Oil flares in Ecuador

Poor countries that are rich in natural resources have too often seen the well-being of their people and ecosystems deteriorate as a result of destructive, irresponsible resource extraction. This is commonly known as the “resource curse,” whereby foreign investors and local elites extract great wealth from poor countries while leaving behind a legacy of social inequality, political corruption, and ecological damage. KAIROS works with our global partners to play our part in breaking this curse.

One cornerstone of sustainability is the right of communities to exercise free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over developments that will affect their well-being, their enjoyment of human rights, and the integrity of local ecosystems. KAIROS partners are working to empower poor and marginalized populations in resource-rich countries to participate in decision-making that affects their lives. Our partners in the global South are opening up democratic space in their countries to debate the role of resource extraction in reducing poverty. They are challenging economic policies that promote foreign-owned resource extraction as the only path towards development. In some cases, they are advocating for stronger regulatory regimes to maximize fiscal and economic benefits to the local population, and hold companies responsible for cleaning up their environmental messes. In other cases, they are rejecting resource extraction and embracing alternative economic development paths such as sustainable agriculture and forestry, ecotourism and other activities. This movement to “keep the oil in the soil” and promote food sovereignty is emerging as a popular response to the triple crisis of hunger, poverty and climate change.


Stay Awake: Reflection for Advent 1 by Jennifer Henry


Jennifer Henry explains why our faith demands that, while we acknowledge the woes of present injustice, we must stay awake for the hope of justice brought about by the vulnerable Advent Hope that entered our world.

Relationship, Creation and our Biblical Faith by Jennifer Henry

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Jennifer Henry of KAIROS shows that engagement around mining justice is about relationship, Creation and our biblical faith.

Soon and very soon by Margaret Sadler

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Margaret Sadler of ELCIC tells us that leaning forward in anticipation at Advent should include justice for those adversely affected by the Canadian mining industry.

Pull Together with Indigenous Nations Challenging the Flawed Review Process for the Northern Gateway Pipeline

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Join in solidarity with eight First Nations from British Columbia who have been granted leave by the federal Court of Appeal to apply for a judicial review of the government’s decision to allow the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Given the landmark decision by the Supreme Court last June in the case that affirmed the Aboriginal title and rights of the Tsilhqot’in nation, the courts will be hard pressed not to recognize an infringement of Indigenous rights.

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.

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!

A Place Between Cynicism and Idealism by Greg Veltman

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As the People’s Climate March on September 21 draws closer, we are mindful of how our use and production of energy effects the earth and all its peoples. Greg Veltman was one of two young adults supported by KAIROS to attend the Anglican Justice Camp in Alberta this summer, and to join the “Faith in the Oil/Tar Sands Developments: Excavating for Deeper Narratives” immersion experience. This is his reflection about the experience.