Ecological Justice

Water Song: Unlearning colonial geographic boundaries towards alignment with watersheds and reconciliation

January 20, 2018

Nibi, Gizaagi-igo Water, we love you Gimiigwechiwenimigo We thank you Gizhawenimigo We respect you Nibi Nagamowin (The Water Song) by Doreen Day When I first learned the Anishinaabe Water Song, I realized that I had never expressed those sentiments to…

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Trailblazer: The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative

January 16, 2018

Creating an Energy Revolution through Community Investing The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative (OREC) is a leader in community-financed renewable energy. In realizing its goal to “generate decentralized renewable energy in Eastern Ontario,” it enters into partnerships with property owners, installing…

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Letter to the Editor: Canada won’t make progress on GHGs if expansion of oil sands continues

January 15, 2018

Re:“Trudeau’s biggest challenge over next several years will be to cut GHGs,”(The Hill Times, David Crane, Jan. 8).There is no denying it. Canada will not make progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions if exploration and expansion of the oil sands continues,…

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Letter to the Editor: Canada doesn’t need more pipelines

January 7, 2018

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province’s carbon tax will diversify industry, reduce pollution and help Alberta win approval for pipelines. This thinking will not help Canada meet its climate targets. Although carbon pricing will reduce demand on fossil fuels,…

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COP23 and the Just Transition to a Clean Energy Economy

November 29, 2017

The twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) and UN Climate Change Conference was held in Bonn, Germany from November 6 to November 17. The talks focused on how to maintain momentum from the Paris Agreement and how…

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Federal, Provincial Governments Must Fund Treatment Facility for Mercury Poisoning in Grassy Narrows

November 28, 2017

In an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, prominent human rights and environmental organizations today are urging the federal and provincial governments to ensure people from the Grassy Narrows First Nation have access to…

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Reconciliation through the lens of our local watersheds

November 6, 2017

This fall, KAIROS brought together close to 200 people in workshops across the country to talk about reconciliation through the lens of our local watersheds. Through a series of presentations, small group discussion, mapping, and active reflection, participants built understanding…

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Open Letter to the Government of British Columbia: Upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples means stopping Site C

November 3, 2017

The Site C dam is a project that should never have been approved. As the British Columbia Utilities Commission has now concluded after a long overdue review of the cost and purpose of this project, completing Site C offers little…

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Trailblazer: Melina Laboucan-Massimo

November 3, 2017

Growing up in a First Nations community in northern Alberta with neither paved roads nor running water, Melina Laboucan-Massimo noticed a pattern. Once young people reached their teenage years many would need to leave the community, either to find jobs…

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Letter to the editor: Clean up pollution now in Indigenous communities

October 26, 2017

Decades of neglect, Oct. 24 The environmental commissioner of Ontario is right to condemn years of inaction by government in addressing toxic pollution in Indigenous communities. The lack of information being provided to communities about their exposure to deadly toxins…

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Water flows, connects and knows no borders

October 25, 2017

I hadn’t realized how maps shape ones perspective of place and in turn how one then relates to that place. On October 14th, I attended a KAIROS event in Halifax on the topic of Reconciliation In Our Watershed. At one…

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Letter to the editor: Locals, women most affected by corporate harm, least heard

October 25, 2017

Re: “House subcommittee hearings on mining in Latin America a public disservice,” (The Hill Times, Oct. 18, p. 15). KAIROS too is alarmed that the voices of people affected by Canadian mining operations have not been heard during the current…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: KAIROS spotlights new economy trailblazers

October 23, 2017

Melina Laboucan-Massimo kicks off blog series on day one of Bonn climate conference (Toronto, On) – On the day U.N. climate talks begin in Bonn, Germany, KAIROS Canada launches a new blog series called, New Economy Trailblazers, showcasing individuals who…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Reconciliation in the Watershed comes to Regina, October 21

October 4, 2017

Local residents invited to renew relationships with watershed & Indigenous peoples (Regina, SK) – Connecting the local ecology with Indigenous rights, and identifying ways to renew relationships with Indigenous peoples and the Southern Saskatchewan watersheds are some of the expected…

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Reconciliation in the Watersheds of Mi’kmaki

October 3, 2017

On September 16, over 30 people gathered on unceded Mi’kmaki territory for a day-long Reconciliation in the Watershed workshop to learn about our relational connection to the watershed and the people who live within it.  KAIROS Canada hosted this workshop…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Reconciliation in the Watershed comes to London; October 14

October 3, 2017

Local residents invited to renew relationships with watershed & Indigenous peoples (London; ON) – Connecting the local ecology with Indigenous rights; and identifying ways to renew relationships with Indigenous peoples and the Thames River watershed are some of the expected…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Reconciliation in Our Watershed comes to Halifax, October 14

October 3, 2017

Local residents invited to renew relationships with watershed & Indigenous peoples (Halifax, NS) – Connecting the local ecology with Indigenous rights, and identifying ways to renew relationships with Indigenous peoples and the Mahone-Halifax watershed are some of the expected outcomes…

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A reprint of Indigenous Wisdom: Living in Harmony with Mother Earth

September 25, 2017

KAIROS is proud to offer a reprint  Indigenous Wisdom: Living in Harmony with Mother Earth. It was written by John Dillon, who died on June 5, 2017. Of all the writings he left behind, John was most proud of this…

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KAIROS Reconciliation in the Watershed Workshop Series: Registration is now open

September 14, 2017

Nova Scotia Halifax October 14 | 10 am – 3 pm St. Andrews United Church (6036 Coburg Road, Halifax, NS) Hosted with the KAIROS Atlantic Network with guest speakers and guides from local Indigenous, environmental and community groups Registration fee…

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Watershed Walk and Explorations in Halifax, October 14

September 4, 2017

October 14  |  Halifax 10 am              Walks in the local Watershed 11 am–3 pm    St Andrews United Church, 6036 Coburg Road 1 – Explore Our Watershed The day begins with three walks, each in…

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Season of Creation: Global prayer and action for creation

September 1, 2017

From September 1 to October 4, Christian churches around the globe will celebrate the Season of Creation through prayer and action. In 1989, September 1 was proclaimed as the World Day of Prayer for Creation by the Orthodox Church. Since…

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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…

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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…

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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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Letter to the editor: Coal calculations

May 5, 2017

Re B.C.’s Clark To Target Thermal Coal Regardless Of U.S. Softwood Outcome (May 4): Christy Clark’s attacks on thermal-coal exports through B.C. in the name of fighting climate change are hypocritical, given her support for exporting liquefied natural gas. Yes,…

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May is a month of action for mining justice

May 4, 2017

Through the Open for Justice campaign, KAIROS and the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability network continue to call for an independent ombudsperson to investigate human rights violations and environmental damage from Canadian mining companies in the Global South, as well…

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NEW Briefing Paper: Fossil fuel projects at odds with actions on climate and Indigenous rights

April 25, 2017

This Briefing Paper will first evaluate the progress being made in Canada to reduce green-house gas (GHG) emissions in light of the goals set by the Paris climate conference. It will then examine how recently approved fossil fuel infra-structure projects…

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We owe it to Indigenous peoples everywhere – to support their call for “our land, our rights, our peace.”

April 20, 2017

Nenita Condez is small in stature and pregnant with her third child. She is also courageous and defiant. This tiny mother is leading her Subanen people in the struggle to defend their ancestral land in the southern Philippines, where a…

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