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.

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

Philippines Learning Tour 2014

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

Tailings pond at a gold mine in the Philippines. Photo: KAIROS

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

Open for Justice - United Church

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 […]

The Moral and Financial Case for Divesting from Fossil Fuels


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.

Dusty Shoes or Golden Slippers


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. […]

You Are Not Alone


Barbara Fullerton, a United Church minister from Paris, Ontario recounts her experience with members of the El Estor human rights defender work team, and reminds us that we are all in this together.

What mine eyes have seen….


As the Guatemala study tour draws to a close, KAIROS BC/Yukon regional representative Janet Gray, one of the group’s photographers, talks about the pictures in her camera and those in her mind.

Reflection on the International Day to End Violence Against Women


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.

UN Climate Talks Move Backwards: Developed States Refuse Meaningful Action


Once again a UN conference on climate change has failed to take meaningful action despite the devastation wrought by typhoon Haiyan. Youth attending the conference in Warsaw singled out Canada and Australia for refusing to hear the urgent pleas for action from developing countries.