Archive for 2017

Spirited Reflection: What Would Jesus Forward?

November 7, 2017

In politically charged times it may be tempting to forward email containing nostalgic, sentimental or violent content. For guidance, Christians have asked, “What would Jesus do?” (WWJD). This is a simpler question than others we could ask, such as: What…

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Strangers become friends at KAIROS’ first Indigenous and Newcomers Friendship event

November 6, 2017

KAIROS’ Alfredo Barahona walks us through the first Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships event at St. Mary’s First Nation in Fredericton, N.B, on October 28, which he and Connie Sorio, KAIROS’ Migrant Justice and Asia Partnerships Coordinator, helped organize. Connie Sorio…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Migrant Justice

Reconciliation through the lens of our local watersheds

November 6, 2017

This fall, KAIROS brought together close to 200 people in workshops across the country to talk about reconciliation through the lens of our local watersheds. Through a series of presentations, small group discussion, mapping, and active reflection, participants built understanding…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

MEDIA ADVISORY: Women’s grassroots peace building featured at Kitchener-Waterloo events, November 26-27

November 6, 2017

South Sudanese women peace leaders in Canada to address gender-based violence and women’s empowerment as part of KAIROS’ seven-city No Más II tour  (Toronto, ON) – Two South Sudanese women will present a compelling case for Canadian political and financial…

Post filed in: Africa, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Media Releases

MEDIA ADVISORY: Women’s grassroots peace building event in Winnipeg, December 1

November 6, 2017

South Sudanese women peace leaders in Canada to address gender-based violence and women’s empowerment as part of KAIROS’ seven-city No Más II tour (Winnipeg, MB) – Two South Sudanese women will present a compelling case for Canadian political and financial…

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Walking in a Good Way: How to be better allies in the struggle for Indigenous rights and watershed justice

November 4, 2017

Walking in a Good Way – How to be better allies in the Struggle for Indigenous Rights and Watershed Justice, a KAIROS gathering held in Victoria, B.C. October 25, brought many moments of tough reality and dedicated hope for the…

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Open Letter to the Government of British Columbia: Upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples means stopping Site C

November 3, 2017

The Site C dam is a project that should never have been approved. As the British Columbia Utilities Commission has now concluded after a long overdue review of the cost and purpose of this project, completing Site C offers little…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights

KAIROS urges you to support the Spirit Bear Plan

November 3, 2017

The Spirit Bear Plan has been launched! This initiative by the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada calls on you to help end inequalities in public services for First Nations children, youth and families by urging the…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Uncategorized

Trailblazer: Melina Laboucan-Massimo

November 3, 2017

Growing up in a First Nations community in northern Alberta with neither paved roads nor running water, Melina Laboucan-Massimo noticed a pattern. Once young people reached their teenage years many would need to leave the community, either to find jobs…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

MEDIA ADVISORY: Women’s grassroots peace building featured at Toronto event, November 24

November 3, 2017

South Sudanese women peace leaders kick off Canadian No Más II tour in Toronto (Toronto, ON) – Two South Sudanese women will present a compelling case for Canadian political and financial support for community-based women’s organizations focused on peace building…

Post filed in: Africa, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Media Releases

Living Justice: Reformation 500 in Toronto

October 31, 2017

Sermon: In Truth, With Love, For Justice St James Cathedral, October 29, 2017, by Jennifer Henry Creation, Human Beings, Salvation–Not for Sale Texts: Isaiah 42: 5-9, Psalm 36: 5-10, James 2: 14-18, John 13: 33-35 I am so grateful to be…

Post filed in: Executive Director, Spirited Reflections

Letter to the editor: Clean up pollution now in Indigenous communities

October 26, 2017

Decades of neglect, Oct. 24 The environmental commissioner of Ontario is right to condemn years of inaction by government in addressing toxic pollution in Indigenous communities. The lack of information being provided to communities about their exposure to deadly toxins…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights

Water flows, connects and knows no borders

October 25, 2017

I hadn’t realized how maps shape ones perspective of place and in turn how one then relates to that place. On October 14th, I attended a KAIROS event in Halifax on the topic of Reconciliation In Our Watershed. At one…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Regional News

New Epiphany worship resource coming soon

October 25, 2017

Today we are announcing a coming Epiphany worship resource that includes reflections from newcomers and Indigenous peoples in our midst. It is called Gifts for Another Way, remembering the gifts of the Magi and the many other gifts offered in…

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Letter to the editor: Locals, women most affected by corporate harm, least heard

October 25, 2017

Re: “House subcommittee hearings on mining in Latin America a public disservice,” (The Hill Times, Oct. 18, p. 15). KAIROS too is alarmed that the voices of people affected by Canadian mining operations have not been heard during the current…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Latin America

A Feast of Gifts: Opening the door to new friendships

October 24, 2017

Invite your neighbours to a cultural and culinary feast! Every community includes Indigenous people, newcomers to Canada and long time settlers yet these groups are often isolated from one another. KAIROS invites you to consider planning A Feast of Gifts…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Migrant Justice

MEDIA ADVISORY: KAIROS spotlights new economy trailblazers

October 23, 2017

Melina Laboucan-Massimo kicks off blog series on day one of Bonn climate conference (Toronto, On) – On the day U.N. climate talks begin in Bonn, Germany, KAIROS Canada launches a new blog series called, New Economy Trailblazers, showcasing individuals who…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Media Releases

Faith-based group commits to reconciling with Indigenous people

October 22, 2017

Photo: In the blanket exercise, blankets represent land belonging to Indigenous people prior to contact. As the game goes on, the blankets become smaller, with large distances between them. Listen to podcast. Churches played a major role in residential schools, and…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Reflection on pilgrimage of justice and peace: Welcoming Refugees

October 18, 2017

  This article is a contribution from Canadian Quakers to the WCC call to journey in justice and peace. Friends in Canada have been welcoming refugees since the 19th C., when work was done to bring Doukhobors living under persecution…

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Spirited Reflection: The values of food

October 10, 2017

The month of October brings many opportunities to reflect on the place of food in our lives. For those of us in the Christian tradition, it opens with Worldwide Communion Sunday — a day when our sisters and brothers in…

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Foreign workers should be eligible to apply for permanent residence prior to or upon arrival to Canada

October 9, 2017

This past weekend we gathered around the dinner table with family and friends to give thanks. Often we acknowledge the delicious bounty that’s before us. If grown in Canada, this bounty is often tended to and harvested by people like…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice, Op Eds & Rabble

MEDIA ADVISORY: Indigenous and newcomer communities gather in Fredericton for reconciliation, Oct 28

October 9, 2017

St. Mary’s First Nation hosts first KAIROS Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships event (Ottawa, ON) – KAIROS Canada launches the first Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a just and inclusive community event on Saturday, October 28 at St. Mary’s First Nation…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Media Releases, Migrant Justice

MEDIA ADVISORY: Reconciliation in the Watershed comes to Guelph, October 28

October 9, 2017

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

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KAIROS Times: October 2017

October 6, 2017

Winds of Change in Manitoba and BC Action: Contact your MP to support UNDRIP bill 10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples KAIROS Reconciliation in the Watershed Workshop Series: registration is now open Indigenous and…

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Letter to the editor: Remember migrant workers this Thanksgiving

October 6, 2017

He’s worked legally in Canada for 37 years but the government considers him ‘temporary’ Oct. 5 As we sit down with family and friends this Thanksgiving, let’s remember the migrant workers who help bring the food to our tables. These…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

Amitiés entre Autochtones et nouveaux arrivants – pour une communauté juste et inclusive

October 5, 2017

À partir de cet automne et jusqu’en mars 2018 KAIROS et ses partenaires invitent les Autochtones et les nouveaux arrivants au Canada à participer à une série d’événements de réconciliation intitulée Amitiés entre Autochtones & nouveaux arrivants – pour une…

Post filed in: En français, Indigenous Rights, Migrant Justice

KAIROS UN Declaration Video: Please Share

October 5, 2017

Dear Friends, This Thanksgiving I want to share with you a short video about persistent advocacy and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. I invite you to take a moment to watch it, share it with your…

Post filed in: Executive Director, Spirited Reflections, UNDRIP Blog Updates, Video Playlists & Photo Albums

Regional news – thank you Carin Crowe!

October 4, 2017

We offer a huge ‘Thank you’ to Carin Crowe for 5 years of dedicated service in the role of KAIROS Cambrian-Agassiz Regional Representative. Carin completed her term as of the September 28th regional meeting in Winnipeg. There are many, many…

Post filed in: Regional News