Archive for June 2011

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

June 28, 2011

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

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KAIROS joins call for investigation into the murder of yet another mining activist in El Salvador

June 27, 2011

KAIROS is deeply saddened and concerned to learn that another environmental and community activist has been murdered in El Salvador. We join civil society organizations in El Salvador and Canada in calling for a full investigation into the murder of…

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Rolling East!

June 19, 2011

Unlike the Western train, the stops on the Ocean are rarely more than an hour apart. About 45 minutes after departing Halifax I was hopping out of the open door to meet our awesome supporters in Truro, NS. Unfortunately in…

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Halifax Banner Train Event

June 19, 2011

For my first out of province event for KAIROS, I wasn’t sure what to expect at the Eastern banner train send-off event in Halifax. However, I could never have imagined the wonderful support and solidarity of the approximately 50 attendees…

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Last stop: Capreol!

June 18, 2011

Capreol ON, 1:00AM Saturday Our last stop! Capreol is about 25 minutes west of Sudbury, for those not acquainted with this historic stopping point.  We were met on the platform by Dave, Pat, Faye, Laura, Brandy and Cameron (who had…

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Halifax Banner Train – one more sleep!

June 18, 2011

Friday Afternoon. Sitting in Toronto’s City Centre Airport this morning, I finally realized that this momentous campaign is actually underway. With Julie halfway home from Vancouver, billets being organized by volunteers in Ottawa, and towns and cities west of Ontario…

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Warm reunions in Sioux Lookout

June 17, 2011

Sioux Lookout, ON. 7:00AM Friday We went to sleep to a full moon shining on water and trees and woke early to misty lakes reflecting a perfect pink and blue sky. The long gravel landing platform and unfortunately derelict, lovely…

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Taking over the station in Winnipeg

June 17, 2011

Winnipeg MB, 9:00PM, Thursday The station in Winnipeg is, fittingly, very close the Forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. This is an historic gathering ground whose history stretches back millennia. Here trade and friendship between Aboriginal and European peoples…

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Honouring Treaty 4 in Melville

June 17, 2011

Melville SK, 1:00PM Thursday We rolled through increasingly flat and open land, with Bert proclaiming that the absence of mountains was making this Shuswap feel just a little too out in the open. Ten people from Fort Qu’Appelle and Melville…

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One big banner in Saskatoon

June 17, 2011

Saskatoon SK, 9:00AM Thursday We stepped off the train in Saskatoon to bright skies and clear Prairie winds. Down the platform, taking up most of its width, came ten banners strung together and carried by 15 waving people. We added…

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Early morning rain in Edmonton with a hardy band

June 17, 2011

Edmonton AB, 1:30AM Thursday From Jasper we rode through the folded granite slopes of the Rockies and onto the rolling countryside west of Edmonton that is the western border of the enormous territories of the Cree. Signal problems and freight…

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Early morning energy in Kamloops

June 16, 2011

Kamloops, 6:30AM, June 15. I counted 25 people of all ages on the platform this cool morning, laughing and cheering as Shuswap elders Minnie Kenoras and Bert Deneault posed by a sleeper car, standing next to an eagle staff and…

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Vancouver Banner Train send off

June 16, 2011

Late evening, June 14. The rain held off almost long enough as 15 of us gathered outside the Pacific Central station in Vancouver on Coast Salish territory.  An eagle chased by an energetic crow soared past as we corralled the…

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A remembrance from the Blanket Train, June 2001

June 14, 2011

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…” Old hymns kept us company as we waited for the train of fellow travellers and their solidarity baggage to come in from Western Canada.  The staff at Toronto’s Union Station looked with curiosity, but…

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Taking the train from Vancouver

June 14, 2011

On Tuesday night the first banner train gets underway, heading across thousands of kilometres and nine banner drop offs (and counting) to Toronto. Local readers, please note: There will be a send off at the park across from Pacific Station…

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Vancouver KAIROS banner bee

June 13, 2011

KAIROS Vancouver members decided to add to their already busy lives and hold a final banner-making this Sunday.  Susan and Bill Draper from KAIROS Victoria came over to the mainland with all the Vancouver Island and Gulf Island banners and…

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