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Bill C-262 in limbo

Time may have run out on Bill C-262. Although originally scheduled to adjourn on June 28, the Senate is now expected to wrap up today, National Indigenous Peoples Day, leaving several bills, including Bill C-262, in limbo. In an Open…

June 21, 2019 — Indigenous Rights, UNDRIP Blog Updates


Spirited Reflection: Ancestors, Imagined

June 21, 2019

Recently, I was fortunate to witness the Guatemalan expression of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise while in Toronto, Ontario. As a First Nations woman, I was struck by the similarities of this story of colonization to the one I had come…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Spirited Reflections

Spirited Reflection: Imagine

June 20, 2019

At a recent KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE), the facilitator commented that he often wonders what Canada would look like today if, instead of having forced Indigenous communities to adapt to colonial ways, the European colonists had assimilated the ways of…

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KAIROS celebrates new Caregiver Pilot Programs and extension of the Interim Pathway

June 19, 2019

KAIROS Canada applauds the Government of Canada for delivering on its promise of improving the lives and working conditions of migrant caregivers. At a press conference on June 15, the Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada unrolled two new…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

Retarder les projets de loi C-262 et C-337 mine le processus démocratique au Canada, et met en danger la réconciliation ainsi que la protection des droits humains

June 19, 2019

Une motion unanime des 338 députés de la Chambre des communes déclare que les deux projets de loi actuellement devant le Sénat, les projets de loi C-262 et C-337, sont « des mesures législatives majeures » qu’il est urgent «…

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KAIROS urges Parliament to pass key human rights bills before time runs out

June 19, 2019

(Ottawa, ON) – KAIROS Canada joins Indigenous nations, organizations, and other human rights defenders in an urgent call to Parliamentarians to pass two critical bills that have been stalled in the Senate. In an Open Letter released on June 17,…

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The United Church at COP24

June 18, 2019

The intergovernmental panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report, which warns that the world has 12 years to limit warming to 1.5°C or face catastrophic losses from climate change, created a sense of urgency at this year’s annual Conference of the…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

KAIROS partner in BC: Néné Lubalal highlights the need to empower women peacebuilders

June 18, 2019

KAIROS partner Néné Lubala from Heritiers de la Justice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rachel Warden KAIROS, partnership manager, met with members of the local KAIROS committee while in Vancouver for the Women Deliver Conference. Néné…

Post filed in: Africa, Women of Courage

Stalling on Bills C-262 and C-337 undermines Canada’s democratic process, jeopardizes reconciliation and fails to protect human rights

June 17, 2019

17 June 2019 Open Letter to Parliamentarians A unanimous motion of the 338-member House of Commons said that two bills currently before the Senate, Bills C-262 and C-337, are “critical pieces of legislation” and urged that they be “passed into…

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Advocates continue to push for Indigenous rights bill as deadline looms

June 17, 2019

A bill which would harmonize Canadian law with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) would need to restart its life in the House of Commons—after the federal election—if not passed by the senate before June…

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KAIROS’ migrant justice workshop at the 2019 Cahoots Festival

June 14, 2019

An excerpt from “Justice and solidarity at the Cahoots Festival: Annual gathering equips Christians to live out Social Gospel” published in the Anglican Journal.  The second full day of Cahoots began once more with morning worship. A period of prayerful contemplation encouraged participants to look back on the…

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Spirited Reflection: Mourn and organize

June 13, 2019

An excerpt from Jennifer Henry’s Opening Remarks, Streams of Justice at the KAIROS Atlantic Gathering in May I begin in gratitude…and from memory .  .  . In a crowded Scarborough church, with a table full of candles, and media pushing…

Post filed in: Gathering, Spirited Reflections

KAIROS welcomes Canada’s first-ever Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security

June 13, 2019

KAIROS joins other members of the Women, Peace & Security Network-Canada (WPSN-C) in applauding the Government of Canada for the appointment of Canada’s first-ever Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security and in welcoming Jacqueline O’Neill to this new post. WPSN-C…

Post filed in: Women of Courage

Plan now to attend KAIROS Fall Gatherings

June 12, 2019

You read about the spring regional gatherings in the coastal regions here: Now, if you are in one of the three central regions, plan to attend a fall regional KAIROS gathering. The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region which covers Ontario and…

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Hyperbole and misrepresentation must not prevent Senate passing Bill C-262

June 11, 2019

We are hopeful that in a matter of days the Senate will vote to adopt a private member’s bill that would require the federal government to begin in earnest the work of implementing global human rights standards to protect the…

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Urge the Opposition Leader to stop senate filibustering of Bill C-262!

June 6, 2019

Bill C-262 is in trouble. On Wednesday, June 5, Senator Don Plett refused a motion from Senator Lillian Dyck to allow the Senate Committee to proceed with its scheduled review of Bill C-262. The five senators who have been filibustering…

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KAIROS attends closing ceremony of the National Inquiry into MMIWG

June 3, 2019

As today we participate in the closing ceremony of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, our hearts are heavy. Heavy with mourning for those who have died, whose absence demands memory and honour. Heavy with…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Spirited Reflection: Singing God’s song as exiles in your own country

May 30, 2019

How could we sing the God’s song in a foreign land? (Psalm 137:4) During the 6th century BCE, Jerusalem was plundered, and its leading citizens were dragged off to exile.   By the rivers of Babylon, the voices of these…

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Urge senators to stop filibustering Bill C-262!

May 28, 2019

Bill C-262 is now before the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. There are strong concerns that some senators are engaging in filibuster tactics to undermine the bill while in Committee. This includes introducing amendments. Any amendment will in effect…

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Podcast Interview: Indigenous orientation toolkit for newcomers

May 24, 2019

Listen to the feature story on BeCause Radio (2:27 – 13:03). KAIROS is part of an exciting project developing in Winnipeg to orient newcomers to Canada around the truth about Indigenous people. This project seeks to foster safe spaces for…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Regional News

KAIROS Times: May 2019

May 22, 2019

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

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Spirited Reflection: Take up your load

May 21, 2019

Ascension Sunday – 6th Sunday of Easter; Acts 1: 1-11; Luke 24: 44-53 In the days following Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples experienced a range of emotions. At times, they were amazed. At other times they were terrified and convinced they…

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KAIROS urges Canada to deliver on funding for grassroots women peace builders

May 16, 2019

KAIROS urges the Government of Canada to use the upcoming Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver as an opportunity to make a very important announcement: increased funding to grassroots women peace builders. The global conference on women’s equality, well-being and rights…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Women of Courage

Urge senators to send Bill C-262 to Committee

May 14, 2019

This Thursday, the Bill is supposed to be sent to committee for review. Please urge senators to be in the Red Chamber on Thursday to vote in favour of this important step. Time is of the essence. STEP ONE – Please…

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Participate in a Green New Deal for Canada

May 14, 2019

The pact for a Green New Deal is a collaborative attempt to make the climate emergency a political priority. This national call to action is supported by over 60 organizations, including KAIROS. The pact goes beyond tackling the climate crisis…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Equality and Social Justice– no better and no worse

May 14, 2019

Fortunately, I did not have to attend Residential School. Since I grew up with my parents in Toronto, I absorbed their attitudes and worldviews. In spite of a great deal of denial in my family, I have been constantly identified…

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