Oil flares in Ecuador KAIROS is concerned about the growing pattern of Canadian mining, oil and gas companies whose overseas activities are having a negative impact on the environment and human rights, including the rights of Indigenous peoples. Canadian mining companies are operating worldwide and their presence is expanding. KAIROS advocates for binding legislation to hold corporations accountable in Canada for human rights abuses committed internationally. KAIROS is part of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability which brings together more than 20 Canadian faith-based, human rights, environmental, labour and other civil society groups calling for greater government oversight of Canadian extractive sector activity abroad. KAIROS and our CNCA partners are calling on the Canadian government to implement the recommendations from the 2006 “National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Canadian Extractive Sector in Developing Countries,” which would establish an ombudsman to investigate complaints and sanction companies that fail to operate in compliance with minimum social and environmental standards.

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


I don’t have words to describe what I saw.

Delegates in front of the smelter in Oroya

On a tour of two of the world’s most contaminated mining communities, a delegation of women activists from across Latin America realize that while their stories may differ, what unites them is their work defending communities and Mother Earth.

Tribunal at Peoples’ Summit calls for a UN Declaration on the Rights of Nature


The Tribunal on the Rights of Nature at the Peoples’ Summit on COP20 in Lima has no legal authority beyond the integrity and respect generated from its process and participants, but the hope is that by revealing the impacts of violating nature’s rights, including climate change, these rights eventually will be enshrined at the national and international level.

Making the invisible visible: The Wayuu in Guajira face a humanitarian crisis


The Wayuu people are one of 43 Indigenous groups in Colombia facing extinction. In this blog, Wayuu leader Matilde Lopez speaks with KAIROS’ Rachel Warden and Audrey Huntley from No More Silence about the threats facing her people.

Momentum builds to make Canada Open for Justice

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Since the Open for Justice Campaign launched a year ago, 90,000 Canadians have taken action in support of Canadian mining accountability overseas, and there have been more than 65 meetings with Members of Parliament in ridings across the country.

This groundswell of citizen support is making an impact.

The Moral and Financial Case for Divesting from Fossil Fuels: Briefing Paper #38


The movement is growing for withdrawing investments from oil, natural gas and coal companies that contribute to climate change, and among the churches in Canada Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church in Toronto has shown leadership.
The latest KAIROS Briefing Paper - Movement for Divesting from Fossil Fuels Gaining Strength explores both the moral case for divestment, as articulated by South African Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, and evidence that investors are growing wary of investments in fossil fuels, particularly in the tar sands.

Mining oversight bill defeated by government, despite widespread public support


KAIROS Canada is disappointed that the Extractive Sector Ombudsman bill, Bill C-584, did not pass second reading in the House of Commons on October 1. More than 90,000 Canadians voiced their support for such an Ombudsman through the Open for Justice campaign. In spite of this setback, KAIROS is continuing its work with Parliamentarians to build even greater public support for an Ombudsman and to remove legal barriers for those who need access to justice in Canada.

Media Briefing Paper: The world wants Canada to be open for justice

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Canadian and international organizations press for law reform to hold Canadian mining companies accountable for human rights abuses overseas. “What happened to Canadian compassion, to the Canada that accepted so many refugees in the 80s?” Nelly Rivera asked a delegation from KAIROS Canada and the United Church of Canada this question after telling them about […]

In Memory of the life of Adolfo Ich Chaman-

A photo in memory of Adolfo Ich, with the caption 'Happy Father's Day', hangs on the wall of his family home in El Estor.

Today, five years later, KAIROS joins the family of Adolfo Ich Chaman- , his community and human rights and solidarity groups in Guatemala and in Canada in commemorating Adolfo Ich’s life and demanding justice. Angelica Choc, Adolfo’s wife, has called on all of us to join them in solidarity: “Let all of us who are fighting in defense of our territories unite to demand that justice be served”.

Urgent Action – Ask MPs to support the Ombudsman bill

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This is a crucial moment in the Open for Justice campaign to win greater accountability from the Canadian mining, oil and gas industry. Find out how you can join this urgent action!

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

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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.

KAIROS leads Philippines Learning Tour to Mindanao communities impacted by Canadian mining

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Toronto, ON - KAIROS Canada is organizing a tour to the Philippines to learn more about how Canadian mining operations are impacting communities in that country. Ten representatives from KAIROS, the United Church of Canada, the Christian Reformed Church in North America and CUPE, as well as First Nations communities, will visit four cities from July 30 to August 10.

The world wants Canada to be open for justice

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Canadian and international organizations press for law reform to hold Canadian mining companies accountable for human rights abuses overseas. Check out our latest policy briefing paper.

The Glorious New Brunswick Shale Gas Rebellion of 2013


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 […]