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.


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


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


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.

Delegates in front of the smelter in Oroya

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


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


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.

The Moral and Financial Case for Divesting from Fossil Fuels: Briefing Paper #38


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.

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.