Archive for 2019

A story of results by KAIROS partner Héritiers de la Justice: Gender Equity in Inheritance

July 16, 2019

During a recent partner visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Jim Davis, Africa Partnership Coordinator,  was asked by Chantal Bilulu, Women and Children’s program coordinator of KAIROS partner  Héritiers  de la Justice, to share the following story of impact….

Post filed in: Africa, Women of Courage

Canadian Subcommittee on Human Rights releases report on women human rights defenders

July 16, 2019

KAIROS welcomes the release of “Raising Her Voice: Confronting the Unique Challenges Facing Women Human Rights Defenders,” the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development’s report on women human…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Women of Courage

Government of Canada turns back on communities harmed by Canadian mining overseas, loses trust of Canadian civil society

July 11, 2019

KAIROS supports the resignation of all fourteen civil society and labour union representatives of the government’s Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Body on Responsible Business Conduct Abroad (Advisory Body). KAIROS is a member of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA). ———————————————————————- Ottawa, July 11,…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice, Media Releases

KAIROS Partners in Colombia

July 10, 2019

This is the second of two blogposts on KAIROS’ recent visit to Colombia. Read the first blog post There is nothing post-conflict about Colombia KAIROS partners on the ground, the Mesa Ecuménica por La Paz (Ecumenical Forum for Peace, MEP) and…

Post filed in: Latin America, Women of Courage

There is nothing post-conflict about Colombia

July 10, 2019

This is the first of two blogposts on KAIROS’ recent visit to Colombia. Read the second blogpost KAIROS Partners in Colombia First there are the facts and figures: Since the Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) signed…

Post filed in: Latin America

Reflexión: Loque significa caminar en tierra robada; una reflexión sobre el ejercicio de mantas de KAIROS

July 9, 2019

Como hija de inmigrantes nicaragüenses, no soy ajena a las historias de dictaduras respaldadas por los Estados Unidos y tampoco sus masacres. Las historias contadas durante el ejercicio de mantas de KAIROS en su versión guatemalteca me hicieron llorar de…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Spirited Reflections

Spirited Reflection: What it means to walk on stolen land

July 9, 2019

The Guatemalan KAIROS Blanket Exercise (adapted from the Canadian version) was recently held in Toronto. Two others have commented on the impact of the exercise— one as a settler, one as a First Nations woman, and now, a third as…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Spirited Reflections

Exchanges and Collaboration: KAIROS in Ecuador

July 3, 2019

“Un pueblo no existe sin territorio.” Indigenous people cannot exist without their territory. Fany, a Shuar woman from Ecuador, made this declaration during the talking circle of the pilot of the first version of the Ecuadorian blanket exercise held this…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America

Spirited Reflection: Jesus outside the gate

July 3, 2019

On June 7, in what is likely to be his last meeting of the KAIROS steering committee as a representative of The United Church of Canada, Jim Hodgson, shared this reflection. In this reflection, I am inspired by Mary Pezzulo’s…

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

Acting on an Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

June 26, 2019

KAIROS Canada is deeply disappointed that Bill C-262, while passed by elected officials in Parliament, will die on the Order Paper in the Senate. Since it is highly unlikely that the Senate will meet again before the writ for the…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, UNDRIP Blog Updates

Spirited Reflection: It’s about time…

June 25, 2019

We live in a culture where there are many different types of time: chronological or calendar time; justice time(“that should have happened years ago”); convenient time(“when I get around to it”); “when the time comes”, fantasy time; “there is no…

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

America is a mass grave

June 25, 2019

An ensemble of living and non-living beings is calling an alarm: América es una fosa común. America is a mass grave. According to the Government of Mexico, at least 200,000 people have been murdered and 40,000 people have been disappeared since 2006…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice, Migrant Justice

Trailblazer: Rewriting HydroQuebec’s controversial past

June 25, 2019

A just transition to a clean energy economy in Canada cannot be successful without the inclusion of remote communities. In mid May, a promising step forward was taken with the signing of an agreement between an Inuit corporation and an…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Global perspective for just transition

June 25, 2019

We are facing a global climate emergency. The science is clear. ‘Business-as-usual’ is directly contributing to a warming planet and extreme weather. Since societal change is essential, people are gathering in town-halls across the country to discuss ideas for radical…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

KAIROS Times: June 2019

June 22, 2019

Hot off the press! The June 2019 KAIROS Times Newsletter.

Post filed in: KAIROS Times E-Newsletter

Bill C-262 in limbo

June 21, 2019

Time may have run out on Bill C-262. Although originally scheduled to adjourn on June 28, the Senate is now expected to wrap up today, National Indigenous Peoples Day, leaving several bills, including Bill C-262, in limbo. In an Open…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, UNDRIP Blog Updates

Spirited Reflection: Ancestors, Imagined

June 21, 2019

Recently, I was fortunate to witness the Guatemalan expression of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise while in Toronto, Ontario. As a First Nations woman, I was struck by the similarities of this story of colonization to the one I had come…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Spirited Reflections

Spirited Reflection: Imagine

June 20, 2019

At a recent KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE), the facilitator commented that he often wonders what Canada would look like today if, instead of having forced Indigenous communities to adapt to colonial ways, the European colonists had assimilated the ways of…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Spirited Reflections

KAIROS celebrates new Caregiver Pilot Programs and extension of the Interim Pathway

June 19, 2019

KAIROS Canada applauds the Government of Canada for delivering on its promise of improving the lives and working conditions of migrant caregivers. At a press conference on June 15, the Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada unrolled two new…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

Retarder les projets de loi C-262 et C-337 mine le processus démocratique au Canada, et met en danger la réconciliation ainsi que la protection des droits humains

June 19, 2019

Une motion unanime des 338 députés de la Chambre des communes déclare que les deux projets de loi actuellement devant le Sénat, les projets de loi C-262 et C-337, sont « des mesures législatives majeures » qu’il est urgent «…

Post filed in: En français, Indigenous Rights, UNDRIP Blog Updates

KAIROS urges Parliament to pass key human rights bills before time runs out

June 19, 2019

(Ottawa, ON) – KAIROS Canada joins Indigenous nations, organizations, and other human rights defenders in an urgent call to Parliamentarians to pass two critical bills that have been stalled in the Senate. In an Open Letter released on June 17,…

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The United Church at COP24

June 18, 2019

The intergovernmental panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report, which warns that the world has 12 years to limit warming to 1.5°C or face catastrophic losses from climate change, created a sense of urgency at this year’s annual Conference of the…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

KAIROS partner in BC: Néné Lubalal highlights the need to empower women peacebuilders

June 18, 2019

KAIROS partner Néné Lubala from Heritiers de la Justice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rachel Warden KAIROS, partnership manager, met with members of the local KAIROS committee while in Vancouver for the Women Deliver Conference. Néné…

Post filed in: Africa, Women of Courage

Stalling on Bills C-262 and C-337 undermines Canada’s democratic process, jeopardizes reconciliation and fails to protect human rights

June 17, 2019

17 June 2019 Open Letter to Parliamentarians A unanimous motion of the 338-member House of Commons said that two bills currently before the Senate, Bills C-262 and C-337, are “critical pieces of legislation” and urged that they be “passed into…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, UNDRIP Blog Updates