Archive for July 2013

Summary remarks by Commissioner Marie Wilson at the Hobbema AB community hearing, July 24 2013

July 31, 2013

(Note from KAIROS: Many thanks to Theresa Wynn of Edmonton for passing these notes on to us. We’re posting them here because many people ask us what it’s like to be at a hearing, and these will give you a…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

MEDIA RELEASE: KAIROS and Otesha Youth Bike Tour Educates About Indigenous Issues

July 31, 2013

14 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth are participating in a unique bike tour through southeastern Ontario to build bridges of understanding and respect based on a deepened understanding of their shared history. Participants will cycle along the St. Lawrence River, from…

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The Nation to Nation Bike Tour: A Decolonization Journey

July 29, 2013

Katy Quinn, KAIROS’ Indigenous Rights Program Coordinator, is riding on (and co-facilitating) the Nation to Nation Bike Tour, a joint project between KAIROS and the Otesha Project, in collaboration with the Mohawk community of Akwesasne. From July 27th to August…

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Kairos Times: July 2013

July 25, 2013

Read the July 2013 issue.

Post filed in: KAIROS Times E-Newsletter

KAIROS Concerned About the Expansion of Petroleum Licensing in the Amazon

July 25, 2013

In response to a call from our partner, Accion Ecologica, KAIROS wrote a letter to the Ambassador of Ecuador, expressing concern about the expansion of petroleum licensing and exploitation in the Amazon, including in ecologically fragile areas and Indigenous territory.

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights

MEDIA ADVISORY: KAIROS Canada and Otesha Project Launch Youth Bike Tour on Indigenous Issues

July 25, 2013

The Nation to Nation Bike Tour will explore the interactions of participants’ ancestors, what it means to co-exist in just and respectful relationships, and how this can inform existing and future policy decisions.

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Women of Courage in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo: Tour Review

July 24, 2013

The KAIROS church delegation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which took place between June 17th and 30th, was invited and hosted by KAIROS-funded partner, Héritiers de la Justice (Heirs of Justice). HJ is an ecumenical human rights…

Post filed in: Africa, Women of Courage

KAIROS and Héritiers de la Justice Press Briefing: Bukavu, June 26

July 23, 2013

In Bukavu on June 26, 2013 KAIROS and Héritiers de la Justice presented a press briefing at Hotel Horizon featuring brief presentations by Jim Davis, Danielle Dubuc, Rev. Marie-Claude Manga, and Perpetue Kankindi.  

Post filed in: Africa, Media Releases, Women of Courage

After Lac Mégantic, KAIROS Endorses Call to Review Hydrocarbon Transport

July 23, 2013

In the aftermath of the train derailment and explosion at Lac Mégantic, QC, KAIROS joined 50 environmental, labour, social justice and faith organizations in Canada and the northeastern United States in calling for a comprehensive review of the transport of…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Serving refugees in the Middle East region: DSPR

July 23, 2013

KAIROS partner, Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR), is a body of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) that serves Palestinian and other refugees across the Middle East region. In operation since 1949, DSPR provides diverse services to…

Post filed in: Middle East, Migrant Justice

Partners in Guatemala question proposed moratorium and demand respect for Indigenous rights

July 22, 2013

On June 13, KAIROS signed onto an open letter to Guatemalan President Otto Molina Perez to support the call by Guatemala social movements for his government to revoke a mining license that had been recently granted to Vancouver-based Tahoe Resources….

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Truth and Mercy in the South Saskatchewan Watershed – by Eileen Klassen Hamm

July 22, 2013

Eileen Klassen Hamm, Program Director for Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan, writes about watershed discipleship and right relationship on the South Saskatchewan River.

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights, Spirited Reflections

Lutherans and Anglicans Issue Joint Declaration on Resource Extraction

July 17, 2013

At their historic Joint Assembly on July 4 and 5, 2013, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada discussed and passed a resolution committing their churches to action on the impacts of resource extraction on…

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What is Transformational is Rarely Measurable – by Kathryn Robertson

July 16, 2013

Kathryn worked with the ECEJ (Ecumenical Coalition for Economic Justice) from 1997 – 1999 and then with CAWG (Canada-Asia Working Group) from 1999 – 2001. In 2001, 6 months before Independence, she moved to work in Timor-Leste. Kathryn has been…

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

Nation to Nation Bike Tour update- Akwesasne playing a key role as the launch community

July 16, 2013

Very soon, the first-ever KAIROS and Otesha Nation to Nation Bike Tour gets underway! 12 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth will start in Akwesasne and end in Tyendinaga, Kanien’kehaka  (Mohawk) communities that share the waters of the St Lawrence and Lake…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Will Obama’s Climate Speech be a Game Changer?

July 9, 2013

On a blistering hot June day in Washington, President Obama delivered a major speech on climate change. Many interpret the event as his attempt to establish a legacy as a progressive leader deeply committed to leaving future generations “a cleaner,…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

The Parable of the Good Samaritan – by Barry Van Dusen

July 8, 2013

Barry Van Dusen is an ordained minister with The Presbyterian Church in Canada, where he served as convenor of the church’s Justice Ministries Advisory Committee. He has also served as a volunteer fire and emergency chaplain and on the board…

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

Democratic Republic of Contrasts

July 2, 2013

Amelia Torrie We KAIROS delegates went our separate ways on Saturday, June 29, and no doubt, like me, everyone is reflecting on what we saw and experienced during our 12-day trip. For me, the word “contrasts” applies. Contrast the wide,…

Post filed in: Africa, Women of Courage

Another Empty Report on Human Rights and Trade in Colombia

July 2, 2013

On Friday afternoon, June 14, the Canadian government quietly released its second report on the human rights impacts of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The report is so narrowly focused that it is silent on most human rights concerns and,…

Post filed in: Latin America