In 2007, my workplace registered me to attend a conference on the topic of human trafficking.  At that time, human trafficking was barely being talked about in the media.  It had been declared a criminal offense in Canada only two…

July 24, 2017 — Spirited Reflections


Seeds of Truth: The Value of Traditional Crafts

July 20, 2017

I have the privilege of being one of the participants of the KAIROS Guatemala Youth Exchange, and it has been an amazing experience so far. I am a settler living in unceded Mi’kmaq territory under the Peace and Friendship treaties…

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The history of Indigenous Peoples as told through blankets

July 17, 2017

The history of Indigenous peoples on the northern part of Turtle Island, what is now known as Canada, was told through a Kairo Blanket Exercise at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Southampton on June 21. Reverend Graham Bland of St….

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Spirited Reflection: Spiritual Validity

July 12, 2017

The erroneous mainstream view of Indigenous peoples as being one indistinguishable group across North America with misguided and superstitious spiritual beliefs is summed up in the term Indian. When the damage done to Indigenous cultures by the reservation system, the…

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Seeds of Truth: The KAIROS Blanket Exercise through Guatemalan eyes

July 10, 2017

Excerpts from an Interview with Lilian Bolvito Gonzalez on Radio Canada International, June 24, 2017 Radio Canada: We will now chat with a Guatemalan youth who participated in the Blanket Exercise on June 2 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Her name…

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How we can start to walk the path of reconciliation?

July 7, 2017

On July 1, hundreds of new citizens swore their allegiance to this country and promised to faithfully observe its laws. Unlike me, they received a very brief overview of the history of Indigenous peoples. Like me, they did not promise…

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KAIROS Canada Day Statement / Déclaration de KAIROS pour la fête du Canada

June 29, 2017

On July 1, many people across Canada will gather to celebrate 150 years of Confederation. In solidarity with many Indigenous peoples, communities, and organizations, KAIROS chooses not to celebrate, but rather to use this moment to affirm our commitment to…

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Seeds of Truth: Reflections on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise and Youth Exchange with Guatemala

June 27, 2017

I’ve only had the opportunity to experience the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) once prior to the one I participated in leading up to the Kitchi Blanket Exercise on Parliament Hill on June 2. When I first tried the KBE, it…

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Spirited Reflection: Celebrating Ecumenism

June 27, 2017

I want to take a moment to say thank you to KAIROS, for all the work you do. It is of such importance, and such good work. I’m always a little hesitant to use the word righteous when it comes…

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Recordando a John Dillon

June 26, 2017

KAIROS recibió con sorpresa y profunda tristeza la noticia de la muerte repentina de nuestro querido amigo y compañero de trabajo John Dillon. John sirvió a las iglesias canadienses en justicia social ecuménica durante 44 años. Era investigador, escritor, analista…

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Remembering John Dillon

June 26, 2017

KAIROS is shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our dear friend and colleague John Dillon. John served the Canadian churches in ecumenical social justice for 44 years. He was a researcher, writer, analyst, but most importantly a…

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TVO’s “The Agenda” – Troubles with Mining Abroad

June 23, 2017

KAIROS recently supported a five-person delegation of political, faith and Indigenous leaders from the Philippines that toured across Canada from March 20 – April 9 under the banner “Our Land, Our Rights, Our Peace”. The delegates spoke about human rights…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific, Ecological Justice

Appeal for famine relief in South Sudan

June 21, 2017

News about the impact of long term climate change – exacerbated by human- made famine and often compounded by cholera – in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen has become increasingly prominent.  In northeast Nigeria and Somalia, the disaffected…

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KAIROS Times: June 2017

June 20, 2017

Read the most recent issue.

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2016 Annual Report is now online

June 20, 2017

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Spirited Reflection: Using National Aboriginal Day to think through White Settler Christian Claims to Innocence

June 20, 2017

White settler Christians have played an undeniable role in the mass cultural destruction of Indigenous nations and the forcible assimilation of Indigenous peoples into the nation state. Despite gestures to step into right relationship, and although sometimes having good intentions,…

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Spirited Reflection: Finding peace through non-violence

June 13, 2017

I was asked by my national church (The Presbyterian Church in Canada) to join KAIROS and the United Church of Canada staff on a trip to Israel and Palestine (West Bank) in April.  We were there to meet partners and…

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New resource! Q&A on fossil fuel divestment

June 7, 2017

In May 2016 KAIROS convened Divest for our Future – a day of learning and discernment on fossil fuel divestment for its members, including church staff responsible for finance, pensions or social/climate justice, the KAIROS Steering Committee, and the Ecumenical…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Seeds of Truth: Reflection on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise Youth Exchange with Guatemala orientation

June 6, 2017

“These bean seeds in my pocket keep me mindful of Mother Earth; they keep me grounded.” ~ Hannah “These Amaranth seeds are to share.  Go ahead, eat them.  Amaranth was once nearly wiped out in my area of Guatemala, but now…

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Spirited Reflection: Reconciling Trinity

June 5, 2017

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 We sat around the glowing rocks. The rattle, glowing above the rocks, kept rhythm, while…

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Hundreds participated in largest KAIROS Blanket Exercise ever

June 3, 2017

Despite the threat of rain, about 800 people converged on Parliament Hill on June 2 for the largest KAIROS Blanket Exercise ever. They came to mark the second anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and…

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Momentum builds during  Month of Action to make Canada open for justice

May 31, 2017

KAIROS has been active during the May Month of Action for Open for Justice, a campaign of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability, of which KAIROS is a member. This campaign calls for an independent Ombudsperson and access to Canadian courts…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Canada’s colonial past to unfold on Parliament Hill, June 2

May 31, 2017

Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to participate in mass reconciliation event: KAIROS Blanket Exercise (Ottawa, ON) – Canada’s history of stolen land, broken promises and cultural genocide will unfold on Parliament Hill, June 2 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. with the…

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KAIROS statement of solidarity and prayer for peace in Mindanao

May 29, 2017

On Tuesday March 23, 2017, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte placed the island of Mindanao under military rule following  an armed encounter between the Maute militants and the Philippine military in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.  Philippine church leaders and human…

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Spirited Reflection: Another session of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise 

May 29, 2017

It’s over. The Narrator has finished speaking. The room falls quiet. The few participants, still standing, glance at each other. The Narrator then asks everyone to think back to what the room looked like at the beginning of the Exercise…

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