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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

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

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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 […]

Northern Gateway Approval: Reconciliation Postponed

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Late in the day on June 17, with little fanfare but much anticipation among Indigenous communities, the environmental sector, and the oil industry, the federal government approved construction of the Northern Gateway pipeline. The government has, in the decision, placed all onus for the Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationship on Enbridge: “The proponent clearly has more work to […]

Moving from Cheap to Costly Justice by Jeff Metcalfe

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This reflection points to the costliness of justice when confronting the violence within ourselves, and our families and personal histories.

Calling All Nations: CONVERGENCE 2014

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As the Federal government prepares to announce its decision on the Northern Gateway bitumen export pipeline, KAIROS affiliated persons in British Columbia will be joining a walk for healing and reconciliation on Sunday in Vancouver. KAIROS urges anyone in the Vancouver area to join the walk from Sunset beach at noon or meet up at […]

The Glorious New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion of 2013

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KAIROS has recently undertaken a research project on the Indigenous right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) regarding proposed resource extraction projects on Indigenous lands. Willi Nolan is a member of the reference group for this project and she has contributed this piece about resistance to hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) in New Brunswick. Willi […]

Fort Chipewyan: Time for Treaty Renewal

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A crucial fur trade hub in the 1700s, Fort Chipewyan is once again at the centre of resource extraction issues that are shaping Canada’s future, except this time there’s a treaty relationship to consider.