Archive for 2019

Spirited Reflection: The Blanket Speech- Leading forward in Reconciliation

November 19, 2019

Janet Gray, hearty dedicated KAIROS collaborator in Victoria, BC, shared the following with us:“I just supported Amber Santarelli,a young Grade 12 First Nation student from Port Alberni, BC, in leading a KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) for her peers and classmates…

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In solidarity with organizations and activists in the Philippines

November 18, 2019

KAIROS has signed on to a joint letter from members of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation calling on the government of the Philippines to end the practice of red-tagging against human rights, environmental and humanitarian organisations. We signed this…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific

Open letter to the Philippines government in support of KAIROS partner

November 8, 2019

On Nov 7, KAIROS learned that our partner, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), was “red-tagged” a practice through which the government of the Philippines has identified its political opponents, organizations and individuals, as supporting the New…

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Praying with our Philippines partners for victims of the Mindanao Earthquakes

November 5, 2019

Between October 29th and the 31st the Davao region of Mindanao was rocked by two strong earthquakes that resulted in a number of deaths and the collapse of many residential and other buildings. The region has already been impacted by…

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In solidarity with the All Eyes on Nestle campaign to ensure access to water

October 31, 2019

KAIROS stands in solidarity with the Wellington Water Watchers who are fighting to protect water as a human right with the All Eyes on Nestle Campaign. We encourage you to write a letter to the Minister of the Environment or…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Launching Mother Earth and Resource Extraction: Women Defending Land and Water

October 31, 2019

On November 25, 2019, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, KAIROS will launch the first phase of Mother Earth and Resource Extraction: Women Defending Land and Water. Mother Earth and Resource Extraction (MERE) is a living…

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

Federal Court of Canada to hear challenge to designation of the U.S. as a safe third country for refugees

October 29, 2019

KAIROS supports the legal challenge against the flawed Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States of America, and would like to call its members, migrant and refugee rights’ advocates to join the rally on November 4th at 12:30 pm…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

Reflexión: El Amazonas y yo

October 29, 2019

“Regresa ahora al lugar donde Dios te ha dado la responsabilidad. Recuerda la paz y el amor que hemos celebrado. Y no dejen de mostrar a todas las personas la nueva vida que ya está entre nosotros ”. -Bendición, Michael…

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Spirited Reflection: Message on the Amazon from Rome

October 28, 2019

“Return now to the place where God has given you responsibility. Remember the peace and love we have celebrated. And do not fail to show, to all people, the new life that is already among us.” Blessing, Michael Ingham, Bishop…

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Priorities for Canada’s 43rd Parliament

October 25, 2019

Canadians have elected a minority government. Collaboration is critical for the survival of Canada’s 43rd Parliament and is urgently needed to appropriately address mounting and systemic issues. Indigenous rights and wellbeing, the climate crisis, migrant justice, and support and protection…

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

Acción Ecológica’s releases analysis of October 2019 mobilizations

October 24, 2019

Acción Ecológica, KAIROS partner organization in Ecuador has released their analysis of the mobilizations that occurred earlier this month and the events that led to these. In it, Acción Ecológica celebrates the organizing efforts and achievements of the Ecuadorian people,…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Cariboo region hosts eight Blanket Exercises in eight months

October 22, 2019

The Cariboo Region is pleased to have hosted eight KAIROS Blanket Exercise sessions for provincial government staff in Williams Lake, Quesnel and 100 Mile House over the past eight months. Participants included FLNRORD, MIRR, BCWS, BCTS and CSNR staff. The…

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Indigenous still waiting for vows to turn into action

October 21, 2019

Chrystal Désilets likes to remain hopeful when she hears promises flow from the mouths of would-be MPs on the campaign trail. But too often, particularly surrounding Indigenous issues, it becomes the same old story. There’s plenty of talk while her…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Spirited Reflection: One day every four years

October 17, 2019

(or. . . As a spiritually grounded millennial who grew up in the United Church – why vote?) It’s often said that people shouldn’t talk about religion or politics at family gatherings, at church meetings or on the campaign trail….

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Indigenous Leaders Reach Deal with Government of Ecuador

October 15, 2019

After almost two weeks of mass mobilizations, the people and Government of Ecuador reached a deal late Sunday night. In a dialogue aired live on national television and online, the President of Ecuador agreed to cancel Decree 883, the austerity…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America, Regional News

Register for Covenant Chain Link and other KAIROS Fall Gatherings

October 10, 2019

You read about the spring regional gatherings in the coastal regions. Now, if you are in one of the three central regions, plan to attend a fall regional KAIROS gathering. The Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba (formerly Cambrian-Agassiz) KAIROS Region will…

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Spirited reflection: Let’s name that for which we are so thankful

October 10, 2019

What am I grateful for? Gratitude can be hard to find in the stress, pain and panic of our broken, aching world. I have long admired those who make time for a gratitude journal. There, sometimes online so others can…

Post filed in: Executive Director, Spirited Reflections

Acción Ecológica releases a statement on the Government of Ecuador’s recent repression

October 8, 2019

“With the rise in fuel prices – and travel fares – the government forgives the environmental crimes of the true pollutants and puts the responsibility of climate change on the people.” Acción Ecológica, KAIROS partner organization in Ecuador, has released…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Latin America

Raising her voice: KAIROS calls on Canada to include grassroots women’s organizations in peace building policies and practice

October 8, 2019

This article was written by Kirsten Van Houten, Global Partnerships Coordinator @Kirsten Explores and Rachel Warden Partnerships Manager, KAIROS Canada @kairoscanada and published as a part of #WPSAdvice series on Oct. 6 on Women, Peace and Security-Network. A recent visit with our partners…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific, Women of Courage

Hot off the Press: Women, Peace and Security Year One at a glance

October 4, 2019

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Post filed in: Women of Courage

We need more Canadian aid. Not less.

October 3, 2019

The planet is in crisis.  Over the last few weeks more than 6 million people, mostly youth, from around the world have mobilized under the message, “We want you to panic!”  Both the analysis of this crisis and the responding…

Post filed in: Women of Courage

KAIROS Times: October 2019

October 3, 2019

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

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Global Climate Strike

September 30, 2019

As part of the Global Climate Strike on Friday, September 27, millions of people hit the streets around the world and across Canada to demand radical responses to the climate emergency. The strikes were wildly successful and brought together an…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Climate Action Month Day 30: Revisiting e-activism

September 30, 2019

The growth in digital activism, or e-activism, is largely due to having several people on various social media channels at the same time. Digital activism is an effective way to create movements like #FridaysForFuture, a digitally present idea that penetrated…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Exploring digital activism: Learnings from climate action month

September 30, 2019

Today is the last day of Climate Action Month and as we wrap up the content, I am reminded of the day I first sat down to brainstorm with the rest of the team. The KAIROS Climate Action Month digital…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Spirited Reflection: Orange Shirt Day as solidarity and visibility

September 29, 2019

Orange Shirt Day began in 1973 when six year old Phyllis Webstad entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School in BC. Young Phyllis was wearing a brand new orange shirt for her first day of school – new clothes being…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Spirited Reflections