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…

June 18, 2021 — 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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National feminist vigil in Colombia

May 31, 2021

“We cry out for a just and true peace, a peace that mobilizes us in love for other people and nature, a peace that guarantees respect for human rights, a peace that allows all Colombian families to store sufficient water…

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

Become a corporate accountability advocate

May 28, 2021

On Wednesday, June 9th at 8:00pm EDT join a free virtual training to learn how you can support corporate accountability efforts in Canada.  Register Now! For years, KAIROS members and networks along with other Canadian civil society actors have been…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Oil drilling in the Kavango Basin

May 28, 2021

ReconAfrica (Reconnaissance Energy Africa), a Canadian company, has secured petroleum licenses for 3,542 hectares of land in Namibia and Botswana, upstream from the Okavango Delta, an area of rich and unique biodiversity that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. This…

Post filed in: Africa, Ecological Justice

Farewell from Lori Ransom

May 28, 2021

It has been a profound privilege to serve KAIROS in the role of Interim Executive Director for the first five months of 2021. Even before joining the staff, I understood the special place KAIROS occupies among organizations committed to social…

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Media Release: Brazilian phase of KAIROS online gender justice and mining hub launches May 31

May 27, 2021

International panel event kicks off MERE Hub’s Brazilian phase   WHAT: KAIROS Canada launches Brazilian Phase of MERE Hub with the international panel event, Women Defending Land and Water in Brazil. English-Portuguese simultaneous interpretation will be provided.   Mother Earth and Resource Extraction (MERE) Hub is a living digital resource hub developed for and…

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

Letter to PM on a Regularization Program for Non-Status Temporary Foreign Workers

May 25, 2021

KAIROS applauds the Government of Canada for recently opening permanent residency applications to 50,000 temporary foreign workers (TFWs) with status in health care and other essential sectors. KAIROS, however, recognizing the urgent need to broaden the scope of this opportunity…

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Spirited Reflection: Pentecost message from Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle

May 20, 2021

Send forth your spirit and renew the face of the Earth.(Ps. 104)  As Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, focused on the work of reconciliation between Indigenous and all Canadians, we want to renew and celebrate the Spirit of Pentecost. Still…

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KAIROS supports temporary foreign workers at Toronto Pearson Airport

May 18, 2021

New offering part of the federally funded Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers during COVID-19 project  (Ottawa, ON) – KAIROS is adding airport support services to its Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers (ETFW) during COVID-19 project to welcome, inform and assist arriving migrant workers on COVID-19 quarantine measures, vaccinations, and additional supports.   Funded by the Government of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program, KAIROS’ ETFW…

Post filed in: Media Releases, Migrant Justice

KAIROS calls for just peace amidst escalating violence in Israel/Palestine

May 14, 2021

KAIROS is extremely concerned about the escalation of violence in Israel and Palestine and deeply saddened by the loss of life.  KAIROS stands in solidarity with our partners in Palestine and in Israel and offers prayers to those experiencing extreme suffering.   KAIROS laments the assault of worshippers in…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Middle East