Indigenous Rights

KAIROS Solidarity page

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

Honouring the Children

The Blanket Exercise

Sisters in Spirit

Tar Sands

UNDRIP

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.






INDIGENOUS RIGHTS NEWS

Solidarity with First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

Witness 4 Children - Ed Bianchi

KAIROS gathered together Indigenous leaders, church representatives, educators and civil society representatives on October 19 in a show of solidarity with Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, on the eve of final arguments to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in the First Nations Child Welfare case.

Covenant Chain Link V – This Weekend in Ottawa

Convenant Chain Link V

Don’t miss the 5th annual Covenant Chain Link event! See the attached brochure for more info, including how to register.

Justice Camp: Oil/tarsands by Nathan Lodewyk

Alberta Oilsands. Photo by Greg Veltman at Justice Camp 2014.

Are we stuck in the same trap as the people of Babel; building higher and higher not because we should but because we can? In his reflection, Nathan Lodewyk, a young adult from the Christian Reformed Church in North America ponders the “extreme interconnectedness that we all have with the oil/tarsands industry.” Nathan is the second writer KAIROS supported to attend the Anglican Justice Camp in Alberta this summer, and to join the “Faith in the Oil/Tar Sands Developments: Excavating for Deeper Narratives” immersion experience.

Covenant Chain Link V

Convenant Chain Link V

MARK THESE DATES! October 17 & 18. Registration is now open for Covenant Chain Link V, the annual Ottawa event that brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to share ideas and learn from each other how education can build and improve relationships. This year's event features Indigenous educators and highlights community led education projects. See the attached flyer for details.

Press Statement: The Rock Hard Truth—Philippine Learning Tour raises concerns about mining-related human rights violations in the Zamboanga peninsula

Philippines Learning Tour 2014

At a press conference at the Iglesia Filipina Independiente in Pagadian City, Philippines Learning Tour (PLT) members Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons, Chair of the KAIROS Board, and Linda Wilson, a member of Idle No More, present a joint statement at the conclusion of the PLT, along with Bishop Antonio Ablon, and Rev. Beltran Pacatang and Subanen Terso Balives from PROTECT, a PLT sponsor.

Support Grassy Narrows

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Today’s Supreme Court decision affirming Ontario’s right to log on Grassy Narrows treaty land is a disappointment, but the First Nation’s fight to protect its traditional territory and waters, as well as the right to hunt, fish, and trap, continues.

New Resource! Watershed Discipleship Workshop

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Want to take some time in your church or community to explore the call to Watershed Discipleship? Our new 3 hour workshop can help! It includes biblical and personal reflection, reflection on the issues facing your watershed, and the opportunity to connect those issues with other across Canada and around the world.

Tar Sands Healing Walk Videos

Tar Sands - On The Treaties

Two videos by Allan Lissner on the Tar Sands Healing Walk.

Historic Supreme Court Decision Enriches Us All

In 2001 KAIROS churches  and networks laid blankets in front of the Supreme Court in Ottawa in support of Aboriginal title and rights.

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision recognizing the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s Aboriginal title is an important step towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.

Why We All Should Care About Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Temporary Foriegn Workers - Filipino Migrants

In her article “Why everyone should care about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program”, writer Harsha Wallia links current and historical Canadian complicity in local and global resource extraction on Indigenous lands to the exploitation of racialized labour. She connects colonialism and concepts such as “Terra Nullius” (or Empty Land) - which have had devastating consequences […]