Over forty non-governmental, labour and faith-based groups from across Canada, including KAIROS and a number of our members, have signed a joint statement denouncing the escalating human rights crisis and urging the Canadian Government to take strong action to support…

September 20, 2019 — Latin America, Women of Courage


Climate Action Month Day 20: Support youth at Fridays for Future

September 20, 2019

September 20-27, 2019 will mark the Week for Future. Both nationally and internationally events will be happening in support of those fighting for responses to the climate emergency.   The week will begin with a school strike for climate led by Friday’s for Future on September…

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Prayer – Youth Climate Strike

September 20, 2019

Le français suit We call on member churches to read this prayer on Sunday, September 22, 2019 and invite you to use it wherever it is appropriate. Written by Jennifer Henry, with thanks to community members David Millar and Elaine…

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Week for Future

September 20, 2019

September 20-27, 2019 will mark the Week for Future. Both nationally and internationally events will be happening in support of those fighting for responses to the climate emergency.   The week will begin with a school strike for climate led by Friday’s for Future on September 20th. KAIROS…

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Climate Action Month Day 19: Film festival

September 19, 2019

Join Climate Fast in the screening of the film “The Human Element”. If you are not located in Toronto, watch the film and comment your thoughts.   Human activity has now surpassed all other forces shaping our world. In an arresting…

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Spirited Reflection: Season of Creation

September 19, 2019

Not all Christians may be aware of it, but the period of September 1 to October 4 is recognized as the Season of Creation by most Christian Churches in the world. This yearly celebration of Creation seems to be such…

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Climate Action Month Day 18: Reducing carbon footprint

September 18, 2019

Ecological grief, or feelings of hopelessness and anxiety about the planet’s health, may stem from stress related to ecological loss and a changing natural environment. One way to address ecological grief is by highlighting the behavioural changes that individuals can make…

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Combating Ecological grief

September 18, 2019

Ecological grief, or feelings of hopelessness and anxiety about the planet’s health, may stem from stress related to ecological loss and a changing natural environment. One way to address ecological grief is by highlighting the behavioural changes that individuals can make in their daily lives to combat climate change.   In honour of Climate…

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Climate Action Month day 17: Paris Agreement

September 17, 2019

Canada’s blueprint for meeting the Paris Agreement targets is outlined in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF). Even if Canada fulfils its PCF, it will miss the 2030 target of 513 megatonnes (MT) of carbon dioxide equivalent (C02e) by 103 MT C02e.  Canada is…

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Climate Action Month Day 16: Community action week

September 16, 2019

This week, KAIROS Climate Action Month will focus on community action. September 20 marks the beginning of the Week for Future, an international movement driven by local level activism to hold world leaders accountable for the climate emergency. The systemic changes…

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Spirited Reflection: The climate apocalypse

September 16, 2019

Apocalypse: unveiling, revelation.              This is now the effect of the repeated and ever more ominous warnings from scientists over the past thirty years concerning effects of the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The reality outlined in their…

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Climate Action Month day 15: Nibi’s Water Song

September 15, 2019

There are many working to protect and honour the water. KAIROS is pleased to highlight Nibi’s Water Song, a new book for young people, written by Sunshine Quem Tenasco and illustrated by Nancy King, an artist widely known as Chief…

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Climate Action Month Day 14: Tar sands are one of the biggest sources of emissions

September 14, 2019

“If we are conscious of the energy choices we make, then putting in renewable energy systems, like solar, that move us closer to sovereignty, becomes an act of colonial resistance and the start of a path to reconciliation and addressing…

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Drawing a line in the sand

September 14, 2019

Beaver Lake Cree Nation (BLCN) in northern Alberta is taking tangible steps to protect the natural environment by investing in renewable energy with a solar project. The Kuby Energy project, with funding from the Alberta Indigenous Solar Program and Keepers of the Athabasca, has trained community members to install solar modules in their community;…

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The next Session of Parliament must prioritize protection and fulfillment of the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples

September 14, 2019

OPEN LETTER TO ALL CANDIDATES IN THE FEDERAL ELECTION The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and numerous reports by international human rights bodies have all documented the profound and tragic…

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Climate Action Month Day 13: Climate change impacting lives in Canada

September 13, 2019

“In every province, in every territory, in hundreds of towns and cities, in First Nations and Inuit communities, climate change in Canada is a fact of life.” – Irene Gentle, Editor at Toronto Star. Today’s resource: In an investigative reporting…

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Philippines Partners’ Visit, August 23- September 3, 2019

September 12, 2019

At the partners’ roundtable on the first day of our visit to the Philippines, Bishop Rex Reyes challenged us to be “credible, consistent and courageous” in our solidarity and advocacy work. This became a theme throughout our trip as we…

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Climate Action Month Day 12: Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

September 12, 2019

KAIROS released a statement on April 25, 2018 to affirm its support of First Nations peoples and opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline. The federal government’s position on this pipeline expansion has profound implications for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada,…

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Climate Action Month Day 11: Share a personal experience

September 11, 2019

“The climate crisis is both the easiest and the hardest issue we have ever faced. The easiest because we know what we must do. We must stop the emissions of greenhouse gases. The hardest because our current economics are still…

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Climate Action Month Day 10: Action for Amazon

September 10, 2019

Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is a movement for global justice that supports communities in over 30 countries in the Global South and educates Canadians on issues of poverty and injustice.  Today’s resource and event: Webinar: A future for…

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Future for Amazon, future for all

September 10, 2019

From October 6 to 24th, the Vatican will be holding a Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology. Why has Pope Francis placed a special focus on the Amazon? What…

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Spirited Reflection: Travelling the Amazon rainforest

September 9, 2019

Last night as I drifted to sleep… my heart hurt — I had nightmares and tossed and turned wondering how we got here. Not just in Alberta, but in the US, in Brazil, and all over the world – fascism…

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Climate Action Month Day 9: Indigenous Rights week

September 9, 2019

Indigenous rights are central to Climate Action Month because Indigenous people have long been at the forefront of the environmental movement in Canada and around the world. Indigenous identities are often based on relationships to the land, and Indigenous peoples…

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Climate Action Month Day 8: Learn about Water Walkers

September 8, 2019

Replicating the work of Grandmother Josephine Mandamin, people from across Turtle Island are walking to raise awareness of the importance of water and to encourage water preservation. Access to clean water is a non-negotiable human right and Water Walkers want this gift of…

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Climate Action Month Day 7: Giveaway

September 7, 2019

KAIROS is pleased to spotlight the Birch Bark Coffee Company, a First Nations-owned social enterprise working to improve drinking water conditions on and off reserves. Their goal is to “solve the water crisis one coffee bag at a time”. Part of the proceeds from every bag sold goes towards the purchase and…

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A huge win for First Nations kids!

September 6, 2019

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the federal government to pay compensation to a huge number of First Nations children, youth and families harmed by the child welfare system. First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada tweeted:…

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KAIROS Members respond to Hurricane Dorian

September 6, 2019

Hurricane Dorian, a powerful category 5 hurricane, landed in the Bahamas in early September 2019 destroying thousands of homes and leaving approximately 60,000 people without shelter. Although KAIROS does not provide disaster relief, we encourage you to respond through the…

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Climate Action Month Day 6: Land-based healing

September 6, 2019

Land-based Healing has become a staple for Indigenous-led solutions. It is a way to learn about ceremonial protocols, lodge keeping, helping Elders, and appropriately honouring the gifts of plantkin spirits who so selflessly offer themselves. Plantkin ways of thinking and knowing about spirit includes…

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