RESOURCE EXTRACTION

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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.






RESOURCE EXTRACTION NEWS

Public Forum on Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)

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Registration is now open. Events will take place in Vancouver, BC and Moncton, NB on October 30-31, 2015.

Canadian Mines Ministers Conference in Halifax: Provinces & Territories Must Act To Avoid Mine Waste Disasters

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KAIROS signs letter to Energy and Mines Ministers from across Canada that was released today.

The Stones Will Cry Out by Jennifer Henry

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Jennifer Henry evokes the stones of human rights memorials that will not remain silent but call out for the Creator’s justice through our prophetic imagination.

ROJeP Declaration on extractive industries in Quebec

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Ecumenical statement on the resource extraction industry in Quebec.

Support BC First Nations’ Opposition to Northern Gateway

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Supporting the seven First Nations is one concrete step that you can takes towards #time4reconciliation. Events are taking place across BC, but this is an issue for all Canadians, and we are asking you, wherever you are, to contribute however you can.

Mining industry dialogue puts the spotlight on Indigenous rights

On April 13, KAIROS facilitated an ecumenical dialogue in Toronto with the Mining Association of Canada and several of its member companies. Given our ongoing work on reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, KAIROS used the opportunity to discuss Indigenous rights, and more specifically the requirement to obtain the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) […]

Now Available! Groundbreaking Study on Free, Prior and Informed Consent

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KAIROS announce the launch of our Guatemalan partner CEIBA’s report on its unique and inspiring experience with community consultations on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). You can read and download the resource here.

A Call for Courageous Justice by Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo

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Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo of the Christian Reformed Church in North America channels God’s voice in telling us to not hold our assets, family and work relationships so tightly that we can’t hear God’s call to us to do justice and love mercy.

Mining and Human Rights: building networks of resistance

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In recognition of International Human Rights Day 2014, KAIROS co-sponsored Mining and Human Rights: building networks of resistance, an afternoon of workshops and presentations on the struggle of communities to defend their land from the impacts of resource extraction.

We Are All Water-Keepers

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The KAIROS group in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan has been looking at its watershed these past few years, and has released this report looking at the threats posed to it. Agri-business, the commodification of water, urban water demands and the use of water all pose threats to this highly stressed watershed.

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

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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

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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.

Anti-mining activist killed and Ecuadorean partners harassed on eve of Lima meetings

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What was supposed to be a celebratory launch for KAIROS partner Acción Ecológica’s delegation to the People’s Summit and COP20 meeting in Lima, Peru turned into a nightmare as delegation members were detained and harassed and news came in of the killing of community leader and anti-mining activist.

Stay Awake: Reflection for Advent 1 by Jennifer Henry

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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.