by Ellen Wood Ellen Wood is a grain, cattle and apple orchard farmer as well as an ordained United Church minister, now semi-retired. She has worked on many social justice causes, most recently the tar sands and the nuclear debate in Saskatchewan. Ellen is the UCC rep on the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation. [...]
On the International Day to End Violence Against Women, we remember and support victims and survivors of all forms of violence against women, and express solidarity with all those working to end this violence. In this post, Helen Knott, a First Nation’s woman from Canada, speaks about the parallels between violence against Indigenous women in Canada and in Guatemala.
Lynn Hamilton, United Church clergy, writes a guest post on Day One of the Guatemala Study Tour.
“Tuesday. Our first full day together as a group. Folks from Victoria, the Miramachi, and 12 points in between begin a day of joy and challenge. For many of us it is our first day as visitors, learners and activists in Guatemala. We awake to the sound of church bells ringing. A delicate breeze blows through the courtyard of the modest Casa, and the sound of diesel engines groaning, lots and lots of them, reminds us we are in a vibrant, busy, urban context.”
On June 13, KAIROS signed onto an open letter to Guatemalan President Otto Molina Perez to support the call by Guatemala social movements for his government to revoke a mining license that had been recently granted to Vancouver-based Tahoe Resources. One month later, President Molina Perez floated a trial balloon: a two-year moratorium on the granting of new mining licenses. Read our partner’s reaction here.
While ecologists and Indigenous peoples are increasing pressure on President Obama to deny a permit to the Keystone XL pipeline, Canadian government and oil industry executives are lobbying hard for its acceptance. This bulletin updates KAIROS’ analysis of the debate emphasizing the urgent need to prevent catastrophic climate change.