RESOURCE EXTRACTION

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.






RESOURCE EXTRACTION NEWS

A Place Between Cynicism and Idealism by Greg Veltman

Alberta Oilsands.  Photo by Greg Veltman at Justice Camp 2014

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.

Development free of fear by Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons

Desmond Jagger-Parsons with Connie Sorio and Ed Bianchi of Kairos, and the Mayor of Midsalip, Liwaya A. Paras.

Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons, BA LLB MDiv, is the Head of the Philippine Learning Tour, a delegation organized by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, with representatives from KAIROS member churches, CUPE, MiningWatch Canada and Indigenous people in Canada.  Rev. Jagger-Parsons is also the Chair of the Board of KAIROS and a United Church minister in the […]

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.

Northern Gateway decision a turning point in indigenous relations

Gateway Wrong Way

In announcing its approval for the Northern Gateway pipeline, the federal government said that Enbridge “has more work to do to engage with aboriginal groups.” This passing off of responsibility to the pipeline’s sponsor does not release the government from its responsibility to properly consult the First Nations affected.

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.

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Today’s Supreme Court decision affirming Ontario’s right to log on Grassy Narrows treaty land is a disappointment, but the First Nation’s fight to protect its traditional territory and waters, as well as the right to hunt, fish, and trap, continues.

New Resource! Watershed Discipleship Workshop

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Want to take some time in your church or community to explore the call to Watershed Discipleship? Our new 3 hour workshop can help! It includes biblical and personal reflection, reflection on the issues facing your watershed, and the opportunity to connect those issues with other across Canada and around the world.

Tar Sands Healing Walk Videos

Tar Sands - On The Treaties

Two videos by Allan Lissner on the Tar Sands Healing Walk.

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.

Historic Supreme Court Decision Enriches Us All

In 2001 KAIROS churches  and networks laid blankets in front of the Supreme Court in Ottawa in support of Aboriginal title and rights.

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision recognizing the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s Aboriginal title is an important step towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.