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

APPEAL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION: Call for justice for the victims of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

According to KARAPATAN, the national alliance of human rights organizations in the Philippines, 169 men and women had been victims of extrajudicial killings under the current government of President  Benigno Simeon Aquino III (July 2010 to December 2013.)   From January to March this year, 19 people were killed — 9 of these in March […]

KAIROS Partner and Honorary Witness Naty Atz Sunuc Video Message to the TRC

Bentwood Box jpegSunuc was invited by the Commissioners to attend the National TRC National Event in Edmonton. Work and family commitments in Guatemala prevented her from attending, but she sent this video message. In her message, Naty talks about the TRC’s profound impact on her, and about her covenant as an Honorary Witness to continue to work for truth, reconciliation and justice for her Indigenous brothers and sisters in Canada. She stresses that in order to realize genuine justice and reconciliation, Canada and Canadians must address the ongoing violation of Indigenous peoples’ human rights, especially those linked to resource extraction. Naty’s video message is part of the official records of the TRC.

Global News Edmonton coverage of Blanket Exercise at a pre-TRC event on March 26 in Edmonton

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KAIROS staff led participants in the Blanket Exercise at a pre-TRC event on March 26 in Edmonton. Global News Edmonton covered the story in its News Hour Final. KAIROS is grateful to Global News Edmonton for granting KAIROS permission to use the clip.

The pre-TRC event - Reconciliation with the Land and its Peoples: how do issues affecting Indigenous peoples, migrant and faith communities intersect - was a collaboration of Action for Healthy Communities, The Mapuche Nation Support Committee, and KAIROS Canada.

Prairies North Statement at TRC National Event in Edmonton

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As part of its Expression of Reconciliation, KAIROS Prairies North presented a quilt blanket as “a symbol of a restored relationship of trust and warmth” between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

TRC Young Adult Engagement Team Final Reflection- What’s Next?

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In their final reflection from the TRC National Event in Edmonton, KAIROS’ young adult delegates wonder if we are ready to “overcome fear and guilt, and allow ourselves to be transformed by the power of authentic relationship.”

We Are Part of a Sacred Covenant

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As KAIROS youth delegate Elyse Brazel explains, in their expression of reconciliation, the 4Rs Youth Summit promised to keep the sacred fires burning and the drums beating beyond the mandate of the TRC.

Surviving, Thriving, and Refusing to “Get Over It”

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As KAIROS youth delegate Kaitlyn Duthie-Kannikkatt explains in her blog on Day 3 of the TRC National Event in Edmonton, residential school trauma is not something you can “just get over”!

Thoughts on Solidarity at the TRC

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On Day 2 of the TRC National Event in Edmonton, KAIROS youth delegate Elizabeth Kessler explores the meaning of solidarity.

Truth and reconciliation and our hopeful shared future

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I am attending the seventh and final National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Edmonton (March 27-30). I have been at all but one of these events. I know to prepare myself, that the listening will be heart wrenching work. But I also know that I am about to witness unimaginable resilience, which I believe holds the key to a hopeful shared future.

KAIROS Gears Up for the TRC’s Alberta National Event

KAIROS Prairies North Region's Gesture of Reconciliation quilt. Designed by Evelyn Martin and made by Irene VanderKloet. The design shows the night sky with northern lights – a nod to KAIROS’ logo - and the eagle which symbolizes the Creator’s protection, like a blanket, over the children in residential schools

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC’s) Alberta National Event is taking place in Edmonton from March 27-30, 2014 and KAIROS will be well represented by the Executive Director, three staff, a youth delegation and countless KAIROS volunteers.