal justice issues is needed more than ever.

The churches are committed to just and respectful relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. Such relationships recognize Aboriginal peoples as distinct peoples and nations, with rights to land and self-determination.

The Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) concluded that public education is key to realizing a renewed relationship between Aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples. It identified religious institutions as having great potential to foster awareness and understanding.

Through public education and action campaigns, KAIROS aims to:
Change federal Aboriginal policy by calling for recognition of Aboriginal title and nationhood, and the implementation of Aboriginal land, treaty and inherent rights.

Promote awareness of important and positive recommendations such as the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and critique legislation such as the First Nations Governance Act.

Empower local KAIROS groups to challenge racism and stand in solidarity with Aboriginal peoples. We encourage you to join or form a local KAIROS group focused on Aboriginal rights.

Educate through resources which challenge our society’s relationship with Aboriginal peoples, and help us to envision a new relationship. KAIROS and many other groups produce resources for classroom, faith community, and small group use. These explain Aboriginal rights, explore the past 300 years of Canadian history, and invite Canadians to confront the racism and injustice faced by Aboriginal peoples.


Watershed Walk, Toronto Brickworks, May 2

Down by riverside

As part of our “Reconciliation in the Watershed” program, we’re co-sponsoring a Watershed Walk in the Toronto Brickworks on Saturday May 2.

Time for Reconciliation KAIROS Gathering: Ottawa Schedule & Registration


Find out more about the schedule of events and how to register.

Time for Reconciliation: Heart Gardens


Join the reconciliation movement by planting a Heart Garden in your community

I am a Witness

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Vignette #9: Justice Murray Sinclair

What is at Stake for Indigenous Women when FPIC is not respected?

Vernie Diano during at visit to Canada, May 2013

Beijing + 20: Broken Promises and the Need for Accountability

KAIROS calls on the Government of Canada to implement recommendations to end violence against Indigenous women

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The Government of Canada’s position that the severe and egregious violence against Indigenous women and girls is not systemic but represents instead a series of criminal offences is not supported by the evidence.

The Calling Lake Blanket Exercise

Calling Lake Blanket Exercise, Feb. 17, 2015. (photo by Lance Cardinal)

Last month in Calling Lake, community members wove their oral history and unique perspectives into the Blanket Exercise. Storyteller, hunter, trapper and respected member of the Calling Lake community, Brian Cardinal, reflected on this process in a powerful story.

Now Available! Groundbreaking Study on Free, Prior and Informed Consent


KAIROS announce the launch of our Guatemalan partner CEIBA’s report on its unique and inspiring experience with community consultations on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). You can read and download the resource here.

Canada Can #DoBetter2015

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The Canadian Council for International Co-operation is inviting Canadians to consider what it would mean for Canada to do better in 2015. KAIROS Executive Director Jennifer Henry calls on Canada to #DoBetter2015 by implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. What about you?

Introducing our Diverse Planning Team

Momentum is building! Reconciliation events are being planned all over the place. Local churches are organizing exchanges with First Nations communities; KAIROS groups are hosting book studies on Indigenous issues; area conferences are arranging buses to Ottawa on May 29-June 3; others are talking about local Reconciliation walks or ecumenical worship services with their neighbours. […]