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

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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

Rolling Justice Bus rolls into action in BC heartland, August 24-31

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Connecting the dots between Indigenous rights, reconciliation, resource extraction and climate change, will be the focus of the BC/Yukon KAIROS-led Rolling Justice Bus tour.

Bringing the experience of Latin American women to the International Peoples Conference on Mining in the Philippines.

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Gloria Chicaiza, from KAIROS partner Accion Ecologica in Ecuador, reports from the IPCM and gendered impact workshop in the Philippines. Read excerpts from her report here.

Territorial Acknowledgment

Territorial Acknowledgment In some settings, using a territorial acknowledgment has become a common practice. Often it involves a brief statement at the beginning of a gathering or event to name the Indigenous territory that the gathering is taking place upon. It often involves the names of the First Peoples of the particular area and may […]

A trip to Mankayan, a mining town in the mountains of the Philippines

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Meeka Otway from Pauktuutit, Canadian National Inuit Women’s Association, is in the Philippines participating in the International Peoples Conference on Mining and visiting communities impacted by mining. Read her blog here.

Final Declaration and Action Points from Gendered Impacts workshop at International Peoples Conference on Mining in the Philippines

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I am a Witness Campaign

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Watch the 22nd, and final vignette, featuring Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

Reflection for National Aboriginal Day – June 20, 2015 by Melanie Delva

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Melanie Delva, a non-Indigenous Anglican, reminds us that we’re to not be self-congratulatory about our involvement in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission process; rather. WE need to pursue reconciliation because we are broken.

Nuclear Waste Dump Must Not Proceed Without the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation

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The Stones Will Cry Out by Jennifer Henry

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Jennifer Henry evokes the stones of human rights memorials that will not remain silent but call out for the Creator’s justice through our prophetic imagination.

Reflection on the TRC: Canada MUST make reconciliation happen with the same bravery and trust as that shown by survivors and witnesses

Venie Diano beside the Witness Blanket,  a National Monument to recognize the atrocities of Indian Residential Schools

  By Vernie Diano During the mass blanket exercise hosted by KAIROS on the grounds of Parliament Hill, I was impressed that it was young people playing the drums, an important cultural tradition of Indigenous peoples in Canada. They sang while they played and danced in a circle. It seemed that in playing the drums […]

Reflection on my participation in the TRC: A time of deep gratitude and hope

At the Heart Garden outside Rideau Hall

By Ana Guadalupe Matzir Miculax The histories of Guatemala and Canada are similar – histories of trying to erase our customs, languages, traditional clothing and dance; our way of life and world view; and, our relationship with nature. The result is many Indigenous people do not know their own identity and history. As a consequence […]

The Voice of the Bell by Diane Munier

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Diane Munier, a Presbyterian, tells us how the voice of a bell signals a march to hope on Parliament Hill.

Winds of Change Campaign

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KAIROS’ Winds of Change campaign... It’s for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned activist or taking a stand for the very first time. Whether you’re one person, a whole church, a school or a community group. Learn More.

Support BC First Nations’ Opposition to Northern Gateway

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Supporting the seven First Nations is one concrete step that you can takes towards #time4reconciliation. Events are taking place across BC, but this is an issue for all Canadians, and we are asking you, wherever you are, to contribute however you can.