Archive for August 2012

Good News: Colombian government to restart peace talks with the FARC

August 30, 2012

After years of pressing the government and guerrilla movements to start new peace talks, Colombian churches and civil society groups welcomed the news on Monday, August 27that the Colombian government and one of the guerrilla armies (the Revolutionary Armed Forces…

Post filed in: Latin America

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

August 28, 2012

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…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Women of Courage

Rev. David Kim-Cragg’s Journal from the Pelican Narrows TRC hearings

August 14, 2012

Rev. David Kim-Cragg is a United Church minister in a congregation in Saskatoon, SK and is involved in Saskatchewan Conference’s Justice and Right Relations network. He and his eight year old son Noah went to the Pelican Narrows Truth and…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Journal of my truth and reconciliation adventure to Pelican Narrows

August 14, 2012

Noah has given us permission to share his journal. He and his dad David went to TRC community hearings in Pelican Narrows in northern Saskatchewan in the winter of 2012. David’s reflections are in a separate post. By Noah Kim-Cragg,…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Truth, Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Moving Beyond Event, by Hazel Jardine

August 14, 2012

Hazel is a founding member of the Fort Qu’Appelle, SK KAIROS group, which has been going strong for over 25 years. She is an author, mother and activist and is now an elder in the KAIROS community. Fort Qu’Appelle has…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

The United Church: Apologies offered in Fort Qu’Appelle SK

August 14, 2012

John Bird, Program Coordinator for Aboriginal Justice and Right Relations at the national United Church of Canada writes,  “Sue Bland is Saskatchewan Conference’s “part-time” staff person supporting the Conference’s Justice and Right Relations group, a wonderful gathering of Indigenous and…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

The United Church Moderator reflects on reconciliation from local to national

August 14, 2012

Mardi Tindal was the Moderator, or elected leader, of the United Church of Canada from August 2009 through August 2012. Her term coincided with the opening of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and since the United Church and its predecessor…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Rev John Whyte’s reflections on Saskatoon

August 14, 2012

Rev. John Whyte is a United Church minister in Regina, SK and was present at the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission national event in Saskatoon June 21-24 2012. Here are his personal reflections, shared with his congregation and shared here…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Spirited Reflections

Report on Living Courage Eastern Tour and TRC, June 5-25, 2012

August 13, 2012

KAIROS partners, Claudia Castellanos, from the Popular Feminist Organization (OFP) in Colombia, and Lucy Talgieh from Wi’am: Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center in Bethlehem, Occupied Palestinian Territories visited communities in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Ontario and Saskatchewan during the Living Courage tour,…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America, Middle East, Women of Courage

Economy of Life, Justice, and Peace for All: A Call to Action

August 13, 2012

In June 2012, the Global Forum on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology of the World Council of Churches (WCC) concluded with a strong call for action to build an “economy of life” that focuses on eradicating poverty, challenging wealth accumulation and…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Reflections on the 40th Anniversary celebration of the Organización Feminina Popular (OFP) by Susan Ferguson

August 13, 2012

by Special Guest, Susan Ferguson     I was privileged beyond measure to attend this celebration of the OFP, an organization which has been a partner of KAIROS and the Latin America coalitions that preceded it for more than a…

Post filed in: Women of Courage