Trading Rights Interactive Map

The KAIROS Trading Rights Project connects young Canadians' lives to issues of trade and human rights.

While it has been over 60 years since Canadian John Humphrey and his colleagues completed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) establishing the foundation for international human rights, today's trading relationships often sideline human rights, the “trading rights” of the world’s peoples, for increased global trade and profits of Canada's corporations.

This project provides tools for taking action to help Canada put human rights where they belong; at the centre of all ethical and legal relationships among Canadians and with others overseas.

While the project was designed with young Canadians in mind, anyone can use the trading cards. Download them, distribute them in your community, and visit the Take Action! page on this website for more ways to get involved.

To order the Trading Rights resources, please fill out an online order form.


Human Rights Defenders

Pascal Kabungulu Kimbembi in the DR Congo

Marlene Gonzales in the Philippines

Hani Amer in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Ana Maria Alvarado in Mexico


Coffee and Fair Trade

French Fries and Free Trade

Cell Phones and Civil War

Flowers & Violence


Ivanhoe Energy in Ecuador

ExxonMobil in Indonesia

TVI Pacific in the Philippines

Ahava Skincare in Occupied Palestinian Territories

After downloading & printing, cut in half and paste front and back side of cards together. Use the Educators' Guide for suggestions on how to use the cards.

Educators, youth leaders or student clubs: click here to access our Educators' Guide.


First Nations Challenge Foreign Investment Protection Agreements: Policy Briefing Paper #36


In August 2013, KAIROS welcomed Brenda Sayers, a band councillor from the Hupacasath First Nation on Vancouver Island. Brenda explained eloquently why the Hupacasath had filed a request in a federal court seeking a judicial review of the federal government’s decision to proceed with the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement (FIPA). Learn more in our newest Briefing Paper.

Brenda Sayers visits KAIROS National Office to discuss Canada China FIPA

You are cordially invited to join KAIROS, the Council of Canadians and Brenda Sayers at the KAIROS office in Toronto as she makes her cross country FIPA community sharing tour. Brenda holds the portfolio for Hupacasath First Nation’s  court case challenging the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). Brenda Sayers will explain how the FIPA […]

Another Empty Report on Human Rights and Trade in Colombia

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On Friday afternoon, June 14, the Canadian government quietly released its second report on the human rights impacts of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The report is so narrowly focused that it is silent on most human rights concerns and, significantly, it avoids any examination of Canadian investment – including oil, gas and mining. Amnesty International has described the report as “a human rights report without human rights”. Most alarming for KAIROS is that the human rights concerns from partners and communities living these realities in Colombia are not at all reflected in the report.

Remembering our partner and mentor, Pascal Kabungulu Kibembi

pascal kabungulu Kibembi

On Sunday, June 23, KAIROS delegates to the DRC took part in a ceremonial commemoration of Pascal Kabungulu, the  former Secretary General of KAIROS' partner organization,  Héritiers de la Justice, based in Bukavu, eastern DRC. Pascal was murdered 8 years ago, in front of his wife and children, by armed men who declared, "We were […]

CIDA DFAIT Letter to Ministers Baird, Fast & Fantino

CIDA banner

“Faithful commitment “to love our neighbour,” whether down the road or across the ocean, motivates our engagement in human rights and development. Canada has a significant responsibility to contribute to building a more equitable and inclusive global community. In any changes to international development, we must work together to ensure that the needs and priorities of the poorest remain paramount.”

This is the closing paragraph of a letter that KAIROS sent on June 13 to Ministers John Baird, Ed Fast and Julian Fantino regarding the amalgamation of CIDA and DFAIT. You will find the complete letter below.

Colombian paramilitaries torture and murder Benedicta Joya Aponte while seeking her brother

Stones with names at an August 2010 vigil against militarization and war in Colombia: These rocks represent missing and murdered community members in Colombia. Photo: John Lewis/ KAIROS

Note from KAIROS: Just days before an Ecumenical Forum on Peace, May 18-19,  we received terrible news from church partners in Colombia. Benedicta Joya Aponte, a campesina woman and sister of a local priest, was brutally murdered in their home.  Paramilitaries came to the door looking for her brother, Father Pedro Elias Joya Aponte, who […]

Take action: Ask the government to clearly identify Israeli settlement products sold in Canada

A Palestinian boy passes grapes through the bars at an Israeli checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.

(Support for a United Church of Canada action) The United Church of Canada is inviting the ecumenical and justice community to write to the Foreign Affairs and Trade ministers, asking for proper identification of Israeli settlement products in Canadian stores and an end to tax exemptions for products from the settlements. The United Church is […]

Urgent action: Serious threats to Colombian partners and their families

Yolanda Becerra, OFP director (middle of photo), at the 2012 Women's Tribunals in Colombia.

UPDATE – Feb.20, 2013 Thanks to all  who responded to the urgent action we circulated on February 15 (below) regarding threats to the leadership of  the Organizacion Femenina Popular (OFP. We have received an inspiring response of more than 150 copies of personal letters to the President of Colombia calling for safety and security of these women. These […]

A Sustainable Energy Policy is Possible


In July 2011, federal, provincial and territorial energy ministers called for a public debate on a national energy strategy presenting KAIROS with an opportunity to elaborate on its vision for a just and sustainable energy policy. KAIROS envisions a transition away from fossil fuels towards energy efficiency, conservation and a reliance on renewable sources. We […]

Call to Action: Vigil for human rights and social justice in Colombia

Vigil for human rights and social justice in Colombia

On Thursday September 22nd, those able to afford the minimum $1,000 ticket price will attend a gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto to honour Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as Statesman of the Year. The award from the Canadian Council for the Americas comes little more than a month after President Santos hosted Prime Minister […]

KAIROS is deeply saddened and troubled by the recent murder of Father José Reinel Restrepo

Fr Jose Reinel Restrepo

View the Joint Letter ‘Re. the Assassination of Father José Reinel Restrepo of the municipality of Marmato, Colombia’   KAIROS is deeply saddened and troubled by the recent murder of Father José Reinel Restrepo, parish priest of the municipality of Marmato in the department of Caldas, Colombia.   On September 2nd, the body of Father Restrepo […]

Action Opportunity: Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline – Ottawa, September 26, 2011

Keystone Pipeline Protest

On September 26, KAIROS will join with allied Indigenous, civic and environmental organizations on Parliament Hill to protest a new export pipeline from the Alberta tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico. This pipeline would violate the rights of Indigenous peoples in both Canada and the United States to Free, Prior and Informed Consent, as […]

Letter to Hon. John Baird re. visit of Salvadoran Attorney General Romeo Barahona

Dear Minister Baird: We write as Canadian organizations with long standing relationships with human rights, development, environmental and faith based organizations in El Salvador. Our organizations represent Canadians from across the country concerned about the increasing violence perpetrated against Salvadoran social and environmental activists in Cabañas, an area where a Canadian mining company, Pacific Rim, […]

KAIROS joins call for investigation into the murder of yet another mining activist in El Salvador

Juan Francisco Durán Ayala

KAIROS is deeply saddened and concerned to learn that another environmental and community activist has been murdered in El Salvador. We join civil society organizations in El Salvador and Canada in calling for a full investigation into the murder of Juan Francisco Durán Ayala. This is the fourth murder in two years that local organizations […]