Archive for June 2021

Protect the last remaining old-growth forests

June 21, 2021

We are at a critical moment in the protection of Canada’s old-growth forests. Logging of old-growth or primary forests in British Columbia’s coastal temperate rainforests is putting Canada’s ability to mitigate the climate emergency and build resilience in our ecosystems…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

KAIROS condemns the killing of three Indigenous youth in the Philippines, and decries the loss of life

June 18, 2021

KAIROS joins partners, human rights organizations, churches and solidarity organizations from around the world in condemning the rape and murder of three Indigenous youth in Lianga town, Mindanao, Philippines, by the Philippines Army.   As we call for justice and an end to this impunity, we grieve the loss of…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific, Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Bill C-15 on its way to becoming law

June 18, 2021

This week marks an important moment which will be remembered as a good day in the struggle to uphold and recognize Indigenous Rights in Canada.   With its passage in the Senate, Bill C-15, An Act Respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, is now…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Passage of national UN Declaration Implementation Act a milestone for Indigenous rights and reconciliation

June 17, 2021

Nations and organizations are celebrating the fact that long awaited and hard-fought national legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) has successfully passed the final vote in the Senate. Bill C-15 An Act Respecting the…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club | The Condor & The Eagle

June 14, 2021

For the June instalment of the Women Resisting Extractivism film night, KAIROS has partnered with theLegacy of Hope Foundationfor a screening and discussion of The Condor & The Eagle.  This online event features co-hosts Chrystal Waban from KAIROS’ Indigenous Rights…

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

The end of Keystone XL

June 14, 2021

The cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, on June 9, 2021, by TC Energy and the Government of Alberta was welcome news for KAIROS and its network.  This news might not have come as a surprise, as US President Joe Biden had already revoked…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Migration and Precarity Policy Brief

June 13, 2021

In partnership with Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS), the Health and Immigration Policies and Practices Research Program (HIPP) recently completed a study on the transition of temporary foreign workers to other statuses, including permanent resident, student and undocumented migrant status.  The report…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

TAKE ACTION! Urge senators to pass Bill C-15

June 10, 2021

The Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Coalition), of which KAIROS is a member, calls on all senators to ensure that Bill C-15, An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration), is adopted into law.  The bill, which fulfills an election promise to…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, UNDRIP Blog Updates

Invaluable foreign migrant workers need status

June 9, 2021

Permanent residency would mean: full benefits; the freedom to leave abusive employers without fear of deportation and lost income; and a gateway to citizenship. Foreign migrant workers are integral to Canada’s economic and social fabric. This became obvious when the…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

ELMNT FM Moment of Truth: Interview with Connor Sarazin

June 9, 2021

The interview covers the MMIWG info-hub, an overview of KAIROS, including the Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers project. ELMNT FM Moment of Truth is hosted by David Moses.

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

For truth and accountability: Justice for the death of First Nation children in Canada

June 9, 2021

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-determination (IPMSDL), KAIROS partner in the Philippines, joins the utmost condemnation of the evidence of genocide towards Indigenous Peoples and First Nations of Canada with the recent discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific, Indigenous Rights

KAIROS echoes faith communities and Indigenous nations’ calls for accountability to mark numerous reconciliation anniversaries

June 9, 2021

Today’s beginning of Indigenous History Month has been overshadowed by the recovery of 215 stolen children at a former Indian residential school in British Columbia.   Simultaneously, we are fast approaching the second anniversary of the 231 Calls for Justice for MMIWG2Spirit. These anniversaries and headlines have spurred feelings of grief and many of us are revisiting the Truth and Reconciliation Committee of Canada’s (TRC) Calls to Action, yet another report’s anniversary…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Canada can and must share vaccines now

June 4, 2021

KAIROS joins other Love My Neighbour Project participants and civil society groups in signing on to this press release, led by UNICEF, that calls on Canada to do more on vaccine dose sharing.  This press release and campaign around dose…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

183 organizations call on Canadian officials to hold ReconAfrica accountable for massive oil and gas plans near Okavango Delta

June 4, 2021

Today, 183 community and non-governmental organizations from around the world urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Ministers of Global Affairs Canada (Marc Garneau, Mary Ng, and Karina Gould), and other Canadian officials to investigate and take action regarding the plans…

Post filed in: Africa, Ecological Justice

Women defending land and water in Brazil: MERE Hub launch in Portuguese (watch the webinar)

June 4, 2021

KAIROS is pleased to announce that MERE Hub is now available in Portuguese with content on the gendered impacts of resource extraction in Brazil. On Monday, May 31, 2021, the Brazilian phase of MERE Hub with Sônia Guajajara (Indigenous Peoples Articulation, Apib)Maria Júlia Andrade…

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

“Missing children and burial information” current status of the TRC Calls to Action

June 4, 2021

Indigenous Watchdog tracks and reports on how reconciliation is progressing in Canada across all 94 Calls to Action. With the recent discovery of a mass grave with 215 Indigenous children on the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School located on the…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

New beginnings

June 2, 2021

This past weekend I ventured down to the lake. It was teeming with people. Runners and walkers, individuals, couples and families, the young and the mature. Everyone was out to enjoy a bit of the warmer weather that has come along with…

Post filed in: Executive Director, Spirited Reflections

Ensure Bill C-15’s passage into law

June 2, 2021

KAIROS is encouraged to see the House of Commons once again adopt UNDRIP legislation. Bill C-15, An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, passed third reading in the House of Commons on May 25. Three years ago, Bill C-262, Romeo Saganash’s private Member’s UNDRIP bill – on which Bill C-15…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, UNDRIP Blog Updates