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The Land, Our Life

Crane Medicine Woman by David Morrisseau

A power created life so that it seeks knowledge, understanding and peace. My art explores the trinity of the human condition. I work from myth because it speaks truth. I employ motif because it contains spiritual power. I paint vibrantly because it heals. I offer my art with respect and gratitude to the Great Spirit.”
– David Morrisseau

Indigenous peoples all over the world face unique challenges in terms of poverty, access to education, and other measures of social well-being. A child waking up this morning in an Indigenous community in northern Canada or in the Ecuador faces a much different, less certain future than the average non-Indigenous child in North America or Europe. Why? Because, historically, European and North American cultures have been in a position to control their own development whereas Indigenous cultures have not.

In 2007, Canadian churches celebrated as the United Nations took a step forward in correcting this injustice by adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The UN Declaration, adopted in 2007, enshrines the right of Indigenous peoples to make decisions about the use of their lands and the resources within them. Canada and the United States, alone in the international community, have failed to endorse the Declaration.

With its recent Statement of Apology to former students of Indian residential schools and the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Canada has taken steps forward in rebuilding its relationship with Indigenous peoples to one based on mutual respect, responsibility, and sharing. Inspired by our faith’s tradition of Covenant and the Indigenous principles of right relations, KAIROS and its member churches invite you to join us in calling on the government of Canada to endorse and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.










THE LAND OUR LIFE NEWS

In Fracturing, Unity: Reflection on the Situation in Elsipogtog

M'ikMaq Elder Billy Lewis and membersf of the Halifax KAIROS cluster participate in a solidarity event  on fracking. New Brunswick, June 2013.

The recent events at an anti-fracking blockade on Elsipogtog territory in New Brunswick point to the need for us to continue to seek right relationship with Indigenous peoples and to work for an ecological economy that honours all of creation.

Who is the Government of Canada Listening To?

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A slew of new legislation that undermines both Indigenous rights and environmental protection in Canada points to the fact that the petroleum and pipeline industries have significant influence on the Government of Canada’s legislative agenda. A December 12, 2011 letter addressed to Environment Minister Peter Kent and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver from a group […]

KAIROS Co-Hosts ‘First Voices! First Women Speak!’: A gathering to honour Indigenous women’s knowledge and perspectives on violence, restoration and resurgence

Lee Maracle

On August 24 KAIROS and the Indigenous People’s Solidarity Movement Ottawa (IPSMO), gathered over 100 people at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre in Ottawa for a community teach-in featuring renowned Indigenous scholars, writers and artists Lee Maracle, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Moe Clarke and Vera Wabegijig. Algonquin elder Claudette Commanda opened the day by welcoming participants to […]

JOINT MEDIA ADVISORY: UN Committee urged to examine discrimination against Canadian Indigenous peoples

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“On February 22 and 23, Canada’s record on combating discrimination will be examined by a high level body of the United Nations. The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is the independent expert body that monitors compliance with the international treaty of the same name. As a signatory to the Convention, Canada is […]

MEDIA ADVISORY: Canada Must Give First Nations Children Equal Rights Indigenous Youth Tell United Nations Committee on Rights of the Child

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For Immediate Release 1 February 2012 (Toronto)  Six Indigenous youth ambassadors from across Canada will meet with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) next week to urge to the UNCRC to pressure Canada to end inequities faced by First Nations children. The youth will outline their concerns at a news […]

Attawapiskat: a hard look at the federal government’s response so far

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1 December 2011 KAIROS Urgent Action Background information As of November 30, federal leaders and the Red Cross have now visited the northern Ontario Cree community of Attawapiskat, which is a step forward. The Red Cross is flying in emergency supplies like winter sleeping bags. However, no emergency or long term funding for housing has […]

THANK YOU to the Ottawa organizing committee-the faces and hands behind an amazing day

Ottawa planning committee

We all know just how many people it takes to pull off a public event. Ottawa is the scene of enough public events that extra planning and attention to security questions is needed, especially since the day moved between three national sites. Taking on such an event is no easy task, and the KAIROS community […]

Ellen Gabriel's speech at the Roll with the Declaration event on Parliament Hill, June 20, 2011

Ellen Gabriel speaks on the Hill

Ellen Gabriel, Mohawk, Turtle Clan, Longhouse from Kanehsatà:ke (Ellen speaks on the Hill with Families of Sisters in Spirit in accompaniment.) I am very honoured to be here today upon the invitation of Kairos and their wonderful initiative “Roll with the Declaration”. I would like to thank Ed Bianchi and Kairos for organizing this event. […]

Cindy Blackstock's speech at KAIROS’ Roll with the Declaration event at the Human Rights Monument, Ottawa, June 20 2011

Cindy Blackstock. The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society Canada builds two bridges for children over the turbulent waters of life’s hazards. One is for non-Aboriginal children- which could be much stronger for a wealthy nation- but thankfully most children make it to the other side. Then there is the half a bridge that […]

Flickr Slideshow of the 'Roll with the Declaration' action in Ottawa on June 20

Thanks for the marvelous photos by Julie Graham, Art Babbish and Renauld Gregoire.