Archive for September 2017

End inequities for all services for First Nations children and families

September 25, 2017

This important open letter to PM Trudeau signed by prominent Canadians has just been posted. It calls on Canada to immediately implement the CHRT and end inequities for all services for First Nations children and families.   https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/justin-trudeau-open-letter-to-pm-give-first-nations-children-an-equal-chance/article36372720/ Please sign the…

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A reprint of Indigenous Wisdom: Living in Harmony with Mother Earth

September 25, 2017

KAIROS is proud to offer a reprint  Indigenous Wisdom: Living in Harmony with Mother Earth. It was written by John Dillon, who died on June 5, 2017. Of all the writings he left behind, John was most proud of this…

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KAIROS sponsors Guatemalan Hip Hop Artist Rebeca Lane

September 21, 2017

KAIROS is thrilled to sponsor the Mestizo Soul – Identity and Rights Tour with Guatemalan Hip Hop artist Rebeca Lane, organized by Breaking the Silence (BTS) and local committees.   Rebeca Eunice Vargas (Rebeca Lane)  is an acclaimed Feminist, Sociologist, Activist…

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Spirited Reflection: Everyone Belongs

September 19, 2017

“Everyone Belongs in the Kitchen” is a theme that raises a few questions. What kitchen? And, who is ‘everyone’? The phrase comes from a joke that exists in multiple memes online, which takes the tired sexist dismissal ‘Women belong in…

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‘There’s a reason that truth comes before reconciliation’

September 19, 2017

“You will now be placed on reserves,” Siobhan Rowan told the evening crowd assembled in East Lynn Park on Wednesday, Sept. 13, for Ward 32’s first ever Kitchi Blanket Exercise. The exercise teaches participants about Indigenous history and the effects…

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Spirited Reflection: Peacebuilding, an ever present opportunity

September 15, 2017

Peace is often misunderstood as an absence, a state of tranquil stillness where nothing is happening, there’s no conflict or change. The world we live in isn’t like that, and seeking to enforce an ideal onto the world can itself…

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Walking right off the map: from Old Montreal to Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory

September 14, 2017

Maps of Montreal, Canada, usually show the neighbouring Mohawk Nation as an empty space. It appears as a grey block, sectioned off from everything around it. Nothing could be more symbolic of the relationship between the Montreal urban community, which…

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KAIROS Reconciliation in the Watershed Workshop Series: Registration is now open

September 14, 2017

Nova Scotia Halifax October 14 | 10 am – 3 pm St. Andrews United Church (6036 Coburg Road, Halifax, NS) Hosted with the KAIROS Atlantic Network with guest speakers and guides from local Indigenous, environmental and community groups Registration fee…

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10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

September 13, 2017

Canada needs a legislative framework to fulfill the promise of this vital human rights instrument

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Spirited Reflection: Forgiving our debtors

September 12, 2017

Matthew 18:21-35 Living in Scotland was my first time praying in ecumenical groups. You might imagine, despite theological differences, that we always had the Lord’s Prayer in common, but I encountered differences between the English and Scottish versions, especially the…

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KAIROS Times: September 2017

September 12, 2017

Seeds of Truth – stories from the KAIROS Guatemala Youth Exchange Op-ed: How we can start to walk the path of reconciliation? KAIROS Reconciliation in the Watershed Workshop Series Join us for Orange Shirt Day, September 30 Season of Creation…

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Join us for Orange Shirt Day, September 30

September 11, 2017

The Orange Shirt Day movement began in Williams Lake, BC, in Spring 2013, but its legacy dates back to 1973 when 6 year-old Phyllis Webstad had her new orange shirt stripped off her back as soon as she arrived at St….

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‘Blanket Exercise’ helps Regina Public Schools work toward reconciliation in the classroom

September 8, 2017

Role-playing activity helps participants learn about everything from treaties to residential schools Photo: Teachers at George Lee School in Regina, Sask., participate in The Blanket Exercise on Aug. 29. (Shelly Reed/Twitter) When it comes to Indigenous education in the classroom, Regina Public…

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Seeds of Truth: Together We Can Accomplish Great Things

September 7, 2017

As part of the Canadian-Guatemalan Blanket Exercise Youth Exchange, I’ve spent the past 7 days learning from Indigenous leaders in Guatemala about their lived experiences. They have helped me to better understand the human rights violations that have occurred, and…

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South Sudanese women to share their fight against gender-based violence

September 6, 2017

KAIROS is looking forward to hosting two South Sudanese women in Canada in late fall 2017 to share their fight against gender-based violence (GBV) as part of the No Mas II tour.  The educational tour between November 24 and December…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Reconciliation in the Watershed comes to Tatamagouche, September 16

September 6, 2017

Local residents invited to renew relationships with watershed & Indigenous peoples (Ottawa, ON) – Connecting the local ecology with Indigenous rights, and identifying ways to renew relationships with Indigenous peoples and the Tatamagouche watershed are some of the expected outcomes…

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Seeds of Truth: Revolutions, Not Just Reconciliation! #IndigenaSolutions 

September 5, 2017

Searching for Indigenous, or Indigena (the Spanish word for Indigenous that is used in Guatemala) solutions for change is a task many revolutionaries have taken on across the world, and it can be complex. If you’re from Canada you will…

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Watershed Walk and Explorations in Halifax, October 14

September 4, 2017

October 14  |  Halifax 10 am              Walks in the local Watershed 11 am–3 pm    St Andrews United Church, 6036 Coburg Road 1 – Explore Our Watershed The day begins with three walks, each in…

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Spirited Reflection: Honouring the Stranger 

September 1, 2017

A friend was travelling across Western Canada and stopped at a service station to use the rest room. There he encountered a four year old boy washing his hands. The child studied my friend for a moment. “Are you a…

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Covenant Chain Link VIII – Registration is now open!

September 1, 2017

Come join us in Ottawa at the 8th annual Covenant Chain Link gathering! THEME: Empowered & Empowering Youth – Learning From Indigenous Youth in Ottawa WHEN: Friday, October 20, 2017 WHERE: Confederation Education Centre – 1645 Woodroffe Ave WHO: Featured guests…

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Season of Creation: Global prayer and action for creation

September 1, 2017

From September 1 to October 4, Christian churches around the globe will celebrate the Season of Creation through prayer and action. In 1989, September 1 was proclaimed as the World Day of Prayer for Creation by the Orthodox Church. Since…

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