A year ago, I was travelling the roads and cobblestone paths of Palestine on the KAIROS Israel-Palestine delegation.  When you’re a Christian in Bethlehem, in the days leading up to Christmas, the gospel stories of Jesus’ birth resound in your heart.  In Manger Square and at the Church of the Nativity, I was turning the ancient words over and over in my mind.     In particular, it was…

November 30, 2020 — Executive Director, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Middle East


Host a Faithful Climate Conversation in your community

November 27, 2020

In April of this year KAIROS joined with a group of more than 30 Canadian organizations to launch For the Love of Creation, a faith-based climate justice initiative. In November, For the Love of Creation introduced a series of conversation guides titled “Faithful Climate Conversations.” These three conversation…

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Reflection on Stories of Courage, Stories of Change

November 26, 2020

This morning I was honoured to be witness to the KAIROS Women of Courage: Women, Peace, and Security gathering. In this gathering, women from South Sudan, Colombia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Palestine shared their experience of gender-based violence…

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The OFP Calls for a National State of Emergency

November 25, 2020

This fall marks both the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 1325 and the fourth anniversary of the ratification of the Peace Accords in Colombia between the government and the former guerrilla group, the FARC. Integrating some of UNSCR 1325’s recommendations, Colombia’s Peace Accords have been heralded for their attention to the gendered…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Empowered women peacebuilders share stories of courage and change, November 26

November 24, 2020

KAIROS online event gathers frontline global partners and government officials on the crucial role of women peacebuilding (Toronto, Ontario) – Global women peacebuilders will share their stories of courage and change for inclusive, equitable and just peace on Thursday, November 26, at 10:00 a.m. – noon EST during an online public event by KAIROS’ Women…

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G20 debt plan stands in the way of equality and survival in global South

November 19, 2020

KAIROS has long grappled with global South debt cancellation in a just transition and urged Canada to speak up for the global South in multilateral meetings.  Supporters of debt cancellation renewed their call for permanent solutions in the wake of a weaker-than-expected “common framework for debt treatments” announced November 13th by G20 finance ministers and central…

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Take action! Protect human rights defenders in the Philippines

November 16, 2020

KAIROS encourages you to sign the following electronic Parliamentary petition  launched by MiningWatch Canada and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP-Canada) which calls for strengthened Canadian corporate accountability and policies in the Philippines in the context  increasing…

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KAIROS urges Canada to speak up for debt cancellation

November 10, 2020

KAIROS has written an open letter to Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, calling on Canada to use its privileged position in the G20 and the international financial institutions to urge for cancellation of debt.  The letter was sent in advance of…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise: The untold history of colonization in Canada that most people never learn

November 10, 2020

Since its creation in 1997, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) has been delivered thousands of times to tens of thousands of people of all ages and from all backgrounds by a wide variety of Indigenous and non-Indigenous facilitators. It is a unique…

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KAIROS Times: November

November 5, 2020

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How the Indigenous Blanket Exercise destroyed my ego

November 4, 2020

Last January, the charity I worked for held its quadrennial staff gathering in Ottawa, where my department participated in an Indigenous Blanket Exercise. And boy did that not go as I expected. Note: this post is not sponsored or affiliated…

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Letter to the Editor: If Canada is serious about ending systemic racism, take a hard look at temporary foreign worker program

November 4, 2020

Written by Connie Sorio, Migrant Justice Program Coordinator at KAIROS. Originally published in The Hill Times on November 4, 2020.

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5 Years of Truth and Reconciliation

November 3, 2020

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released its Final Report in December 2015. Since then, KAIROS has worked hard to keep the TRC Report and 94 Calls to Action at the forefront of our social justice and education work in…

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Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous peoples calls on federal and provincial governments to honour and uphold Mi’kmaw fishing rights

November 2, 2020

The members of our coalition are appalled by acts of violence and intimidation against Mi’kmaw fishers exercising their Constitutionally protected, legally affirmed, inherent and Treaty rights. The federal and provincial governments bear responsibility for their long-standing failure to ensure that rights affirmed…

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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Raise up the Year of Prayer Bundle, from coast to coast

November 2, 2020

Beginning on March 11, 2020, the KAIROS Steering Committee began a Year of Prayer for the persons, families and communities connected to The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and the National…

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KAIROS Regional Gatherings

November 2, 2020

Join us at the virtual gathering for your region to meet other social justice activists in your area. Or choose the theme and time that suit you best. Each online event is hosted and presented by people in the region. Everyone is welcome.   BC-Yukon Region …

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Les groupes confessionnels canadiens lancent une initiative de conversation sur le climat

November 2, 2020

Pour l’amour de la Création publie des plans pour des groupes de discussion locaux et un forum en ligne à l’échelle nationale Territoire algonquin non cédé (Ottawa, ON) – Les églises canadiennes et les organisations confessionnelles sous Pour l’amour de…

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Canadian faith groups launch climate conversation initiative

November 2, 2020

For the Love of Creation releases plans for local discussion groups and nation-wide online forum Unceded Algonquin Territory (Ottawa, ON) – Canadian churches and faith-based organizations under For the Love of Creation have launched two programs to increase dialogue on…

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Reaffirming women peace builders, 20th Anniversary of UNSCR1325

October 30, 2020

 “I came to (the Wi’am human rights) session to fulfil a requirement for my law professor.  I always thought that women’s issues were important, but I thought we had to decide between these issues and Palestine’s sovereignty. I did not believe we…

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Demand that the Government of Canada Support Peace in Colombia

October 29, 2020

Violence in Colombia continues undaunted, and in some ways aggravated, by the COVID-19 pandemic. Just days after public health directives were put in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus in March, Carlota Isabel Salinas Pérez, a member of the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) was killed. Carlota is…

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Letter to the Editor: Industry not being realistic about oil and gas emissions

October 23, 2020

Re: “Majority of Canadians support our natural gas and oil sector, says CAPP,” (The Hill Times, Oct. 12, p. 22). Pointing to a recent poll, the head of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers writes that Canadians believe that the…

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Raising concerns about ongoing human rights violations in the Philippines

October 23, 2020

In solidarity with our partners in the Philippines, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines ( EcuVoice), KAIROS, the United Church of Canada, and the Anglican Church of Canada have…

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KAIROS Steering Committee Announcement

October 22, 2020

After eight and a half years as KAIROS Executive Director, 27 years overall with the ecumenical justice coalitions and KAIROS, Jennifer Henry will be leaving, effective December 31, 2020.  “It has been an honour and privilege to serve this incredible…

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Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security year two at a glance

October 15, 2020

KAIROS needs to raise funds to match the government’s contribution and we need your help! Every dollar you donate to these four Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security partners will generate an additional $3 in funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC)….

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Re-engaging on Global South debt cancellation in a just transition

October 7, 2020

KAIROS partners, members and allies are renewing calls for debt cancellation as the crisis provoked by the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies. In many countries, the pandemic has provoked an economic recession, increased inequality and further delayed action on the climate emergency.  At…

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Thanksgiving video message for sharing

October 7, 2020

As we gather on Thanksgiving, there is no doubt that this year is different. However, I am looking forward to it for the reminder it brings to turn our hearts to gratitude. And there is so much to be thankful for.  I am particularly grateful to the migrant workers who…

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