Archive for October 2016

Winds of Change campaign update: Education for reconciliation initiative picks up steam in Ontario

October 31, 2016

Like the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples 20 years ago, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada identified education as key to reconciliation. Last November KAIROS and the Legacy of Hope Foundation launched the Education for Reconciliation (E4R) initiative as…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Spirited Reflection: White privilege & lament 

October 31, 2016

The system of the supremacy of whiteness was created to serve white men who were heterosexual, able bodied, Christian, wealthy landowners, to keep power and control in their hands. If we truly want to understand white privilege, the intersections of…

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections, Uncategorized

Canadian Parliamentary Committee recommends changes that could help temporary migrant workers

October 27, 2016

Published October 19, in the Toronto-based Spanish-language magazine Revista Debate, the article “Comité Parlamentario canadiense presenta cambios a favor de trabajadores temporales”, looks at the report on the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) released on September 19, by the Standing Committee on Human…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

KAIROS Blanket Exercise brings understanding and empathy

October 26, 2016

Participants take part in a blanket exercise, an interactive learning experience that teaches indigenous rights history, at the St. Albert United Church. “Those with blue cards, please step off the blankets.” And with those words, I was asked to take…

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KAIROS supports Indigenous peoples’ demands to stop flooding behind Muskrat Falls hydro dam

October 26, 2016

KAIROS has signed on to a letter in solidarity with the Inuit, Innu and non-Indigenous people of Labrador calling on the federal government to review and revoke permits for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. At issue are permits that would…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Spirited Reflection on Zacchaeus meeting Jesus (Luke 19:1-10): Putting economic justice into action

October 24, 2016

Many Christians have read and sung the story of Zacchaeus, the rich tax collector, who encountered Jesus from the branches of a sycamore tree. This short New Testament story speaks volumes to the church about the importance of a just…

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KAIROS Times: October 2016

October 21, 2016

Read the October 2016 issue.

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Announcing… a KAIROS Blanket Exercise Youth Exchange with Guatemala

October 19, 2016

KAIROS will take 2 First Nations, 2 Métis, 2 Inuk and 2 settler youth (18-30 years old) to Guatemala in May 2017 and facilitate 2 Guatemalan youth coming to Canada in June 2017 to find common ground across borders through…

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Partners Tour to highlight violence against women in Colombia and in Canada

October 19, 2016

Gloria Amparo Suarez of the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), a Colombian women’s rights organization and KAIROS partner, will visit Canada from Nov 23 to Dec 4. The KAIROS sponsored educational tour is timed to include the 16 Days of Activism…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America

Spirited Reflection: Zest for life – partnering with our sacred earth community

October 18, 2016

Sisters of Earth Conference 2016 Sisters of Earth, an informal association of women committed to Earth Health and Sustainability, gathered this July in Los Gatos, California.  According to one long-time participant, “this was the first time there was a connecting…

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New Briefing Paper: Prime Minister facing moment of truth on Indigenous rights

October 17, 2016

On both sides of the Canada-U.S. border Indigenous peoples are increasing pressure on governments to respect their right to free, prior and informed consent. Recent decisions to allow the Site C dam on the Peace River and an LNG terminal…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Help us make mining justice a reality

October 17, 2016

Three years ago, in October 2013, KAIROS launched the Open for Justice campaign with our advocacy partners in the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA).  If successful, the campaign will support people impacted by the overseas operations of Canadian mining,…

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United Church launches emergency appeal for hurricane matthew relief

October 13, 2016

Toronto: The United Church of Canada is launching an emergency appeal to provide humanitarian relief to Haiti, Cuba, and nearby Caribbean countries devastated by the impact of Hurricane Matthew. Donations made through the United Church are directed to ACT Alliance…

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) withdraws from KAIROS

October 13, 2016

KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives accepts, with regret, the decision of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to withdraw from membership. We acknowledge the long history of CCCB collaboration in Canadian ecumenical social justice coalitions and, since 2001, in…

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program: a KAIROS response

October 12, 2016

In May 2016, KAIROS participated in the federal government’s review of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) by making a submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. The…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

Spirited Reflection: Living Jeremiah through a hurricane 

October 11, 2016

Like many of us, there is a sense of calm and re-assurance that I get from those familiar words of Scripture: “for I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to…

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Short animated primer on Fracking

October 11, 2016

In February, 2015, KAIROS issued a discussion paper entitled “Ethical Reflections on Fracking” that employs an ethical framework to explore major issues raised by the practice of hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of shale oil and natural gas. We are…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Video Playlists & Photo Albums

Living well this Thanksgiving

October 7, 2016

“Buen vivir means living well based on the knowledge of our peoples, not living better at the cost of others.” ~David Choquehuanca, Aymara, Bolivia This Thanksgiving I am holding fast to this vision of who we could be together, as Canadians,…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights

Convenant Chain Link VII, October 14-15, 2016 – Register Now!

October 5, 2016

Hope for the Future: Education for Reconciliation The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has said that “education is the key to reconciliation”. All across Canada, people are responding to the need to address Indigenous history and issues both in and out…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

KAIROS online info-hub to aid inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls

October 4, 2016

On October 4 – a day when Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gather to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) – KAIROS Canada launched the MMIWG Information Hub on, offering resources and updates related to the national…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Indigenous Rights